Friday PMFebruary 21st, 2014 at 10:17 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
8:15 pm – The winds have backed off a little, but only a little. At 8 pm, the Ford Airport was still 29 mph with a gust to 39 mph. There was a gust to 38 mph at Holland last hour. Skies are clear over much of the area, with clouds north of Big Rapids and moderate snow in far northern Lower Michigan. My house was creaking in the strong wind and there was a 2-foot drift across my driveway that I had to shovel out before I could get here to work. Peak gusts: 63 mph on the roof of GVSU in downtown G.R. and at the Holland Channel at Spyglass Condos, 61 mph Muskegon Beach, 60 mph Ford Airport in G.R. (fastest gust since 11/17/2013 and before that you have to go back to 2010 to find a 60 mph gust), 58 mph 2 miles WNW of Jackson and Ionia, 57 mph at GVSU in Allendale, 56 mph in Allegan, 53 mph Jenison, Jenison and at the Muskegon Airport, 51 mph Fremont, Grand Haven, Big Sable Point, the Holland Regional Airport and Weare (Oceana Co.), 50 mph Bradley and Reed City, 49 mph East G.R., 47 mph South Haven and Battle Creek, 46 mph Mt. Pleasant. Visibility went to near zero at times, especially in rural areas. Winds will diminish a little tonight, it will still be breezy on Saturday. The Winter Weather Advisory continues until 7 PM. Here’s current conditions. At my house, it was getting close to a “blizzard”. A blizzard is a visibility of 1/4 mile or less for 3 or more consecutive hours with frequent gusts above 35 mph. The gusts qualified and we occasionally have a visibility of less than 1/8th of a mile out here in the country. The visibility did vary but in generally, As of 10:30 pm, there are 4513 Consumers Energy customers without power (a low number considering the wind gusts we have had), with about half of those in Shiawassee Co. At 4:20 pm they have 136 customers without power in Ionia Co., 66 in Montcalm Co. and 57 in Kent Co.
Also, Japanese model (closest on the cold winter here in Michigan) says we stay colder than average in March.
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.