Monday –February 26th, 2012 at 1:11 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Big Red Lighthouse – pic. from Ted Swoboda. Crescent moon from Jack Martin (facebook friend) Nice grouping of the Moon with Venus below and Jupiter to the upper left this evening in the western sky – picture from (facebook friend) Kim Uzarski-Gutierrez. Nice temperature climbs Sunday, with Three Rivers going from a low of +2 up to 41, Kalamazoo from 12 to 40 and Gr. Rapids from 17 to 37. Snow cover makes a difference. The high was 53 today in Chicago and 61 in Peoria IL (which was warmer than northern Florida. Daytona, Florida had 0.76″ of rain today, delaying the 500. There’s a chance of showers again this Monday. Stay up with the latest forecasts. Both the new GFS and NAM are showing the possibility of some freezing rain Tuesday night. The earlier European model showed a little of that, too. Here’s the latest outlook from GRR NWS on the ice potential and the HPC ice forecast. Here’s Milwaukee’s NWS storm forecast. Here’s snowfall off the NAM model and the GFS model. Tuesday during the day should be OK, but driving Tuesday night could get challenging. The precipitation may be a mix to start (could be snow to freezing rain to rain) Temperatures should get above freezing Weds. AM. School closings are certainly possible Weds. AM. Watch for icy spots this AM until temps. get up to 35 or so. It’ll be rather windy this afternoon and breezy on Monday. The storm for Tuesday night/Weds. is going just north of us, but the storm will occlude so we may not get in the warm sector very long if we do at all. It’ll be windy Weds. PM. The storm may end with an inch or two of snow. This storm will produce heavy snow and possible blizzard conditions from the Dakotas across Minnesota and NW Wisconsin and into the U.P. The system after that could be rain to snow Friday night into Saturday. With the recent snow, here are some updated season snowfall totals: Oshtemo 66.5″, Kalamazoo 58.3″, Bloomingdale 53.0″, Muskegon 49.8″, Grand Rapids 47.9″, Hastings 46.3″, Lansing 38.7″. They got a little bit of snow in Maine. Alyeska Ski Area in Alaska is up to 679.7″ of snow since Oct. 1 with a base of up to 182″ (over 15 feet! – They may not see the ground until August!). Denver (65) was ten degrees warmer than a rainy Brownsville TX (high of 55) on Saturday. After Orlando reached 89 on Friday, they were back in the 60s on Saturday. If you like heat, head to Tasmania, Australia. Hobart reached 102 degrees on Saturday, the warmest day since 1998 and the warmest day in February since 1995. They had a downsloping north wind that brought the heat from the mainland. A typical summer day in Hobart is about 65-70 degrees with a cool wind off the ocean. ADD: Here’s an article about how warm the winter has been in the Traverse City area this winter.