A Cold Winter (and it’s not over)March 16th, 2014 at 3:18 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Click on the image to enlarge. Half the Lower 48 states had a colder than average winter. Seventeen states were ranked “near average” and 7 states were warmer than average. California had their warmest winter in 119 years of record, while 8 states, including Michigan had a top ten coldest winter in the last 119 years. Look at the number of below zero mornings (today not included) in the U.P. this winter. Here’s the number of below zero mornings in Northern Lower and eastern Upper Michigan. The 8-14 day outlook for March 23-29 shows the cold pattern continuing. Look at the GFS model run for March 25. Hey, check out this awesome video of a big thunderstorm (watch the wind, hail and rain swallow up the city) over Dubai. Weatherunderground shows (I don’t know if this is right) a peak wind gust of 102 mph! Here’s a comment on the storm: ” the hail I saw and those which fell in Ajman were as big as a small cabbage. The destruction of property in Ajman is huge. In my building alone there were 10-12 cars with windows which were smashed in due to the hail stones.” Not as good, but another video of the same storm. Pics. of dog rescued on Lake St. Clair.
The overnight European has 0.39″ precipitation late Tues. night thru Weds…mostly rain, but a little snow at the end…and 0.55″ Friday/Fri. night and that would be rain changing to snow with temps. next Sat. only in the upper 20s to low 30s. The GFS plot has less precipitation with 0.18″ Weds. and it only gives G.R. one day above 50° for the rest of March!