Snow Showers/Flurries, Windy Friday

December 20th, 2012 at 1:16 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local   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 radarGRR 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).


468 Responses to “Snow Showers/Flurries, Windy Friday”

  1. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

    Still less than an inch in ALL areas tonight with exception of the extreme southwest part of the state.

    1. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

      Areas north of Muskegon 1-3″

  2. dano (Norton Shores) says:

    I just don’t like the models that don’t give us snow….

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Other than the 0Z GFS, on the 27th, which isn’t a lot. There doesn’t look to be a whole lot for snow on the horizon for the next 2 weeks. That is going by the GFS though.

  3. TACO BOY says:

    More snow the better free ice for our slushes.

    1. Katie in Kentwood says:

      The yellow snow adds natural flavoring!

      1. phlrnnr says:

        Reminds me of Monsters Inc. Sno Cones anyone?

        1. Mike in Hamilton says:

          Don’t worry, it’s lemon!

      2. Jack says:

        Frank Zappa Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow song lyrics. These Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow lyrics are performed by Frank Zappa Get the music video and song lyrics …

  4. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    Hello everyone, I am back. New computer/internet service. The weather will be the main topic for the next few days. Looks like the wind will be the biggest threat. Talked with my grandkid,down in the Smoky Mountains, they might be getting some snow. They are going to see Micky Mouse in Fl, next week. It’s good to be back among the living again.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Good to hear from you again, Larry! Hope you’re doing well.

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Hey stranger – welcome back!!

  5. fixxxer says:

    Come on spring! ;)

    1. Bruiseviolet says:

      Oh always the jokester :)

  6. Clint(Rothbury) says:

    I think the storm is weakening from what I can see that why the radar is starting look like it is. I think that’s because there is not enough cold air aloft to support the snow. I think right if I remember right but I’m not a 100% on that….

  7. UNCLE SPARKEE says:

    your ol uncle sparkee is partyin like its 1999 in the ol love shack!! your ol auunty edna just put on her feather like outfit!! i cant remember much of the 80s and 90s but im pretty sure your ol aunty edna looks as pretty now than she did back than, its a smoke fest up here in the back woods tonight! gettin windy!!what the hell is coming out of the bedroom! eeeeks

    1. Jack says:

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  8. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

    I feel like I’m talking down but even the system for next week is seeking the East coast. One of the forums already has 64 pages talking about the 26-27th “super-blizzard” :/

    Our only other shot at snow would come the 24th at night (christmas eve) the models are showing half of an inch for most of the area. It’s very possible we could set a record for December being snow-free in some areas! (WOW)

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Yup, darn. What a boring winter pattern.

  9. Tim from Zeeland says:

    Why has’nt Bill said anything about the fact that we are 20 day’s into Dec and much of west Michigan has yet to see it’s first inch of snow? Anyone know that latest date that we saw that first inch of snow?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Grand Rapids has already had 2.1″ of snow for the winter (official NWS) and 1.8″ here in December. The least snow in any December for G.R. was 0.6″ in 1894 followed by 1.5″ in 1943. Five of the eleven snowiest Decembers in G.R. have occurred since 2000 (inc. four of the top five).

      1. Tim from Zeeland says:

        Thanks for the info. Not sure where the reporting station for Zeeland is but to my best we have yet to have recored an inch of snow on any given day yet this season. I have to believe people living in kazoo might not have even seen as much as the few flakes we’ve seen.

        1. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

          Battle Creek has only had a trace of snow to date.

  10. Mike in Hamilton says:

    what’s with all the school closings in Calhoun county?

    1. FrostytheSlushman says:

      Threats of violence

    2. Mark says:

      I was wondering that as well — anyone know?

      1. Jack says:

        I Think it is Because of Threats… ;-(

    3. Bill Steffen says:

      Pennfield Schools

      Due to the volume of comments circulating through social media alleging possible threats against the local school districts, as well as due to recent events, the superintendents from Harper Creek, Lakeview, Battle Creek and Pennfield, in conjunction with local law enforcement, have decided to close school and all activities for Thursday evening and Friday, December 21, 2012 while local law enforcement agencies and school administration investigates the allegations, which appear to be unsubstantiated.

      Safety for our students and staff is our priority, and with an impending snowstorm, and social media spreading rumors, it was determined that it would be best to close school and cancel all evening activities for Thursday and Friday.

