Friday SunshineMarch 8th, 2013 at 3:43 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
A couple of cool pictures here from ReportIt. The first is birds in a blue spruce tree from Walter. You really have to see the picture full screen to appreciate it. The second pic. is an early crocus blooming on 3/7 from Scott. You can see that full screen here. This will be the sunniest of the next several days, so enjoy. So far this year, we’ve had only 24% of possible sunshine, so it’s been even drearier than an average dreary Michigan winter. Over the past 49 days, we’ve only had 6 days with more than 48% sunshine. The first week of March wound up 4.3 degrees colder than average. Much of the southeast was unusually chilly during the first week of March. Here’s temperature departures from average for the first week of March: Tampa -11.0 (not the best week to be on vacation in Florida), Gulfport MS -9.2, Knoxville TN -11.3, London KY -12.1. Grand Rapids has now had 37 consecutive days with an inch or more of snow on the ground and 46 of the last 48 days. The models continue to predict a healthy soaking Sat. night into Sunday night. The 00Z European has an even inch for G.R. (with a little snow as it ends Monday) and the GFS has 0.88″. The models take us close to 50 on Sunday, so we’ll have a decent snowmelt with the rain. Smaller creeks and rivers could see significant rises. The European remains significantly colder than the GFS for midweek next week.