Happy New Year

December 31st, 2012 at 8:56 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   Happy 2013 everyone!  Hope it’s your best year ever!  Thanks for reading my blog.  I’ll update this, but some preliminary climate notes:  December in G.R. looks to be 5.9° degrees warmer than average with an average temperature of 35.1°.  The month was 5.6°  warmer than average in MKG and 5.2° warmer than average in Lansing.  We had 2.72″ of precipitation in G.R., which is 109% of average.  The average wind speed was 9 mph and we had roughly 17.5% of possible sunshine (average is 20%).  We had more minutes of sun from 2 PM July 3rd thru July 6th (3 1/2 days) than we had in the whole month of December.  We only had 5 days all month that were more than 1/3rd sunny (33%).  Snowfall in December in G.R. was 7.2″ in G.R.   Most of the Lower 48 states were warmer than average in 2012 (Detroit +3.6°, Dallas +3.1°, Oklahoma City +2.7°, Cincinnati +2.7°).  There were a few places that were near or cooler than average (Miami +0.1°, Seattle -0.3°, San Francisco -0.6°, Honolulu -0.5°) and most of Alaska had a cool 2012 (Anchorage -2.7°, Juneau -1.9°, Fairbanks -2.5°, Nome -3.7°).  NASA IR global temperature anomaly (current 1981-2010 average base) has the Earth at +0.039 degree warmer than average in 2012, with much warmer than average conditions over much of the Arctic and North America and cooler than average temperatures over Alaska, central Asia and a significant part of the Southern Hemisphere.      December Global Temperature Anomaly shows the globe was pretty close to average, with warmer than average over the Eastern U.S., Eastern Canada, and the Poles – colder than average over Western Canada, Alaska and much of Central Asia.

79 Responses to “Happy New Year”

  1. GunLakeDeb says:

    Happy New Year, EVERYONE!!

  2. Jack says:

    Happy New Year !!! EVERYONE !!! God Bless ! :-)

  3. Scott (west olive) says:

    Well let’s hope we can squeeze some snow out in the new year. Hope everyone has a good year ahead.!

  4. Jack Martin says:

    Happy New Year Bill !

  5. ~Sherry~ (Comstock Park) says:

    Happy New Year!! May the only clouds on your horizon be a good old fashion thunder or snow storm!!

  6. Lonesome Dove says:

    Happy New Year to all. Bill, thanks for all you do!

  7. Nathan says:

    Happy New Years Bill! I am spending all this week swimming! I go from 7:45-9:30 AM and 2:45-6:15 PM each day. So it isn’t the normal “Relaxing” vacation, but what can I do? Could I wish for a snowstorm? Or *cough* meet up with you *cough*… And check out the studio? *Cough again*

    1. Haha my teacher wanted to set me up with a job shadow at news 8. I don’t know if they offer them but she wanted to set me up with terri. Im in a Career Planning class and we need to go on job shadows

      1. Nathan says:

        Wow, that’s cool. I met Terri and she is very friendly! Sounds like you have a great opportunity!

      2. KF (SE of Lowell) says:

        Channel 8 is great but my son did a career shadow with George Lessons at Channel 13 when he was nine. In fact, they told me that they don’t get too many people job shadowing so they really look forward to it. My son is now 13 and still plans on being a meteorologist. You can’t go wrong job shadowing any of our local meteorologists.

        1. Ohh wow that’s cool! Be the best day of my life job shawdowing at news 8 or 13!

  8. weather watcher says:

    Happy New Year everyone!

  9. Jack says:

    CUE: Seize The Day Carolyn Arends – YouTube
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  10. Sharon L'Anse, MI says:

    Have a Blessed New Year Bill, and to all your fans! It is a chilly 11 degrees here in L’Anse, MI tonight with snow flurries….so stay warm, and be safe~

  11. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    Happy New Year! I just got back from my visit in PA. Of the whole trip, Michigan has the least amount of snow. Brookvilla, PA appeared to have the most (a foot or more?) while the area between Lansing to Portland, as well as the area from Walker to Coopersville seemed to have the least. I was getting a little discouraged when seeing little snow in Coopersville, but by the time we got to Nunica the ground was completely covered again. From checking the weather, it appears the lakeshore got a couple inches of snow Saturday night…and there is proof of that in my yard here in Spring Lake township. I would estimate I have 2.5 to 3 inches in my neighborhood. I was SO happy to NOT see my grass!

  12. Slimjim says:

    Happy new year!!!
    This is our last night in Fort Myers tommarow we are off to Orlando. We played golf tody it was a very nice day with lot of sun and a temp of 78 who could ask for more even fixer couldn’t complain,

  13. Kimoeagle says:

    Happy New Year, Bill, to you and your family! Godbless.

  14. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

    Happy New Year to all!

  15. Cliff (Scotts) says:

    Happy New Year!!! Glad to be home this year and not on the other side of pond.

