FridayFebruary 7th, 2014 at 12:34 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Our newscast will be from down at Rosa Park Circle tonight (gotta dress warm, not just for looks). We have a local special show on Michigan Olympians on WOOD at 7 pm tonight, then the opening ceremonies at 8 PM. The temperature for the opening ceremonies will be near 50 degrees. Sochi has palm trees! (yeah, they’re holding the WINTER Olympics where they have palm trees! It’s mild down by the Black Sea, but of course colder as you move up the mountains. Lots of snow in the higher elevations. At 1 pm, it’s 13 in G.R. with a wind chill of -6 and a west wind at 23 mph. Sturgis, at the Indiana border is only +4°, where the wind misses Lake Michigan. Chicago is up to +9°. Holland had a gust to 32 mph. There is some drifting in outlying areas. Grand Rapids has 23″ of snow on the ground. The record is 27″ after the Blizzard of ’78. 23″ is the most since 1979. Grand Rapids is now up to 90″ for the season, Muskegon is at 103.3″. Holland is over 110″. Now, a salute to the Yoopers! This from the global NASA IR temperature data summary for January 2014: “Compared to seasonal normals, the coldest place ON EARTH in January was the Upper Peninsula of Michigan near Iron River.” The Wind Chill Advisory ended at 10 AM. The coldest wind chills remain south of a line from Benton Harbor to Lansing, where the WSW wind does not cross the open water of Lake Michigan. Global temperatures (from satellite IR data) shows today is coldest day worldwide since Feb. 2013. Here’s global temperature difference from average this month. More than an average year’s worth of snow will fall in Tokyo, Japan, through the weekend. Lots of much needed rain for N. California up into Washington (10 feet of snow in the next 10 days possible in some areas of the Cascade Mtns.). S. California stays dry. Another pic. of the severe ice storm in the Balkans. U.S. salt supply low: “It has been out of control. I have been doing this since 1985, and have never seen such panic.” (comment from someone in the business). PARTY AT RUDOLPH’S!! Tacloban, Philippines three months after Hurricane Haiyan.
Maple city in Leelanau County has gone over 200″ for the winter. They are now at 202″ with 44″ on the ground (down from a high of 46 a couple days ago). Heavy snow in Northern Iran.
Another pic. from Iran. Heavy snow in Afghanistan. It was -73 F (-58 C) Thursday night in Suhana, Russia. Accumulating snow and then cold sunshine on the Oregon Coast. The high temperatures the past two days in Denver CO were -1 and +1. The average high is 45. So those high temperatures were 46 and 44 degrees colder than average! 3/10th” of snow in San Antonio on Thursday. The cold has driven down into N. Mexico. Saltillo had a high of 46° on Thursday. Their average is low 70s. Check out the high temperature map for Thurs. (link works until 9 pm Friday). The contiguous U.S. was colder on Thursday than any day last winter. Some afternoon highs on Thurs: 38 McAllen TX (southern tip), 13 Amarillo TX (colder than G.R.), 23 Portland OR, -7 Dillon MT, 5 Chicago. Finally, a 360-degree panoramic view of Grandhog Day in Punxsutawney PA.
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. Here’s Closings.