I’ll leave radar up for the chance of a sprinkle (rain or very light mix) in the morning. I’ll become partly to mostly sunny later today. The kp-index is at a 6 as I write this…too bad it’s cloudy or we might have a chance to see an aurora. Season snowfall: Grand Rapids 101.1″, Muskegon 120.7″, Kalamazoo 96.1″. The 24″ of snow on the ground in G.R. Tues. AM was a record for most snow on the ground ever in the month of February. We also hit a record 14 consecutive days with more than 20″ of snow on the ground.
Overnight computer model runs: The GFS is just relentless on the cold starting Friday and lasting UFN. The temperature falls below freezing Thurs. night (freezing the puddles for the Friday am commute) and falls below 20 Sunday evening and stays below 20 until March 4th! It’s probably overdone, but you get the trend. The European has only upper teens to mid 20s for highs Sat. thru Tues. The GFS actually takes the 850 mb (a little less than a mile above ground) temp. to -29C with daytime temps. in the single figures for the weekend of the 1st/2nd – like I said, probably overdone, but March is not going to come in like a lamb or a lion…it’ll be more like a polar bear! The GFS has 0.57″ of mainly rain (a little snow at the end) Thursday and the NAM has 0.56″ with 1-2″ of snow at the end. The European has 0.59″. The rain doesn’t start until after the Thurs. am commute. The NAM and GFS both take the wind here to 29 mph after midnight Thurs. night thru Friday…it’s going to howl. So, enjoy the sun and relatively mild temperatures this PM.
AGAIN, I’m worried about the additional snow and especially the rain being absorbed into the snow on Thursday creating the potential for more roof collapses (esp. flat roofs). Think about clearing snow from drains, gutters and downspouts and perhaps clearing snow from flat or low-pitched roofs. Check out the links below:
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.