Snow in Michigan!!October 21st, 2013 at 4:08 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
UPDATE: 2.6″ at Lake Linden in the U.P. and 1″ near Ironwood. Check out more webcams at www.johndee.com. Snow on the ground at Michigan Tech. This is accumulating snow in Ewen (left) and Newberry (right) Michigan in the U.P. Sunday evening (from Marquette NWS). The buoy 3 miles off Port Sheldon was reporting 7-8 foot waves shortly after midnight Tues. morning. There’s a Winter Weather Advisory out for parts of Upper Michigan for 2-4″ of new snow. Also from MQT NWS, the difference between sleet and graupel. NWS Duluth says: “Getting some reports of 2 to 4 inches from Pine County, Minnesota. Interstate 35 is pretty slick according to reports we have received from travelers in that area.” SPC has a chance of lake-enhanced thunder in N/NW Lower Michigan and the Lake Superior shoreline of the U.P. NWS Grand Rapids going for a chance of mixed snow showers from Monday night through Friday night. The GFS plot hourly high temperatures (actually high temps. will be a degree or 2 higher) for Monday PM to Saturday are: 46/45/43/44/46/45 with 31 Sunday AM. We’re 33 Friday AM with an 850 mb temperature of -7. We could easily see snow on the ground (at least on grassy areas) if that verifies. The European would take temps. east of US 131 down a little below freezing Weds., Thurs. and Fri. mornings with a 524 thickness and a low of about 28 Friday AM. I don’t know if the models are quite catching the warm lake water, which might give us a couple-degree boost. The European says we may have highs in the mid-upper 40s from Monday afternoon thru next weekend with another cold front to reinforce the cold air after that. After early this AM, the European doesn’t take our temperature above 50 the rest of this month! From Joe Bastardi: “I have been looking back through the years and I can not find anything this cold at the end of October until we go back to 1976.” 1976-77 was the coldest winter than West Michigan has had in the last 109 years! ALSO: There was a meteor at around 7:33 Sunday evening. The Orionid meteor shower will peak around dawn Monday morning. AND: Hurricane Raymond formed fairly rapidly off the west coast of Mexico and will gradually move west away from land. Another typhoon (Francisco) will move toward Tokyo. Recurving typhoons often cause upper level troughs to form in the Eastern U.S. and that usually means colder than average weather for Mexico. This latest recurving typhoon should lock the trough over the Eastern U.S. until at least 11/2. Cold air is also building in Siberia. Oymyakon reached -19 on Saturday AM and they are 3.4 deg. cooler than average for Oct.
ALSO: “October 20, 2013: *Historic Waterspout Event Over Great Lakes* As of 4 pm EDT, a total of 66 waterspouts/funnels were sighted over the lower Great Lakes today (54 Lake Ontario, 12 Lake Erie). More than this number likely occurred.” Here’s one. At least one waterspout was seen off Berrien Co. Finally, the Mary Poppins sequel that almost was.