March 2012 vs. 2014April 1st, 2014 at 2:06 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Click on the images to enlarge. The picture on the left is a satellite view in late March 2012. The image on the right of that is a satellite image from Sunday (3/30/14). Wow! What a difference! In late March 2012, there is no snow, except for one very tiny area in the Keewenaw Peninsula. The only ice on the Great Lakes is in a couple bays in northern Lake Superior. In the picture on the right, you can see the snow cover across N. Wisconsin and much of Michigan and you can see the extensive ice cover on Lake Superior and Lake Huron and still a significant amount of ice in Lake Michigan (see Green Bay and up by the Mac. Bridge.). Check out the pictures from the GLERL cameras at Muskegon, Alpena and on the right, Toledo.
March 2012 was warmer than an average April and preliminary data shows that March 2014 was colder than an average February! It looks like (again preliminary data) March of 2014 was 9 degrees colder than average (despite the 63° on the 31st) and a whopping 24.1° colder than March 2012. The warmest low temperature of March 2014 was 36°. March 2012 had 17 days with low temperatures warmer than 36°. March 2014 had only one day warmer than 51°. March 2012 had 21 days with high temperatures warmer than 51°, including an all-time record 87 on March 21, which was 40° warmer than the average high (the highest departure from average of any day in G.R. history). In March 2012, we had only 7 days with temperatures cooler than average. In March 2014, we had only 5 days that were warmer than average. In March 2012, the coolest temperature all month was 19°. In March 2014, we had 16 days that were colder than 19°. We also had 15 days (half the days of the month!) that were 15° or more colder than average. For Jan. 1 to Mar. 31, Grand Rapids is 8.1° colder than average! That’ll sure be hard to make up. The good news was that March was a dry month, with 1.54″ of precipitation (65% of average) and 6.4″ of snow. We’ve managed to melt off virtually all of the heavy snow pack with only insignificant flooding. We did set a record for most snow on the ground ever in any March at 18″.