SundayDecember 22nd, 2013 at 12:22 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
First, the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map. Many power outages, some large, some small. We had as many as 160,000 customers without power in Michigan and 332,000 in the U.S. and Canada (over 100,000 in the Toronto area). Three fatalities in flash flooding at New Hope, Kentucky. The Bill Steffen Christmas road tour has landed in Traverse City today (after previous stops in Aurora, Illinois and Oak Ridge, Tennessee). I’ll be here until about midday Monday. It’s 6:30 am as I type this and moderate snowfall here in TVC. The freezing rain/snow line continues to wobble over our area (for much of the time over N. Ottawa/N. Kent Counties. We have a Winter Weather Advisory for most all of S. Lower Michigan for freezing drizzle and light snow and a Freezing Rain Advisory for the Indiana border counties from Berrien to Hillsdale until Noon. There’s a Flood Warning for most of Indiana and Ohio. The models have backed off a bit on precipitation amounts (activity to our south sucking up available moisture for one) The difference across the front in Ohio was extraordinary Sat. night. At midnight, it was 69 in Columbus with the wind south at 17 gusting to 30 mph. At Cleveland (lakefront) it was 37 with the wind NE 21 G. 28 and light snow! Rainfall totaled 4.5″ at Little Rock and 3.5″ at Evansville IN. Record high temps. Sat: 75 Charlestown and Huntington W VA., 72 Washington D.C., 64 Central Park, NYC, 81 Columbia SC, 75 Knoxville TN. On the cool side, high temps: -8 Grand Forks ND, +1 Aberdeen SD, 48 El Paso TX, 54 Tucson AZ, 28 Dalhart TX, 54 Chihuahua, Mexico. Grand Rapids is -3.8 deg. for the first 21 says of Dec. with 22.5″ of snow for the month. There’s going to be some real icy spots on driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, side streets and rural roads. Even main roads may be icy. Here’s a few freezing rain and snow reports and local weather observations. Here’s a surface map. Our weekend system produced thunderstorms in the driest part of the U.S. (SW. Arizona), so we knew it was going to be a strong system.
No sports thread, but the Lions host the NY Giants on FOX at 4:05 PM – Da Bears take on the Eagles on Sunday Night Football on WOOD-TV at 8:30 pm. Also – Nano-snowman – 1/5th the width of a human hair. Here’s why the wind may read “calm” during an ice storm.
Here’s 120-hour snowfall from the GFS and 84-hour snowfall off the NAM model. Overnight model update: NAM (caribou) has freezing/rain drizzle until early Sunday afternoon (light snow to the north of a Muskegon – Big Rapids line. It gives G.R. only about 1/2″ of snow Monday night, 1/4″ Tuesday and an inch on Weds. The GFS plot has 1/2″ of snow for G.R. Sun. night, a good inch Monday night, 2″ Weds. and another 2-3″ on Friday. It also has nothing warmer than mid 30s for the next 16 days for G.R (36 on the 29th is the highest. Looks like a great end of Dec. and start to Jan. for winter sports.
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.