February Wrap

March 1st, 2013 at 12:17 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   The picture here is the Big Red Lighthouse at Holland from 2,000 feet in the air.  It’s from Mark Reuschel at ReportIt.  Click here to see it full screen.  February was cloudier, snowier and cooler than average in West Michigan.  The month ended with an average temperature of 24.8 degrees.  That was 2.0 degrees cooler than average and 7.1 degrees cooler than Feb. 2012.  It was just the 4th time in the last 20 years that Grand Rapids failed to have a high temperature warmer than 45 degrees.   Precipitation totaled 3.05″ and that was 1.26″ above average.  February is on average the driest month of the year in West Michigan.  Snowfall totaled 33.1″ in Grand Rapids (average is 14.8″) and a record 53.3″ in Muskegon.  Holland reported 50.4″ of snow for the month.  There were only 6 days all month when we didn’t get at least a trace of snow.   We had only 18% of possible sunshine.  Fifteen of 28 days were 100% cloudy, without a single minute of sunshine.  Only four days had over 45% sunshine.

More monthly snowfall totals:  61.9″ Bloomingdale, 54.5″ Grand Haven, 46.5″ Scottville, 42.4″ Hart, 37.7″ Fremont, 32.7″ S. Haven beach (heavier snow fell a little bit inland from the lake), 30.6″ Hastings, 30.4″ Kalamazoo (WMU), 30.0″ Hesperia, 24.8″ Baldwin, 24.1″ Vicksburg, 24.0″ Big Rapids, 22.9″ five miles NW of Battle Creek, 21.0″ Brooklyn (Jackson Co.), 20.5″ Alma, 18.3″ Ionia, 17.1″ Charlotte, 16.0″ Grand Ledge, 15.3″ Lowell, 14.1″ Lansing.  Alyeska, Alaska is up to 589″ of snow for the season.   If you keep track of monthly snow, leave a comment and let us know how much you had.

47 Responses to “February Wrap”

  1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Cooler than average? Let the games begin….

  2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Here is a Meteorological summary of this past winter in Marquette for the winter of 2012/13


    Slim Jim

  3. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    I moved this post up from the water level post it contains some of the same info Bill posted above and a little look ahead into March.

    Welcome to March!!!! Looking back a little at February 2013 it can be said it was a very snowy month with GR reporting 33.1” of snow fall.(average is 14.8”) GR was -2.0 below average temp wise and total participation came in well above average at 3.05” (average is 1.79”) Not sure where the month ended in the snow fall rankings but the record February snow fall at GR is 41.6” not that far back in 2008.
    Now looking ahead to March. The record highest temp in GR was 87° set just last year. Last March was also the warmest March on record (50.7°) and the average is 35.6° On average we get 8.3” of snow in March, the snowiest was 36° back in 1965 there have been years when GR had no snow fall at all and last year GR had 2.8” The most snow in 24 hrs (13.6”) came on March 2, 2002 The coldest March was in 1960 (23.9°) and the coldest low in March was -13 on March 8, 1943. So you can see there can be quite the range of conditions in March.

  4. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    Looks like little to no snow in the extended period. We received 50″ in February, and have had 74″ for the season.

  5. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Detroit’s 23.5″ in February will land in the Top 10 somewhere.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Looks like it will take over the no 8 spot.



  6. 04 GTO (gaines 68th & Kzoo) says:

    looks like a possible warm up at the end of the gfs 12utc… im ready for spring!

  7. 04 GTO (gaines 68th & Kzoo) says:

    any other models showing a warm up anytime soon?

    1. fixxxer says:

      not that im seeing. the month looks below average.

  8. Barry in Zeeland says:


    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      I would take every winter like this one, doesn’t start till about the first of February, and is done about the end of February. One month is plenty good enough for everyone.

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        Well, not really – but considering it felt like we weren’t going to have ANY winter – a month of it is better than none!

      2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        It is a good thing you don’t speak for everyone.

  9. Dan says:

    I heard cooler weather with the potential for at least a decent snow maker or two! You know how difficult that becomes at this time of year! Days are getting longer and the suns angles are more powerful as we are moving away from the sun! We could also get a snow storm in early April.

    1. fixxxer says:

      thanks for reminding us dan.

