Last Day of February

February 28th, 2013 at 4:31 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local  European model now dry next Tuesday.  Really looks like a cool (then moderating) and dry pattern.  Average high temperature climbs to 40 on 3/5 and 50 by 3/28 (in a month). It’s the last day of what has been a cool and snowy month in W. Michigan.   There will still be a few widely scattered lingering flurries, so I’ll leave radar at the top of the blog.  Just trace amounts this afternoon/evening.  It’ll be a cool and dry start to March, but another great weekend for winter sports.  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.

Check out the ice boulders on Lake Michigan and another video of the ice balls (it’s been on Good Morning America and now being shown around the world)

50 Responses to “Last Day of February”

  1. Sparty says:

    Flurries in Zeeland. Driveway all wet and part of my pants got damp. Stay tuned.

  2. Yup (Grandville) says:

    Snow covered driveway in Grandville, flurries, the moon was beautiful through it. I also like long walks on the beach and a full glass of Chianti in the evenings.

  3. Brad (Lawrence) says:

    Little cool for my taste to start March, but it’s a good thing. Farmers need us to stay cool for a while more for some good crops. Also, I would like to see the “Syrup Farmers” have a good harvest this year. Maybe we’ll get lucky and have a more normal summer, warm enough for swimming bu not too hot to leave the air conditioning. Some good spring and summer thunderstorms would be nice. Hopefully spring arrives on time around the 21st and stays. Here’s hoping to perfection :)

  4. Michael (Berrien county) says:

    Got about 4 inches or so total from the storm here… half of which has melted already. :-( Looks like our next hope of anything significant doesn’t come until around the 11th.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Lots of melting for us – it was still drizzling yesterday at 11 PM when I let the dogs out. I’m afraid the only winter sport we’ll enjoy this weekend will be a nice hike (sans snowshoes) in the woods….

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        Yeah, I went skiing last weekend, and it wasn’t very good conditions at all. Too warm, melty, and sticky.

        The snow this weekend is going to be a condensed frozen mess I’m afaid. We had light rain all afternoon and early evening yesterday as well.

        Such is March I suppose.

  5. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    Bill, when are you coming out with your spring forecast? Also, when do we move our clocks ahead 1 hour?

    1. SS (Pwell Area) says:

      Spring Ahead with clocks March 10!!!

    2. fixxxer says:

      bill doesn’t do spring forecasts. i predict this spring will suck.

      1. Tom in Alger Heights says:


      2. GunLakeDeb says:

        I predict this Spring will be: sunny and warm and then snow for 2 days. Then repeat. Rainy and muddy. Gloomy. Thunderstorms, then snow. Snow on Easter; and again on Spring Break. It’s Michigan.

        But here’s what it WON’T have: Earthquakes, Forest Fires, Hurricanes, Mudslides, Tsunamis, Swarms of locusts, Grizzly bears, Sharks, Scorpions, or Haboobs.

        So all in all – I think a Michigan Spring is just dandy ;-)

        1. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

          Deb, here in Michigan anything could happen(haha). Some caim that black bears are out in the Yankee Spring/Gun Lake area.

        2. GunLakeDeb says:

          Just picked up my windshield Passport Sticker, so will be hiking our lovely woods – seeing a bear would be awesome!!

  6. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    1″ of snow here overnight.

    Flint, the closest NWS station to me, looks like its February will come in with essentially average temps.

    Not much to talk about weather-wise. A very boring pattern setting up. A chilly, dry weekend, and then warming to perhaps some 40′s towards the end of next week.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Typical early March weather coming up next week.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Yeah, -0.1°. Can’t get much more average than that.

      1. Yup (Grandville) says:

        The new normal!

  7. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Updated SE Michigan winter snow totals through Feb, supplementing Bill’s West side data:

    Detroit 43.9″ +9.8″ average
    Flint 38.1″ -0.5″ average
    Saginaw 39.2 +5.8″ average

    Detroit will finish above average winter snowfall even if it doesn’t snow anymore. For those Westsiders who don’t know the Detroit measuring location is, it is at metro airport in Romulus. Romulus isn’t on the worst places to live list as far as I know =)

  8. Nathan says:

    Very slippery roads, several slide offs… Worst bus ride to school of the year for sure

  9. Mr. Negative says:

    Flurries in the air, seven inches of snow in the yard, cold, dark, overcast, north wind.

    1. Yup (Grandville) says:


    2. mr. negative says:

      SE GR…everyday

  10. Steelie says:

    Good Day,

    Not too bad out today, all things considered. And it does look like a fabulous sunny weekend ahead! I can tell my plants (olives, lemons, pomegranites, arrabica, and garden seedlings) are just itching to go outside as they have really sprung into their growth periods with more daylight.

