Saturday SnowDecember 14th, 2013 at 2:29 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Saturday Evening – 10:15 pm – first, some more pics. of the first snow in 112 years in Cairo, Egypt. We’re in a lull right now…the snow has ended temporarily and the wind has died off…but the wind will increase tomorrow and the snow showers will redevelop. I had a nice foot drift across my driveway this PM. The snow has pretty much ended, just few flakes to the east of G.R. and Kalamazoo. The wind will veer around from NE to N then NW and finally WNW. When the wind comes off the lake, the temperature may go up a couple degrees. The wind will ramp up tomorrow and we’ll get snow showers…Sunday/Sunday night accums. will be a dusting south of I-94 to as much as 3″ north of G.R. The wind will probably be strong enough to put the heaviest snow inland from the shoreline. The clipper for Mon. PM to Tues. AM looks interesting. We could see a shot of several hours of fairly decent snowfall in areas that get snow with a SW wind (NW Kent, Newaygo Co.). Radar’s at the top of the blog. The models are pretty similar, giving G.R. about 3 – 3 1/2 inches of snow during the day with some drifting. The fastest wind is midday at about 20 mph. The models give G.R. about an inch of snow Sunday and another inch (or two at the most) from Monday into early Tuesday. The Friday precipitation is mainly rain, with the GFS taking us to 40 Friday am, then back to the low-mid 20s Saturday and lots of highs in the 20s for the rest of December. The European takes the temperature to the 44 around daybreak Friday with 0.20″ of rain. We’re only above freezing for 24 hours, then back into the teens and 20s and the Euro. gives G.R. another 3-4″ of snow around the 22nd…so I’m still thinking White Christmas. I’m working the evening shift today. Catch me at 6 pm, 10 pm and 11 pm.
Climate notes: The last 8 days have averaged 10.4 deg. cooler than average in G.R. The last 11 days have had only 7.9% of possible sunshine. The last temperature above freezing in G.R. was the evening of Dec. 5. Check out the snow in Saudi Arabia! Here’s unusual heavy snow in Cyprus. Marquette had 7 consecutive nights with lows of 0 to -10. From the 6th through the 13th, the warmest temperature was 13. Since Nov. 15th, Marquette has had only one day when they didn’t get at least a trace of snow. Atlantic Mine has 30″ on the ground. Talk about lake-effect snow…Redfield, NY had 44″ of snow in 48 hours and a total of 71″ for the week. Constableville NY reports 56″ of snow in the past week.
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. Check out the webcam at Krupp’s Resort, where they are pushing toward 2 feet of snow on the ground. Check out the cold temps. on the U.S. Low Temperature map. Here’s the morning run of the NAM forecast snow amounts. Here’s a live look at the Houghton Bridge.
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. Check out our new Lakes and Rivers Webpage.