Grand Rapids reaches 50°March 14th, 2014 at 1:29 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Grand Rapids reached 51 degrees at 1 PM – the warmest since 12/5 (98 days ago). At 6 pm, G.R. is back to 44. We had a gust to 46 mph at the Regional Airport in Holland. Gusts to 41 mph in G.R. and 43 mph at S. Haven. The warm wind is melting the snow…down to 8″ at my house with some big significant bare spots. Note in the picture (from the Chicago GLERL camera) that the wind has pushed the ice away from Chicago and you can see some whitecaps on the water. Other highs so far today: 42 Muskegon (cooler at the lake), 45 Fremont, 47 Battle Creek, 48 Kalamazoo – it even got above freezing briefly at Houghton in the U.P. ALSO: This graphic of North American temperature anomaly (difference from average) for the 3 winter months (Dec., Jan., Feb.) shows that much of Canada and the U.S. had significantly colder than average temperatures. The North American difference from average was -1.572°C (-2.83°F). Over the last 20 years, winters in the U.S. have trended slightly cooler. Here’s the Upper Midwest Region.