      1. Dan says:

        No problem, fixxxer! It is still Winter right? How did you enjoy all the snow in February? It was great! Maybe more to come in March!!!

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      I remember a whopper of a snowstorm early in April of 1975, I think? We had just moved into a new house and spent the night – then woke up to 3′ high drifts blocking the driveway and the snowshovels were still back at the old house…LOL!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        I like it!!

      2. Brad (Lawrence) says:

        Your showing your age Deb, I was just 2 years old. :P

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          Heck – I remember the Standale Tornado of 1956!! That makes me REALLY old!!! ;-)

      3. Bill Steffen says:

        Yes, I remember it well…10″ of snow on the 2nd/3rd. That was my first year in G.R. and after that snow, I felt like I had moved to Siberia. We had high temperatures beginning on the 2nd of 33,32,32,37 – then 2 more days in the 30s on the 8th and 9th. Only one of the first 22 days of the month was warmer than average and we ended the month 6.7 degrees cooler than average…ah, those ’70s.

        1. Kimoeagle says:

          If that was an “April 1st” blizzard, I also remember it, for it closed O’Hare down with high winds and 10″ of snow in something like 12-18 hrs. I was working for Flying Tigers at O’Hare at the time, and we wound up overnighting at the Hilton there.

        2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

          We lived in Bay City at the time and our house was 6 blocks from Saginaw Bay. And we had over 18″ of snow in that storm with thunder snow and winds of near 50MPH we lost power around 10PM and did not get the power back on until the next day.

  10. Jeff says:

    Bring on Spring.

    1. fixxxer says:

      i wouldn’t count on it this month jeff.

  11. fixxxer says:

    we are gonna get some sun and warmer weather, right bill?

    1. Jack says:

      Naaaw Fixxxer, it’s going 2 be Cold and SNOWY in JUNE, just in Time 4 The Orion Fest. ;-) . just Kidding… ;-)

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        High temps in the 50′s and 60′s this June!

        1. fixxxer says:

          Lmao… im your dreams rj. Maybe for lows.

  12. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Bring on the COLD and SNOW!!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      You know no one is listening to you right? You fail at trolling.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Too funny! fixxxer you are worthless!

        1. Deb says:

          Speaking of worthless Rocky look in the mirror! WE ARE IN A NO SNOW PATTERN!!! NO SNOW IN SIGHT!!!!!!!

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Funny – we are still in a SNOW pattern or did you forget the snowstorm that we just had and all of the snow that we will getting in mid March! Face reality people!!!

    2. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

      Give it a rest.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        We have a lot of COLD and SNOW on the way. Get used to it!

  13. Steelie says:

    Good Day,

    If you like Winter and the out of doors, make sure you take full advantage of this weekend as it may be one of the last best chances to do so. While it may be long term, next weekend is starting to look like low to mid-40s with sun = melt. But we may have to keep an eye out, I think, for the possibility of a short bust of cold near mid month that might have some precip with it. But that is still pretty far out there.


    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      I will be outside enjoying the winter weather for at least the next three weekends in a row! Big SNOWSTORM coming the week of 3-11-13. Get ready to ROCK n ROLL!!

      1. Steelie says:

        Good Day,

        Rocky, that is the “possible” storm I am refering to. Granted, it is ten days out and things could change either way. To a good snow event, or rain. Such is the nature of March. Then again, (oh I am going to hear it…) it is not all that unusual to have a nice little snow event in April, although generally the snow does not stay around long after. I remember as a kid waking up one Easter (April) morning to nearly 4-5″ of fresh snow. Then again, the sooner it gets warm, the sooner you can get on the links… ;-)


      2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        Always beware of the Ides of March!!!!

        1. Jack says:

          The Ides of March, were a good OLE Band. Cue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxJFjO4Skgo. ;-)

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          Hey, the Ides of March were a Chicago area band (I’m from Evanston IL). They played dances/concerts in my neck of the woods. Vehicle was their biggie. They’re still playing together. They have to be coming up on 50 years together as a band.

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Next comes the season of “Mud”….LOL! Not too bad for humans – but if you like to hike with a canine buddy – yuck!

  14. Jim S (North of Parchment) says:

    I recorded 29″ for the month of Feb. at the unofficial Cooper Township snow measuring station.

  15. Hal says:

    Must be ‘global cooling’ or the onset of another ice-age. LOL

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