Winter Weather Advisory WednesdayDecember 11th, 2013 at 2:40 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect for the lakeshore counties, plus Kent, Barry, Eaton, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Cass and St. Joseph Counties. Snowfall increased in intensity after 2 am as expected. Heaviest snow bands (likely in parts of Allegan-Barry and maybe adjacent areas of counties to the north and south of Allegan and Barry Counties. Yesterday’s snow totaled up to 9″ in Newaygo Co., up to 6″ in Kent county, but only an inch at the Lake Michigan shore and east of Ionia. The stronger wind concentrated the snowfall farther inland and not at the shoreline.
Evening run of the NAM (caribou) gives G.R. 2.6″ today (that’s at the airport). Other snowfall totals off the NAM for today (Weds.): 4.3″ S. Haven, 3.4″ Holland, 2.8″ Kalamazoo, 0.7″ Lansing. The European gives G.R. 0.07″ today (GRR had 0.09″ of snow yesterday (Tue.) and that gave us 3.4″ of snow). We get 0.03″ Thursday, 0.10″ Saturday and 0.03″ on Sunday. So we could easily have half a foot of new snow by next Sunday PM. Here’s a European model forecast for Christmas evening…Lake Michigan keeping us warmer than Wisconsin. Look at Christmas Day! Coldest since 1989?? Bets on a White Christmas? Take the “YES” side! Chicago’s -6 temperature Tues. AM was the earliest below zero temp. since 1995. NFL games that could see at least snow flurries and very cold temps: Bears-Browns, Seahawks-Giants, Bengals-Steelers. From Dr. Ryan Maue: “Still crunching numbers, but last 6-days average CONUS temp was 20.8°F — which is 14.0°F below normal — coldest at least since 1979.” Global sea ice extent – 3rd highest on record – highest in 25 years.
CLIMATE NOTES: G.R. has had 3.9% of possible sunshine over the last 8 days. That’s 2 hours and 11 minutes of sun. The last 7 days the average wind speed has been a healthy 12.1 mph, so it’s been breezy. Marquette has had at least a trace of snow on 21 of the last 22 days. Delaware in the U.P. has had 72.5″ so far this winter. Ameek has 22″ on the ground and Mohawk has a 21″ snow cover. Cross Village had 9.5″ of new snow. Dallas has had 5 consecutive days with high temperatures below 40 degrees. They only had 2 days with highs below 40 all last winter. The last 18 days in Dallas, Nov. 23 to Dec. 10 is the coldest Nov. 23-Dec. 10 that they have ever had. The big cities on the East Coast had 1-3″ of snow yesterday (PHL, NYC, DCA). Some cold high temperatures Tuesday: -2 International Falls MN (-33 low temp.), 3 Grand Forks ND, 22 Salt Lake City UT, 32 Eugene OR, 34 Portland OR, 38 Dallas TX, 45 Las Vegas NV, 47 Brownsville TX, 49 Mobile AL. The cold air hasn’t reached most of Florida where highs included 83 at Miami, 84 in Orlando and 85 in Fort Myers.