Blizzard of 1978 vs Snow of 2014February 6th, 2014 at 2:58 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Click on the picture to enlarge or click here. These pictures are from the Berrien County Road Commission. Yesterday (Weds.), Grand Rapids had a snow cover of 22″. That’s the highest snowcover in Grand Rapids since 1979. The most snow ever on the ground in G.R. was 27″ after the Blizzard of Jan. 26, 1978 (when we had 15″ of snow in 15 hours). Grand Rapids has now had 59 consecutive days with 4″ or more of snow on the ground! I don’t know how close that is to a record for a 4″ snow cover. This is from Dr. Bob Ruhf, who measures snow at WMU:
1. The 42.8 inches of snow in January set a record for the snowiest January; the old January record was 39.6 inches set in 1999. It was also the third snowiest month on record. #1: 46.6 inches (December 2000); #2: 43.1 inches (December 2008).
2. The 24-inch snow depth on February 1-2, 5 set a February snow depth record. The old February record was 15 inches set on February 2, 2011. This was also one inch short of the the greatest snow depth measured for any month. The greatest snow depth measured was 25 inches set on January 6, 10-11, 1999.
3. There have been 32 consecutive days so far (January 5 – February 5) with a snow depth of 12 or more inches; the previous record for a streak of 12 or more inches was 28 days from January 10 – February 6, 2009.
4. A 25-inch snow depth was measured at 8:30 a.m. on February 5. This tied the greatest snow depth of 25 inches measured on January 6, 10-11, 1999. However, the snow depth settled to 24 inches by 11:59 p.m., the time snow depth is reported for. Officially, there was no record. Unofficially, the record was tied.
These records are based on only 16 years of data. Certainly most of these records (and other records that will be established during the remainder of the winter) would not be records if data from previous decades, such as the 1960s nnd 1970s, could be included.
The image on the right was snow depth Weds. AM. 63% of the Contiguous U.S. had a snow cover with an average depth of 6.1″. You can see the strip of 9-12″ of snowfall from Kansas to NW Ohio. Chicago is up to 59.6″ for the season. That’s the 8th snowiest winter since 1884 (with a lot of winter left to go) and the 3rd highest thru Feb. 5th).
We have also had 5 consecutive days with high temperatuers in the mid 20s. The latest European model has .08″ precip. for Sat. PM thru Sunday (an inch and a half, maybe), and about 1/2″ for Monday. The coldest temperature out 10 days on the European model is -3 next Tues. AM and the warmest is 30 on Feb. 13th. The GFS has flurries thru Fri. AM – another 0.12″ or about 2″ Sat. PM thru Sun. The first day up to freezing is 2/14 and then the model takes G.R. to 40 on 2/19 and 48 on 2/21. For today it has pretty much steady temps. around 14-17 with a 15 mph west wind…highs of 17 Fri., 19 Sat. and 24 on Sunday, then 16, 17, 20, 26, 33 for the work week next week. Also: Check out the cool pics. Bruce Doll took at Holland St. Park.