From IowaNovember 24th, 2012 at 2:06 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Gayle and I left early Thursday to drive to Iowa City to spend Thanksgiving with daughter#1′s boyfriend and his extraordinary family. They are semi-retired faculty of the music dept. at the Univ. of Iowa and his father has been a symphony conductor who has traveled the world. We drove I-80 across Illinois, crossing the harvested cornfields amid a fairly strong SW wind. We saw wind turbines to the distant south and north in central Illinois. We started our trip in sunshine and a bit of early morning haze, then watched white high-level clouds move in. The clouds thickened and turned gray, as we approached the Mississippi River and we hit a few sprinkles as we passed into Iowa. We easily found our hotel just off I-80, which was filled with Nebraska football fans ready for the Friday game against the Hawkeyes. Our warmest temperature on the car thermometer was 64 just before we crossed the Mississippi River. We checked into our motel, then found Bill and Sue’s condo and greeted visiting relatives from Texas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. The family tradition is that the Thanksgiving Holiday family reunion is in Iowa and Texas in alternate years. Wednesday night (which we missed) was chili, Thursday is turkey and Friday every goes to the favorite Mexican restaurant. We feasted Thursday and got back to the motel is the cold air was moving in. During the night, the wind howled as the temperature dropped below freezing by morning. In the early morning, we watched the wind blow large Styrofoam cartons, huge sheets of plastic and other loose items from a construction site across the area in front of the motel. A large Iowa Hawkeye statue had blown over and a traffic barricade and another parking sign had blown over during the night. Nearby Cedar Rapids had a peak gust of 53 mph with 10 hours of winds gusting to 35+ mph and I’ll bet that’s what it was here in Iowa City. The low here tonight is supposed to be 10-15 above and it feels cold. With friends who joined us we had over 30 for the dinner at the Mexican restaurant. Tomorrow (Sat.) Bill is going to take me up and down the Iowa River and describe the catastrophic flood of June 2008, which claimed their house. We’ll head home Saturday afternoon.
I see that snowfall amounts in W. Michigan were light, but heavier snow fell just to our north. 14″ was reported just south of Grayling! Eight inches of snow fell on the north side of Higgins Lake, with 6.1″ at Houghton Lake. In the U.P., Twin Lakes had a foot of snow, 9″ at Ironwood, with 6″ at Marquette and Munising. Here’s snow reports from the U.P. and northern Lower Michigan. Check out the Snowman Cam at Twin Lakes in the U.P. Here’s a camera at Houghton Lake (looks like winter!). The next snow goes south and southeast of us. Grand Rapids is now +0.3 degree for November (though the next five days look cool) and we’ve had only 1/2″ of precipitation this month in G.R.