9:20 PM – I just talked to my wife. We have not had one single trick-0r-treater tonight at my house. The most we ever had was 27 and the least was 3 (and we’ve been there through 35 Halloweens!). Oh, well – I get candy when I come home!! Click the picture to enlarge or click here. This is four pictures of snow in the U.P. this morning from the NWS in Marquette. Up to 4″ of snow has fallen across the U.P. with Negaunee, Grand Marais and Ishpeming all reporting about 3-4″ of new snow. We’ll see widely scattered sprinkles/light showers this PM/tonight. The new NAM prints out only a trace to 1/10th” (a few lakeshore spots) of additional rainfall. October will end up slightly cooler than average. It’ll be the first month of cooler than average temperatures since Sept. 2011. The Average temperature for August in G.R. was exactly average and September was only +0.1 above average…so the period from August 1 to October 31 is going to come out almost exactly average. Today is the 6th day in a row with a north or northwest wind. We’ve had at least a trace of rain on 21 of 31 days in October and measurable rain on 16 days this month (today could be the 17th day). We’ve had 6.23″ of rain this month in G.R., 6.71″ in Muskegon and 7.58″ in Holland. Sandy drove cool air down into the Southeast. The low temperature this morning was 29 in Rome GA and 36 in Tallahassee FL. At one point we had over 130,000 customers without power in Michigan from the winds of Sandy, mainly in Southeast Michigan and especially near Lake Huron. As I write this, that figure is down to 30,000. Here’s the GFS model maps for Election Day next Tuesday. Overall it’ll be a quiet day. We could see a little light rain or even a mix in the PM, but roads would just be wet. There will be showers in the Northeast and possibly some snow in the highest elevations of PA, NY and VT. If anything, November looks a little on the cool side for Michigan and I still expect snow at some point in mid-November. This will be the coolest and snowiest November since at least 2008 (and I don’t have the figures before 2008 here at home, so I may change that to an earlier year). Temperatures will be in the low 40s this evening for trick-or-treat with a northwest wind at 10-15 mph.
Cool pictures here.