White ChristmasDecember 25th, 2013 at 1:16 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click the images to enlarge. Regarding the image on the right: “New trend in wrapping on a beautiful, snowy day! Check out this weather -related gift in some DIY wrapping paper sporting our fav. meteorologist, Bill Steffen!“ Thanks to the Miller’s for that! A “White Christmas” is 1″ or more of snow on the ground at daybreak Christmas morning. This morning, 41.7% of the Lower 48 states reported a snow cover. That compares to an 11-year (all the far back I can look) average of 39.4%. We were up as high as 67% earlier this month. The most snow on the ground in Michigan is 46″ at Painesdale in the U.P. The most I saw in Lower Michigan is 20″ at Lake Ann. The southeast part of Lower Michigan (Wayne, Monroe Co. up to Port Huron) has just a trace of snow on the ground. Other snow cover totals this Christmas morning: 19″ 9SSW Gaylord, 18″ Boyne City, 17″ Rogers City, 15″ Traverse City, 14″ S. Ste. Marie, 12″ Fremont, 11″ Houghton Lake and Alpena, 10″ Hart and Reeed City, 9″ Muskegon, Rockford and Big Rapids, 8″ Grand Rapids and East G.R., 7″ Holland and Grandville, 5″ Hopkins and Lansing, 4″ Hastings and Grand Ledge, 3″ St. Johns, 1″ Brooklyn (Jackson Co.). 8″ of new snow in Onekema in Manistee Co.
Weds. morning run of the NAM (Caribou) overnight (Weds. night) snowfall forecast: 2.7″ S. Haven, 2.5″ Holland, 2″ Pontiac, 1.9″ Muskegon, Kalamazoo, 1.6″ Ludington, 1.5″ Lansing, 1.4″ Jackson, 1.3″ Gr. Rapids, 1.1″ Big Rapids, Cadillac.
Consumers Energy reports 7.1% of their customers (131,000) are still without power as of 1:30 pm (Weds.). The county with the highest percentage of customers without power is Barry Co. with 53.3% without power. Next is Shiawassee Co. with 51.9% in the dark, then in order…39.7% Eaton Co., 35.8% Lapeer, 34% Oakland, 31.1% Ingham, 28% Clinton…just 0.8% in Kent and Kalamazoo Counties.
Right now…daughter 2 and my wife and doing a jigsaw puzzle…we had french toast with Michigan plum jam for brunch – with hot coffee. We opened presents. I got a kayak-trip to the U.P., the wife got a little bling and daughter 2 got a gift from Namibia, Africa. Daughter 1 is in Sarasota, Florida today, Daughter 3 watching the snow accumulate in TVC. Back to work for me tomorrow…I work Thu., Fri., Sat., and New Year’s Eve and Day next week. We’ve got lots of cold and some more snow to talk about in the 8-day forecast. Our “old-fashioned (if you grew up in the late 70s) winter” continues.