Happy Groundhog Day!

February 2nd, 2013 at 12:23 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   Snow in Jenison this Sat. AM – from Suzanne K. at ReportIt.  Looks like locally the greatest snow depth measured was SW Grandville at 15″.  The morning run of the NAM (caribou) gives G.R. another 0.8″ of snow Sunday, 1.3″ Monday and it looks like a 1-3″ snowfall late Tuesday/Tuesday night with more snow by late Thursday.  Holland gets the most with 2.2″ Sunday, 2.2″ Monday and about the same late Tuesday/Tuesday night.  Lansing gets 0.6″ Sunday and 1 to 1.5″ Monday.   Temperatures stay cool, so the snow will be sticking to the roads.  I will be at the Auto Show from 4-8 PM.  WOOD has an area where you can get you picture taken with me (Kyle will be there from 4-6 PM).  As you walk in to DeVos Place we’re on the left side about 150 feet down.  I’ll update again late evening.  Here’s the details on Punxsutawney Phil predicted an end to winter.

86 Responses to “Happy Groundhog Day!”

  1. BillT says:

    Bill LOTS of snow by me….Bout 12″…. Hey what happened to the Interactive part of the WoodTV8 Radar!??!

    Bill.

    1. Richard says:

      YAY US! Now Bill, just keep this weather up, till, say, Auguest and your my pal!

  2. ShannonW says:

    Hey, any news as to whether or not Phil seen his shadow? I haven’t heard.

  3. Jack says:

    Anybody know, if The GroundHog, Saw his. Shadow ! I could give ahh Darn, but my Wife wants 2 know ! .

  4. SS (Pwell Area) says:

    From ABC’s site…..

    An early spring is on the way, according to groundhog “Punxsutawney Phil.”

    When the Pennsylvania groundhog emerged from his dwelling at Gobbler’s Knob Saturday morning, he did not see his shadow.

    “And so ye faithful, there is no shadow to see, an early Spring for you and me,” proclaimed Bob Roberts, one of Phil’s handlers.

  5. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Lots of snow here too.. Not 15 inches, of course… But at least ten total

  6. ~Sherry~ Comstock Park says:

    We have 9 inches here! Just got the drive way snow blown. Ready for more!!

    1. Jack says:

      Speaking of MORE Sherry ! CUE : Billy Idol – Rebel Yell (Lyrics) – YouTube

      ► 4:45► 4:45
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPwZaQfoIbU
      LOL, ENJOY… Wool hoooooo.. ;-)

      1. ~Sherry~ Comstock Park says:

        Thanks Jack!!

  7. Brad says:

    Folks, something remarkable is developing. We’re -10F for February, and will not likely average above normal ’til mid-month!

    1. Jack says:

      And What is So Remarkable about THAT ??? Brad… ;-)

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      You’re providing a monthly temperature figure just 37.5 hours into the month?

  8. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I am heading out to the trails to enjoy this GREAT WINTER weather! What a concept – enjoy the winter weather instead of whining and complaining about it :)

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Have fun, Rocko. It is a wonderful winter day.

  9. Jeff (Portland) says:

    About 5″ of snow on the ground here. About time. ;)

  10. michael g (SE GR) says:

    I don’t think you could find a lighter, fluffier powder even atop the highest mountain in Colorado.

    1. Jeff (Portland) says:

      Indeed, hardly any moisture content to this snow. I saw a guy in town using a leaf blower to blow off his sidewalk. :)

      1. Todd A (from Holland, in GR) says:

        Much easier than shoveling, and more fun!

    2. Todd In Nunica says:

      Oh yea! leaf blower meets lake effect (everyone should try this!) Although same as peeing into the wind make sure you go “with the wind” or you will get quite the whitewash!….lol

  11. INDY says:

    From out in thee YARDofBRICKS 2 Bill’s best this sprites for u enjoy thee Superdump of snow “get outside and love some one”…….INDYY…

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      I’m a lovin someone!! :-)

    2. Jack says:

      SPIN: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow – YouTube

      ► 4:32► 4:32
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfzPVNRB3ko
      YAY,and ENJOY IT
      ;-)

  12. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Pretty heavy lake effect for SE Mich courtesy of Lake Huron today. Now that’s unusual!

