SaturdayMarch 28th, 2014 at 3:40 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
I’m out at Science Olympiad at Grand Valley in Allendale all day today. I’ve been doing Science Olympiad for over 25 years…I am co-chair for Meteorology for the regional along with Professor Northup from GVSU. It’s been a lot of fun over the years.
A band of snow moves through Indiana and Ohio could brush the area southeast of a line from about New Buffalo to Detroit…but an inch or less if you saw anything at all. We’re still looking at low 50s Sun. PM and 60° on Monday. Hail and rainbow together in this pic. this PM from Austin, Texas. Huge hail at Ft. Worth, Texas. A funnel cloud has been spotted 3 miles NE of Honolulu, HI, reports an NWS trained spotter.
The heaviest rain last night fell north of a line from G. Haven to Mt. Pleasant Thurs. night with slightly over an inch at Hart and Ludington. Some of the biggest snowflakes I have ever seen here at my house fell this am around 9:15 am…like snowballs! Nice reflection on radar…looks like heavy rain on radar. CFS model says cool pattern continues in the Great Lakes into early May with threat of late-season frost. Cool t-storm pic. from near Dallas. GFS forecasting another big snowstorm for the western U.P. Heavy snow over the past 24-hours has brought snow depth to highest of the winter in the U.P. Grand Marais added 10.5″ – new snow depth 54″…Marquette with 6.6″ of new snow now up to 41″ on the ground, Munising – 6.5″ new snow and 40″ on the ground…Wetmore got 12.4″ of new snow. Delaware has 55″ of snow on the ground and Mt. Bohemia is up to 309″ for the winter. Saturday am snow pretty much misses us to the SE…European gives Coldwater 1/2″ Sat. am – also gives us another +1/2″ of rain next Thurs…warmer pattern for next week.
I’ll leave radar at the top of the blog for the last lingering showers. There may be a period of light snow as the precipitation ends, but it wouldn’t amount to much. Temperatures will likely fall a few degrees during the day. Saturday a band of snow or mixed precipitation may brush the area south I-94, but will stay mainly in Indiana and Ohio. Sunday may be the warmest day since the first week of Dec. After a cool start to the day, it could reach the low-mid 50s. Monday if we can hold off the rain (and thicker clouds), we have a shot a our first 60-degree temperature since mid-November. We’re also tracking the possibility of some freezing rain next Weds. – Thurs. Too far out to say for sure, but that’s (along with some slick driving) is certainly a possibility with cool conditions returning for the middle of next week. Note, the overnight Euro. gives us mostly plain rain with temps. a little above freezing next Weds. night/Thurs.
Wind pushing the ice from Lake Superior onshore. Today’s the anniversary of the magnitude 9.2 Good Friday Earthquake that hit southern Alaska. Here’s a pic. of the Trenton MO tornado Thurs. PM. Damage from the Trenton Twister.
Links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s regional radar, 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.