Snowiest March 25?

March 25th, 2013 at 11:45 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

nohrsc  Click on the image to enlarge.   An incredible 48.7% of the Lower 48 states has a snow cover this Monday morning!  The average snow depth is also an amazing 5.9″.  This compares to only 7.7% on this date last year.  The past few days a strong storm has dropped a band of heavy snow from Colorado to the East Coast.  Additional snowfall totals include +7″ at Indianapolis, 12.4″ at St. Louis, 12″ at Oakland, Maryland (and still snowing hard there) and 15.3″ at Godfrey, IL.  Snow cover this morning is just a trace over much of our area, with some big piles.  Snow cover is substantial north of US 10.  Wellston in Manistee Co. reports 17″ on the ground in the woods.  There’s a 9″ snow cover at the Houghton Lake airport (Houghton Lake is still quite frozen over), 10″ at Cadillac, 11″ at Traverse City, 22″ nine miles WSW of Traverse City, 18″ at Gaylord, 22″ at Ironwood, 26″ at S. Ste. Marie, 27″ at Newberry, 33″ at Paradise, 38″ at the Marquette Airport, 39″ at Twin Lakes, 41″ at Munising, 50″ south of Grand Marais and 53″ at Hoist Basin.  The coldest temperature in the U.S. this morning was -20 at Lake Yellowstone WY.  Michigan’s coldest was +6 at Wakefield.  UP webcams here and here.  It sure has been cloudy.  In the last 7 days (and today thru noon), we’ve had only 10 hours and 51 minutes of sunshine.  That’s only 5.5% of possible sunshine.  Paul Pastelok from Accu-Weather notes this morning that the best fit to this March when you look at the pattern across the Lower 48 states is March 1996.  The North Atlantic Oscillation stays negatives (but not in the tank), while the Arctic Oscillation (which has been about as negative as you’ll ever see it) heads back toward average (less blocking, which forced the cold, Canadian air into the U.S.  This would suggest a return to more average weather in April, but no “heat waves”.

Also, The Earth at Night.

68 Responses to “Snowiest March 25?”

  1. Katie in Kentwood says:

    Hey Bill look what I found on an old VHS tape I have….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KeY8mLD74E :)

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I bet that was mid-late 1980s. WZZM got the first doppler radar in the market in 1983. It was a big improvement over the old RCA Aircraft (from WWII) radar that we were using.

    2. Yup (Grandville) says:

      LOL….”It’s 100% accurate!”

  2. INDY says:

    STILL BELOW NORMAL TEMPS!! AS OF 3/25/13 WHAT SPRING??? INDYY..

  3. DanielG says:

    The wife says that the lakes in southern Michigan that she has driven by are all ice free. Up here on Myers Lake near Rockford its still frozen with ice fishermen using it on a daily basis.
    She has the UP scheduled for next week on her sales route. I think she is in for a rather rude awakening up there. She kinda figured that MAYBE by the first of April it may have been more hospitable but that looks to NOT be the case.

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

      Lake Macatawa (visible from the Boatwerks camera) is frozen over once again. Not much danger of an early tulip bloom this spring.

  4. So as far as the storm Sunday/Monday next week is that going to be mostly rain or snow and any accumulating snow?

  5. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Snow cover? The yards and fields around Zeeland and Holland have been bare for days now. Yet looking at the map, we are all included in the snow cover? I did see some in a ditch along chicago drive though……

  6. Dan says:

    When the NWS uses words like, “nudge” and “nose” You know they are only referring to a small very incremental warm up. I bet, next system will be a mix!
    It is COLD here. That wind feels raw! It seems like January, not late March!

    1. Jack says:

      Hey, Dan this Should..Warm Ya !! Tigers Season starts in 1 Week. Go Tigers!!!! Your take onThe Tigers this YEAR ? Stay Cued…. ;-)

      1. Dan says:

        My take on the Tigers. They should win the World Series this year!
        They have a talent laden roster. I said this before last year. However, VMart was hurt. Their 5th starter is a bit of a concern. I’m also not 100% convinced that Rondon can be the closer!
        They have far less question marks. They have a lot of answers to be a really, really good team! I’m saying that the Tigers get over 100 wins and they lock up the central in Mid August! Can you imagine opposing pitchers that have to face Jackson, Hunter, Cabrara, Fielder, Martinez, Castolonous, Berry? (sp?)
        Not sure who else would be in this line up, right now!