      1. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

        Thanks Bill!

        Isn’t it horrible? I used to go to Harper Creek High School, I can’t believe it.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          No, I hadn’t seen that. I wonder if you wore that if they’d make you turn the shirt inside out.

        2. Jack says:

          Probably Would , But I’d Refuse !,! CUE : Big Tent Revival – If Loving God Was a Crime.mpg – YouTube
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    4. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I don’t get it either. Hasn’t even snowed yet. I see at least one is closed due to illness.

    5. Mike in Hamilton says:

      never mind, found it on another site (sorry WOOD)

      1. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

        There all closing due to threats I wouldn’t be suppressed to see more of those closings tomorrow due to threats we’ve even been getting threats in our schools down here its like the kids are asking for jail time!

        1. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:


      2. John (Holland) says:

        At least they didn’t close for the Mayan apocalypse like those schools in Detroit.

      1. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

        They just want an early day off… They’re going to have a permanent vacation in juvie or jail, methinks.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          Anyone who makes threats against a school needs to go to jail. I don’t care HOW old they are.

  11. Barry in Zeeland says:

    All the rain today sure greened up the yard! At least the grass that is poking above water anyway. This clay around us is like one big bowl that holds all the rain. Thankfully the few remaining snow flakes we might get will all melt on contact. I was suprised to see the temp hit 50 today. I thought todays high was only going to be around 40. Lovely SPRING weather!

    1. Tim from Zeeland says:

      How is your golf game? Crestview was still open last I checked.

      1. Barry in Zeeland says:

        Drove by there today, still have the flags in the holes. No one out in the rain though.

  12. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

    I heard that there were school threats to Reeths Puffer , Oakridge, Orchard View, and Mona Shores in Muskegon county according to my friend

    1. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

      It happened all across the state today… Lots of copycat crimes. Some kids are going to be in deeper trouble than they expect.

      1. John (Holland) says:

        Yeah, they’ll get busted quite easily I’m sure. They picked a bad social climate in which to pull such pranks, with the shootings.

        1. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

          I agree

    2. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

      It’s so sad of what some kids are capable of doing these days!

      1. John (Holland) says:

        Kids should be banned from electronic devices till they’re 18.

        1. Tim from Zeeland says:

          And gun ownership needs to be band till 21. Not that it will fix the whole problem.

  13. Tonka says:

    Ya what’s up with all the school closings?

    1. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

      Gun threats because tomorrow’s the rumored end of earth day

      1. Tonka says:

        This seems absurd. I say if its an actual threat, then ok. But schools closing because of the 21 st thing is just silly. It’s the 21st now in china, Australia, etc. are we so presumptuous to think even the end of the world will happen on America’s eastern standard time? Lol. Silly.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          They’re worried some unbalanced person will shoot up a school figuring they have nothing to lose because the world will end or we’ll all dissolve into anarchy anyway.

      2. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

        Schools want to be sure that all their students are safe better safe then sorry!

        1. Tonka says:

          From what? Don’t get me wrong, if there is a legit threat, then do the safe thing and close. But to have school officials say that part of their reasonings for closing schools, such as up north, that they have fears over the whole 21st thing is just crazy, counterproductive, and just outright absurd.

        2. fixxxer says:

          Becuase tonka. Some asshat will pull something tomorrow. Dont you know the kind of society you live in anymore?

        3. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

          Tonka it’s not because of the 21st thing it’s because crazy students think since its the 21st they will make up rumors that they will bring a gun to school and make the world end for some so schools are just being safe !

  14. Stephen (North Muskegon says:

    Like i said before. I hope not to be right but, something IS going to happen tomorrow some type of event. No not the world ending just something similar to last week.

    1. David(Ashley) says:

      That is kind of scary you would even think that

      1. Stephen (North Muskegon says:

        No. Its suppose to be the end of the world.. You don’t think somones going to go bat crazy? its the ultimate false flag event. Personally im not going out at all that day.

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I have secured the perimeter. And watched Home Alone the other night. I’m ready.

    3. fixxxer says:

      Dont but into the mass hystaria.

  15. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

    Anyone have any wind gusts out there yet??

  16. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    I picked up exactly 1″ of rain today. We have 1″ of snow for the month.

