Continued CoolMarch 13th, 2014 at 1:36 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
(I’ve added some links and the overnight lows to this thread). High clouds moving in from the west already this late morning. This is the 8-14 day outlook for March 20-26. The darkest blue and that letter “B” is right over Michigan and the Great Lakes. The satellite picture on the right is from Weds. PM showing much of Lake Michigan is now ice free and we have some lake-effect clouds with an almost due north wind. The cool pattern continues. On the bright side, the blossoms aren’t out too soon, we don’t get tornadoes when it’s 20 degrees and I have yet to see a mosquito. The overall dry pattern is good, we need to melt off the snow without a heavy rain. It’s a cold morning, here’s current conditions and the surface weather map. The first 12 days of March were 9.9° colder than average in G.R. and we have 11″ of snow on the ground. Muskegon has a 16″ snow cover and Lansing is at 15″. Season snowfall: Grand Rapids 112.6″, Kalamazoo 112.4″ (look how close they are!), Muskegon 129.6″, Holland 149.6″. Michigan had the coldest high temps. in the Lower 48 states on Weds. with 9° at Sault Ste. Marie, 12 in Ironwood and 15 at Traverse City – that’s even with sunshine. It was 87° in Miami, 83° in Phoenix, 81° in Los Angeles…61° at Seattle and highs were in the 50s in the lee of the Rockies from W. Texas all the way north through Alberta, Canada. There were 18 reports of wind damage in N. Carolina from t-storms Weds. and 47 mph winds knocked out power at the U.S. Capitol. There were 115,000 customers without power from New Jersey to the Carolinas. More than 5,000 U.S. flights were delayed, another 1,904 were canceled, according to FlightStats. Here’s a pic. of a windy thunderstorm approaching. Check out the surfers on Lake Ontario in the snow and zero wind chills during a blizzard warning! 50-vehicle accident near Sandusky, Ohio snowstorm – 2 fatalities, trooper seriously injured. Here’s an aerial view of the massive duststorm that swept thru W. Texas on Tues. Third snowiest winter in Chicago. Check out the towering pyrocumulus cloud over a wildfire in Australia. Consumers Energy is down to just 87 customers without power, all but one (in V.Buren Co.) are in SE Michigan. Pretty cool wave clouds. Meteorologists agree El Nino coming on…will it be weak, moderate or strong?? Big Question…at this point I’ll guess moderate. Thursday is the anniversary of the “Storm of the Century”. Severe thunderstorms possible Saturday E. Texas, W. Louisiana. 19 severe wind reports Weds., 18 of them in N. Carolina – one fatality.
Low Temperatures Thurs. AM (note some cold temperatures south and east of G.R. where there was more fresh snow on the ground): -23° Doe Lake (in the U.P. – coldest in the U.S.), -19 Leslie, -16 Lawrence, -15 Pellston, -14 Bath, -13 Marquette (record number of below zero days this winter), -12 Watervliet, -10 Marshall, -9 Hastings, Ceresco, Mason, -8 Charlotte, Albion, Hartford, -7 Cadillac, -6 Jackson, Houghton Lake, Belding, -5 Battle Creek and Lansing (record), -4 Coldwater, Baldwin, Clarksville, -3 Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor, Alma, Reed City, -2 Big Rapids, Manistee, S. Haven, Fennville, Hudsonville, Entrican, -1 Fremont and Sparta, 0 Holland, Ludington, Sturgis, Mendon, Kent City, +1 Ionia, Allendale, +2 Mt. Pleasant, Three Rivers, Grandvlle, Hopkins, West Olive, +3 Muskegon, Grand Rapids (record).
Model update: The 16-day GFS plot has .01″ precip. Fri. evening and another .01″ Saturday – no big deal…it has 0.10″ Monday and brings an area of mostly sunny over us on Tues. with 0.51″ precip. Too early to get excited. I’m not staying up for the European tonight. I’ll look at that when I get up. Stay warm this morning.