Cool and Dry WeekNovember 11th, 2012 at 3:30 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
11:10 AM. There’s still a few flakes on radar, so we’ll leave the radar up top of the blog…nothing left but trace amounts. Here’s the satellite loop (Visible – daytime). You can see the lake-effect clouds overhead. If Lake Michigan were not there, we’d be clear now. We’ll eventually become partly cloudy and then mostly clear as temperatures warm a bit aloft and the temperature difference from water to air is minimized, and the wind will eventually turn light to the south-southeast tonight, so it won’t be coming off the lake. It’ll be a cool day with temperatures stuck in the 30s. The last day when we didn’t reach 40 was March 30th. A couple of spots in E. Muskegon and Newaygo Co. reported about an inch of snow on the grass overnight. The overall airmass will be dry and other factors just don’t line up for a heavier lake-effect event that we might otherwise see when air this cold comes across Lake Michigan in mid-late November. Much of the rest of the coming week will be cool, dry and rather tranquil.
Hope you enjoyed the relatively warm weekend. ‘The high temperature of 71 in G.R. on Sunday was 21 degrees warmer than average, but still not up to the record high of 73 for 11/11. Despite the warm weekend, the average temperature for Nov. 2012 is still 1.6 degrees cooler than average. Our 57-degree reading at 12:01 AM this morning will be seven degrees above average for today (11/12), so today will look like a warm day in the climate record. Here’s the GRR NWS discussion . Gale Warnings remain up for Lake Michigan thru Tuesday morning. I got a quick peak at the overnight European model data. It takes the 850 mb temperature to -12.2C Tuesday AM – that’s cold, and will provide quite the contrast with the relatively warm Lake Michigan waters (near 50). The average wind speed on Sunday was 17.8 mph in G.R., making Sunday the overall windiest day since 4/16.
Here’s WOOD-TV Interactive Radar, looping radar. Check out the current conditions, regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map, Storm total rainfall, 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 the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the WOOD lightning tracker and U.S. lightning Marantha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime). Here’s Lake Michigan water temperatures. Here’s storm total rainfall for W. Michigan and E. Michigan. Here’s data from the mid-lake buoy and the Wind Map.