        1. Jack says:

          ****LIKE***** and AGREE. DET.Tigers…..2013 WORLD CHAMPIONS!!! Stay Cued …. ;-)

      2. ~Sherry~(Comstock Park) says:

        I am so looking forward to this season. What a line up and the pitching looks pretty solid too! Goooooo Tigers!!

        1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

          I think the Tigers have a very good team this year..One problem I see is the closer situation and hopefully that one can be taken care of with Villarreal,Dotel,Benoit or Alburquerque. As for Bruce Rondon he should start the year in Toledo. As to where the Tigers will finish we will know in late September. Never count your eggs until they hatch nor wins until they happen. And remember championships are not won in April but they can be lost in April (fall so far behind you can not catch up)
          GO TIGERS
          SlimJim

        2. Brian(Grandville) says:

          Ya, Slim. That seems to be the only real flaw for the team right now.

  7. Dan says:

    Bill: What was the weather like in the Spring and Summer following that cool March of 1996?

    1. fixxxer says:

      Ill go on a limb and say cold.

      1. Jack says:

        I’ll go out on a limb, and Say you will Complain no matter What….Fix !!!! Stay Cued….. ;-)

        1. fixxxer says:

          Cone on jack, even u know this weather sucks. No one wants or needs a cold spring & summer this year.

        2. Jack says:

          Fixxxer , I agree this Cold weather Sucks. However my Point is U will complain…No matter WHAT !! Just SAYIN ……Stay Cued…. ;-)

        3. Irish coffee says:

          “cold spring/summer”….fixxxer- i don’t know how old you are, but in my lifetime of 49 years i have yet to witness a “cold” summer…likewise, i have never witnessed a “HOT” winter….mild/warm perhaps, but days on end w/ 90+(most folks criteria for true “hot”) during Dec , Jan & Feb has not occurred!!

  8. fixxxer says:

    This weather is a bunch of BS. Coldest march i can remember since ive lived here. Is it going to warm up or what bill? At this point i dont have high hopes for the latter half or spring and summer.

    1. ~Sherry~(Comstock Park) says:

      It is cold over pretty much the whole country Fixxxer. So you are not alone. I like that winter is hanging on. It started pretty late to begin with.

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        Winter is just making up for lost time…LOL! The part *I* like is that if it DOES snow – we don’t really have to shovel. The sun will take care of it ;-)

      2. fixxxer says:

        sherry no one wants winter to hang through April.

        1. Irish coffee says:

          …”no one” ???????? speak for yourself! ;)

    2. Tim from Zeeland says:

      Kind of like this past November, December and January. It will turn colder in the ten day forecast. Hahaha Now we hear it will warm up in a few weeks.. Can’t win around here.. lol I think it’s great we have had a cool start to spring. It will make for a great summer.

    3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      You don’t have high hopes for anything. I pity you. :-(

      1. fixxxer says:

        lol… no need to pity me. i gave up on michigan weather long ago.

  9. jeff says:

    Hey Bill, the temp on this site has been stuck @ 19 degrees since Friday. What’s up with that/

  10. INDY says:

    ICE CREAM AND DREAMS COMING SOON……STAY TUNED ….INDYY..

    1. Jack says:

      Speaking of Dreams….Indy.. Here is uncle Jacks favorite Dream!!! http://fadedfools.com/medical_marijuana/superbluedreamapr.jpg. ;-)

      1. INDY says:

        like it!

  11. kevin. w says:

    OK MAYBE A PATTERN CHANGE COMING IN A FEW WEEKS. This is from the Climate Prediction Center on the longer range. This is a similiar pattern of what bill was saying in 1996 as I looked it up. We had a big temperature change going from cold wet spring right into summer about mid part of May with alot of severe weather. Will just have to wait and see if this so called pattern changer coming is of a big temperature/severe weather game changer. Its looking like a couple potential severe weather storms coming in the longer range in GFS/Euro ensemble models. Who Knows..ok…who knows…

    OTHER MEMBERS PREFER A PROGRESSIVE PATTERN THAT WOULD LEAD
    TO LARGE CHANGES IN THE LONGWAVE PATTERN COMPARED TO THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS,
    AT LEAST OVER THE WESTERN TWO-THIRDS OF THE CONUS. THIS UNCERTAINTY IS
    CONFIRMED BY THE VERY LARGE ENSEMBLE SPREAD SEEN IN THE SPAGHETTI DIAGRAMS OVER
    THE EASTERN PACIFIC AND WESTERN NORTH AMERICA. ADDITIONALLY THERE ARE SOME
    INDICATIONS THAT THE NEGATIVE NAO PATTERN MAY BEGIN TO BREAK DOWN DURING THE
    LATTER PART OF WEEK-2.

