WeekendFebruary 22nd, 2014 at 2:41 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The average wind speed for Grand Rapids (official weather station at the Ford Airport) had an average wind speed of 27.6 mph on Friday. In the morning, I’ll get Andy (or someone) to do some digging on when was the last time we had a 24-hour midnight-to-midnight day that windy. I quick looked back and found a 28.9 mph on Jan. 11, 1975. The 27.6 mph beats the Nov 10-11 storm of 1998 and I believe that beats the Edmund Fitzgerald storm of 11/10/75. It also 1/2/99, which was a near blizzard day. Despite 4 days in a row with highs of 40-44, Grand Rapids has officially lost only 6″ of snow…from a max. of 24″ to the midnight reading of 18″. We have not had at least a trace of snow on 31 of the last 33 days. We need only 4.3″ of snow to move into 2nd place for snowiest winters in G.R. pic. is tubing at Pando Park.
9:45 am – Bright sunshine at this time with some high clouds coming in from the west…it’s still breezy…wind west at 15-25 mph – temperatures now in mid 20s with wind chills ranging from +6 to +18. I’m not getting any significant drifting now, as opposed to the mega-drifting we had in the strong wind on Friday.
Overnight model data – no big storms this week. The GFS has afternoon temps. in the low 20s Sunday, near 20 on Monday, low 20s Tues…Weds. aftn. is around +12 with temps. rising to +15 Thurs. night…then about +11 Thur. aftn. and back to the low 20s on Friday. The Euro. is mid-upper 20s on Sunday, upper teens Monday, mid 20s Tues with light snow, Weds. is chilly, around +10 in the aftn., Thursday gets milder, a quick 24, then falling back to 10-12 for Fri with Saturday staying in the single figures all day…back to about 14 on Sunday. Then not as cold with more snow on Monday the 3rd. Often I have snowdrops pushing out of the ground in late February…sometimes even blooming by the end of the month…not this year. Here’s snowfall and wind reports from N. Lower Michigan and the U.P. (over a foot of snow at a couple spots and blizzard conditions in the Keewenaw).
Check out this pic.