  16. Jill C. says:

    Happy New Year, Bill! Thanks for doin’ what ya do! :)

  17. North side of holland says:

    Happy New Year Folks , May the Lord Bless u with Good health and happiness

  18. mr. negative says:

    Happy 2013

  19. Jeff (S.E. Ionia County) says:

    Happy New Year Blog Family !

  20. December ended 7.7 degrees above normal here in Breckenridge. 11 of 12 months were above normal. Only april was below normal at -1.3 but that had followed a March that was an amazing +19.4 degrees above normal and March also recorded 37 cooling degree days WOW. Breckenridge now has been above normal in 20 of the last 24 months, and 14 of the last 15 months. January is lookiing to add to those numbers….. Here is hoping for lots of snow, but not really seeing anything anytime soon, so lets hope for rain…..

  21. Dan says:

    Happy New Year, Bill! Happy New Year to all the bloggers that make up Bill’s Blog! 2013 is going to be a GREAT YEAR!!! I hope yours’ is a FANTASTIC ONE!!!

  22. kevin. w says:

    Happy New Year all. I got a laugh at Acculess weather for there long range which says by the end of the 25 day forecast I should have about 3 feet of snow on the ground by the 26th. So I should plan on golfing, swimming getting the boat out and mowing the lawn. Worst winter ever and I sure agree with Rocky. :(

  23. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that you made through the apocalypse and New Years Eve! The bad news is that we are in a NO SNOW PATTERN and there are no SNOWSTORMS in sight!

    1. Steelie says:

      Good Day,

      Potential for rain after the 7th…?



      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Unfortunately it is looking like above temps with rain!

    2. Tim from Zeeland says:

      What happen to the snowstorm you PROMISED for the 7th? Now I’m bummbed out. LOL

  24. Evie says:

    Happy New Year’s to you, Bill, and your family. May God bless you in this coming year! Thank you for all you do!

  25. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    well there could be s twinge of hope I remember last year on News Years Even at midnight it was 60 outside, and it’s a lot colder out this New Years so MAYBE snow will yet arrive, later rather than sooner.

  26. Happy New Year to ALL!! I wish each one of you an awesome 2013! :D

    Exactly one year ago today, I was recording footage of the most intense lake effect snow I have ever experienced! All while battling a terrible cold! Here’s the video, the snow was awesome! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X-JohJKyzQ

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Cool vid, Charles. Ah, the good ole days…

  27. Brent (Cedar Springs) says:

    Can’t believe how boring this weather pattern is

  28. ~Sherry~(Comstock Park) says:

    Happy New Year everyone!! I sure hope there is a snow storm out there somewhere that finds its way to us!! Getting desperate at this point!!

  29. kevin. w says:





    Where is winter it sure isn’t around here and wonder if it will ever be. :(

    1. Steelie says:

      Good Day,

      Someone might be golfing… ;-)


    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Yes, the ever popular forecast from the experts about the COLD and SNOW is coming. What a joke as we are well on our way to the WORST WINTER ever! Yes golf is in my near future!

  30. Skot says:

    Whats the tally on blog posts last year? Not including fixxxer’s 33 alter ego’s and his comments on every single persons post. I thank you in advance my mustachiode friend.

  31. SW Kent says:

    Models continue to show quiet weather well into January.
    Would not be shocked if we do not make 30 inches for the season.
    I did not have to shovel snow 1 time last winter.
    i’m hoping to get a snowstorm this winter, but this pattern does not bode well for snow lovers.

  32. Skot says:

    We all know how great models are…..especially past 3 days. So wish in one hand and Cr-p in the other and see which one fills first.

  33. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    Happy new year Bill and Bloggers! Hopefully 2013 isnt a repeat of 2012 weather wise. :D

    1. fixxxer says:

      Heat wise i hope it is.

      1. Katie in Kentwood says:

        you were complaining about it being too hot though…

  34. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    I like how the GRR NWS has it all figured out. Just throw percent chances out there and you’re good. 10% one day, 40% the next day, 30% that night…you can never be wrong that way…

  35. fixxxer says:

    Way too cold out, im hoping we rebound on the temps soon.

    Id advise all of you to go get a flu shot asap. Just got mine today.

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Guess it’s to late for us. Most of the family, myself included, just got over having the flu. Man, it does suck. At least it’s comforting looking out the window at mostly grass and very little snow!

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Bring on the cold temperatures. I would prefer the temps in the teens all winter!! Anything above 30 degrees is way to warm!

      1. fixxxer says:

        Thres a place for you in pinerest rj. ;)

        And barry i hear ya. I was at the ER with my youngest the other day and it was like a war zone. People wearing masks becuase of influenza. I havent had a shot in 3 years but decided to do it today to be on th safe side. Ill be glad when spring and warmer temps are here.

