Snow Showers/Flurries, Windy FridayDecember 20th, 2012 at 1:16 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
7:32 PM FRIDAY: One little band of flurries from near Muskegon to Three Rivers. We’ve already seen our strongest wind, but it stays gusty into this evening. We’re still getting gusts to 30-35 mph. The wind should be down to 10-12 mph by Saturday AM. Two people were injured by a falling tree in Niles in Berrien Co. There were no injuries when a school bus with 6 kids inside crashed into a fallen tree near Montague. Peak gusts: 71 mph S. Haven Lighthouse, 66 mph at the beach at Michigan City IN, 63 mph Holland beach and at Big Sable Point near Ludington, 61 mph Muskegon Beach, 60 mph Benton Harbor, 59 mph at Manistee, 56 mph at the Muskegon Airport, 55 mph at Mears (Oceana Co.) and at the S. Haven Airport, 49 mph at the Grand Rapids Ford Airport, 48 mph at the Ludington Airport, 47 mph at the Regional Airport in Holland, 46 mph at Kalamazoo, 43 mph at Fremont, 41 mph at Battle Creek, and 40 mph at Jackson, Big Rapids and Ionia . For current Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. You can check out the winds at the S. Haven Lighthouse, the Spyglass Condos Weather Station by the Holland Channel, the Muskegon beach (when the wind is in knots – kts. – multiply by 1.15 to get mph), and the beach at Michigan City, Indiana. Snow cover: 16″ Grand Marais, 15″ Marquette, 14″ Gaylord, 12″ S. Ste. Marie, 9″ Cadillac, 7″ Lake City and north of Manistee, 5″ Traverse City, Alpena, Houghton Lake and north of Big Rapids, 4″ Scottville and Reed City, 2″ near Hart. The overall pattern for next week will be colder and basically dry. Official rainfall midnight-midnight for Thursday: 1.33″ Muskegon (daily record), 0.81″ Holland, 0.86″ Benton Harbor, 0.93″ Grand Rapids, 0.76″ Kalamazoo, 0.75″ Battle Creek, 0.60″ Lansing, 0.50″ Jackson. Total Snowfall: 13.8″ near Gaylord, 13.6″ Spaar (Otsego Co.), 12.5″ Vanderbilt, 11″ S. Ste Marie, 10″ Suttons Bay. Milwaukee had 2.16″ of rain (and that was soooo close to being snow!) and Madison officially had 13.3″ of snow. Middleton, just west of Madison WI reported 19.5″ of snow with 16″ at Verona WI. Up to 14.5″ of snow was reported near Des Moines IA with up to 10″ near Waterloo IA. They had thundersnow in Wisconsin and Iowa. Four deaths are blamed on the storm, more than a thousand flights have been cancelled and large tree branches have broken off due to the weight of the snow. Here’s NAM model snowfall thru 84 hours, the GFS snowfall thru 120 hours and the HPC snowfall predictions. Here’s WOOD-TV Interactive Radar, looping radar. Check out the current conditions, regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map, Storm total rainfall, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the WOOD lightning tracker and U.S. lightning Marantha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime). Here’s Lake Michigan water temperatures. Here’s storm total rainfall for W. Michigan and E. Michigan. Here’s data from the mid-lake buoy (not available in winter) and the Wind Map. And…here’s the 84-hour NAM snowfall amount forecast for W. Michigan and the 120-hour GFS snowfall amount forecast.
Here’s local storm reports from Iowa, Western Wisconsin, Eastern Wisconsin, and northern Michigan. Check out the storm during the day on these webcams and the Snowman Cam from Gaylord. Here’s severe weather reports from Weds. (gust to 66 mph on the north side of Dallas and 63 mph at Fort Smith AR. High temperatures Weds: 49 Tucson, 57 Phoenix, 48 Las Vegas, 58 San Diego, 22 Denver, 16 Cheyenne WY, 11 Yellowstone N.P….on the other hand it was 78 in Dallas and 89 at McAllen, Texas. If you think we have snow and wind, check out the day they had in Skagway, Alaska.
Also: Here’s a doomsday clock counting down the time until Dec. 21 (note: the doomsday clock for the Detroit Tigers missing the playoffs has already reached 00:00:00:00).