Traverse City Trip

December 10th, 2012 at 1:11 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  Pileated woodpeckers at bird feeder near Traverse City Sunday PM (picture from “Gordo” at upnorthlive.com).  We left G.R. right after church and nursery hour and drove north on US 131.  We first ran into a few flurries with dry roads and temperatures around 33 degrees.  As we drove north, the snow got heavier and started to stick – first to the grass and then to the roads.  Between Big Rapids and Cadillac the visibility was 1-2 miles in snow and the temperature fell to 29.  We saw two slide-offs and one car that was upright, but had obviously rolled to get there.  The hood was all dented in and the windows were broken out.  Multiple cars had stopped to help at all 3 accident sites, but no emergency vehicles were there yet.  It did not look like the road had been salted.  There was at least an inch of snow on the road at this point.   Cars got in big clumps, with one relatively slow driver leading and 20 others following behind, all too cautious to try passing the mob in the now well-obscured left lane.  Up by Manton, there was about 2″ of new snow.  When we got to Traverse City, they had about an inch and it was snowing steadily.  We got gas for $3.29, much cheaper than the $3.46 on Alpine Ave.

We had Christmas with daughter 3, her husband and our two grandkids.   Then we headed off to church for the kids Christmas program.  It was a perfect evening for a Christmas program with the snow falling and lots of pretty lights.  The grandkids had speaking parts and there was lots of good singing, from the toddlers up through the elementary grades.  Daughter 3 and her husband directed part of the show.  When you walked into the East Bay Church, you were not only greeted, but led to a fabulous dessert table with (big) slices of cheese cake, cookies, fruit.  Holy calories it was good!  The desserts were out before and after the program (and they never took a free will offering). “Whenever two or more are gathered in My Name…someone will serve dessert!”  The couple in the pew in front of us recognized me.  They had lived in Zeeland for a few years in the late ’90s, but moved north when they retired to be by their grandchildren.   We went back to daughter 3′s home where she made spaghetti and peas and we left as the kids headed to bed.  The ride home was a little better, the road had been salted and the snow changed to freezing drizzle south of Cadillac.  However, there was enough salt on the road that it wasn’t a problem.  We got home to Alpine Township to find the freezing drizzle had iced up the driveway and made the 3/4″ of snow left from Saturday AM real crunchy.

Snow totals from Sunday:  5″ Merritt (Missaukee Co.), 4″ Grayling, 3.5″ Lake City,  3″ Harrison (Clare Co.) and Dighton (Osceola Co.), 2″ Scottville (Mason Co.), 0.1″ Muskegon and just a trace in G.R. at the airport.  I came home to find the Lions and Bears had both lost, and the Cardinals had REALLY lost.  At midnight, the temperature was 42 at S. Haven, 32 at the Ford Airport and just 30 at my place in Alpine Twp.

39 Responses to “Traverse City Trip”

  1. Jack says:

    Thanks for The Update BILL. I always Love your Family Stories. Have a Safe and Blessed VACATION. ALSO :http://www.calvaryhillbaptistchurch.com/new_tracts/10043%20CH%20I%20Am%20Praying%20For%20You%20TRACT.jpg

  2. Mike Geukes says:

    I am happy with less snow, makes it easier to get around in my wheelchair and when I wear my prosthetic leg.

  3. OWK says:

    Have a good vacation,Bill.

  4. hsoJ in Zeeland says:

    EVERYBODY CANCEL THE AMBER ALERT FOR THE SNOW! I FOUND SOME!

  5. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    38 degrees over here at 8am. A mild start to another week with above average temps.

    The chatter on the meteorological boards I follow is possibly no pattern shift now til after Christmas.

    Worst fail of last week goes to Tom Skilling predicting arctic surge for Chicago with temps more than 10 degrees below average beginning today (in reality, looks warm in Chicago this week):

    http://blog.chicagoweathercenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/FEATUREGRAPHIC120612.jpg

    Runner ups go to the GFS model and Ryan Maue and his “blizzard” prediction for Chicago and lower Michigan.

    1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

      Best predictions go to bloggers, Kyle from Wood who was spot on for the weekend in his Friday forecast, and the NWS wasn’t too shabby either as the storm got closer.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Yeah, people were calling the storm WAY too early. The West side of the lower 48 is really cold though, the location of the cold had a shift west from the early predictions.