    Indeed, let us hope for a decent, if not typical March for the sake of the farmers and their crops. I don’t mind if we get into the 60′s (or better) so long as we don’t get a killing freeze. I am hoping to get some nice Michigan cherries this year!


    1. Slimjim says:

      60′s I’m March are not that unusual and even a few 70′s can happen. We will NOT see a repeat of last March!

      1. mr. negative says:

        Yep…once in a generation

    2. suehelen says:

      I want Michigan apples!

  11. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Check it out, Lake Michigan ice balls are going viral:

  12. Ray says:

    Tomorrow is the start of meteorological spring!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Too bad Michigan doesnt know that.

    2. Slimjim says:

      Yes it is but it will take a while for it to show its self this year. Sorry about that fix but will warm up!

  13. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Keep the COLD and SNOW coming!! I predict a lot of SNOW next week! Stay tuned!

    1. michigan won says:

      Hey Rocky…. Your going to have think of something different to say. Winter as you’ve known it for the last month is all but OVER!!!!!!!!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Lest see where have I heard that before. All of the naysayers have been telling me this for weeks now and we just had a great month of WINTER weather!!

    2. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

      Rocky, I hate to doubt you, but right now it looks pretty calm and sedate for next week. Maybe the week of March 11?

      1. SBPortage002 says:

        I do agree. This 7 day stretch looks to be mostly dry and cool. Looking for sunshine this weekend. I do welcome it. Loved the snow during Feb. but it is nice to take a break.

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Good point Ned and I meant to say the week 3-11-13, however we may see a little snow next week, but the following week I really like our chances!

    3. GunLakeDeb says:

      Rocky – you know I LOVE the snow – but Mother Nature is irrepressible. The sun is melting it off as fast as it accumulates around here – your namesake storm didn’t really help our meager snow base :-( I think I’ll give the snowmobile a bath – and get out the kayak….LOL!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        That is too funny. I will be snowmobiling all weekend long and then the following weekend I will heading up to Boyne MT for some skiing and then the weekend after that I will go skiing or snowmobiling. I am just not sure of the location yet! You will not see me giving up on winter and outdoor winter activities till April!! Keep the SNOW rolling!!!

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          Yeah – but YOU are “following the snow”. I don’t have a snowmobile trailer, so am captive to what’s happening in MY backyard, at least as far as sledding goes…

  14. CPC cut back on March warmth which is not surprising given the model trends for the first half of March and the latest CFS v2 runs. It does look cooler and drier early on. It will be interesting to see how the late season plains and midwest snowpack may delay the warmth along with large Hudson Bay high to the north of us. Also NAO is still forecasted to stay negative for awhile which favors eastern trough. Let’s see how far the warmth can build before it gets pulled back. I know it may be the messy time of the year but if you love weather now is the time to watch it and see how things shake out.

  15. bnoppe(Albion) says:

    First 50 degree high–March 9th
    First 60 Degree high march 17th
    First 70 In April

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      March 9th temps in the 30′s and I will be snowmobiling.
      March 17th I will be skiing up at Boyne MT!
      April 1st I will be snowmobiling up in the UP!

      The COLD and SNOW will around a long time this late winter and early Spring. ENJOY people!!!!

    2. mr. negative says:

      Not this year…unfortunately

      1. mr. negative says:

        Re: albion

  16. Todd In Nunica says:

    Figures…I KNEW not to buy the WHOLE skid of salt!……lmao Happens every year I get near the end of winter, buy a bunch of salt and then have to store it till the next winter……ahh well…truck is parked, beer is bought, im takin a few days off! Been quite the marathon for us plowers the last month….my body hurts….I spent 184hrs in the truck since Jan 20….thats over 11,000 miles at 60mph (and never more than 15 miles away from my house)…….WOW

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Keep some of that salt handy. You will need it before this winter is over!!!

      1. Jack says:

        ********* JEM Model********* Update******* Last Snow Storm of the Season******** March 12-13******** Stay CUED!!!!! ;-)

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          FANTASTIC, however it will not be the last SNOWSTORM! We should have about three more SNOWSTORMS!! Bring it on!!!

  17. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I absolutely love the temperature forecast for this weekend! Just about perfect!! Keep the temps in the 20′s and 30′s with a lot of SNOW!!

  18. Both the NAM and the GEM models both show the Mon-Tuesday system much further north than the GFS/EURO. However just took a peak at the 00Z of the GFS and it is starting to pull the system further north. Maybe we can find a track here in the next 24 hours or so. At least something to watch for over the next few days.

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