    THE TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION OUTLOOKS REMAIN NEARLY IDENTICAL TO THOSE
    ISSUED FOR THE 6-10 DAY PERIOD, WITH ONLY MINOR CHANGES TO ACCOUNT FOR TIMING,
    SUCH AS OVER THE SOUTHEAST WHERE HIGHER PROBABILITIES FOR BELOW-NORMAL
    TEMPERATURES ARE DEPICTED SINCE THE WARMING AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT TIMES OFF AT
    DAY 8.

    RAPID CHANGES ARE ANTICIPATED DURING THIS WEEK’S TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS TO
    ACCOUNT FOR WHAT COULD BE A SUBSTANTIAL PATTERN CHANGE LOOMING TOWARD THE
    MIDDLE OF APRIL AS THE TELECONNECTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PERSISTENT BLOCKING
    PATTERN BREAK DOWN AND SEASONAL WARMING ARRIVES OVER MUCH OF THE CONUS.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Note in 1996 April, May were much cooler then average and June was near average and July was much cooler then average. I do not buy into the use of analog years. Particularly only going back a few years for comparisons
      SlimJim

  12. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Tennessee and North Carolina get accumulating snow and yet we’re approaching 40 degrees with no snow on the ground at my house. Go figure.

    Orlando hit 88 degrees for a new record high over the weekend… Miami made a new record high of 90, and south Texas hit 102 for a new record. All the while record lows are being made only a couple hundred miles to the north. Bizarre.

    I’ll take any kind of interesting weather at this point. The past couple weeks have been the boringest weather in a long time for me. No storms, no record temps of any kind, no nothing.

    1. Brad (Lawrence) says:

      I agree Travis. If I could choose just one change in our weather pattern, it would be SUNSHINE. This cloudy pattern is getting really old.

    2. INDY says:

      STILL BELOW TEMPS OUTSIDE BUT THANKS FOR THE USA UPDATE!! TRAVIS!! INDYY.

  13. Jerry says:

    That snow cover map is not reliable. I live in SE Ann Arbor and we have no snow on the ground.

    1. Brad (Lawrence) says:

      Same here…we have a few lingering PLOWED piles, but the fields, yards, woods, and parking lots are completely snow free.

  14. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    GREAT NEWS – I will be skiing again this coming weekend and possibly the next two weekends! AMAZING! Now for the the FANTASTIC NEWS FOR ALL OF THE WARM WEATHER NUTS and the rest of the crazies out there that are getting tired of COLD and SNOW! I am about ready to throw in the towel and give up on the chances of any more decent SNOWSTORMS for the GR area! It is a sad day in ROCKY’s neighborhood, however I am ready to move onto to SPRING and golfing weather! I can’t believe that I just said that, however have fun tracking all of your severe weather and you will get a 7 month reprieve from listening to me talk about COLD and SNOW! I will see you on the other side of Fall and I already have a feeling about next winter – COLD and record breaking SNOWFALL on the way! Don’t forget ROCK n ROLL will never die people! Get used to it baby!

    1. Jack says:

      A Rock n Roll Cue 4 U Rocky…ENJOY….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goyjEdJeLUM. ;-) . Stay cued !!!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

      2. Dan says:

        Rick Derringer actually wrote this song, correct? STILL an excellent tune!!!!

        1. Jack says:

          Correct DAN! R.D. Wrote It.!!!! Stay Cued ! And Come On SPRING !!!

        2. Jack says:

          Dan Rick Derringer , was also a Member of THE MCCOYS, that Did This Old Tune !!! CUE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGuPc01Dn7c.

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Rocky – I think the loss of skiing will be because the ski areas closed due to “apathy” – NOT because they don’t have snow?

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        And the fact that their seasonal employees have other commitments and will have to leave.

