Rapid Snowmelt/Flooding in U.P.April 28th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
This is the Peshekee River in the U.P. (image from NWS Marquette). There is still ice in the river and lots of snow on the ground. Temperatures hit the 60s (even a couple of low 70s) in the U.P. over the weekend. In many areas it was the first time it was this warm since October. The warm air and sunshine started a rapid and rather late snowmelt that has triggered flood warnings and a Civil Emergency Message/EAS Alert, “…ASKING RESIDENTS TO SEEK HOUSING AWAY FROM THE STURGEON RIVER NOW…” At 3 PM Sunday, the temperature at Munising was 71. They started the day with 22″ of snow on the ground! Other snow totals this AM: 24″ just ESE of Houghton, 22″ Twin Lakes, 21″ at the Marquette Airport and 6″ at Ironwood (where they hit 67 yesterday and are in the mid-upper 60s again today). Places with even deeper snow cover lake Big Bay and Hoist Basin didn’t report this AM. The late season snow cover has meant an extended ski season. Check out the pics. from Ski Brule, where they say “Unbelievable! Only word to describe conditions and being open for skiing and snowboarding on April 27. Not just open, but 11 of 17 trails open on the front side of the mountain. It seems like just yesterday I said “ SKI BRULE IS OPEN FOR 2012/13″ but it was November 2 .. one more week and it will be 6 months of snow! Been wishing for a season like the one we are having!
Also, Wesloco, Texas had 1.87″ of rain from Jan. 1 thru this morning. This afternoon they had 2.24″ of rain in 2 hours. Laredo had more rain in 6 hours than they have had total up to today since 1/1.