Sunday PM/Night – Chance of FlurriesMarch 21st, 2014 at 4:12 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
2:30 pm Sunday – nice little snow shower at my house….visibility down to about 2 miles. The 2 pm temperature in G.R. was 24°. The average high temperature for today is 48°. The low temperature this AM in G.R. was 14°…it got down to 9° in Kent City, 7° in Belding, Entrican (Montcalm Co.) and Big Rapids, 2° in Reed City, -6° at Leota in Clare Co., -17° at Stambaugh in the U.P. and -26° at International Falls MN. Officially, Grand Rapids is down to 1″ of snow on the ground. We had an inch of snow on the ground now continuously since Dec. 8. Other snow depths: 2″ Lansing and Big Rapids, 5″ Muskegon, 6″ Hart, 11″ Scottville (Mason Co.), 13″ Houghton Lake and Traverse City, 17″ Gaylord, 18″ Kalkaska, 29″ S. Ste. Marie, 32″ Newberry, 36″ Marquette Airport and Munising and 48″ at Mohawk.
Also: 1.5″ of lake-effect snow on the north side of Chicago this am. PDO has gone slightly positive the last couple months…lending credibility to the forecast of an El Nino coming on. NOTE: An El Nino doesn’t necessarily mean warm weather for West Michigan. Remember that. The PDO was positive in 1992 and that was a cool year here in the Great Lakes. We had a weak El Nino for much of he cold winter period of the late 1970s. El Ninos that are weak or El Ninos that are moderate and centered farther west can bring colder than average weather to the Great Lakes. Here’s an approaching thunderstorm in Poland, sure to bring a Krakow thunder. Before and after picture of the landslide in Washington State – still people missing. Here’s another picture of the slide. Tropical Storm Gillian in the W. Pacific – no threat to land at this time. Deep East Coast Storm will continue to bring cold air down into the NE U.S. from Canada.
Just starting to look over the models…I’m working today (6, 10 and 11 pm newscasts). Looks cold tonight, partly sunny tomorrow…an inch or two of snow late Monday night into Tues. evening…mix to all rain Thurs. More later.
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.