Snow, Cold and Full Moon

April 24th, 2013 at 9:41 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

arizona moon   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 morningAlmost 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 2013The 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.

6 Responses to “Snow, Cold and Full Moon”

  1. Bobby (Ada) says:

    First… too much snow, too much rain…. BILL… PLEASE BRING ON SUNSHINE and warm temps!! BRRR

  2. Mindy ( Mason MI ) says:

    Had some big Snowflakes today mixed in with the light Snow, lasted for 3 hours before letting up. BRRRRRRR, Im supprised the Grass is so Green with all the COLD Temps.

  3. Jack says:

    WOW! Beautiful Pictures of The Northern Lights . I LOVED the Picture Reflecting of The Water. It Looks LIKE the Mouth of a WHALE. In ” TECHNO- COLOR “. Anyone Else See The Whale ? Staying CUED, and Keep L@@KING UP ! ;-)

  4. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    I’ve been in Dallas all week, and it looks like Michigan really starts getting warm when I get back this weekend. Perfect timing!

    Nice weather down here, except for yesterday in which it was colder here than back home. Low 80′s before that. Crazy cold front that was!

  5. Jack says:

    While reading The Link …NIGHT SKY THIS WEEK ! I came across This Statement , Jay Leno, Could Have Some FUN !!! With This LOLO….. Uranus is hidden deep in the dawn. ;-)

    1. Skot says:

      Thanx for the laff.

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