A Cold Winter (and it’s not over)

March 16th, 2014 at 3:18 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

Dec. to Feb. 2014   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!

252 Responses to “A Cold Winter (and it’s not over)”

  1. Michael g (se GR) says:

    19* here with dry air and light winds, going to drop like a rock.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Bring it!

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Despite the sunshine, the strong N.E. winds have made it feel very uncomfortable today.

    1. Wayne (South of GR) says:

      At least 3 feet.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        All we need is another 20 inches or so! Bring it!

        1. 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin says:

          20 inches or so? Sounds like your average Friday night with “friends”

    1. 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin says:

      Make sure you bundle up while you’re hanging out at the various West Michigan rest areas that night.

      1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

        I don’t get it?

    2. Wayne (South of GR) says:

      wow, could be 5 inches plus.
      What is the RDB showing…….

      1. 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin says:

        Not enough inches for Rocky.

  2. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    20-25° below average. Just think if we were 20-25° above average. We’d be in the middle to upper 60′s, and this blog would be filled with comments about how warm it is. It’s all about relativity. We still have 18″ of glacier in our backyard around our picnic table.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      And it will still be there for weeks on end, in fact you will be seeing some more fresh SNOW to add to your SNOW pack! ENJOY!

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Still below freezing on March 30th! It looks like more seasonal temps for Flint, MI!!!


  4. Next week looks like we will be doing some melting on a daily basis. Temps in the mid 40′s on Tuesday and Wednesday, then temps in the upper 30′s through saturday, then temps getting down near freezing for Sunday, then in the mid 30′s Monday. Hopefully I can take care of the 6″ that I have left this coming week.

  5. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Still a possible SNOWSTORM is on the table for this FRIDAY! Get ready!

    1. Wayne (South of GR) says:

      I’m ready for 8 plus inches….bring it!!!!

  6. Michael g (se GR) says:

    @NWSGrandRapids: Today is the 58th consecutive day Muskegon has had a foot or more of snow on the ground, and that’s a new record (57 days in 1979). #wmiwx

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      And here in GR while there are now a lot of bare spots showing up all around town we “officially” still have several inches of snow on the ground and its now been 98 days and we will make it to 100 days for sure. We have to see how much longer the airport reports at least one inch on the ground.

    2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Cool. I wonder what the record is for GR. I’ll have to do some researching.

  7. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Even with full sun today the temps stayed in the low 20’s for a very cold mid March day! Tonight if we get to near the forecasted low would be in the top (or bottom) three for the all time coldest lows for March 17th in GR! The record low here in GR for March 17th is -4° set in `1949 and in 2nd place its +3 set in 1900 and in 3rd place its +5 set in 1941. Right now here at my house I now have 19° and clear skies.

  8. ER From GR says:

    IM BACK!!!!!!!!! I have a prediction!!!! Winter is dying, i honestly believe we will see a 180 in the weather pattern between april 5 and april 15. Watch out high temps and large thunderstorms on the way!!!

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      What data do you base that on? I can remember years ago, we would get high temperatures and have severe storms and then get a big snow storm. I have almost forgotten what hot weather feels like. Enjoyed our comments.

    2. Nate says:

      Glad to hear it!

    3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      People have been calling for a major warm up for weeks now! You are correct eventually it will happen – sometime in May!!!

  9. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Rock n Roll will never die! Keep the COLD coming full speed ahead!

  10. I agree ER from GR. We are going to warm-up either way in April. I have never went through an april where we didn’t have the trees beginning to bud their leaves by April 20th. We have a lot to look foreward to. Thunderstorms, Heat Lightning,Severe Thunderstorm Watches, Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Tornado Watches, Tornado Warnings, Firefly’s at night, warm beach nights, barbecues, Lol come on warmth!! haha

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I agree with everything in your comment Kyle, except heat lightning.

      1. How come not the heat lightning? We usually get it every summer

        1. Brian(Grandville) says:

          Some believe it is caused only by heat. That is a myth. There has to be a t-storm somewhere in the area, or region to create this supposed phenomenon.

    2. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      This is what the uppers have to go through every year, and I have officially decided that I like it here more!

      1. yooper4021 says:

        Having gone through many U.P. winters, this has been a bad winter even by those standards. To think of all the records broken up there, it has been downright brutal this year.

    3. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Wow, the lake does make quite the difference. The trees around here don’t really start to bud until the very end of April/beginning of May.

    4. Paul m says:

      If anything the cold is good for fruit farmers!

  11. “We expect a normal to perhaps an above-average amount of severe thunderstorms over the Central states during May and June,”

    I love it! See you in May Kansas!!

  12. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR it’s cold out there. Oh wait, its still WINTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. JoAnne says:

    How did the entire Earth average for this winter?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      For January 1 to March 16, the NASA data shows the global temperature anomaly at +0.005°C. That’s about as close to average as you can get.

  14. JoAnne says:

    Man, you sure would think that the entire globe was frozen after this winter.
    Thanks for the info Bill.

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