February WrapMarch 1st, 2013 at 12:17 pm by Bill Steffen 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.