Snow Flurries/ColdDecember 6th, 2013 at 12:46 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
We have flurries mainly in the lakeshore counties. We’ve had 1-2″ of snowfall from Oceana Co. down into Allegan Co. and there have been some slide-offs and mostly minor accidents. It’s light enough so that not all the flurries aren’t all showing up on the radar image here. There could be another inch or two overnight into tomorrow AM in the lakeshore counties and maybe a dusting in the next set of counties inland. Lake-effect snow was cranked up farther north, where a foot of snow fell in parts of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Check out the webcam at Krupp’s Resort, where they are pushing toward 2 feet of snow on the ground. A Lake-Effect Snow Warning is in effect for Houghton County until 1 am Sunday where another foot of snow will fall…plus drifting. Lake-Effect Snow Advisories cover the northwestern U.P. and areas east of Marquette. Check out the cold temps. on the U.S. Low Temperature map. This was as of 7 am EST, so many of these weather stations (esp. in the West) would have dropped another couple of degrees before sunrise. The coldest on the map is -33 at Jordan MT. There were a couple below zero readings all the way down to N. Arizona and N. New Mexico. The band of snow and freezing rain from N. Texas to New York has cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers and hampered travel. 130,000 without power in 8″ of snow fell in Fairfield IL and 6″ at Bloomington IN. Heavy freezing rain downed major power lines in W. Arkansas (picture from KARK is near Batesville (and I won’t print the obvious line). The average temperature in the U.S. at 9 am EST was just 18.0! The coldest average temperaure for the U.S. all last winter was 18.9 at 8 am EST on 1/14/2013. GRR at 23 was actually above the average! Here’s record temperatures in N. American over the past 24 hours. There’s a definite chance of at least flurries in Fresno CA. The last snowflake they saw was on 12/15/08 and the last measurable snow was 12/20/1998. It’s pretty easy to tell where the cold front is on the temperature anomaly map. Here’s the morning run of the NAM forecast snow amounts…we’re between the snow areas…note the heavy snow north of S. Ste Marie. WOW, look at the wind gusts recorded (in mph) from the gigantic low pressure system in N. Europe. Look at the homes destroyed by the storm surge. Storm surge flooding in Hamburg, Germany. This is Bremerhaven, Germany – where the tide level peaked at 10.5 FEET above usual sea level.
Here’s a live look at the Houghton Bridge. Duluth MN reports 23.3″ of snow in the first 5 days of Dec. and 17″ on the ground. In the U.P., Atlantic Mine has 20″ of snow on the ground, with 16″ at Painesdale, 13″ at the Bergland Dam, 9″ in Grand Marais and 6″ in Newberry. Keep checking back to this thread for these links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Check out Storm Total Rainfall (until they reset it). Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy, the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy, the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington, the weather station at Manistee Harbor and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agriculutural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations.
We’ll have to watch for ice jams on Michigan rivers as the cold air settles in next week. Here’s some river water temps. Also, many inland lakes will be icing up in the next 10 days. Beware of early thin ice.