Merry Christmas!

December 24th, 2013 at 10:47 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

facebook cover christmas   As opposed to the last couple years, most all of Michigan is having a high-quality White Christmas (only far SE Michigan has just a trace of snow on the ground).  Not only do we have lots of snow on the ground (8″ officially in G.R.), but we have a Christmas Day snow event that will spread a fresh 1-10″ of snow across Lower Michigan (highest totals NW Lower) today (see thread below and above).  Grand Rapids high temp.  of 19° on Christmas Eve was 14° colder than average.  G.R. is running 3.8° colder than average for the month, after a colder than average November and a likely colder than average January to follow.  Grand Rapids has had 28″ of snow this month.  It seems to me that there are slightly fewer Christmas lights than past years.  I wonder if it just got too cold and snowy before people got the lights up and they just decided to skip it or tone it down.  Allow some extra time to travel today and take it easy, roads will have slick spots this Christmas Day.  Christmas Eve morning, 44.4% of the Lower 48 states had a snowcover.  At the end of November, the Northern Hemisphere had  34,765 sq. km of snow/ice cover.  That ranked 16th highest of 48 years of record.  Here’s current ice cover on Lake Michigan.  As of 6 PM Christmas Eve., there were still approx. 152,000 customers without power in Lower Michigan.  Thanks to the utility workers who are working long hours on this Christmas Day and during this holiday period to get power restored.  Some repair crews have come from out-of-state.   Here’s G.R. Christmas Day weather extremes.  From Dec. 1-23 Grand Rapids had only 13% of possible sunshine – or 27.6 total hours.   We had more minutes of sunshine on the two days of July 12-13 than we’ve had in the first 24 days of December.   Miami tied their warmest Christmas Eve with a high of 86, though afternoon temps. stayed in the upper 60s in Central Florida (Orlando, Tampa).

Also:  Tacloban survivors in the Philippines built a Christmas tree out of the typhoon wreckageMerry Christmas in Math. Stornoway U.K. reported a barometric pressure of 936.4mb at 1230 pm Tues. Lowest recorded anywhere in the UK since December 1886.  Buy your Forever stamps soon – postage for a first class letter goes up 6% to 49 cents on Jan. 26th and a post card goes to 34 cents.

20 Responses to “Merry Christmas!”

  1. Brad says:

    Merry Christmas Bill. I see fewer lights these days too.

  2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Merry Christmas to one and all!!!
    Looking at the radar it seems that the bulk of the snow in Wisconsin will go to the north of GR so GR may not get very much snow out of this system.

  3. Jack says:

    MERRY CHRISTmas EVERYBODY !! Remember ” Christmas is all In The HEART” CUE, Steven Curtis Chapman :::: GOD BLESS & Stay CUED !!! :-)

  4. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Bill there are probably fewer Christmas lights because no one has power?

  5. Jerry (lansing) says:

    Merry Christmas, Bill!

  6. Anna says:

    Merry Christmas to all.

  7. Todd In Nunica says:

    I think the cold and snow had something to do with it, I know I did not hang any Christmas lights, one because of the cold and two, I have just been So busy working, plowing for the last 3 weeks,

    We have one little grape vine deer with lights we put out, and I made 10 ice candles, but fear the wind will be too strong tomorrow night to light them.

    Its Christmas in our house though!

  8. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    Merry Christmas Bill, and all the bloggers. I put up some of the most lights in our area, about 1200 lights worth. I have had problems this year keeping the lights clear of snow. Right now a lot of the lights have about 2″ of solid ice on them. Here is a pic of my masterpiece.

    1. Scott says:

      Love it! Thought about timing it to music someday?

  9. INDYY says:

    Merry X-Mass Bill Bill’s Best yes Fixxer and even Travis, Times get ruff on Bill’s blog we all have a job to do track rack and crack the storm everybody has a Different thought but on this day we celebrate the gift of Christmas together !!!!! Enjoy!!! Merry X-Mass from thee YARDofBRICKS!!!! INDYYY!!

  10. ~Sherry~ (Comstock Park) says:

    Merry Christmas Bill and all of Bill’s bloggers!

  11. Jack says:

    Here is A Poem For Anyone Who Has Had a Loved One PASS- AWAY This YEAR !! “I’m Spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this Year”

    I see the countless Christmas trees
    Around the world below,
    With tiny lights like heaven’s stars
    Reflecting in the snow.

    The sight is so spectacular
    please wipe away that tear
    for I am spending CHRISTMAS
    WITH JESUS CHRIST this year.

    I hear the many Christmas songs
    that people hold so dear
    but the sound of music can’t compare
    with the CHRISTMAS CHOIR up here.

    I have no words to tell you
    of the JOY their voices bring
    for it is beyond description

    I know how much you miss me,
    I see the pain inside your heart
    for I am spending CHRISTMAS
    WITH JESUS CHRIST this year.

    I can’t tell you of the SPLENDOR
    or the PEACE here in this place
    Can you just imagine CHRISTMAS
    WITH OUR SAVIOR face to face?

    I’ll ask him to lift your spirit
    as I tell him of your love
    as you lift your eyes above.

    Please let your hearts be joyful
    and let your spirit sing
    for I am spending CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN
    and I’m walking WITH THE KING.

    Author: Wanda Bencke

  12. Scott says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS everybody!!!!! God is good, ALL THE TIME, and ALL THE TIME, God is good!

    1. Jack says:


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

    Merry Christmas all. High and dry here with no snow yet. I hope the winds stay low today.

  14. SW Kent says:

    Merry CHRISTmas everyone.
    Today receive the greatest gift you will ever receive.
    His name is Jesus.
    Thanks for this blog Bill.

    1. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:


  15. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    Merry Christmas everyone…Larry and Mr’s Larry of Hastings, Barry County.

  16. Fred G says:

    Merry Christmas Bill. I appreciate your blog and all the effort that goes into it. Have a great holiday!
    Fred G in Rockford

  17. Mike (Berrien county) says:

    Merry Christmas Bill! All of our dreams of a white Christmas this year have become reality! :-)

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