    3. Jacob G says:

      Ryan never predicted blizzard, he showed one model run and funny enough there was a blizzard this weekend just further west. So hats off to the euro for picking this up as a major storm for the upper Midwest.

      1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

        Blizzard

        https://twitter.com/RyanMaue/status/275707234388934656/photo/1

        After that run, he then said 3-6″ from Chicago to lower Michigan.

  6. Michael says:

    Boy we could reslly use some snow. I along with others that rely on the snow for income are really going to start feeling the pinch of a green December. Bring on the snow!

  7. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Hey its 32 here now with a light dusting of snow on the grass and roofs, with some breaks in the clouds showing up the little bit of snow we now have will all be gone.
    Also looks like next weekend will be wet again with a good bit of rain.
    SlimJim

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Yup, more December rain. Not much snow or cold in the future for us I’m afraid.

    2. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Looks now like that storm will be much farther south. Not much rain, if any.

  8. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    BTW for all of the snow lovers who need a little fix here is the Michigan snow cam link (note check the date some are old)

    http://www.michigansnowcams.com/webcam_map.htm

    SlimJim

  9. John (Holland) says:

    We got a little, less than 1/4 inch, overnight. The grass is generally about half covered.

  10. INDY says:

    Winter is here highs in thee 20′s coming next week with a lot of snow my cousin in Alaska called and said it’s coming polor xpress to Michigan we will have a BIG storm around xmas eve which will give us a white xmass going to get verrry winter like coldddd burrr around here ..Stay Tuned INDYY…….

    1. John (Holland) says:

      Hope so!

      1. John (Holland) says:

        AccuLess has snow Dec 19-25, wouldn’t that be nice.

  11. GunLakeDeb says:

    Finally started snowing (barely) around 9 AM. I know it won’t last, but at least it *tried*….LOL!! My friend in Mt Pleasant sent me a beautiful snow picture from HER back yard! She got several inches.

  12. GunLakeDeb says:

    Also – nice picture of a Pileated Woodpecker!! I saw one for the first time a few months ago – then had a pair flying around in the trees behind work a few weeks ago! They’re very “prehistoric-looking”…LOL!

  13. Steelie says:

    Good Day,

    Looks like GRR/NWS seems to be in agreement with the CPC…

    .LONG TERM…(WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY)
    ISSUED AT 328 AM EST MON DEC 10 2012

    BY THE TIME THIS WEEK ENDS ONE MAY WONDER… WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL OF
    THAT DECEMBER SNOWFALL SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN NORMALLY GETS THIS
    TIME OF YEAR?

    IT SEEMS A ANOTHER STRONG STORM WILL MOVE THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES
    THIS COMING WEEKEND. IT WILL FEATURE A GOOD SURGE OF WARM AIR AHEAD
    OF IT MEANING A SIGNIFICANT RAIN STORM BUT LITTLE IN THE WAY OF REAL
    COLD AIR BEHIND IT SO EITHER NO SNOW OR LITTLE SNOW TO FOLLOW THE
    SYSTEMS DEPARTURE LATE IN THE WEEKEND.

    OVERALL THERE IS DECENT MODEL AGREEMENT UNTIL NEXT STRONG EAST ASIAN
    JET STREAKS CROSSES THE DATE LINE IN THE FRIDAY TIME FRAME. IT IS
    FORECAST TO HAVE SPEEDS NEAR 200 KNOTS AT THAT TIME. NEARLY ALWAYS
    WHEN THERE IS SUCH A STRONG JET STREAK WE GET A POWERFUL SYSTEM
    CROSSING THE CONUS WITHIN A FEW DAY OF THAT. THAT IS EXPECTED THIS
    TIME TOO.

    AS THAT JET STREAK… NOW COMING OFF OF SOUTHERN JAPAN… REACHES
    THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC TOWARD FRIDAY… IT WILL FORM A DEEP
    TROUGH OVER THE WESTERN CONUS. THAT IN TURN WILL BUILD A FLAT RIDGE
    OVER THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN CONUS. THIS WILL OF COURSE BOOT THE
    COLD AIR OUT OF OUR AREA BY THURSDAY. WITH THE NORTHERN STREAM JET
    NEAR THE CANADIAN BOARDER ANY WARM FRONT PRECIPITATION WILL BE NORTH
    OF OUR CWA. SO… BENIGN WEATHER SHOULD RULE INTO FRIDAY.