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Just remember, it’s not the cold that causes the flu. The flu spreads by people not washing their hands correctly, touching their own faces, etc…

        2. Barry in Zeeland says:

          Indirectly it is the cold that causes the flu. When it’s colder out, everyone is stuck inside with each other swapping germs and viruses around. When it’s warmer, everyone is outside, at the beach, or whatever, thereby limiting contact with each other.

        3. Slimjim says:

          As Matt stated its not cold wether the cuses a cold. Even down here people have the flu right now. We are in Orlando now and it’s a sunny warm 78 here had to turn on the air in the motel.

        4. Barry in Zeeland says:

          You do realize that most of the people there now, including yourself, are from the North where it is cold right? In other words the migration of people on vacation from the cold weather areas have brought the germs and viruses with them to where it currently is warm, so yes, it is in the warm areas now thanks to the cold in the north. Fairly simple to understand really. We don’t have major flu outbreaks in July and August like we do in the winter simply because everyone everywhere in the country is outside more. And of course the kids aren’t enclosed in school where most of it starts to begin with.

        5. Brad says:

          Folks, I advise some reading on science and medicine. These comments are embarrassing. Just saying.

        6. Barry in Zeeland says:

          Yes, because many people together in enclosed places like schools and homes will not raise the risks of infections. Very scientific.

        7. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          I don’t see anything that embarrassing, Brad. I think most posters have some good points. I teach biology and don’t really have a need to prove myself to you.

  36. John (Holland) says:

    The light lake effect snow is starting to accumulate on the road, which is nice to see. Gotta love those big fluffy flakes.

    Happy New Year, and Merry 8th Day of Christmas!

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      I agree…pretty flakes. How much did you get today?

  37. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    2012 is now officially the warmest year on record for the U.S. (smashed the old record by a full degree).

    Seven of the top 10 warmest years in the 48 states have now occurred in the past 15 years.

    Additionally, U.S. severe weather and tornado count was well below average for 2012.

    1. 11 Bravo says:

      Bring on the warmth any day !

      On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin….On to Victory !!!!

    2. arcturus says:

      Yep. I previously asked how many above average months we’ve had in the past 18. The question was answered by someone who said ‘the last 5 have been pretty much average.’

      Does anyone have the real answer?

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        Four of the last five months have been average (in G.R.):

        Nov: -0.0°
        Oct: -0.2°
        Sept: +0.2°
        Aug: -0.0°

    3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Yes, above average temps and below average snowfall. That just about sums it up. We are in NO SNOW PATTERN!

  38. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    Snowed lightly all day here, but we have nothing to show for it. I’m surprised we couldn’t get any accumulations with a high temp of 26°, and a west wind. We’re planning a trip north to the Kalkaska/Grayling/Gaylord area next weekend to snowmobile. We figured we better go this weekend since the following week looks warm up there as well, and will ruin the trails until they get more snow.



  40. Daniel (Denver, CO) says:

    It’s been just as warm out in Denver and very dry too. Given El Niño turned into La Nada and the latest outlook by the CPC, we don’t have too much time left before the sun angle increases enough for the bare ground to really absorb it. We could be looking at a repeat pattern from 2012 unless something major in the overall pattern change. A lot of folks are hoping we don’t have another fire season like we did last year.

  41. fixxxer says:

    when is the cdc going to admit this new influenza a strain is going to epidemic proportions? 3 of my friends have it and so do 5 of my wife’s. the crap is everywhere this year. might just keep my kid home from school for awhile.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Home school fix. Pass on your immense knowledge.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:


      2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        ….and don’t do cyber school. Viruses spread over the Internet too…………………………

        1. Michael g (se gr) says:


  42. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    This has been a horrible winter so far. Very little cold air, no arctic air outbreaks and very little SNOW! The temps next week look horrible also. Well above average temps are on the way. This is as bad a winter that you could possibly have. Ridiculous!

    1. Brad (Lawrence says:

      Where are these horrible well above average temps. Woodtv is showing no warmer than 32 through Monday. On Tuesday it shows 37, but I am guessing that in a few days that will drop as Sunday and Monday have done. Are you guys looking at something else?

  43. Deb says:

    When do the average temps start to increase?

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      They level off at a minimum in Mid to late January and then very slowly rise through February.

  44. Uncle sparkee says:

    Happy new year all of little weather hobos! Been partying like an Asian rock star! Me and sparks jr got into a little smoke contest last night! Next thing I knew I was doing snow angels in the chicken coop. Not cool with your ol aunty Edna, still tryin to get the chicken stains out of my skibbies. Been nice havin the kin up from tn, been reeal nice. Goin ice fishin in the mornin with sparks jr. I have a 5th of apple jacks ready to roll. Will be givin ice fishin reports from here on in!

  45. Jack says:

    HEMPY New Year , Uncle S. And Family !!!! Be carefully on THEEEEE Ice Tommorow… Sound Like yall , are Having a high OLD- Time… Beautiful …….Cue Small Faces – Itchycoo Park – YouTube
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    Small Faces – performing “Itchycoo Park” on television program performance.

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