  13. Jack says:

    I Don’t Care what a D@”"”"%~€£ M, Ground HOG SEES… It WILL NOT BE A EARLY SPRING 4 U and ME !!! Bank on IT !!! ;-)

  14. Barry in Zeeland says:

    No denying an early spring as predicted by the hog is truly great news. And thats on top of winter starting about 3 months late, definatley a time to celebrate!! It would be great if every winter was like this, about 3 weeks long, and seemingly every time we get snow it’s totally gone within a week. High fives all around!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      I really hope none of you believe this groundhog stuff. Im sure were not going to have any early spring. Wouldnt shock me if summer sucked too. Its amazing the differences in weather just being over here compared to the eastside of the state.

  15. Chandler says:

    15″ by 40th and quincy

  16. fixxxer says:

    If it werent for this stupid lake effect crap we probably wouldnt have any snow. Loved the fact detroit only had a trace when we were there yesterday.

    1. INDY says:

      U could of stayed the rest of winter in Detroit now it’s back to thee same blah blah and baaaa haaaaa!!”stupid lake effect crap” lololollollollololo ohhh fizzer!! Suns out we need a snow break!!! INDYY…

      1. Jack says:

        Indy,Trying to Talk Sense to The Fizzer, is Like Banging Your Head on a Wall !!! HENCE CUE: Quiet Riot-Bang Your Head – YouTube

        ► 4:56► 4:56
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEqjvNv6tWc
        Party ON….Indy…. Peace..ENJOY. ;-)

  17. Dan says:

    C’mon fixxxer! Its Winter, go outside and try to enjoy it! Its the only weather you have got!

  18. INDY says:

    Uncle Jack I am up all night with some sprites and lights ready 4 your cues!! INDYY….

    1. Jack says:

      OK Indy, I shall Keep The CUES….BURNING…Your WAYYYY… In honor of This Snow, Uncle Jacks Burn of CHOICE Today is WHITE SPACE BOMB !!!!!! Cough, cough…. GREAT STUFF…. Stay CUED, My FRIEND !!! ;-)

  19. Dan says:

    Sprites, lights, snow and some dough! Gotta go, Ill check in later.

  20. Chip Byrd says:

    Bring it on!!!

    SHORT TERM (THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT) ISSUED AT 245 PM EST SAT FEB 2 2013 THE MAIN CHALLENGE DEALS WITH THE NEED FOR POSSIBLE WINTER WEATHER HEADLINES TONIGHT. ANOTHER CLIPPER LOW WILL BE MOVING IN TONIGHT. THE MOISTURE DEEPENS AND BECOMES ENHANCED BY THE LAKE. THE NAM HAS A SEVERAL HOUR LONGER DURATION OF THE DEEPER MOISTURE…AS COMPARED TO THE GFS AND HIGH RES EURO…AND WOULD IMPLY MORE SNOW. SOUTH FLOW DEVELOPS TONIGHT AND BECOMES WEST NORTHWEST SUNDAY MORNING. CONVERGENCE AND LIFT IS WEAKER WITH THIS SYSTEM SO NOT NEARLY AS MUCH SNOW IS EXPECTED AS COMPARED TO THE LAST SYSTEM. WITH THAT IN MIND…WILL ONLY GO WITH A LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY FOR THE LAKESHORE COUNTIES. KENT…BARRY AND KALAMAZOO WILL BE A CLOSE CALL FOR A POSSIBLE ADVISORY…AND WILL NEED TO BE MONITORED THROUGH THE NIGHT. WILL RUN THE HEADLINE FROM 06Z TO 18Z…WHICH IS WHEN THE DEEPEST MOISTURE WILL BE AROUND. A LULL IN THE SNOW FOR SUNDAY NIGHT…THEN THE NEXT WAVE ARRIVES FOR MONDAY. LOOKS LIKE SOME BETTER SYNOPTIC LIFT ACROSS THE SOUTHERN CWA WITH THAT SYSTEM…SO HEADLINES MAY BE NEEDED AGAIN. NOT THINKING ENOUGH FOR A WATCH OR WARNING AT THIS TIME. MID LEVEL FGEN SEEN 18Z MON FROM THE NAM…SO WILL NEED TO MONITOR THIS SYSTEM CLOSELY.

