Weekend ThreadNovember 30th, 2012 at 1:41 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The NAM (Caribou) gives G.R. a high of 58 on Saturday. The Ionia electric light parade is this Friday evening. Holiday/Christmas parades Saturday in Wyoming-Kentwood (10 AM), Middleville (10 AM), Ada (11 AM), Rockford (11 AM), Saugatuck (1 PM), White Lake (2 PM), Lowell (6 PM), Grand Haven (6 PM), St. Joseph (4 PM), Hastings (2 PM) (who am I missing?). Portage has a tree lightning at 7 PM Saturday (G.R. is 5:30 PM today – Friday). It’s the 69th year for the Santa Claus Parade in Rockford – it’s been around longer than me! Is Coopersville doing a parade this year? (pic. from McConomy Photography in Hudsonville). Here’s the college football schedule, including the Big Ten Championship game between Nebraska and my alma mater, Wisconsin. I’m betting that the BCS is hoping Nebraska wins, so they don’t have a team with 5 losses in the BCS (in place of a more deserving SEC team). I wonder if Kent State wins big if they don’t wonder why they can’t get in BCS. Indianapolis comes to Ford Field on Sunday to take on the Lions. ESPN says that game is on CBS, while the FOX early game is Seattle and Da Bears.
I’ll wait for the final word from the GRR NWS, but it looks like this November may be the 3rd driest ever in G.R. I’ve got the average temperature for November in G.R. at 0.1 degree cooler than average (so essentially average). This is the fourth month in a row with average temperatures in G.R. (August exactly average, September +0.1 degree, October -0.2 degree). I’ve got Kalamazoo at -1.2 degrees for November and -0.5 degree for the period from August 1 to November 30.
The last 60 in December was in 2008. The first 5 days of Dec. 1982 had high temperatures of 59, 67, 63, 50, 63. After that we had highs of 65 on Christmas Day and 61 on the 28th. We also had 7 consecutive record high temperatures from March 1-7, inc. a 72 on March 3. That winter we had just 36.2″ of snow, with the heaviest snow of 8″ coming on March 20-21 (the first day of spring).