No Big StormsDecember 30th, 2012 at 5:55 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Kids having fun at Pando Winter Sports Park in the picture, where they are celebrating their 50th year. With the cool temperatures, ski areas have been able to make snow and have pretty good conditions. They will continue to be the case for the next week. Here’s the afternoon Lake Michigan MODIS satellite picture. Note it’s clear in Wisconsin and south of I-94. It was also clear in the late PM at Cadillac and Houghton Lake. Ice is forming in Green Bay. Shallow Lake Winnebego is frozen over. The deepest lakes in Wisconsin still have open water (Lake Geneva, Green Lake). The lake-effect clouds held solid over most areas north of a line from S. Haven to north of Jackson. We had a dusting of snow last night and there are icy spots on sidewalks, parking lots and a few lesser-traveled roads. The split jet stream, well north and south of us means that we miss the storms again this week. We will get occasional lake-effect snow showers, but the factors really don’t come together for any real significant accumulations over most of the area. There will be scattered snow showers/flurries Monday/Tuesday. Temperatures will be cool. The NAM (Caribou) gives G.R. a high of 34 on Monday, a temperature of 27 at Midnight, temperatures holding in the mid 20s most of Tuesday and a high of 28 on Weds. It gets a little breezy late tonight/Monday and that will keep wind chills in the teens. You can see fireworks on New Year’s Eve in Saugatuck, Jackson, Ludington and in Kalamazoo, where there is a big all-evening party around Bronson Park. Thousands will be in downtown G.R. for the big HOT FM Party with Sylvia Yacoub from THE VOICE. And…the Lions lost – at least they’ve made ‘em close. The Lions finish a disappointing 4-12 ending with 8 losses in a row. The Lions had four turnovers, none for the Bears. Calvin Johnson has a record year, but does not make 2,000 yds. ALSO: A new study on the giant tsunami that hit Japan after the big Earthquake on 3/11/11. The sea wall at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant was 18.7 feet high. The tsunami at the nuclear facility averaged approximately 47 feet high. At one point they found that the water climbed to 68.9 feet (21 meters). If you figure 12.5 feet per story in a downtown building, that would have been a “wave” over 5 1/2 stories high.