WeekendApril 20th, 2013 at 3:09 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The first picture is flooding downtown (from “The Nomad” at ReportIT. Here it is enlarged). Water is up to the first floor windows of the Northwestern Mutual Building – they had to evacuate that floor with water leaking in. They are using pumps to take water of the basements of several downtown buildings, including the Amway Grand Plaza and the Marriott Hotel. The second picture (from Kendall at ReportIt. Here it is full-sized) is someone out on a jetski in the floodwaters at Johnson Park. We picked up half-an-inch of snow before 1 AM at the Ford Airport. That brings our season snowfall total to 65.8″. We’ll see a few flurries yet this morning. We’ve had a couple dozen slide-offs with the snow and temperatures falling below freezing causing some puddles to ice up. Be careful driving early this AM and early Sunday. If you think it’s winter here…check out this webcam picture of the snowman at Krupp’s Resort in the U.P. at Twin Lakes, where they’ve had lots more snow and driving. As I write this around 3 AM Sat., the weather at Copper Harbor is snow, 22 degrees, a wind NNE at 29 mph with gusts to 39 mph and a wind chill factor of +6. The high temperatures north of Lake Superior stayed in the teens on Friday! Note that it was 15 degrees warmer in Maine Friday than it was at Gulfport MS and Mobile AL. Here’s the latest flood warnings and the latest from the GRR NWS on the flooding. We’ve got 3 basically dry days coming up. We’ll get 1/2 – 1″ of rain Tuesday/Tuesday night and a few hundredths of an inch of rain (or a mix of rain and snow) on Thursday. If you take flood pictures, we’d love to see them at ReportIt, or send them to us in an email.
Through Friday, we’ve had 14 consecutive days with measurable rain. During that time we’ve had 9.84″ of rain, making this the wettest April ever. Also, over the last 15 days, we’ve had only 14.2% sunshine. The average for April is 52%. The 3.3″ of rain on 4/18 was the wettest calendar day ever in April in G.R. and one of only 16 days going back to the late 1800s with 3.3″ of rain in a calendar day.