Ice Storm Warning

December 21st, 2013 at 1:09 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

advisory  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).

 

9 Responses to “Ice Storm Warning”

  1. Jack says:

    FIRST, Welcome HOME BILL !!! Glad you are Back, Safe and Sound !! Question What is Your PERSONAL Take on This Storm. In Regards to SnowFALL amounts in G.R. !! I think this Post from NWS G.R. Sums UP, what Michigan Weather is Like in a Nut Shell ….See Here ::: On December 21 in Southwest Lower Michigan…

    12/21/1967
    Temperatures soared to record highs around 60 degrees across Lower Michigan on the winter solstice. A sharp cold front came through in the evening and was followed by 2 to 4 inches of snow on the following day.
    12/21/1989
    It is one of the coldest December days in history across Lower Michigan. The high temperature at Muskegon and Grand Rapids is only 5 above zero, the lowest maximum temperature ever recorded in the month of December at both sites.
    12/21/2012
    A powerful low pressure center moves across the northern Great Lakes and brings strong, damaging winds to Lower Michigan. Thousands lose power as winds gust to 70 mph along the Lake Michigan coast. Dozens of trees are downed from Ludington to Saugatuck. Isolated whiteouts also occur in narrow snow bands.

    1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

      12/22/2012
      I woke up to life as usual.

    2. Mickey says:

      wow it is Hastings we have a good half inch of ice out here, woke up to trees falling and huge tree branches are down everywhere kinda weird that we are not in the ice storm warning or advisory yet we are having so much ice out there and were still getting it right now.

  2. Bnoppe says:

    Going to sleep, can’t wait to wake up in read the new AFD and possible Warning!

  3. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    T Minus 40 mins + – till new update. Ice or snow? A little or a lot? Warning or no warning?

  4. Scott says:

    ICE STORM WARNING:

    EATON-INGHAM-CALHOUN-JACKSON-
    INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…CHARLOTTE…LANSING…BATTLE CREEK…
    JACKSON

    1 PM SAT – 7 AM SUN

    WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY:

    MONTCALM-GRATIOT-OTTAWA-KENT-IONIA-CLINTON-ALLEGAN-BARRY-
    VAN BUREN-KALAMAZOO-
    INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…GREENVILLE…ALMA…JENISON…
    GRAND RAPIDS…IONIA…ST. JOHNS…HOLLAND…HASTINGS…
    SOUTH HAVEN…KALAMAZOO

    4 PM – NOON

    WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY:

    MASON-LAKE-OSCEOLA-CLARE-OCEANA-NEWAYGO-MECOSTA-ISABELLA-MUSKEGON-
    INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…LUDINGTON…BALDWIN…REED CITY…
    CLARE…HART…FREMONT…BIG RAPIDS…MOUNT PLEASANT…MUSKEGON

    7 PM SAT – 7 PM SUN

  5. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    Near miss for my area. Could change later. ??

  6. Joe says:

    Guess we won’t get the 15 inches of snow that Indy was blabbing about continuously a few days ago.

  7. ~Sandy~ from DeWitt/Clinton County says:

    We were going to spend the entire day in Detroit today to visit my husband’s side of the family, but now thinking we will still go, but turn around back at 2:30ish. Hope the ice holds off until 4!!!

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