Ice Storm WarningDecember 21st, 2013 at 1:09 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The Winter Weather Advisory continues until noon for freezing drizzle and a chance of a period of light snow. Here’s the National Watch/Warning Map. Here’s the latest GRR NWS discussion on the storm. Here’s current conditions. Here’s a surface weather map… pretty amazing…70 degrees at 3 am in Washington DC, two degrees shy of the high temp. record for 12/22.
BTW, I’m back in Michigan after driving up through the occasional rain thru Ohio and NE Indiana. There was a lot less snow than when we drove down to Tennessee and there were places were thick fog was coming off the snow cover as the (relatively) high dewpoint air was cooled by the snow. We passed deer, a big hawk by the side of the road and the wind turbines in NW Ohio that were all spinning. A sign said that they can generate electricity starting at 7 mph. A brake stops them at 55 mph. From the ground to the top of the highest blade is 476 feet. By contrast, the tallest building in G.R., River House is 406 feet (34 stories). Plaza Towers is 345 feet high and the Amway Grand is 318 feet high. In Kalamazoo, Sunrise Apts. and Condominiums is 230 feet high (so a wind turbine would be more than twice as high as the tallest building in Kalamazoo). Heritage Tower in Battle Creek is 239 feet and Boji Tower in Lansing is 297 feet high (the State Capitol Building is 267 feet high).