Cold and Getting ColderFebruary 25th, 2014 at 3:45 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
We’ll continue to see occasional flurries overnight, but an inch or less accumulation in most areas overnight. The wind will continue to be brisk at times, especially tomorrow PM (Wed.) and that will cause more drifting. The Thursday AM commute looks tough, with snow, blowing and drifting snow and a strong NW wind gusting to 30 mph. There will likely be some schools closed on Thurs. It’ll be interesting to see if we go clear and calm for early Friday morning. The European model gives G.R. a low temp. of -11 early Friday and that’s certainly possible if it’s truly clear and calm with a coating of fresh snow. The new European weekly forecasts from overnight show more cold (relative to average) for the next 3 weeks…some moderation week 4. High temperatures from the GFS plot run from last night starting with today (Tues.) 20/11 (up to 16 briefly Weds. night)/7/21/14/21/23/20/12/19/24. That’s the next 11 days. It’s probably a touch on the cool side, but wow! That’s relentless cold for a week and a half. The GFS-plot has -7 for Friday AM. Here’s March 6-11 – coldest air relative to average centered over Chicago. Much needed rain for Southern California. We could see enough snow to move into 2nd place for snowiest seasons by early next week here in G.R. Grand Rapids is now up to 103.4″ and Muskegon to 122″. Chicago’s average temp since Dec. 1 is 19.1 F; Moscow, Russia’s average is 23.6 F.
Also, Flooding in Brazil…Light Pillars in Alberta, Canada…In two hours, the temperature dropped from 63° to 25° in Denver, CO. More snow has fallen so far this winter in NYC (57.1″) & Philadephia (58.4″) than in Anchorage, AK (53.7″). Five-day precipitation shows California the wettest U.S. state, much needed rain. We may catch the northern edge of a storm that goes mainly southeast of Michigan this weekend.
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.