Wind Advisory ends at 8 PMJanuary 7th, 2013 at 12:21 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
We have a Wind Advisory for the lakeshore until 8 PM from Allegan Co. northward. It’s a pretty marginal situation. Here’s current conditions, the current conditions on the beach at S. Haven, the Holland Channel, the Grand Haven Channel and the Muskegon beach. Here’s webcams from the beach at Holland. Wind gusts as of noon have been up to 38 mph on the beach at Holland, 36 mph on the beach at Muskegon and 35 mph at the Muskegon Airport. We’ve had gusts to 30 mph in G.R. The morning run of the NAM (Caribou) gives G.R. a high of 35 Tuesday and 38 on Wednesday (probably a little low…we have out 39 and 42). The models all have a cold rain developing on Thursday by late in the day. Here’s the precipitation forecast for the week, showing the heaviest rain from Texas up into the Ohio River Valley and in the Pacific Northwest. We could see an inch of rain SE of G.R. We may have temperatures only in the mid 30s as the rain starts, so Thurs. PM won’t be pleasant. There’s even a chance of a little freezing rain at the start in north and northeast Lower Michigan, where we still will have some snow on the ground. Snowcover Monday AM: Just a trace in Muskegon and Grand Haven, 2″ Grand Rapids, Rockford, Hastings and Grandville, 3″ at Big Rapids, 5″ at Baldwin and Houghton Lake, 7″ at Lake City, 8″ at Cadillac, 10″ Newberry, Gaylord and S. Ste. Marie, 12″ at Grand Marais and 13″ at Marquette. With the rain and warmer air later this week, hit the ski areas between now and Weds. evening. The U.S. has a 56.8% snow cover this AM with an average snow depth of 5.2″. Where it was clear and calm last night, Cadillac dipped to 12 degrees and Baldwin bottomed out at +5. ALSO: Gas prices are going up this PM – fill up if you can early this PM. AND…The Rutgers Univ. Snow Lab reports that Northern Hemisphere snow cover in December set a new record for greatest extent (records have been kept since 1966). Here’s the forecast of the Arctic Oscillation (going negative…signaling colder weather for next week, esp. for northern Michigan), the North Atlantic Oscillation going negative to neutral (also a colder look) and the PNA (Pacific North America Pattern) going to neutral. All this shows a more typical winter pattern developing over much of the Great Lakes.