Tuesday SnowFebruary 5th, 2013 at 4:28 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
6:05 PM – a band of snow is coming thru the area this PM from W to E. The Lake Effect Snow Advisory for Muskegon, Oceana and Mason Counties was cancelled. Flake size has been small, limiting accumulations, though it’s been enough to cause some slipper roads The BIG story is the potential for a significant synoptic (not lake-effect) snowstorm Thursday. The European is the most bullish and it prints out a solid band of 5-10+” snow the I-96 corridor and north with even 3-5″ to I-94. The Caribou numbers for Big Rapids are 6.4″ off the NAM and 11″ off the GFS. For Grand Rapids we get a solid 3″. The NAM looks too week. The GFS would give at least 5″ to GRR with up to 10″ north of I-96. This is going to be a decent storm for the “snow desert” or the “Mt. Pleasant Triangle” (spoof of Bermuda Triangle) where snow is harder to come by in winter. Git yer shovels ready!!! The following storm Sunday night will be mostly rain with the temperature on the GFS going up to 49 in G. R. on Monday (I think that’s too warm, we’ll have a fair amount of snow to melt thru). The European is about 39 for Sunday night and I lean that way now…cool but not drastically cold temperatures for Tues. to Sat. of next week. Nice Blizzard coming for New England! For current Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. Here’s NAM model snowfall thru 84 hours, the GFS snowfall thru 120 hours and the HPC snowfall predictions. Here’s WOOD-TV Interactive Radar, looping radar. Check out regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the WOOD lightning tracker and U.S. lightning, the Marantha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures. Here’s storm total precipitation for W. Michigan.
Now, the biggest news beyond today is the European model snowstorm Thurs. night…the other models don’t have nearly as strong (phased) a storm. If by chance the Euro. is right (it is the outlier, so don’t get excited)…you’ll get your synoptic snowstorm in places like Big Rapids and Mt. Pleasant…yes, the so-called snow desert would get a snowstorm! The Euro. would bring a band of 6-10″ across the U.S. 10 corridor. The storm could give 6″ of snow to G.R. if the European is right. The other models have a much weaker system…the FIM ramps up quite a storm for New England. The GFS has a weaker system Thurs. night and keeps the Sunday night system mainly to our south. I’d side with relatively minor events, and while we could come up to 40 Sunday evening/Night, the overall pattern stays cool into mid month.
Well, what else is in the news…Reg Presley passed away yesterday (real name Reginald Maurice Ball – he hoped to get ahead by adopting the Presley surname). He was the lead singer of the Troggs (originally the Troglodytes). You might remember Love is All Around Us (Purportedly inspired by a television transmission of the Joy Strings Salvation Army band’s “Love That’s All Around” – Presley famously spent some of the proceeds, which he received for composing the song, on crop circle research), With a Girl Like You, or Wild Thing (The Troggs’ version was recorded in mono on the second take. Because of a distribution dispute, The Troggs’ single was available on two competing labels: Atco and Fontana. Because both pressings were taken from the identical master recording, Billboard combined the sales for both releases, making it the only single to simultaneously reach No. 1 for two companies at the same time. So…happy trogging thru the snow…stay up with Storm Team 8 for the latest forecast updates, road conditions and the like.