Wednesday EveningMarch 12th, 2014 at 3:03 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
9:15 PM – The last flurries are exiting Branch County. Skies have cleared over most of the area and we’re in for record cold temperatures tonight. With light to calm winds at daybreak…city temperatures will be zero to -5 and outlying areas could be as cold as -15. We expect record cold temperatures for March 13th. The record lows for the day are +5 for Gr. Rapids, +2 for Muskegon and -3 for Lansing. If we get to -5 in G.R., it’ll be the coldest so late in the season. We’ll have a shot at record cold temperatures early next week. The GFS computer model gives G.R. a low temperature of -5 tonight. The European model gives G.R. -4° tomorrow morning, back to the mid 40s Friday, then unseasonably cold early next week with lows in the single figures Sun. and Mon. am.
The overall pattern looks chilly through most of the rest of March. Lots of school closings this morning southeast of Kent Co. Most of Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Jackson county schools are closed. Severe thunderstorms caused one fatality at Chapel Hill NC when a tree fell on a car. There were a dozen and a half reports of wind damage. Lots of flight delays, too. As of 11:20 am – Consumers Energy reports 630 customers without power as of 7:45 (down from a high of nearly 12,000 – so good work Consumers! That’s awesome), inc. 409 in Calhoun County, 181 in Clinton Co. We had 9″ of new snow at Oshtemo, Augusta and Battle Creek, 6.3″ in Lansing, just 1.9″ in Grand Rapids and only a trace in Muskegon. 5-7″ of snow in the southern suburbs of Chicago.
From Accu-Weather: “Areas from the Dakotas and Minnesota to Wisconsin, Michigan, the Appalachians and Atlantic coast should experience surge of severe weather during June and July.” The Euro. hinting at another snow event for us around the 18th (3-6+”). From Joe Bastardi: “the GFS super ensemble is seeing the March 1956 analog again as number 1.” (1956 was the year of the Hudsonville-Standale Tornado). He also says: “In the longer term, day 11 the GFS super ensemble has 1982 showing up, though not number 1″ (that year we had a 10″ snowstorm and low temps. in the single figures two mornings in a row in G.R.).
Also: Explosion in NYC destroys two buildings, inc. a church. At least 11 injured.
I’ll leave radar at the top of the blog until the last of the snow exits this afternoon. Watch for icy spots throughout the day. Temperatures will go down a few degrees during the day, so slick spots may linger into the evening, esp. on roads that get sparse traffic. If we’re lucky, we’ll see some breaks in the clouds by late in the day. Here’s lots of links to check out. The Advisory (see thread below this one) runs to 3 pm. Here’s regional pic. of Winter Storm Warnings/Advisories.
Here’s heavy snow at Wrigley Field in Chicago…sunset in a duststorm in Lubbock, Texas…gust to 60 mph at Amarillo…another great sunset pic. of the approaching duststorm…iridescence in a cemetery…Blizzard Warnings in Western New York…snow in India…80 degrees in downtown Kansas City – six hours later they were getting accumulating snow…looking up at the Earth.
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.