Super Bowl and another cool week

February 2nd, 2014 at 3:40 am by under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather

super bowl 48 logo  Live Sports Thread – who do you think will win and why?  Anyone want to guess when the Lions will be in a Super Bowl?  I’ll be watching the game, but probably not with my computer – a bunch of friends are getting together.  Several new threads, so scroll down and check ‘em out.   Also:  WOW!  Look at this wave in Cornwall, EnglandFireworks rehearsal in Sochi.  Olympics actually starts Thursday, opening ceremonies Friday!

Looks like temperatures about 5 to 8 degrees cooler than average this week.  Not much snow, as the storm track will be south of Michigan.  Western drought…rainfall in January compared to (average):  San Diego 0.01″ ( 1.91″), Los Angeles trace (2.61″), San Francisco 0.01″ (4.05″), Sacramento 0.14″ (3.52) Las Vegas 0.00″ (0.52″), Seattle 3.61″ (5.41″).  Snowfall at Flagstaff AZ in January was 1/10th inch compared to an average of 22.5″.   On the other hand, W. Palm Beach FL had 9.93″ of rain, about 3 times average.   January snowfall (all of these totals are well above average):  Boston 21.8″, New York City 19.7″, Philadephia 25.0″,  Pittsburgh 17.8″, Detroit 39.1″ (snowiest month ever), Dover 15.9″, Atlantic City 18.8″, Norfolk VA 11.4″,  Atlanta 2.6″, St. Louis 15.8″, Minneapolis 22.7″, Cincinnati 20.4″, Alexandria LA 4.5″, Denver 14.2″, Cheyenne WY 14.7″, Great Falls MT 18.8″.  With the colder pattern, many places had snow hang around longer than average.

Model update:  The GRR NWS has a good Sunday PM discussion.  I buy the cold nighttime temperatures the next couple of nights.  Fresh snow cover, light wind (or calm) and clear to partly cloudy skies (late tonight and tomorrow night) mean cold temps.  This weeks significant snow will be confined mainly to Tues. night/earlyWeds.   The GFS plot has 0.15″ of precipitation mainly Tues. evening/night – the European has 0.17″.  We’re probably looking at a 1-4″ snowfall with the least up at Ludington and the most toward Jackson/Hillsdale/Coldwater.  It’ll be another cold week with highs in the low-mid 20s Sunday – Weds. and maybe only upper teens for Thurs. / Fri.  The European also has a couple/three inches of snow Saturday/Sat. night.  Best day for some sun will be Monday.   The GFS – plot has high temps. of only 13, 16 and 17 for Thurs. – Sat. – that’s probably a touch cool, but more Arctic air for the end of the week.  We’ll continue to track the progression of ice cover on Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes.

USGS reports a 6.6 magnitude earthquake 455 miles (732 km) northeast of Whakatane, New Zealand. No tsunami expected.  Ten people rescued after huge wave knocks bus off ocean road in England.   Phillip Hoffman, the actor who died (drug overdose?) was in the movie Twister.   You know, we could make an absolutely great Twister 2 starring commentators from this blog.  I won’t name names, but this show could get awesome ratings.  This could be the new “Storm Chasers”.   Verkoyansk, Siberia is 71 below zero at 3 pm EST (Yikes!).   Snowstorm in Oklahoma – thundersnow in N. Texas this afternoon.

225 Responses to “Super Bowl and another cool week”

  1. Jack says:

    Bill, When Will the Lions Be in The Super Bowl You Asked !! Here is My Answer That Question !! Hehe… Stay cued…

    1. Wswplz says:

      Great album though!!!

  2. Wswplz says:

    Hey has anyone looked to see if the little varmint came out today, and if so did he see his shadow…

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      They said he “saw his shadow”, even though it was raining….

  3. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    54 degrees in New Jersey. Go Broncos!

    1. Wswplz says:

      Is that average or above for them, this time of year?

  4. Wswplz says:

    Rocky were you out riding yesterday? I was checking out the trails yesterday, and I saw a bunch of people hitting the trails…just wondered if you were with a large group of people.

  5. Dan says:

    Wswplz. The rat saw his shadow. How can that be?It was supposed to be cloudy.

    1. Wswplz says:

      K, thanks and how did that happen, with no sun…

    2. SharieBerrie says:

      Phil is wrong more than half the time. I hope he’s right though. More snow days= more opportunities to enjoy the best winter EVER!!!!

  6. Brian(Grandville) says:

    I’ll take Denver 27-Seattle 21. Then the conversation should be over.

    1. Wswplz says:

      Because the swami has spoken…I don’t get it Brian..

  7. INDY says:

    Hammer down drinking them sprites all night long INDY IS READY FOR KICK OFF!!! 21* out at thee YARDofBRICKS don’t let the sun get u!!! It’s still cold out!! FRome getting hammer lets go Broncos 17-10 final!! INDYY……

  8. WolverDog says:

    So what is happening with the midweek? Some say south,some say descent snow with a major hit for South Bend, what does everyone think? Indy, I know, get some sprites!

    1. Wswplz says:

      I think Tuesday evening South Bend should pick up 6-8 inches of snow, if not more including the whole event…from what I’ve read..that is.

