Cold in Early March Centers over Michigan

February 27th, 2014 at 9:42 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

610temp.new  814day    These are the 6-10 day (for March 5-9) and the 8-14 day (for March 7-13) Temperature Outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center.  Click on the images to enlarge.  In BOTH cases, the highest probability of colder than average temperatures is over Lower Michigan (lucky us!).  Expect the cold pattern to continue and much of our snow to still be on the ground as we get to mid-March.  The average high temperature for Grand Rapids is 38 on 3/1, 40 on 3/5 and 45 by 3/17.  By the middle of the month, a day that’s 10 degrees colder than average still gets us above freezing…that combined with the stronger sun should start melting the snow and ice.  The huge piles (like at the mall) may linger into early April.

100 Responses to “Cold in Early March Centers over Michigan”

  1. Robert (Plainwell) says:

    Got down to -18.

  2. DF (SE Mich) says:

    -16° in Flint again, smashed the record low by 10°. That falls on the all-time low temp top 5/10 again, and its March tomorrow… That is 7 record low temps this year alone.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      And only six days above average for the entire month. Yet another bitterly cold month.

  3. DF (SE Mich) says:

    -12° in GR smashed the old record bu 10° as well. Record low in Muskegon as well, broken by 7°. -21° in Marquette, record low by 6°.

  4. reality says:

    -21.8 in a downslope part of our yard in Caledonia

  5. den says:

    21.8 on electronic thermometer north of ravenna

  6. INDY says:

    -27* OUT AT THEE YARDofBRICKS About 330am this morning nothing will ever drink it!! INDYY!!

  7. Tim says:

    -16.9 was the coldest my system stated here near Rockford.

  8. ~Sherry~ Comstock Park says:

    Got down to -19 here!!!

  9. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    Why is the NAM missing southern Michigan with the snow? It’s all north of me: http://wxcaster4.com/nam/CONUS1_MESO-ETA212_SFC_ACCUMSNOWFALL-KUCHERA_84HR.gif

    1. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

      Check the 12Z that just came in. It still hits GR with quite a bit of snow, but also has more snow for northern Indiana and up near the border.

      http://www.instantweathermaps.com/NAM-php/showmap-conussfc.php?run=2014022812&time=PER&var=ASNOWI&hour=048

      1. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

        Did you notice the lastest GFS was farther north… The 06Z.

      2. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

        06Z GFS: http://wxcaster4.com/gfs/CONUS2_GFS0P5_SFC_ACCUM-SNOW_120HR.gif. Why is the NAM not showing anything close to this?

        1. DF (SE Mich) says:

          Boooo… no more :)

      3. GunLakeDeb says:

        Oh Lord I hope that’s wrong – it shows 9″ for us…. :-(

        1. Jenn (Orangeville) says:

          Which day is this for? I am officially at saying UNCLE!!!! lol

  10. DF (SE Mich) says:

    It could be worse, some serious record just north.

    RECORD EVENT REPORT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GAYLORD MI
    854 AM EST FRI FEB 28 2014

    …RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES SET IN GAYLORD AND PELLSTON…

    A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF -29 DEGREES WAS SET AT THE GAYLORD
    REGIONAL AIRPORT YESTERDAY. THIS VALUE OBLITERATES THE PREVIOUS
    RECORD OF -12 DEGREES…SET IN 2008.

    IN ADDITION…THE MERCURY PLUNGED ALL THE WAY TO -33 DEGREES AT THE
    PELLSTON REGIONAL AIRPORT…BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF -22
    DEGREES…SET IN 1963.

  11. Mark (Wolf Lake) says:

    Left work near Lake Michigan 5 above by the time I reached home -10 read on the guage in my truck. Home Thermometer read -17 about 3am.

  12. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Last night low here in GR of -12° is the coldest this late in the season since a low of -13 on March 8th 1943 so there only has been one time since records have been kept for Grand Rapids that it has been colder then last night this late into the season!
    Also here in GR we now have had snow on the ground since December 8th of 2013 so as of today we now have had snow cover of one inch or more for 82 days now (in our case this year its been at lest 3”) and as it looks like there will still be at least one inch or more on the ground for the next 10 days we will more up more on the list
    http://www.wzzm13.com/money/story.aspx?storyid=117566

    Note use the chart not the start days on the list. BTW not sure where 2010 ended up on the list but the snow was all gone by march 8th and we ended up the month of March with a high of 78° and the start of April in the low 80’s the first two days!
    SlimJim

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Six more days for Flint and 14 more days for Detroit all-time snow cover records.
      http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=dtx&storyid=100198&source=0

  13. Brian Fox says:

    Lets hope this is a fluke, not a trend, but the whole weather system worldwide seems broke to me.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Global temperatures have been remarkably stable since 2002: http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs_v3/Fig.C.gif I think the media reporting of weather “events” has ramped up over the past 20 years. Look at how much weather coverage they do on the Nightly News compared to 20 years ago.

  14. Professor says:

    listening to WBBM out of Chicago…they re looking for a major snowstorm over the weekend.Any chance it gets up our way?

  15. Michelle says:

    Is this weather because of El ‘ neon has is our summer going to be colder this year

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