SaturdayMarch 8th, 2014 at 1:41 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
A relatively small area of light rain and snow moving thru overnight. I can’t rule out a lingering sprinkle or flurry during the morning, mostly toward the Indiana border. Fortunately, we are in an overall dry pattern. We could certainly use a lot of dry weather in the next few weeks as the snow slowly melts. The winds go north-northwest today and we’ll be 5-10 degrees cooler than Friday. I’m headed to the Muskegon Skywarn Meeting. I’ll have a few small door prizes to raffle off and some giveaways. Hope a few of you can make it. Don’t forget the time change Saturday night (technically we move forward an hour at 2 am Sunday). Despite the high of 46° in G.R. on Friday, the avg. temp. for Friday was 3° below average because the low was 11°. We have now had below average temps. on 27 of the last 31 days. The first week of March was 16° colder than average. March will be the fifth month in a row with below average temps. You’d have to lean that way for April, too with the cold water in the Great Lakes.
Model update: Overnight European has us becmg. partly sunny from north to south eventually today with temps. in the low-mid 30s…then mid 30s Sunday PM (might make upper 30s)…then mid 40s Monday, upper 40s Tuesday, low-mid 30s Weds. and Thurs., then mid 40s on Friday, low 40s next Saturday. The GFS is cool (it’s been running too cool). Both models have a wonderful dry pattern for the next week – no heavy precipitation. Right now it still looks like the Tues./Weds. storm will be just south of our area. We’ll continue to monitor that. We need a dry pattern as the snow slowly melts. BTW – only one small tornado in the U.S. in the first week of March – only 18 tornadoes in March last year in the U.S.
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.