Snow and ColdMarch 19th, 2013 at 7:56 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The picture on the left is 6″ of snow measured by Terri DeBoer in Byron Center this (Tue.) afternoon. The picture on the right was sent to me by Steve Graetz, the Principal of Betsie Valley Elem. School in Thompsonville. He estimated 10″ of snow fell in 9 hours. Other snow reports: 7″ Ferry (Oceana Co.), 6.5″ Grandville, 6″ Baldwin and Walker, 5″ Gun Lake, Comstock Park, Cutlerville and Wayland, 4.7″ East Gr. Rapids, 4.5″ Delton, 4.3″ Kalamazoo, 4″ Plainwell, 3.3″ Ford Airport – Grand Rapids, 3.0″ Hastings, 2.8″ Scottville, 2.5″ Paw Paw, 2.0″ Bellevue, 1.8″ Lansing, 1″ Muskegon, Saugatuck and Grand Junction. SlimJim pointed out that today is the first day we’ve had a high temperature below freezing in G.R. this late in March since 2002. The 6-10 day outlook from CPC is extraordinarily cool over much of the country and the 8-14 day outlook is more of the same. Look at the cold air across the U.S. from March 24-29. Here’s GFS 120-hour snowfall for the next storm. WOW! Up to 16.9″ of snow – Nebraska especially needs the moisture. NAM has snowstorm going south of St Louis. Anyone going to Florida or the Gulf of Mexico for spring break…note the colder than average water (with one warm eddy offshore). It’s also been very cold over much of Europe. Migrating birds have turned around and headed back south. Heavy snow has fallen in Slovakia. Eight-foot high snow drifts in the United Kingdom Channel Islands (biggest snow in over 1/4 century). Parts of W. Russia and E. Europe “at a standstill” due to early spring snowstorm. Big snowstorm hitting Quebec and E. Canada.
Other snowfall reports: 12.1″ Wellston (Manistee Co.), 12″ Interlochen, 10″ Lake Ann, 9″ Brethren, 7.5″ Snyder (45″ on the ground!), 15″ in 20 hours Alston (in the U.P.), 10″ Montreal, Canada, 15.7″ New Ipswich NH, 3″ New York City.
30.7% of the Lower 48 States had a snow cover this last day of winter. The average snow cover was 5.1″. That compares to this percent on March 19 in past years: 17.0% in 2012, 18.8% in 2011, 17.8% in 2010, 15% in 2009. In fact, the total of 30.7% surpasses each year going back 10 years (I don’t have records before that).