  17. Kimoeagle says:

    Barometric pressure is presently 29.18 here in Angola, and dropping. That is a strong LOW. No rain or snow at present, and winds out of the W at 8 kts. The calm before the …?Forecast is for strong winds tomorrow and some snow tonight. Any snow in the GRR area?

    1. Steelie says:

      Good Day,

      Not yet this evening…


    2. Kimoeagle says:

      First snowflakes just started. Bar. Pressure stable at 29.18. Temp. 28F. Winds calm.

      1. Kimoeagle says:

        IN NE Indiana. Sorry.

        1. Kimoeagle says:

          Winds starting to change direction and are beginning to come out of the N now. Guessing that the LOW is either over us, or pretty darn close. It is amazing that this LOW is causing and creating such turmoil as far south as Florida.

  18. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

    Tbh I’m kind of afraid of going tomorrow not really but sort of because you never know what they could be hiding in their locker! But in going anyways

  19. Clint(Rothbury) says:

    The rain snow line is creeping my way can’t wait for it to get here!!!

    1. John (Holland) says:

      Almost there… Almost there… Cover me, Porkins!

      1. Steelie says:

        Good Day,

        And how did that fare for Porkins? ;-)


  20. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Driving the highways all day with bald tires was scary, hydroplaned quite a bit, almost lost control twice. Going to Belle Tire tomorrow morning. Safety first after today.

  21. Mr. Negative says:

    Barometer at 28.90…looks like a Low. Certainly doesn’t look like a winter storm around here.

  22. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    Looking at the snow south of us in Indiana, can’t help but wonder if this storm had passed over Traverse City. That would have meant much more wrap around/lake ehanced snow over SW Michigan.

  23. fixxxer says:

    Looks as our school closings made national headlines. I might just keep my kid home too.

    1. Stephen (North Muskegon says:

      fixxxer says:
      December 20, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Dont but into the mass hystaria.

      Please fix be quiet. You contradict everything dude.

      1. fixxxer says:

        Please stephen shut off your internet.

        1. Stephen (North Muskegon says:

          Go into your little cardboard bunker with your tin hat now.

        2. fixxxer says:

          Whatever gets you through the night. Im not going to argue with a bunch of children who get their tighty whities in a bunch over comments on the “internet”.

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Oh good grief. I’d like to think that any school closings were based on:
      1. The possibility of bad weather making roads dangerous
      2. Threats made against the schools
      3. What’s one more day of Christmas Vacation going to hurt?

      I suspect that if the 1-week anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy took place in the middle of the week and the weather was calm – kids WOULD be going to school (maybe with heightened protection?)

  24. Snow for Byron Center: 0″. will stay there all night at this rate.

    1. Tim from Zeeland says:

      At THAT rate is will be like that all winter.. lol

  25. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

    No school for me tomorrow just talked to my mom and she said I can stay home :) now I don’t have to worry about those stupid rumors!

  26. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

    Another school district on the east side of Michigan closed tomorrow due to threats

    1. fixxxer says:

      Im shocked godwin hasnt closed. Wyoming is a melting pot of crime and scum anymore. Glad im moving in june.

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I will be working tomorrow, and my kids will be in school tomorrow as usual. Just another routine day. They have their Christmas parties tomorrow. I wouldn’t deny them that. Not worried.

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        When the schools close (or kids stay home) due to “rumors” – then the troublemakers win. Hope your kids (some of my grandkids go to Grandville schools, too) have a wonderful “Last Day Before Christmas Break!!”

  27. Clint(Rothbury) says:

    Still no snow yet here in Rothbury just raining right now shoulbe changing over any time now!!!

    1. Ryan (Rockford) says:

      I think you’ll get some pretty decent LES tomorrow. How long did it stay snow this AM before it turned to rain?

  28. Clint(Rothbury) says:

    I would say till about 7:30 am or so…

  29. Clint(Rothbury) says:

    Just changing over to snow right now!!! IM READY!!!!

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Hopefully you get enough for a white Christmas up there.

      1. Clint(Rothbury) says:

        I’m thinking 3-6 inches Brian…

        1. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

          3-6″ would be nice. I apologize for your upsetting behavior when you see there’s less than an inch on the ground by tomorrow evening ;)

  30. fixxxer says:

    Blowing flurries huh bill?

