Last of the Flurries Exits SE This Evening

March 12th, 2013 at 3:17 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local  The flurries/snow showers are done north of a line from Benton Harbor to just north of Lansing.  The rest of them will wind down this evening and move southeast.  At my house, the visibility briefly went down below 1/2 mile shortly before noon…pretty good little snow shower. Watch for an occasional slick spot on sidewalks, parking lots, driveways and lesser-traveled roads today. Grand Rapids is 0.8 degrees cooler than average for March 1-11.  Orlando FL was 8 degrees cooler than average for March 1-11.  Today is the anniversary of one of the biggest blizzards and storm systems ever in the eastern U.S., the Super Storm of ’93, or Storm of the Century.  It had everything from a line of very severe thunderstorms that stretched for hundreds of miles that hit Florida and the Bahamas to snow that piled up several inches deep in NW Florida, so massive 2-4 foot snowfall totals in the Smoky Mts.  Yesterday (3/11) was the 2-year anniversary of the great Japanese earthquake and tsunami.     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 Maranatha 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

66 Responses to “Last of the Flurries Exits SE This Evening”

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

    What? Everyone’s asleep? 31.6 degrees and a dusting of snow here.

  2. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    Get ready for a heavy dose of Rocky. European model showing a hefty winter storm early next week, and the latest 06Z GFS has a strong storm as well….with possible rain, freezing rain, and/or significant snow. Also shows another storm a few days after. Doubt we get hit by two storms. One would be a shock.

    1. Yup (Grandville) says:

      Oh boy. I’m over it already. I know it was a short snow season, but I’m really over it.

      1. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

        By the time it gets here, it could be a spring like storm. Who knows. Last year we hit 80+ this week.

        1. Yup (Grandville) says:

          This is true. I’ll take a gradual warm up this year, give us a good chance for some decent spring thunderstorms ;)

      2. fixxxer says:

        a short snow season? your joking right? it’s been crap weather since sepetember. you winter lovers had a decent season, now it’s the warm weather, severe weather nuts turn.

        1. Cort S. says:

          The snow didn’t really start flying until mid-January, though. Despite that, I really want to see the sun and warm weather again soon.

        2. Yup (Grandville) says:

          Yes, it was a short SNOW SEASON…. meaning, it really didn’t start SNOWING until the middle of January. And in case you hadn’t noticed, I enjoy all types of weather. I don’t sit here pissing and moaning about it.

        3. fixxxer says:

          funny because i saw snow in december.

        4. fixxxer says:

          you and me both cort. honestly i could care a less about any severe weather. i just want some nice weather for a change.

        5. Yup (Grandville) says:

          What, an inch here and there that didn’t stick? Big whoop. You are impossible to please, that’s for sure.

        6. fixxxer says:

          Any snow is crap to me.

  3. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    31° here in Walker with like most other areas a dusting of snow on the ground….As for a possible storm system early next week????it the same as always, temperature, location (it always location) and this time of year yet another factor comes into play is…..TIME OF DAY while daytime precipitation could be snow and or rain that dose not accumulate…while at night it could be accumulating snow or freezing rain….I know there are several persona’s that like to take control of this blog that will be going wild over the next few days and who knows one or two of them my or may not be right, but then even a broken clock is right two times a day…..

  4. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    BTW both the GFS and the ECMWF both now show a similar system for early next week…so there is a better idea that something, somewhere will happen….maybe….time will tell…

    1. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

      ECMWF has been stronger, but the GFS has trended stronger with the latest run. I would think the stronger the storm, the more NW it will be. Just a hunch.

      1. Ryan (Rockford) says:

        Unfortunately for us snow lovers, that’s how it’s been all too often this winter (and the past few as well). I would side with a forecast that trends warmer and wetter, but maybe this is the time where all the right ingredients line up to give everyone in W. Michigan a big snowstorm.

        Also, 131 South this AM around D Ave. to Stadium Dr. at 7:45 AM was near whiteout conditions with slippery, snow-covered roads. Otherwise, the rest of the drive to Kalamazoo was mostly light snow and flurries with wet roads. Temp. went from 31 in Rockford, 34 downtown GR, down to 30, and was 31 when I arrived. Light snow right now.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          D Ave is always scary – it’s that “high altitude” ;-) that makes it so treacherous!

    2. fixxxer says:

      hopefully it’s just a rain event. i guess it’s too much to ask to just have a week full of sunshine.

  5. GB (Hudsonville) says:

    Well at least it’s not 1996, check that march out. This is March this is close normal people no “blowtorch” and no SNOW , BLIZZARD & SNOW.

  6. Jeff(Northern Ionia County / Muir) says:

    Although I have been a winter nut for the past few months. Im ready to give in and say im ready for 60 degree weather. I would really be happy if we could stay between 60-70 degreese all year. Definitley ready for some open water fishing!!!

  7. Nathan says:

    Following the models! I’m pretty sure there will be a storm, but the track will change 100%, so don’t get your hopes up yet!

  8. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    I’m all for some storms next week to track. This week sure is boring now that the warm air is gone.

    Updated temp numbers for the first 11 days of March (compared to avg):

    GR: -0.9
    Lansing: -0.6
    Detroit: +0.7
    Flint: +0.5

    And snowfall for March has been practically non-existent.

    1. Brad says:

      We also have to keep in mind March temps are above the 100-year average too. It’s easy to lose perspective when looking at 30-year (warmed) averages.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        Where did you read that March temperatures are above the 100-year average?

        1. Brad says:

          It’s a fair guess. You have all the data. Is -0.9F relative to the 30-year average below average of the entire data set? Not that it matters much.