  21. INDY says:

    Hey Chip just looking over the latest tracks later tonight Southern Michigan will be going under a winter stom watch for Monday, Mondays storm is looking more and more like its going to tap dance on some gulf water that would mean more snow for us!!Stay fast INDYY….

    1. Chip Byrd says:

      Think we will get much this evening?

      1. INDY says:

        NAAAAA maybe a 1 or 2 inch with mitch lots of dry air coming with that riipper of a snow clipper for tonight !!!! We need to start tracking Mondays Storm!!INDYY..

  22. DF (SE Mich) says:

    2.5″ of snow over here. I will take it.

    1. INDY says:

      Hey DF U can have about 7 inches of what I have on the ground out thee YARDofBRICKS….INDYY

  23. Darlen says:

    Measured 15 ” on the deck about 11am. Pretty sure that has compacted some since the start of this. Snow on the benches around the deck is up to the rail on the back of the bench. Wyoming near 36 & Burlingame

  24. mr. negative says:

    ADA – Lake Effect made it further East overnight…finally 6-7 inches on the driveway/deck. 48 hours ago there was only an inch.

  25. INDY says:

    HAPPY G “HOG” DAY BILL !!!!! INDYY..

  26. ptmartin12 says:

    How much more for Grandville tonight?

  27. Vicki (Holland) says:

    We had tons of snow out there today! I asked my husband not to use the snow blower so we could just shovel it. Nice exercise for my arms and legs. We just got back from vacation seeing our daughter and family who live in Australia and our son who lives in Hawaii. I guess the best way to describe it would be watching the “Wizard of Oz” starting off in black and white, then going into color and then back to black and white! Looking out the window is like watching TV on a black and white screen!

  28. Steelie says:

    Good Day,

    Well we finally got some snow. However, not to be a downer (I don’t hate snow) but enjoy it while you can if this pans out:

    http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/610day/index.php

    Roller coaster…

    Steelie

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Yikes!!!

    2. Jack says:

      Hmmmm Steelie.. I ENJOY THE ROLLER, and I LOVE THE COASTERS, SO…… CUE : The Coasters – Let’s Go Get Stoned – YouTube

      ► 2:56► 2:56
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGl_OlVbahY
      Hee, Heee. ;-)

    3. fixxxer says:

      Looks good to me, right rj?

  29. Brad (Lawrence) says:

    Wow, impressive. Thanks for the link Steelie.

  30. Steelie says:

    Good Day,

    Hey folks! Keep in mind the all important phrase “if it pans out”. I say this as the CPC has (IMHO) seemingly been a little schizo the past few weeks with wild swings on predictions. So let us take this as a grain of salt for now. However, there are supporting forecasts of temps going on the rise late next week. A high of 38* is not that strong for snow melt, but, if it is accompanied by rain that is a different story. Keeping an eye on it…

    Steelie

    1. Jack says:

      Yes, Sir ….. As my Daddy, Used to SAY ! IF stands in The Corner STIFF… ;-) .

    2. weather watcher Newaygo/Oceana says:

      That would concern me. Rivers are very high right now and we have had some minor flooding on the White River. Couple that with the major flooding near Big Rapids. Could make matters much worse.

      1. Steelie says:

        Good Day,

        The warm up for late next week does not look (at this point) to be nearly as dramatic as what we recently experienced. Temps of high 30s to mid 40s are one thing… upper 50s and rain, potentailly problematic.