      1. Wswplz says:

        You don’t think South Bend is far enough south…..From where I am,that’s south….

    2. shelbyville says:

      Its going south, but, prepare for next weekend..

      1. Next weekends storm on the GFS went back south again but still brings some 4-6 inch snow into southern lower.

        1. julie says:

          how much Owosso area? We are in middle basically

  9. Jack says:

    Wow, Absolutely ” Beautiful ” SUN SET !!! Lots of Pinkish Orange,,,, Thank-You LORD JESUS !!!! :-)

  10. Jim says:

    Attention to all you able bodied people, HELP YOUR ELDERLY NEIGHBORS! Plows have finally hit side streets in GR for the first time in days and many driveways are blocked. Skip the gym, shovel some snow. GO BRONCOS!

    1. Barb says:

      Yes!!! Help the elderly and those with disabilities who can’t shovel.

  11. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    Kyle just mentioned a possible storm for next week in the extended forecast. But didn’t say anything else

  12. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Next weekends storm still looks decent :)

    1. julie says:

      How much snow Owosso area?

  13. Kevin(Rockford) says:

    So the model watch begins…checking every model run to see if this storm still exists.

    1. Michael g (se gr) says:

      Euro is WAY southeast.

  14. Paul m says:

    Probably will change by morning!

  15. Mike M. says:

    Halftime. Here’s a cue for Phillip Hoffman!

  16. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Wow, what a slaughter.

    1. Wswplz says:

      Yes, wow….and…wow…22 point spot at halftime, and the # 1 defense… Ummmm yaa

    2. Brad (Van Buren) says:

      HAHA!!! And everybody was saying Peyton would be MVP. I think they will be correct if the Seahawks vote for MVP. LOL!!!! GO SEAHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Wswplz says:

    Yes, wow..and…wow…22 point spot at halftime, and up against the #1 defense…Umm ya…

  18. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    NWS Northern Indiana has me in a special weather statement for heavy snow (over 6″) Tuesday night. Watches possibly coming tomorrow, though I’d be on the edge of that.

  19. Barb says:

    I am at least getting my exercise with shoveling and skiing.

  20. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:
    NAM still gives me hope. Right on the edge of the 8-10, though its been sinking south on the last few runs.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      I’ll take it.

  21. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Lol! 36-0…. Boring!

    1. Brad (Van Buren) says:

      The Broncos are Laughable.

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        Just like UofM’s defense :)

    2. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Ya, I am not even watching anymore. Congrats Seahawks.

  22. bodawg says:

    Big burst of fog just came off lake Mac in Holland. Interesting, considering its completely covered in ice.

  23. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    It’s all over for Denver but the crying. Sad way to end a winning season. I am hoping the Lions will be in SuperBowl 50, and win.

  24. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    NOOO! It’s dropping south a bit. Barely 6-8″ for me:

    1. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

      It actually bumped me from the 3-4″ range to the 4-5″ range.

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        Boy, oh boy…so much potential with these systems. I’m wondering if when they do start moving far enough North, they do the infamous jog through Wisconsin giving us one of those boring 1 inch rain dumps.

        1. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

          No big shift north with the GFS either. Perhaps a slight nudge, but still looking like at most 3″ between 96 and 94…a little more south of there.

        2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Which map are you looking at, Jim? That sounds a little bit better for here than what it was showing.

  25. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Defense wins championships (most of the time).

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Only 2 other coaches able to win a NCAA championship and a Super Bowl.

    2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Defense in general doesn’t get the recognition it should. It is always about getting points…but who stops the other team from getting points?

      Can you tell I always played defense in sports? :P

  26. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    I see where a inmate has escape from Ionia max prison. He may not get far in the cold and deep snow. Years ago we had some inmates who escape from Ionia ended up here in Hastings. They tell me that the inmates will follow the river and train tracks, that’s where they get alot of them.

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Yikes! Hope they get him soon.

  27. Wswplz says:

    I want a special weat

  28. Wswplz says:

    -ther statement…whoops….lol. Now comes the cold without the snow for a bit….

  29. John (Norton Shores) says:

    WOW the 00Z GFS changed significantly for next weekends storm, now has it as an east coast snowstorm and nothing for here

    1. Jacob G. says:

      Not too surprising, the Euro never had it as a Lakes cutter. I think when we transition we will get a couple week period of storminess late Feb into early March that could bring us some Colorado low setups. There are some signs of Greenland block trying to setup. If that occurs with frozen Great Lakes and expansive snowpack around us, we should have a cool and wet spring. Still think 100″ of snow is doable in GRR with > 90% ice on the Great Lakes and possible heavy flooding in April.

    2. fixxxer says:


  30. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Does kind of look like were heading in for a dry boring pattern kind of like what we saw for the middle two weeks of January no snow but really cold, I think March will be a stormy month though with a big snowstorm, rainstorm, and maybe severe storm, just my guess at this point

  31. Imthemom (just n holland) says:

    It’s only 8* out here. Looks like we had a hoar (? Spelling ) frost. Should be pretty in the morning.

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