A shiverin’ end to 2013/start to 2014December 26th, 2013 at 1:22 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Snowflakes Christmas Day – pic. by Shirley Jones. First, look at the latest CFSv2 forecast for January AND February! It’s a long ways out, but the model says this will continue to be a very cold winter for much of the U.S. and southern Canada. Second, an update from Consumer’s Energy on getting the power back on to everyone. They say, “As of 11 a.m. Thursday, 86,500 Consumers Energy customers remained without service. Since noon Saturday, the storm has caused more than 348,000 outages, or more than 19 percent of the utility’s 1.8 million electric customers. It is the company’s largest Christmas-week storm in its 126-year history and its largest ice storm in more than 10 years.” Looking at this, I’d say we have the best chance of freezing over the Great Lakes since 1979! We’re up to 30.8″ of snow for the month in G.R. (10th snowiest Dec. ever in G.R.) and 33.2″ in Muskegon. Snowcover this morning: 6″ Lansing, Hastings, 7″ G.R. Ford Airport, Hopkins, 8″ Holland, 9″ East G.R. and Grandville, 11″ Big Rapids, Alma, 13″ Rockford, Reed City, 14″ Muskegon, Hart, 15″ Fremont, Scottville, 18″ Traverse City, 22″ Newberry, 24″ Benzonia, 26″ Bliss, 45″ Painesdale. Delaware in the U.P. has had 137″ of snow this winter so far. Looks like about 3 ft. of snow on the ground at Krupp’s Resort in the U.P. Check out the reindeer cam and the snowman cam in Gaylord. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Cam – lots of ice at the beach already. December is now running 4.1 deg. colder than average in G.R. and we’ve had only 15% of possible sunshine this month. We’ve also had measurable snowfall on 18 of 26 days so far this month.
Temperatures warm up some as we approach the weekend. We’d warm up more if we didn’t have snow on the ground (we go to +6 at 850 mb on the GFS), but if we can make mid-30s, esp. with a couple hours of sun, we can melt some of the ice off the trees and wires. Then it’s back to Arctic Air, with temperatures falling on Sunday and stuck mainly in the teens during the day from Monday thru Friday of next week. The GFS plot has just a high of 13 for G.R. on Weds., 12 on Thurs. and 15 on Friday.
My fav. S. Hemisphere meteorologists at MetSul report temps. over 100F in Brazil and Argentina. Another big, windy storm to blast Ireland and the U.K. Research vessel trapped in Antarctic ice (in summer). Note huge increase in Antarctic ice extent in the past year. 3.63″ of rain since yesterday evening (thru 1 PM Thurs.) in Miami, FL. Most of Alaska is cold. This am: -49 Eagle, -48 Northway, -45 Bettles, -39 Fairbanks.