Coldest week in 4 years!

January 19th, 2013 at 2:52 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

   This could very well be the coldest week Grand Rapids has had since Jan. 14-20, 2009.  The models have tended colder for the 2nd half of the week, with precipitation coming as snow Thurs. PM – Friday.  The European model gives G.R. 0.47″ precipitation for the week – that would probably be 8-9″ of snowfall for the week with a solid 4-7″ on the ground by the end of the week (it settles some).  The GFS has 0.57″ thru next Saturday, so that would be even more.  The 850mb temperatures are even colder, with the European going down to -26.8C Tues. AM (-16F) and the GFS at a rounded -25C.  With Lake Michigan still around 39F, that’s quite a contrast.  The European is coldest for G.R. Tues. AM taking the low to zero, while the GFS is coldest Thurs. AM when the wind goes NE and doesn’t come off the lake.   Today would be a good day to get ready for the cold and snow…maybe gas up the car, get errands/shopping done, fill the bird feeders (thanks to Jack Martin for another great picture from ReportIt here) and make sure any pets/animals that are used to being outdoors are warm with access to some unfrozen water.   Think about any neighbors you can help, have the kids stay away from the roads when they play and if the snow is heavier in your area, make sure the fire hydrants are cleared.  Drive slower when visibilities are reduced, leave a good interval between you and the vehicle in front of you and allow extra time to get to your destination.  Remember our DAYBREAK show is live from 6-8 AM every weekend morning with a fresh forecast.   I’m working the evening shift this Saturday, so I’ll be updating the blog.  See the thread below for many useful links.  Here’s an 84-hour snow forecast off the NAM model and a 120-hour forecast off the GFS model.  They got over 11″ of snow Friday at Shingleton in Alger Co. in the U.P.  S. Ste. Marie has had 69″ of snow this winter (average for them is 69.1″ – so they are right at average and should go above average this week.    ALSO:  Time Magazine names Art Prize in G.R. the 4th best festival in the U.S. !!   And…snow and cold in the U.K.

16 Responses to “Coldest week in 4 years!”

  1. Skot says:

    So I take it that Bill is getting a bit eager? Not a major storm in any sense, basically a big Lake Effect Event. Correct?

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Lake effect, lake enhanced, and clippers! Bring it on!

  2. Irish coffee says:

    Nice snow-pics in and around London!..i liked “bobbies” having snowball fight w/ children and 2 women donning bikinis in the snow the best + London landmarks, pets and kids playing in it!!VERY COOL!My father was born and raised in London(emigrated here @ age 16)

  3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Coldest week in four years?? But, but, but what about Australia?

    - BDBC

    1. Brad says:

      Warmest week in four years in Australia, or more than that? You mixed up your sarcasm.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        Warmest week? Try ONE really hot day! High temperatures for the past week at Sydney: 72, 72, 78, 83, 86, 114, 72. The average high temperature is 78, so three of the last seven days were cooler than aveage and one was exactly average. That puts the week at five degrees warmer than average. Hardly the warmest week in four years, much less forever. Pick a different city if you like and I can look it up.

    2. big Daddy BC says:

      No doubt, Mark. It’s so hot in Australia that the Mets have had to add colors to their maps!
      Watch this:
      Berkeley just released some new stuff.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        The new colors thing is a joke – it’s not nearly as hot as it was in 1889, when Australia had their hottest temperature ever at 128 degrees or even in 1960, when it got as warm as 123!

        The Berkeley paper was just released to a journal that no one has ever heard of! LOL!! Read the article!

        Also Dr. Judith Curry of the Berkeley group said this:

        Professor Judith Curry, who is the head of the climate science department at America’s prestigious Georgia Tech university, told The Mail on Sunday that it was clear that the computer models used to predict future warming were ‘deeply flawed’.

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        In fact, Prof Curry said, the project’s research data show there has been no increase in world temperatures since the end of the Nineties – a fact confirmed by a new analysis that The Mail on Sunday has obtained.

        ‘There is no scientific basis for saying that warming hasn’t stopped,’ she said. ‘To say that there is detracts from the credibility of the data, which is very unfortunate.’

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        And from Dr. Judith Curry’s current blog:

        “The five-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade, which we interpret as a combination of natural variability and a slow down in the growth rate of net climate forcing.” – James Hansen et al.

        LOL! Even Hansen’s backing down!!!!! LOL!!! You’re left alone…you and Gore…with Gore taking all that oil money now as a “consultant” to Al Jazeera. LOL

  4. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Better get the yard work done and taken care of…….oh wait, I had that done 3 months ago.

  5. Katie in Kentwood says:

    Models suggest 6-8 inches for GR. I really hope we get the higher amount. We are so under the average snowfall. It’d be nice to have a normal winter this year, our economy needs it, and so do our lake levels.

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Since most of the snow will be lake effect, this is not helping our lake levels at all. The moisture for the snow is coming straight OUT of the lake, thereby actually lowering levels more yet.

  6. Jack says:

    Coldest Week in 4 Years… Hmmmmmmmmm…. Sorry Bill , and Y’all .Couldn’t Resist This 1 …. SPIN: Cold Turkey (Single Version) – John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band …
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    Cold Turkey (Single Version) – John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band ( Remastered 2010 …
    Brrrrrrrr. ;-)

  7. Everybody take a look at the link to the British weather. Outstanding pictures. They are really getting a mess in much of the country, especially since they are not as used to it as we (usually) are. Thanks, Bill.

  8. Wendy says:

    I have flowers outside that have popped up about .5”, Hyacinths I think. Do I need to do anything to protect them, or will they survive this bitter cold week on their own?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      They’ll survive. They’ll wilt, but the snow should cover them up and they’ll go “back to sleep” until it warms up. Bulbs are pretty hardy.

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