  15. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    March 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Bill: What was the weather like in the Spring and Summer following that cool March of 1996

    In 1996 April and May where colder then average with April coming is at -5.1° below average and May coming in at -3.6° GR had frost in late May and the last freeze was 31 on May 29th . We went up to Bay City for Mothers day that year and the leaves were still not on the tress yet!! As for the summer June was almost average -0.7 July was much cooler then average -4.3 and in GR the warmest it got up to was only 87° there were a lot of mid 70’s and a few low 80’s that July. August was a little above average and had the high for the year of 96° on the 7th. That year GR had a very cold November so while I did not fully buy into analog years it is something to think about.
    SlimJim

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I remember my neighbor re-roofing his house the first weekend in May, 1996. He was bundled up like he was going snowmobiling: insulated bibs, long underwear underneath, warm hat and gloves….. we called it the year with no Spring.

  16. Dan says:

    Thanks Slim for replying to my question! I hope that was only for that year.
    I hope we are close to average or above average for this Spring and Summer.
    I am officially tired of Winter now. It really isn’t the snow that I am tired of, its the cold, raw winds!
    It can’t warm to the 60s fast enough for me!!
    C’mon Spring Weather! Winter I’ll be looking forward to your return next Fall!
    You can allow Spring to come now.

  17. Jack says:

    This song came To Mind Today. Thought I’d Share. SPIN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6jxxagVEO4.

  18. kevin. w says:

    my son works up at boyne and he is there ski patrol up there and he told them last fall that he will leave april 1st and they said they have at least 3 weeks if not one or two more after that of good skiing left. So it looks like most of april up there the resort will stay open.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      That’s pretty amazing!!! I was on Cannonsburg’s Ski Patrol – and we always felt it was a long season if we were still patrolling by St Patty’s Day

  19. Brad says:

    Folks, I found Bill’s doppelgänger. His name is Edwin Lee. He is, perhaps ironically, the Mayor of San Francisco. And he’s Chinese.

    http://www.strausevents.com/ClientData/SFSBW/2011/4636_MayorEdLee_0004_.jpg

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Lee_%28politician%29

    This is a bit disturbing, to be serious…

    1. Yup (Grandville) says:

      Besides the hair style and mustache, it’s a stretch Brad :)

    2. Jack says:

      BILL !!!!! 4 GRAND RAPIDS MAYOR !!!!!! Got a Ring 2 it ?… AYE Bill ? ;-)

  20. bnoppe(Albion) says:

    The GFS is looking like a rollercoaster for Temps the next 15 days

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      I’d take that, this rollercoaster were on now seems to be broken down at the bottom of the big hill.

  21. Yup (Grandville) says:

    That’s it, I’m going to the Keys for a week!

    1. fixxxer says:

      wish i could too.

    2. Jack says:

      Yup and Fix. Speaking of THE KEYS……CUE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg-zwba7l5w. Enjoy…it’s A1A…… ;-)

      1. Yup (Grandville) says:

        Thanks Jack! Jimmy and I party every week at my house when it’s warm out ;)

    3. Irish coffee says:

      Alicia is a nice lady/great singer- have a good time !!;)

      1. Jack says:

        Anyone Remember This KEYS..Great MAN. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4d/Alan_Keyes_speech.jpg. I’d Vote 4 Him !!!! Still TODAY!!

  22. Tyler (Escanaba) says:

    We still have plenty of snow on the ground yet. It has gone down some though in the past few days. Temps were in the Mid 30′s today. I just got home from Las Vegas. Every day I was there last week it was 78-80 degrees with total sunshine. On the way there Sat the 17th there was snow on the ground all the way to almost Nebraska. Western Iowa or pretty much all of Iowa didnt have much snow at all but there was still some piles left and snow in the woods and shaded spots there. Nebraska was almost completely snow free except I seen a few spots along the interstate 80 near Omaha. Still about 3 feet of snow or more in the mountains west of Denver. It didnt get to 70 degrees until we hit the Nevada border. The way home it was the same but there was no snow cover after the colorado mountains until Iowa.

  23. Tyler (Escanaba) says:

    Spring of 1996 was very cold. I dont think we had leaves on the trees that year until June. Grand Rapids I dont think had that much snow in 1996. Alot of the east coast got hammered that year as well as the U.P. into the Dakotas and over into Montana.

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