    WHERE THE ISSUE COMES IN WITH MODEL AGREEMENT IS THE SYSTEM FOR THIS
    COMING WEEKEND. THE GFS KEEPS FLIP FLOPPING ON THIS SYSTEM BETWEEN A
    MERGED NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN STREAM SYSTEM AND TWO SYSTEMS (ONE GOES
    OVER SOUTHERN CANADA AND THE OTHER OVER THE OHIO VALLEY). MEANWHILE
    THE ECMWF IS SIGNIFICANTLY MORE CONSISTENT AND TAKES A STRONGER
    SOUTHERN STREAM SYSTEM NORTHEAST INTO THE GREAT LAKES THE BECOMES
    NEGATIVELY TILTED AT UPPER LEVELS BY SATURDAY EVENING. THAT SYSTEM
    WOULD TRACK NORTH OF SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN BRINGING A SIGNIFICANT
    AMOUNT OF RAIN TO THE AREA SATURDAY.

    BECAUSE THE POLAR VORTEX RETREATS ACROSS THE NORTH POLE TO NEAR
    SIBERIA AS THE JET STREAK CROSSES THE PACIFIC THIS WEEK…THERE WILL
    BE LITTLE IN THE WAY OF COLD AIR TO PULL IN BEHIND THE SYSTEM TO
    CREATE LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS SUNDAY.

    OVERALL IT WILL BE WARMER THAN NORMAL DURING THIS TIME FRAME AND
    LITTLE IF ANY SNOW IS EXPECTED THROUGH SUNDAY (MAYBE FLURRIES OR
    MIXED RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS).

    Steelie

    1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

      So much for a cold week, huh?

      1. Steelie says:

        Good Day,

        Indeed… The CPC has done fairly well this year and they are still predicting above normal temps in the one month forcast – that brings us to nearly mid-January if it holds true.

        Steelie

  14. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    Brett Anderson says the European is colder and snowier for Jan-March. Will believe it when I see it. Just hope we don’t have a late winter.

    http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/anderson/updated-winter-forecast-model-is-stormier-in-the-east/2558096

    1. Jacob G says:

      Lot of winter left. With a negative ao,nao,pna could make it real interesting over time as snowpack cont to build NW of us.

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        Yes there is a lot of winter left. But that said there are also some indications that it may be late January before it turns cold and now that could end up being just a maybe.
        SlimJim

  15. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Moderate El Nino forecasts were turned to weak El Nino forecasts… and now we are currently neutral with possibilities of even seeing La Nina! What a trip.

  16. Scott Robinson says:

    im not sure where to post this so i apologise in advance. i was travling through ND yesterday (12/9/12) and saw the most amazing sun i ever seen its hard to expain, but if possible, could you tell me what i saw and how it happed. i uploaded it to youtube, here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCzHmGTfQXQ

  17. Any big systems heading this way that we should be concerned with for middle of next week (December 19th)? I know it’s too early to forecast for certain, but just wondered if there are any big beasts on the horizon. Thanks.

  18. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

    Just face it winter is not going to come to Michigan so far when they have forecasted a winter storm for you guys a week out it has been rain and warm the next week if Michigan does not get any serious cold within the next couple weeks winter is over even if its just beginning!

    1. INDY says:

      Thanks fizzel…..keep rolling out fakes!!INDYY….

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        I WISH she was Fixxxer – he actually understand weather and uses proper grammar ;-)

  19. Craig (Holland North Sider) says:

    Chance of a run on sentence by Deb telling us how winter will play out in West Michigan, 100%.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I want a winter storm that lasts as long as one of her sentences!!

      1. Craig (Holland North Sider) says:

        If that were the case we may be on the cusp of the next ice age…

        1. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

          Haha hilarious!

  20. Mark (N.E. Gratiot) says:

    Snow would be as deep as her BS

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      you not sticking up for (OK city Deb) or anyone else for that matter but it should be pointed out that there is a lot of BS on this blog and as for grammar well I have to admit I do not know how to write a sentence either but there again there is a lot of that here as well. (just goes with the territory)
      SlimJim

      1. Yes, please don’t grade me on my grammmmmer skills or I won’t ever be able to blog lol Lord help me even more when I try to type with my Iphone and fat fingerssss

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