Sunday FlurriesFebruary 24th, 2013 at 2:16 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
I’ll leave radar at the top this Sunday for a few lingering snow showers/flurries. I’ll be in Birmingham today to receive the Silver Circle Award from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. I’m in the middle of my 39th year of doing the weather on television. My first broadcasting job was doing part-time sports on WNTH-FM in Winnetka, IL at the age of 16 (I had a nice deep bass voice that sounded good on FM, I was told). My actual first TV broadcast was at the age of 15 when they were testing a very preliminary cable TV project in Chicago. I wore my Boy Scout uniform because I didn’t have a coat and tie. I actually have an old, grainy picture of that from 1967. I came to work in G.R. in Nov. 1974 doing 6 days a week for a first year base salary of $9,100. In the old days it was 2 plexiglass maps (state and national) and a box of Magic Markers. You got weather maps on an Alden printer and weather data from the Service A yellow teletype machine. We hand-plotted our own weather maps several times a day. 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.
Model update (overnight runs) All the models start precipitation around mid-afternoon on Tuesday. The NAM (caribou) gives G.R. mostly snow and 4.4″ with an ENE wind that maxes out at 20-25 mph (so some drifting). The GFS (caribou) is up to 5.6″ for G.R. (and some mix). The European would start as rain and go over to snow with at least several inches. The long-range looks pretty cool with daytime temperatures possibly in the 20s for Friday – Sunday. Here’s 84-hour snowfall off the NAM and 120-hour snowfall off he GFS. A 4-inch snowfall Tues.-Weds. would take both Muskegon and Holland above 50″ for February snowfall. The overnight GRR NWS discussion says that a 4-6″ wet, heavy snow event for Tues. PM into Weds. Then the discussion says: “A SYSTEM FROM THE ARCTIC MAKES A TRACK SOUTH SOUTHEAST TOWARD THE GREAT LAKES FOR THIS COMING (next) WEEKEND. THIS SYSTEM SEEMS TOTALLY UNDERPLAYED AT THE SURFACE WITH THE MODELS. FOR NOW I HAVE VERY LOW CHANCE POPS BUT I WOULD IMAGINE IF WE REALLY SEE A SYSTEM AS STRONG AS SUGGESTED BY BOTH THE ECMWF AND GFS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND THERE WILL BE A MUCH STRONGER SURFACE SYSTEM AND SIGNIFICANTLY MORE SNOW.” This is going to be a wintry week of weather! Stay up with the blog and the latest forecast updates on WOOD, TV-8.
Cold air blasts south. 00Z GFS gives Orlando a high of 50 and low of 32 on 3/3. Cold front pushes down all the way to 15N latitude with temperatures 10-15 deg. cooler than average in the Caribbean down to Costa Rica. Check out these record cold and record snow reports coast-to-coast. Paradise AZ, 40 miles from Mexico, had their biggest snowfall ever at 6.3″ (records go back to 1896).