Travel DayDecember 11th, 2012 at 12:45 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
From Georgetown, Kentucky. Quite a difference this morning between where I live in Alpine Twp., where we had nearly an inch of snow on the ground Mon. AM and ice-covered trees (and my driveway) from freezing drizzle Sun. night and just a couple miles to the south where the ground was bare. About the only sun we saw today was leaving our driveway, with the glassy sparkling on all the trees and bushes. We hit snow showers south of Kalamazoo. GRR radar at midnight shows lake-effect snow showers from far W. Allegan Co. to Berrien Co. then southeast into NE Indiana. Here’s recent snow reports from GRR. The temperature was between 32 and 36 all the way down here. We stopped to see the wind turbines across the Ohio border north of US 30 near Van Wert, Ohio. All but 2 of the 30+ we saw were spinning nicely in the wind. I clip coupons and my wife and I each used one at a local McDonald’s. We’re staying at the local Microtel…$38 with a coupon from a coupon pamphlet we got at a rest stop…the desk said it was the best deal they offer, better than showing an AARP card. We get breakfast in the AM, free WI-FI in the room and free local and long-distance calls. We saw gas as cheap as $3.18 along I-75 in Ohio. We just watched Brady and Co. pound Houston on Monday Night Football. We head to Tennessee tomorrow to visit my mother and my sister and her family. My niece is performing in concerts Tues. and Thurs. evenings and we’ll get to see both of those. I’ve got a nice gift basket from Noto’s for my mother, a gift membership in the Botanic Garden and we’ll stop and get her a certificate from her local supermarket. My sister wants to go play golf and it’ll actually be sunny and low-mid 50s a couple days this week here in E. Tennessee. The last time I was down here in winter it was freezing. I remember the temperature at Noon in Knoxville was 24 and we had a passing moderate-heavy snow shower. We were eating lunch and everyone got up from their tables to look out the window and see the snow! I was like, what? It’s just a snow shower…but it was a big deal to people that may not get to see it snowing that hard all winter. A very quick scan of the weather data shows a cool day today in Michigan with maybe a passing flurry or snow shower, then rain over the weekend.
The Arctic Air spilled down into the Rockies and Northern Plains. Low temperatures Mon. AM included -12 at Park Rapids MN, -11 at Pierre SD, -9 at North Platte NE, -3 at Gallup NM and Colorado Springs and -23 at Alamosa CO. The low was -38F at Lansdowne House, Ontario, north of Lake Superior. The cold has been intense in Alaska. For the week of 12/2 thru 12/8, the average high temperature at Fairbanks AK was -20.7. That was 26.7 degrees colder than average for that week! Additional snowfall totals from the weekend storm: 17.3″ Sacred Heart MN, 17″ Lake Elmo, MN and 16.2″ at Menomonie WI. Heavy snow fell as far south as New Mexico. Blizzards have dropped heavy snow and blocked roads in Mongolia and N. China. Heavy snow has “blocked 193 villages” in E. Turkey. The country of Georgia also experienced heavy snow. The picture here is from Laura at ReportIt, showing the weekend snow covering some late-blooming pansies. Down in SE Tennessee you can see pansies blooming in the winter. At my house we have what looks like yellow daisies (actually a variety of mum) that are very late blooming, in late Nov./Dec. Then I have snowdrops that come up in February right thru the snow. These flowers are right next to the house and get some bounce-back warming from the brick wall. So I often only go a couple months without having a flower bloom. Both the mums and snowdrops came from Fruit Basket Flowerland. The snowdrops have been there for 20+ years…quite the amount of enjoyment I’ve had from a few bucks spent back then. Finally, check out the multi-colored nacreous cloud over Scotland, this fireball (bright meteor) that streaked across the Texas sky, the risk for severe storms in Florida (and tornadoes in the South yesterday) and this house, decked out with 180,000 Christmas lights.