        Steelie

    3. Cort S. says:

      Good evening, Steelie! They usually don’t do too bad when they have a strong signal to go on. They nailed our first and second Arctic outbreaks very well:

      http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/archives/short_range/2013/01/15/610temp.20130115.fcst.gif

      http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/archives/short_range/2013/01/25/610temp.20130125.fcst.gif

      And they had a break in between those cold outbreaks when our predicted temperatures were near normal or leaning one way or the other. But they did nail the above-normal temperatures in the southern and eastern US, where the warm sector of that severe low-pressure system was earlier this week.

      The times when they appear to be indecisive from day to day is when the temperatures averaged within the outlook period will be closer to normal, then it could easily go either way. But we really can’t expect to take a 40-50% chance of above- or below-normal temperatures very seriously anyway.

      When they do have good cores of warm or cold temperatures in their outlooks (at least 60% chance or greater), then they do have pretty good day-to-day continuity. And you can watch the core of non-normal temperatures slide across the country from west to east from day to day, which does a pretty good job of representing how the weather system will move.

      So it does look fairly likely that warmer temperatures are in view for the end of the coming week, especially for those a little farther to our south. Looks like our temperature forecasts are trending upward too. The GFS does show a ridge across the eastern half of the country and a trough in the west at that time. Let’s keep an eye on it! I think we’ll start melting our snow at the end of the coming week, then maybe there will be a pretty big storm system that will be spawned in the Plains from that temperature contrast.

  31. Jack says:

    Happy Saturday Night !!! BILL and all Bills BLOOGERS.. A CUE FOR U ALL :::::::::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAXkdZFW8D0

  32. fixxxer says:

    Beat tired tonight. My uncles funeral yesterday just wore me out. At least it didnt snow in detroit for it, just darn bone cold. Im ready for spring and warmer weather.

    1. Katie in Kentwood says:

      sorry about your uncle

      1. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

        Sorry to hear Fixxxer. You and your family will be in my prayers.

      2. Steelie says:

        Good Day,

        I hope you get some good rest Fixxxer. Sounds like you could use it. Been there (too many times). Sorry for your loss.

        Steelie

    2. Jack says:

      Sorry for Your Loss Fixxer, Prayers and Condolence’s Your WAY, and GOD BLESS !

  33. Michael g (se gr) says:

    Down to 9* here already. An hour or two of clear skies with all of this fresh snowcover and we’d be down to zero in a hurry.

  34. dano (Norton Shores) says:

    Clear this evening and down to 5* with a SE wind, which is very light.

  35. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Car temp bottomed out at -2 on the way home from work tonight. Funny cuz now I have to pick up some people at the airport coming back from Jamaica. Boy will they be in for a shock!

    1. Steelie says:

      Good Day,

      Did someone say… Jamaica?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H0xPWAtaa8

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c91MzYjDFc4

      Conch sounds good about now followed by a nice spiced rum at sunset…

      Big up!

      Steelie

  36. arcturus says:

    Since when did the forecast call for -1 tonight?

    1. Cort S. says:

      Since the clouds suddenly cleared away, leaving us with clear skies, calm winds, and a fresh snowpack… definitely the recipe for a cold night. Within the past couple hours, I saw that lakeshore locations under clear skies were in the single digits, and inland locations with clouds were in the teens. Usually it’s the opposite. Really proves what those clouds can do for us.

  37. Brian (Grandville) says:

    So what does the NWS update mean for the G.R. area for tomorrow morning?

    1. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

      It should be snowing for the morning commute in the G.R. area.

      The best time for snow is roughly 5AM til noon, where around 2″ look likely.

  38. Kris says:

    Will church be cancelled tomorrow (in Kentwood)?

    1. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

      It’s hard telling at this point, Kris.

      Looks like the heaviest snow will fall between 6AM and noon, right around church time.

  39. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

    Happy groundhog day!

    Added up a couple more inches here in BC early this morning. Battle Creek now has right around 6″.

    5-6″ IMBY here in Ceresco, 6 miles SE of BC.

    Just reviewed latest models and while it will snow the next few days, it won’t be anything more than a dab here and there.

    However, each dab adds up.

