Wednesday PMFebruary 29th, 2012 at 3:12 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
9:45 PM – A mix of rain and snow across the area. We’ve got a dusting on the grass at WOOD. It seems to be melting on the pavement. Late this PM, we had a gust to 54 mph at Battle Creek (not a t-storm), and 47 mph at Kalamazoo. At 5 PM – wind was west at 22 mph, gust to 37 mph at Tulip City Airport in Holland and NE at 5 mph in Hudsonville!! At 5 PM – 44 degrees, cloudy and east wind at 7 mph in G.R. – sunny and 61 in Coldwater, 62 in downtown Kalamazoo. What a difference! Three Rivers and Sturgis made 64, Indianapolis is 70…while it was still mid 30s in B. Rapids and Mt. Pleasant. The warm air in our southern counties won’t last long, it’s back to 42 in Milwaukee and 36 in Madison with a stiff west wind. Here’s a summary of snowfall from this system (to the north of G.R.). Check out the surface map. Tornado Watches cover most of Tennessee and Kentucky up into Ohio. Look at Storm Reports. Tornadoes along the Ohio River. Severe storms moving up into Ohio. Twelve dead and a hundred injured in yesterday’s tornadoes. Lake City, up near Cadillac reports 6″ of new snow and 19″ of snow on the ground. I look at that and go – I missed the season snowfall this winter, but not by much. The AVERAGE snow depth this month of February at the Houghton Lake airport has been 18.2“. We’ve had above normal precipitation in G.R. this winter…it’s just that we’ve had more rain and less snow. Leelanau Co. reports 6″ of new snow, 4.5″ as close as Osceola Co (Dighton). Mancelona has 4″ of new snow and 17″ on the ground. You can often tell where the slick roads are by looking at school closings. Up to a foot of snow has fallen in the U.P. We had several power outages this morning, but the biggest one in Grandville/Wyoming was NOT weather related, I’m told. There’s a risk of severe t-storms today over E. Indiana and much of Ohio, and a moderate risk for severe storms and tornadoes over Tennessee (word to my mother and sister in Oak Ridge – watch out this evening). Grand Rapids NWS discussion is pretty good. Here’s lightning data (click on the lightning tab). Here’s links to the current conditions, regional radar, the forecast snowfall off the NAM model (out to 84-hours) and the GFS model (out to 120-hours), the HPC snow forecast, and a surface map. Here’s the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s closings, the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station.
The record high for today is 54 (1/4th as many Feb. 29ths as other days). This is called “Leap Day” in a “Leap Year”. It’s called Leap Year because your birthday leaps over a day. If you’re birthday is on a Monday, the next year it will be on a Tuesday…but if it is a Leap Year, your birthday leaps over Tuesday to Wednesday. AND – check out the snow they’ve had in Valdez, Alaska (26″ new…all-time February snow depth record of 97″ (that’s over 8 feet high – and that’s not counting the drifts!). All-time February record high temperatures were set in a few locations in Sweden and Denmark, with Kristiansand/Kjevik reached a high of 61F. Here’s a few pictures of tornado damage in Branson, MO. Finally, something fun.