Cold and Snowy Christmas EveDecember 24th, 2013 at 10:43 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
As of 12:30 PM, we still have 62% of Barry Co. without power and 50% of Eaton County. Lake Michigan and the clouds kept much of S. Lower Michigan warmer than surrounding areas this Christmas Eve. morning. G.R. had a low temp. of 13. Look at low temperatures in N. Lower Michigan (-25 Rudyard, a record -24 at Pellston and a record -23 at Gaylord) Look at low temperatures in Wisconsin – some down below -20. It was -20 this am in Dubuque and Waterloo, Iowa, -2 in Valparaiso IN, 7 in St. Louis and 9 in Dalhart, Texas. It was -38 just north of Lake Superior at Geraldton. Check out the sun shining on the icy trees in Belding. Ashland, Wisconsin had 31.5″ of snow in 24 hours. Caribou, Maine has set a record with 10 consecutive days with measurable snow. During those 10 days, they’ve had 30.7″ of snowfall. A big, windy storm has hit Ireland and the U.K. with strong winds, heavy rain and flooding. Now this is a low barometer reading! Here’s swans swimming in floodwaters in Worcester. For you weather geeks, here’s a summary of the stratospheric warming pattern that should lock in the cold for much of January in the Eastern U.S. Florida has escaped the cold so far this winter (lots of days in the 80s, a record 86 in Melbourne and Orlando on Monday), but that will change as the cold air plunges down into the Sunshine State during early January. This is a good time to feed the birds…they’re going to have a hard time with the ice covering the trees and the heavy snow cover. (picture from www.nbcwashington and low temp. map from SUNY – Albany). FYI – this morning, I’m having some of my mother’s homemade Austrian coffee cake, fresh pears and a bowl of Southern Grits that we picked up in Tennessee.
The early (Tue.) morning NAM (caribou) model is in and it gives G.R. 3.7″ of snow tomorrow, 7.8″ for Ludington, 7.5″ for Muskegon , 6.4″ Holland, 6″ S. Haven, 3.6″ Cadillac, 3.4″ Kalamazoo, 3.2″ Big Rapids, 2.7″ Pontiac, 2.2″ Lansing, 2.1″ Mt. Pleasant and Jackson. Here’s NAM forecast snowfall and the GFS model forecast snowfall. The models have winds up to 15-20 mph tomorrow and that will cause some drifting snow. The overnight European model gives G.R. a low temp. of -11 on 1/2. There will be slick roads and low visibilities at times. This Christmas Eve, G.R. has 9″ of snow on the ground and 27.7″ so far this month. 44.4% of the U.S. has a snow cover this Christmas Eve. morning. From Paul Pastelok at Accu-Weather Premium: “The period from Dec. 30 through Jan. 10 will be a cold period from the northern Plains, Midwest, Lakes, Ohio Valley to the East Coast. Departures during this period can average 10-14 below normal for far north Midwest to Lakes.”