Great Weekend for Winter SportsFebruary 7th, 2014 at 8:21 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
This is the Blandford Nature Center (taken today) on the NW side of G.R. Click on the picture to enlarge. The picture was taken by ace harmonica player and the man who took the pictures at my wedding nearly 36 years ago, Harvey Alley. We had 23″ of snow officially on the ground Friday AM in Grand Rapids. That’s the most since 1979 and only 4″ below the record snow depth for Grand Rapids set after the Blizzard of ’78. Friday, we got another 1/2″ of snow at the Ford Airport in G.R., pushing our seasons snow total to 90.1″. Muskegon is up to 103.6″ and Lansing to 49.4″. Kalamazoo has had 85.9″ for the season, and WMU (Dr. Bob Ruhf) reports 24″ of snow on the ground. Holland is up to 111.3″ for the season. You can see the difference Lake Michigan still makes. Low temperatures Friday morning ranged from +9 in Grand Rapids to -1 in Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo has been down to zero or colder ten times since Jan. 1) to -9 in Sturgis where the west wind was not coming over open water. Angola, Indiana (just south of the Michigan border) has been to 0° or colder 19 times since Jan. 1. Grand Rapids has had only one day warmer than average (barely) in the last three weeks. The first week of February has been 9.5° colder than average in G.R. and 11.9° in Kalamazoo. Grand Rapids has now had at least a trace of snowfall for 17 consecutive days.
Model Snowfall Forecasts for Sat. PM thru Sun. AM…first number is NAM (car.), second is GFS (car.): Grand Rapids 1.3″, 1.4″, Lansing 12.0″, 1.5″, Muskegon 1.3″, 4.7″, Kalamazoo 1.6″ 1.8″ (and 0.6″ Monday), Jackson 1.1″, 1.8″, Pontiac 0.8″, 2.1″, Big Rapids 0.6″, 1.2″, Mt. Pleasant 0.4″, 1.4″, Cadillac 0.2″, 1.8″, Ludington 1.3″, 4.8″, Holland and S. Haven both get 1.7″ off the NAM (not run on the GFS (car.). You can see the GFS forecasting some lake-enhancement for Muskegon and Ludington. The European model has .04″ precip. Saturday for G.R., .02″ Sat. night and another .02 Sunday – that’s .08″ total or maybe an inch and a half. The European also has some lake-enhancement with Ludington getting a total of 0.19″ between Sat. PM and Tues. AM – that would mostly likely be 3-4″ spread out over a long time. Muskegon gets 0.18″ over the same period of time. No really big storms this week. The GFS continues to have Thursday the warmest (around 33°) and the European has Friday the day reaching the low 30s. Nothing warm in the next week, but the European takes the G.R. temperature to 43 on the 17th along with some rain. The GFS also would have some rain then, but temperatures stay in the 30s.
Here’s photos of the Parade of Nations at the Olympics. Here’s one of my favorite Olympic moments and another. Here’s the forecast for Sochi for the next week. This is down at the lower elevations, where they have palm trees and high temperatures average around 50 in early February. They have snow up in the mountains where it is colder, but they have many sunny days in winter, too. 67% of the Lower 48 states had a snow cover Friday morning! Wow, barometer reading in Dublin, Ireland goes to 28.23″ with a deep low pressure system overhead.