TuesdayDecember 4th, 2012 at 2:43 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click the map to enlarge. These are the high temperatures from Monday. Our 65 in G.R. set a new record for Dec. 3, beating 12/3/1998 by one degree. Since it was 65 at midnight, we have also set a record high temperature for today (Tue.) These are the warmest December days since 2001 and by my count the 7th and 8th times we’ve reached 65 in December. The first 4 days of December are going to average more than 15 degrees warmer than average. To get back to average, the whole rest of the month would have to average 2 degrees cooler than average. Muskegon also set a daily record high at 65 for Monday (they were down to 58 at midnight). Other high temperatures of note Monday were 68 in S. Haven and 72 at Midway Airport in Chicago. It’ll be cooler today, but still more than 10 degrees warmer than average. The NAM (caribou) gives G.R. a high of 50 this afternoon, 37 on Weds. and 44 on Thurs. The GFS has 38 on Weds., 42 Thurs., 45 Friday and 48 on Saturday. The GFS has 0.38″ of rain on Friday, while the European has a paltry 0.01″. The big model difference is on Sunday, as the European takes G.R. into the warm air during the afternoon with temperatures in the mid 50s and 1.27″ of rain. The GFS keeps us in the cool air, mid 30s, with the possibility of about 1-3″ of snow Sunday night/Monday. After that the GFS has highs in the mid-upper 30s, so it’s not bringing down any true Arctic Air, at least on this model run.
Also a major hurricane, super typhoon Bopha has slammed into the Philippine Island of Mindanao (province of Davao). The storm caused a few injures, downed trees and tore roofs off. There has also been flooding and landslides.