Season and U.S. SnowFebruary 8th, 2013 at 8:16 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the image to enlarge. This was national snowcover on Friday. 34.1% of the U. S. had a snow cover, with an average depth of 4.8″. Something interesting…back on 1/1, U.S. snow cover peaked at 66.6% the highest areal extent in at least 10 years. At that time, there was no snow over much of our area, including Muskegon. To have that much snow cover across the U.S., you need a lot of cold air. Here sits Muskegon downwind from a big and relatively warm lake, and…no snow! Now that national snow cover has shrunk back to reality…the snow is piling up in Muskegon.
Snowfall update: Muskegon: 11.2″ from the recent storm, 64.8″ for the season. Average thru Feb. 8 for Muskegon is 69.4″, so Muskegon has been catching up. At this point last year Muskegon had 39.5″. Grand Rapids: 7.2″ from the recent storm, 42.9″ for the season. Average up to Feb. 8 for G.R. is 54.7″, so we’re 11.8″ below average. We had 32.2″ of snow to this point last year. For Lansing, just 3.6″ from the Thurs. storm, bringing them to 17.5″ for the season. Average to Feb. 8 is 34.1″, so Lansing has had only 51% of normal snowfall.
Here’s snowfall for the coming week from the GFS – we are out of the main snow storm track with one storm moving from Nebraska to Lake Superior and another from Oklahoma to New England. Any snow they get in the Plains is much appreciated in an overall dry pattern.