  31. Clint(Rothbury) says:

    No fix its a moderate snow…

    1. fixxxer says:

      Maybe for you up there.

  32. arcturus says:

    So I had posted earlier about NYC poised for the warmest year since record keeping began. Bill replies that Nome, Alaska is poised to have coldest year ever.

    This begs to ask the question, Bill – how long has Nome been reliably keeping weather records? About 100 years less than NYC?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Weather data for Nome goes back to 1906:

      Weather records for New York Central Park go back to 1871, for LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to 1940 and for John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) to 1948

      I’ll bet there’s a lot more “urban heat island” effect in NYC now versus 1871. Nome has a summer population of 3,598. That’s about the same population as Cedar Springs or Paw Paw.

  33. Stacsh says:

    To deny the fact the globe is warming overall since records have been kept means you lose all credibility.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      And to imply that (we) are causing it means that you loose all credibility.

      1. arcturus says:

        The only people who lose credibility are the ones who claim others are not credible.

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        If USA Today post’s this. Elgore, your in big trouble.

      2. Stacsh says:

        Not getting into politics. The earth is warming as a whole though. Fact

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          The 1970s was a relatively cool decade (remember the winters in the late 70s?). After that, we warmed from the 1980s to the early 2000s. Since then temperatures have been relatively flat:

  34. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

    Why is the rain/snow moving is different directions on you’re radar?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      We have a low pressure center right over us…and the precipitation is moving in a counter-clockwise motion around the upper low.

  35. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

    Fixxxer K-zoo schools are now closed tomorrow due to threat maybe you’re kids school will be closed

    1. Katie in Kentwood says:

      I think he is in wyoming

  36. Jack says:

    Wow…Anybody Else Catch, Jay Leno’s Song- Skit , on The End Of The World ( Tonite ) …LMAO… :-) . ().

    1. Jack says:

      Hey Bill, Thanks for the Doomsday Clock, Lol, Did You Know They Have a End of The World BLOG.??

  37. Clint(Rothbury) says:

    Still snowing up here light dusting on the grassy areas now!!!

  38. Clint(Rothbury) says:

    Winds really starting to pick up here in Rothbury still snowing lightly!!!

  39. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    Calm as can be here. So, just ‘what’ part of this event is the ‘storm’?
    All it did was rain all day….

  40. Sprites says:

    Radar starting to fill in. Snow should start for a lot of places in the next couple hours.

  41. Clint(Rothbury) says:

    Already blowing and snowing here!!!!

  42. Mindy ( Mason MI ) says:

    GIANT BUBBLE AT IT’S WORK!! Precip to the North, Precip to the South!!! HAPPENS EVERY TIME!!!!!!!!

  43. Katie in Kentwood says:

    Snow is almost here to Kentwood :D

    1. Katie in Kentwood says:

      Radar is showing that the snow moving through but its raining out…

  44. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    Arrived at my family’s house in DuBois, PA to find it snowing heavily here. Left Western Michigan at 4 under dreary, 40s…and arrived somewhere hundreds of miles to the southeast, where it is snowing. I-80 was not good….and very windy! Heading to my sister in law’s house up in Cooks Forest tomorrow, where they are expecting 6 to 10 inches!

    1. Bruiseviolet says:

      Enjoy the snow!

    2. Todd In Nunica says:

      Enjoy Matt! You did not miss anything here, Ive been waking up every hr to check temps to see if I need to salt……still hanging above freezing everywhere, I would say MAYBE 1/8 to 1/4″ of snow/sleet on the cars and rails……roads and walks just wet. Heck im up….might as well sit here for 50 min and get a first hand view of the “end of the world”….lol

  45. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    No snow here, it’s not sticking. Bah. This wasn’t much of anything.
    WHY would there ever have been a prediction of “33 FOOT WAVES!!!” when nothing like that ever came close to fruition?

  46. Bnoppe says:

    The Bubble is growing now its deflecting major systems both euro and GFS agree that next weeks storm misses us

    1. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

      Both storms are now forecast to be southeast of Michigan, too far for any impacts.

      1. bnoppe(Albion) says:

        well we can only hope that they trend NW

  47. Slimjim says:

    Hey just seeing if I can use my new. Toy on bills blog or not

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