January 2014 WrapFebruary 1st, 2014 at 3:09 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
That’s an actual picture – whiteout conditions near Fennville from Jack Martin. Click on the picture to enlarge. Well, for you “old timers” this month reminds us of the winters of the late 1970s, or perhaps more recently 1994. It was cold, snowy and windy without a lot of sunshine. Jan. 2014 brought Grand Rapids 41.9″ of snow, the 7th snowiest January ever in G.R. Snowfall totaled 48.4″ in Muskegon and 55″ in Holland. The average temperature was 6.3° below average in G.R., 7° below average in Kalamazoo and 8.1° below average in Lansing. Grand Rapids warmest was 43 on the 13th and the coldest was -9 on the 3rd and the 28th. We had six morning get to zero or colder, only 4 days without any snow, 13 days with more than an inch of snowfall and 5 days when we had 4″ or more. We had 16 days without a minute of sunshine and another 5 days with 10% or less of sunshine for the day. Only 3 days had more than 60% suunshine. Since Dec. 1 we have had just 17% of possible sunshine. The average wind speed was 12.3 mph. There were 17 days when Grand Rapids had a wind gust of 30 mph or more. The wind caused a lot of drifting snow. Finally, check out the Climate Report for 1/31. The low temperature was 2° warmer than average. The high temperature was 2° warmer than average. You’d expect the average temperature for the day to be 2° warmer than average…but, no – it’s 3° warmer than average. Hmmm…. (these numbers are preliminary and I’ll update when the official climate statement comes out from GRR NWS. Let me add that the satellite continental 48-state average temperature for January was 1.066° cooler than average.