Two mostly dry daysDecember 26th, 2013 at 9:32 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
FRIDAY AM - I’ll leave radar up for the last few flakes (slight chc. of a little freezing mist) this morning…we had anywhere from a dusting to 2″ overnight with the higher totals in the lakeshore counties. Today (Fri.) and Saturday should be mainly dry with highs today in the mid 30s and Saturday in the upper 30s. With temps. getting above freezing, beware of ice falling off trees and wires. Try not to park under trees and wires and you might think about wearing a hat to protect your head if you’re walking under the trees. Side streets, lesser-traveled rural roads, parking lots, sidewalks and driveways will have icy spots this morning.
Check out the waterspout video (esp. at the end) from Minnesota back in early December. You can see the “steam” or “Arctic smoke” as the Arctic air comes across the open waters of Lake Superior. There was a 44-degree difference between the water temperature and the air temperature. Here’s 120-hour snowfall from the GFS and 84-hour snowfall off the NAM model. Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map. As of 2 am, we’re down to 2.8% of Consumers customers without power. Barry Co. is still the worst with 25.5% without power as of 2 am, Eaton Co. still has 12.9% without power. Kent Co. is down to 1,052 customers without power and Kalamazoo Co. down to 179 customers. BTW – a windy storm in the U.K. left 50,000 customers without power on Christmas Day and they’ve got another big, windy storm hitting today.
Links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Check out Storm Total Precipitation (until they reset it). Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington, the weather station at Manistee Harbor and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agriculutural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Check out the webcam at Krupp’s Resort, where they are pushing toward 3 feet of snow on the ground. Check out the cold temps. on the U.S. Low Temperature map. Here’s the morning run of the NAM forecast snow amounts. Here’s a live look at the Houghton Bridge.