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      It is also easy to lose perspective when only looking at 11 days of a month.

    3. Bill Steffen says:

      March 1-12: Kalamazoo -1.0, Battle Creek -1.2, Holland -1.4, Ludington -1.5, Muskegon -1.8. The next 8 days aren’t going to boost those numbers. We’re looking at the 2nd month in a row with cooler than average temps. in Michigan.

  9. Todd A (from Holland, in GR) says:

    In 1976, a line of severe thunderstorms produced a tornado in Ottawa Co.

    1. Cort S. says:

      Interesting. You can see that day’s approximate tornado paths here:

      1. Todd A (from Holland, in GR) says:

        Thanks for sharing that link Cort. It’s very interesting to see the path of that tornado. I’m glad I didn’t realize then how close it was to my childhood home!

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

          Very nice link. That tornado actually formed just west of the downtown Holland area.

  10. Dan says:

    Old Man Winter’s last gasp, perhaps? Do we stay cooler into April?
    I hope, we stay cool and only gradually warm up.
    The farmers need a DECENT planting season!

    1. fixxxer says:

      so im suppose to wish for cooler weather, snow and rain just so the farmers can have a good season? give me a break danny boy.

      1. Todd A (from Holland, in GR) says:

        Yeah who cares about the farmers. They only grow the food you buy in the store. It doesn’t matter, you’re right. LOL

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Yeah fixxxy, why in the world would you want to think of others?

      1. fixxxer says:

        i didn’t say i didn’t care. i said im not going to wish for a crap, cool and rainy spring.

  11. fixxxer says:

    blah… ive had about enough of this weather bill.

    1. Cort S. says:

      I’m sick of getting weather bills too. They keep raising the rates; it’s getting too darn expensive. I need to find ways to cut back on my weather consumption. :(

      1. fixxxer says:

        no i was talking to bill lol.

  12. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    We’ve had a dusting to a .25″ of snow so far. I’m liking the look of the radar from Kalkaska up to the bridge. They have already had 2-3″, and should get a few more inches today and tonight. We are leaving Friday morning, and are either staying at Grayling or Mancelona. Looks like they could get a few more inches Friday/Saturday as well. It should be a pretty good last weekend of snowmobiling (pending next weeks storm).

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Have fun! I think my sled is going to get a bath, and put away for the season :-( Gun Lake is opening up – I have open water in front of my house on the SW corner of the lake, so I guess I’ll get my touring kayak out now!

  13. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    12Z GFS shows a stronger, further south clipper for the weekend, storm early next week not as strong as the 06Z run, but still enough for some moderate snow, and then an big rain maker around the end of next week.

  14. INDY says:

    Hey Jim if storm track stays south of us that can only mean more cold air…Snow piles to May…. getting some light snow out thee YARDofBRICKS March 12th..INDYY…

    1. fixxxer says:

      indy you know you want warmer weather.

  15. INDY says:

    Ohhh Fizzer U know I do ready to party all night long outside with u!! INDYY…..

    1. Jack says:

      INDY, West Michigan is ON THE BORDER, when it Comes 2 Spring Weather. Hence..CUE: ;-)

  16. INDY says:

    Next Sunday 2-4 inches of snow next Tuesday maybe a 6-12 inches of snow fact of the matter looks and feels like a lot of snow coming…Stay tuned winter is still on the longggggg runnnnn……Baseball what??? ……INDYY..

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Bring it on! COLD and SNOW rocks!

    2. Jack says:

      Speaking Of The LONG RUN, 2 4 1….CUES, LOLOLO….EAGLES…..BACK 2 Back !!! ;-)

    3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      How could we still be getting SNOWSTORMS? I thought winter was over? Who knew?

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Yes I am sure that the church lady knew :)

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


    1. fixxxer says:

      No you mean hurry June. Get ready for an average spring folks.

  18. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    New CPC 8-14 day outlook shows us with below normal temps and above average precip! I realize that some of this may be rain, however get ready for multiple SNOWSTORMS right through April!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Yeah because we all believe long ranges.

      1. Jack says:

        FIXXXXER….When it comes to Long Range Model, I always go for The UNDER DOG…..!!! ;-)

    2. PAUL says:

      Cooler weather is good news for farmers.

  19. mr. negative says:

    Cold, snow, overcast, windy, dark…March. No warm-up, no chances, no hope.

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

      …as your name implies…

  20. wackyred-allendale,mi says:

    That is why Mi. is such a great state to live in. The weather can change every 15 minutes. And Thanks to Bill we know whats coming.

    1. Brad says:

      That is a common adage but really applies to most of the temperate zone. If you’re looking for crazy weather, find some topography, such as in the western US and Alaska.

  21. Jim S (North of Parchment) says:

    Had 4 inches in early A.M. at my snow measuring station. A little bit more flurries.

  22. Tyler (Escanaba) says:

    Hey Bill what are the snow totals from that 1993 superstorm. That storm was incredible. I dont think Michigan got hit at all by that storm though. My Uncle in Mississippi in Vicksburg says he got an inch or two from that storm. I think Tennessee got nailed though with U.P. Lake superior type snowfall from that storm. You have any totals from Florida up the east coast.

  23. Tyler (Escanaba) says:

    We had 2 inches of snow last night here in Escanaba. That puts us at 61 inches for the year. Two nights ago we had 3 inches overnight. I am heading for Las Vegas Saturday morning. Anything to worry about on the drive out there at all Bill? I think there will be snow cover tell possibly Nebraska on the way out there.

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