WeekendJanuary 18th, 2014 at 2:41 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
8:23 pm – Daughter 3 and family visited today. She plays piano for the Sat. breakfast at Freedom Village once a month (video is with Ernie, a resident and Julliard grad.). Then I did some shopping. I’ll starting to look thru weather data. It gets windy tomorrow. There will be drifting and some blowing snow. Then starting Monday, the Arctic air moves into Michigan.
I’ll leave radar up at the top of the blog. Interesting little swirling circulation passed overhead around 2 am Sat. with the wind south at 14 mph at Holland and northwest at 10 mph at Muskegon…Grand Rapids was also south at 14 mph and it was calm at Fremont and Big Rapids. There were a couple of small lines of moderate snow amid the general flurries. At 2 am, Muskegon was 27°, Holland 19°, Grand Rapids 17°…it was colder to the south…just 11° at Coldwater.
Here’s a tornado look-alike from Saskatchewan (just some steam coming up into the cool air). The high temperature was 87 in Los Angeles on Friday, 82 in San Diego and 79 in Phoenix. Anchorage, Alaska made 44 with 19″ of snow on the ground, while northern Alaska was in the Arctic air with a high of -29 at Barrow and a low of -48 at Nuiqsut. After three days with highs around 110 degrees, Melbourne, Australia should be back to the mid 70s this Saturday. Other parts of Australia haven’t been as warm. The W-R-F high temperatures: Perth (west coast) 79, 79, 77 (average high 89), Darwin (north coast) 85,87, 87 (average high 89) and Brisbane (east coast) 83, 87, 85 (average high 85).
NFL Weather: Sunny and warm in Denver (3 pm start) with a high near 60 (average is 44). Seattle (6:30 pm start) looks cloudy and maybe a little foggy with temperatures in the low 40s. Winds shouldn’t be much of a factor in either game, W-SW at 5-15 mph in Denver and N-NW at 5-10 in Seattle.
Model update: We’ll reach the mid 20s today, most areas get a dusting of snow…we have a nice southwest wind, but it was no warmer in St. Louis or S. Indiana on Friday, so it’ll be a cool south wind. Sunday gets wind…the NAM goes up to 22 mph in the late morning and the GFS plot is a similar 22 mph. Monday the cold air starts coming in…we may peak in the low 20s around early afternoon. The NAM (caribou) has a low temp. of 7 for G.R. Tues. AM, the GFS plot is 3 above about mid-morning. The GFS plot would have highs of around 11 Tues. PM, 12 on Weds. and 14 on Friday. Low temperatures will vary, depending on cloud cover and if the wind is coming off Lake Michigan Temperatures slowly moderate a bit starting late Friday, but more Arctic air keeps temps. quite cold Sunday and Monday the 26th and 27th. The European model would give us at least a dusting of snow each day with about 1-3″ on Weds. and another 1-3″ on Friday. The Euro. would give G.R. highs of around 19 on Monday, 11 on Tues., 13 on Weds. and 16 on Thurs. It takes G.R. to -13 Tues. AM and -4 Weds. AM and near zero Thurs. AM. For Sunday the 26th it gives G.R. a high near zero and a low Monday AM of -18!! It’s tended to a be a little low, but this is going to be a REALLY cold shot and longer than the Jan. 6-7 shot of Arctic air. The Sunday 2/2 GFS still looks mighty cold.
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, GFS snowfall for the next 120 hours and NAM model snowfall for the next 84 hours. 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 agricultural 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. Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map. We continue to watch for ice jams on Michigan rivers as the cold air continues. Here’s some river water temps. Check out our new Lakes and Rivers Webpage.