Monday AM FreezeMay 12th, 2013 at 3:59 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Image on the right is snow on the ground at the Marquette NWS Office Sunday AM (from the MQT NWS facebook page). Check out the snow video that Jeff Lutz shot – NWS office in Gaylord this Sunday AM. Check the snowman cam and you’ll see they still have some snow piles and there is still some ice on the lake. We had trace amounts of sleet and trace amounts of snow north of G.R. Sunday. Nearly 2″ of snow fell at Kalkaska and 11 miles north of Lake City. In the U.P., snowfall totaled 5.5″ at Sault Ste. Marie, along with gusts to 46 mph. They still have 3″ on the ground at The Soo. 4″ at Paulding, 3.6″ at Herman (4.8″ in 48hours), 3.5″ at Twin Lakes, 2.9″ at Negaunee, 2.3″ at Newberry and 2″ at Houghton and Champion. Wind gusts Saturday PM/night reached 57 mph at Presque Isle, 49 mph at the Muskegon Beach and on Beaver Is., 45 on the beach at Grand Haven and 41 mph in Holland (during the Tulip Parade!) and at Mears I’m looking at data and I’ll update here soon. Here’s current Michigan conditions and a Michigan surface weather map.
Skies are mostly clear to partly cloudy this Monday (IR satellite loop). Here’s the G.R. NWS forecast discussion. Monday AM looks like the only night in the foreseeable future with freeze potential, so planting can commence. Each orchard (type of fruit and location) will have varying temperatures on the calm, clear night as cold air sinks to the lowest elevations. threshold tonight. The duration of critical temperature is important overnight. Cold air will sink to lower elevations and temperatures on a calm, clear night will usually be colder in valleys than on top of hills. Much of the fruit crop in Kent Co. is up on “The Ridge” where the higher elevation can keep orchards a couple degrees warmer than lower elevations. Here’s some low temperatures Monday AM: 22 Baldwin, 23 agricultural station in Lawrence and Manistee, 24 Hart, 25 Ludington, 26 Fremont, 27 Big Rapids, Ionia, Hastings, 28 Muskegon, 29 Coldwater, Three Rivers, Allendale, East Gr. Rapids. Grandville, Charlotte, S. Haven, 30 Sturgis, S. Haven, Marshall, Alma, Grand Ledge, 31 Kalamazoo, 32 Battle Creek.
It was a very cold Sunday in Michigan…the high temperature in G.R. was just 46. The average high for Sunday is 68. The high was 43 in Big Rapids, 39 in Cadillac and just 35 at Gaylord and S. Ste. Marie. Despite the cool weekend, Grand Rapids is still 6 degrees warmer than average thru the first 12 days of May.
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