    - 1″ or less tonight.
    - 1 to 2″ Sunday night into Monday.
    - 1 to 3″ Tuesday night into Wednesday.
    - 1″ or less Thursday.

    Add all of those totals up and we have 3 to 7 inches in a four day period and that’s better than nothing!

    The warm up still looks to be on track for late next week.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Warm up, yes. Short term anyway. Looks like a brief meltdown before we go into a colder than normal pattern for much of the nation by the middle of February.

      1. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

        Long term guidance and CPC are predicting warmer than normal for much of the long term.

        I wouldn’t be surprised to see near record highs sometime during the month. The powerful east Asia jet core will start to break the ridge in the west, while pulling it east towards us. That will pull the jet stream closer thus most likely throwing us a couple of heavy rain makers during the month.

        This would give us bouts of temperatures in the 40s to near 50 and rainy periods followed by cold fronts that wi usher in some colder, more seasonable air until the next low pressure rides along the jet stream.

        1. michael g (SE GR) says:

          Hey, it’s just the GFS, and we all know how unreliable it is, BUT…..

          https://mobile.twitter.com/BigJoeBastardi/status/297725898810085378/photo/1

        2. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

          Haha the Gordan Food Service model at it again!!

  40. Ray says:

    I hope that little chubby rodent is right!

    1. Steelie says:

      Good Day,

      They are such a nuiscance! There are a few in my neighborhood, but my garden is fenced in and I plant lots of marigolds and other deterant plants.

      Steelie

  41. dano (Norton Shores) says:

    Nice update! :)

    Update…
    issued at 808 PM EST Sat Feb 2 2013

    Just updated the grids and zone forecast product to account for the current clearing and to lower min temperatures by several degrees. The fresh/deep snow
    pack in many areas and light winds should result in tanking temperatures this evening before clouds increase later tonight.

    Also trimmed probability of precipitation considerably this evening to go dry in most areas… and delayed the onset of best probability of precipitation to be after 09z. Will leave the 1 am start time of the l.E.S. Advisory as is… but a strengthening land breeze may lead to the threat being more after
    5 am. When the snow finally does come onshore…it could be rather intense due to stronger low level convergence at the coast attributed to the currently developing/strengthening mesoscale high over much of lower Michigan.

    Cant rule out the possibility of some patchy/shallow ground fog due to the strong radiational effects this evening with a fresh snow cover.

  42. Todd In Nunica says:

    after 5am…I like that! I hope it gets over with fast as I have a TON of plowing to do tomorrow (since I only did businesses that were open this morning) I want to watch the superbowl so I am going to have to go plow for a few hrs tomorrow afternoon, watch the game, then Hi tail it back out to finish before they all open.

    1. Todd In Nunica says:

      mmm just pulled up radar…..sure looks to be here before 5am.

  43. Kevin(Rockford) says:

    Doomed….I just sold my snowblower…monday earliest to get another one

    1. John (Holland) says:

      As cold as it is, a leaf blower would work in a pinch.

  44. michael g (SE GR) says:

    FYI, some people keep stating that Wood’s mets have a cold bias in the long range forecasts. Go back to early this week, when the temps for this weekend were forecast in the mid 20′s Saturday up into the mid 30′s by Tuesday. I had 20* here today, and the next three days are now forecast 22*, 22*, and 24*.

    I’m sure the sainted Detroit NWS or Fox 17 nailed those numbers though, right?

  45. John (Holland) says:

    I’m driving to Chicago tomorrow afternoon. Should be interesting.

  46. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

    Well, if Chicago didn’t receive the 1.1″ we got a few days ago, then we definitely would of broken the 1″ snow drought last night/this morning with the 3-4″ we have on the ground now. Now we need to break the significant snowfall (6″+) drought before the witer is over! We broke the 1″ drought and the substabtial (3-5.9″) drought all within a week of each other, now time for the significant snow drought to be broken!

    I do see a couple systems that could have the potential to break that drought, which is a Alberta Clipper system and then maybe an even bigger synoptic system that according to the models right now could have some brief rain changing over to some heavy wet snow. So we shall see and hope…

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