December Weather Wrap

January 1st, 2014 at 1:47 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

michelle at homestead   Click the pic. to enlarge…this is from daughter #3.  We wound up with 34.7″ of snow in Dec. in G.R.  That looks like the 7th snowiest Dec. ever for G.R. (and 9th snowiest for Muskegon).   That was 12.8″ above average and compares to just 7.2″ in Dec. last year.  We had measurable snow on 20 of 31 days, and an average snow depth of 5″.  The greatest snow depth was 10″ in G.R. on the 18th and 15″ in Muskegon on the 25th.  Precipitation totaled 2.7″ or 0.2″ above average.  We had only 16.4% of possible sunshine.  There were 14 days with no sun, 21 days with less than 10% sun and only 4 days with more than 40% sunshine.  Those 4 days (the 2nd, 16th, 24th and 28th) accounted for 63% of the total minutes of sun for the month.   The days are short in December.  The total minutes of sunshine for the entire month (2775) was only slightly above the total minutes of sun we had in just 3 consecutive days from July 11-13 (2692).   The average temperature was 26.1 or 3.1 deg. cooler than average.   The warmest was 59 on the 4th and the coolest was +3 on the 16th.  The biggest weather story was the ice storm of 12/21 that affected 19% of Consumer’s Energy Customers.  Hardest hit was an area from Barry Co. to the Flint area.  At one point 570,000 customers were without power in Southern Lower Michigan.  Heavy snow on the 23rd, falling at the rate of over 2″ an hour, brought up to 18″ of snow to parts of Muskegon Co.

Some other temperature departures from avg. for Dec.:  Boston -1.1, New York +1.3, Washington DC +2.4, Atlanta +3.1, Orlando +5.5, Detroit -3.2, Chicago -3.9, Minneapolis -6.8,  Fargo -9.5,  St. Louis -1.4, Little Rock -0.0, New Orleans -0.1, Dallas -4.0, San Antonio -0.6, Denver -2.0, Salt Lake city -5.8, Boise -7.1, Seattle -1.1, Portland -4.3, San Francisco -0.9, Los Angeles +2.4, Phoenix +0.8.

Happy 2014.

11 Responses to “December Weather Wrap”

  1. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    It is amazing how much of a difference in snowfall there was this December vs. Last December! Also Happy New Year everyone!

  2. Stacey M says:

    Does anyone know of a website where I can see the total snowfall so far for Holland? Thanks!

    1. Rob( Norton Shores) says:

      Google nws grand rapids then look for snowfall analysis.

      1. Stacey M says:

        Thanks Jack, but that link wasn’t found.

  3. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

    I ended up with 28″ here in December….up to 40″ for the winter.

  4. Stacey M says:

    Thanks Rob, but still no luck. Is there a link you could post?

  5. Rob( Norton Shores) says:

    I’m trying from a cell phone( droid razor max) but no luck..I’m technologically handicapped#/!+?

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  7. craig says:

    Is this cold going to break any time soon I am running out of propane AND firewood need a break in the cold son I can get out for more wood we live near hastings and the snow is starting to pile up pretty good here looks nice but my white christmas dreams were fulfilled amply now I am dreaming of an early spring

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      The overall cold pattern will continue UFN. The cold on Monday and Tuesday is the coldest air mass we’ve seen since at least 2007.

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