Merry Christmas!December 24th, 2013 at 10:47 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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 wreckage. Merry 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.