Weds. Thread in Random Order

December 17th, 2013 at 10:05 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Lake Michigan Ice Mounds - Jack Martin 12 17 13   Click on the picture to enlarge.  This image from Jack Martin shows the ice mounds already built up at the Lake Michigan shoreline.  Check out the cold coming for the week between Christmas and New Years!   Great forecast for those of you who might get skis, a snowboard, a sled or skates for Christmas!   The early Weds. AM run of the GFS doesn’t give G.R. a temperature warmer than the upper 20s between Christmas and New Years.  It also give G.R. a low of +5 on Christmas Eve and +2 on 12/27.  It gives G.R. 0.68″ for the weekend (Sun.) storm with freezing rain to snow.  I won’t stay up for the European model, but someone will likely leave a comment on that.   Florida, much of Mexico, Cuba and Central America warmer than average for the 3rd month in a row.  Record heat in parts of Australia with 114 at Esperance – warmest ever in Dec.  Check this out:  Lake Michigan ships encountering early ice:  ““I don’t recall it ever being this early. We are having to have some ice breaker assistance to get in the last remaining vessels of the year.”   WOW!  Check out this picture…on the road to Jerusalem – still thousands without power in the Middle East from heavy snow.  126-degree temperature spread in the Lower 48 states today…from 88 at Burbank CA to -28 at Saranac Lake NY.  Here’s a pic. of Comet Lovejoy taken from the Alps of SW Austria by Gerald Rhemann.  Tues. AM European weekend snowfall forecast.  Evening run of the NAM (caribou) for G.R. shows .01″ rain at 33 deg. for Thu. pm…1.3″ snow Thurs. night…and 0.07″ rain Fri. night – that’s as far out as the NAM goes.  California wildfire destroys 15 homesGlobal number of hurricanes trending downward since the 1990s.   After 10 days, Continental U.S. average temperature climbs above average (though global average temperature remains slightly above average).  December cold in U.S. leads to record draw of 208 billion cubic feet of natural gas.  Check out this picture of the Geminid Meteor Shower from The Pinnacles in Australia.  Check out the duststorm in W. Australia.   Here’s recent snowfall from SW Michigan, N. Michigan and the U.P.  Grand Rapids is now 5.5 deg. cooler than average for Dec. and we still haven’t been above freezing since Dec. 5th.  Video of Mt. Etna erupting.

12 Responses to “Weds. Thread in Random Order”

  1. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    FIRST! And cool pic! (Literally)

  2. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Highs only in the 20′s must be that moderating of the temperatures I’ve been hearing about for months now… :)

  3. Jack says:

    Another ” Beauty” from Mr. Jack Martin !! Thanks for Sharing Jack, and God Bless You.

  4. Eric says:

    Just wanna point out what I assume is a typo “after 10 days, US average temperature climbs above average” Should be “climbs above freezing” I assume.

  5. Jacob G says:

    0Z euro still showing 12-18 inches between I96 and I94. It could be over doing totals if some of that is sleet, but still showing sig amount of precip.

  6. kentwoodchicken says:

    BWAAK! Long underwear at the ready to pull over skinny little chicken legs!

  7. The ECMWF Blasts the area as it moved a bit south again and gives us: Newaygo 9.5 Grand Rapids 14.0 Lansing 22.0 Flint 23.0 Saginaw 16.0 Marlette 21.0 Mt Pleasant 11.0 GFS is much small with heavy snow but would be 3-8 but it’s trying to catch on and has the storm much strong once its east of Michigan

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      If the ECMWF were to pan there would be some record snowfall amounts. Due to the high totals I would think that would be way over done.
      SlimJim

  8. Due to many people traveling this weekend to get to their destinations early I expect to see it hammered hard in the NWS Hazardous Outlooks

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      You would have to wonder if even Santa could make all of his deliveries on time.
      SlimJim

  9. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    As GR has now in the top ten of longest constitutive days without getting above 32° (should be broken Thursday or Friday) I thought it would be a good time to see what happed in the January of the other top ten winters with a long constitutive days below freezing!

    http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=grr&storyid=98932&source=0

    1.1909 same, less snow
    2. 1951 same, less snow*
    3. 2005 Much warmer, much less snow
    4. 1945 warmer, less snow
    5.1916 colder, less snow
    6. 1989 much warmer, much less snow
    7.1917 much colder, much more snow (December had little snow)
    8. 1995 colder, less snow
    9. 2013 ????
    10. 1932 much warmer, record low snow fall 0.08”

    It turns out that in the past 4 were warmer (2 much warmer) 2 were about the same and 3 were colder. On snow fall 8 yes that’s 8 Januarys there was less snow. Of the 8 1933 GR recorded a record low amount of only 0.08” of snow. The January of 1918 followed a December of 1916 with little snow. And January of 1952 had a good amount of snow but was less then the 51 that fell in December of 1951. So if the past is any indication then January of 2014 should be less snowy then this December has been.
    SlimJim

    1. Jeff (Richland) says:

      Good!! Hope it is true. And now the storm this weekend is looking like RAIN!!! YAY!!!

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