SundayMay 4th, 2013 at 12:58 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
2:40 Sunday PM: low 70s and partly-mostly sunny at this hour in W. Michigan. It’s colder in the U.P (just 40 in Copper Harbor). Snow cover this AM: 8″ at Ironwood and 6″ at Twin Lakes. There are showers around the race at Talledaga, Alabama, where it’s only in the mid-upper 50s. In fact, if you check out national temperatures, Grand Rapids is warmer than a large portion of the South, including all of Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and S. Carolina. The weather should be AWESOME into early next week, with partly-mostly sunny skies and pleasant temperatures in the 70s during the afternoon and upper 40s to low 50s at night. I don’t see a freeze or significant frost this week. However, there’s a lot of snow and cold air across Canada (at the link you can see the narrow strip of snow that fell across parts of IA, northwest WI and the western U.P.) and I do think we cool down a bit relative to averages for the middle of the month. The tulips will be peaking at just the right time for Tulip Time. The weather was good for the Kalamazoo Marathon Sunday AM. Saturday, I attended a seminar or broadcast meteorologists that the Weather Service puts on a couple times a year. Also, here’s a USGS report on the Grand River flood. Look at the large area in NW Wisconsin that just had 12-16″ of snow! A record 9.3″ fell at Eau Claire WI. 13″ of new snow fell at Bessemer MI and 11″ at Ironwood. The observer 2 miles NW of Mellen WI reported a 3-day snowfall total of 21.3″ !! Up to 18″ fell in Minnesota and up to a foot of snow in Iowa. ” According to official records, there had not been any snow across Arkansas this late in the spring until this event.” Here’s a picture of 4″ of snow on the ground in Gravette AR. Marquette had 5″ fell at Decatur AR. The high temperature at Marquette on Friday was just 33, a record low maximum for May 3. They had 0.2″ of snow, bringing their season total to 211.7″. Ironwood had a high temperature of 30 and they have 10″ of new snow on the ground. On Isle Royale, the high at Ojibway was 28. Other notable highs from Friday: 38 Harrison AR, 36 Springfield MO, 35 Des Moines IA, 33 Rochester MN, 31 Houghton MI. On the warm side, Los Angeles soared to 90 Friday PM. The Ventura Wildfire has burned 44 square miles on a 10-mile path (pics and video at the link). It’s now 70% contained. Picture from Steve Schrier at ReportIt. Here it is enlarged.