TuesdayFebruary 12th, 2013 at 3:32 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
WOW!! MSU 75, U. of M. 52! I still saw a handful of flakes on my way into work. There is still a very little drifting in outlying areas. Rural roads will continue to have icy patches into tomorrow AM – same for some sidewalks and parking lots. Saturday looks like the coldest day of the bunch with Friday not far behind. It’s been all or nothing on sunshine this month. We’ve had 7 days with 0% sun, one with just 2%, one with 71%, one with 89% and Saturday with 100% sun. Up to 9″ of snow from the Texas Panhandle into Oklahoma. The moisture is welcome there, where the cold PDO/La Nina has brought dry conditions. Check with woodtv.com for cancellations. Happy Lincoln’s Birthday and Fat (Shrove) Tuesday. 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.
The 1.7″ of snow yesterday in G.R. boosted our season snowfall to 44.6″. That’s 11.7″ below average for this time of year, but ahead of the 38.5″ we had last year to this point. Muskegon added 0.7″ yesterday for a season total of 65.9″. That’s 5.7″ below average and well ahead of the 41.9″ to this point last year. The overnight run of the European model would give G.R. an inch of snow Thurs., another 1-2″ Friday and maybe a half inch Saturday AM. The Euro. gives us a cool weekend, but we’re back to 40 on Monday. The NAM HAS ONLY 0.4″ of snow Thurs. night for G.R., but 2.6″ for S. Haven Thurs. night/Friday. The GFS has .06″ mix Thurs. and 1.9″ snow Friday to Sat. night with 3-6″ in favorable lakeshore snow areas.
The Hattiesburg MS tornado has been reclassified an EF4 with winds of 170 mph. The twister injured 82 people and with solid lead time on the warnings, no lives were lost. Here’s video of the snow accumulating in Hartford CT. Finally, here’s more on the asteroid that will come within 17,000 miles of the Earth on Friday.