Snow UpdateJanuary 14th, 2013 at 3:52 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
First, the puddles from the Sunday (mostly) rain have frozen and made for random icy spots, mainly on sidewalks, driveways and parking lots. With temperatures hanging in the 20s, they may hang around for a couple days, so beware of that. Sunday, we had a band of 1/2-1″ of snow from the Kalamazoo Area up through the Lansing/St. Johns Area and a little freezing rain north of a line from Muskegon to Big Rapids. Season snowfall: Grand Rapids 9.4″, Muskegon 8.7″, Lansing 5.8″ Indianapolis 15.3″, Evansville IN 10.7″, Little Rock AR 10.3″. They’ve had some snow in the U.P. Laurium in Houghton Co. reported 16″ of new snow. Click on the images to enlarge. The first map is U.S. snow cover, which is down to 45% (average depth 4.9″) from the high of 67% (average depth 5.9″) on 1/1/13. We had a 33% snow cover on 1/13/12 with an average depth of 1.9″. The graph on the right shows Northern Hemisphere snow cover in December, which has been in general increasing of late and set a December record (since 1967 when records began). (The map on the left is from NOAA and the graph on the right is from the Snow Lab at Rutgers Univ.).
The heat wave has broken over a good portion of Australia. On the 4th, the Hobart airport reported a high of 102 (the city 107). Yesterday the high was just 64 with a few light showers. Check out the high temperatures for Melbourne over the past 6 days: 91, 68, 79, 104, 75, 66. That’s a lot of up and down! Sydney reached 109 on the 8th and 97 on the 9th, but yesterday it was only in the low 70s with scattered showers. Perth on the West Coast reported 82 with showers and in the interior (usually a hot place in mid-summer), Ayers Rock had two relatively cool days in the mid 80s after 9 of the first 11 days of the month reached 100. Europe is chilly with a few temperatures in the upper teens in the Netherlands and light snow falling around Paris. And…here’s video of a Russian Volcano.
It’ll be cooler this week…mid-upper 20s today, upper 20s to near 30 on Tue…a chance of light snow (esp. north) on Weds. and again on Saturday. The coldest air should be over us early next week, when we’ll have at last one day with high temperatures in the teens.