Snow, Cold and Full MoonApril 24th, 2013 at 9:41 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
First, Claire Martin (meteorologist for the CBC) said that at least one weather station in EVERY PROVINCE in Canada had a record low temperature Monday morning! Almost all of Canada still has snow on the ground. Here’s snow cover in Eurasia. As of this AM (4/24), 23.1% of the Contiguous U.S. had a snow cover. I looked at records going back 10 years and the closest to that was 9.6%! In Upper Michigan it was 4 above zero this morning at Wakefield and +5 at Watersmeet. Snow cover this morning included 42″ at Hoist Basin, 34″ at Twin Lakes, 30″ at the Marquette Airport (by far the highest snow cover this late in the season), 20″ Munising, 18″ Ironwood, 11″ Newberry and S.Ste. Marie is down to 4″. Much of the country has been colder than average in 2013. The globe is very slightly cooler than average for 2013. Grand Rapids is 4.9 deg. cooler than average for April and and our rainfall for the month is up to 10.57″, a new all-time monthly record and the 3rd wettest month ever in G.R.
The full moon of April (which technically occurs at 3:57 PM on 4/25) is called the pink moon, after the pink phlox, an early spring flower. The moon is a little closer than average to the Earth right now (230,800 miles), so it may look every so slightly bigger than an average full moon (average Earth-Moon distance is 238,857 miles). Here’s more about our night sky this week. Here’s the schedule of flyovers of the Intl. Space Station (not many this week). Here’s a Hubble Telescope pic. of Comet ISON. Here’s a pic. of the Northern Lights over Lake Superior this evening (Weds.). Here’s pictures of auroras that are red, purple and reflected over water.