The Cool Pattern Continues

April 2nd, 2014 at 2:20 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Todd Anderson #5Todd Anderson #1   Todd Anderson #3 These pictures (click on the pictures to enlarge) were taken by Todd Anderson Sunday and Monday showing the snow on Mackinac Island and in Petoskey. That’s a LOT of snow and ice and anytime the air is coming down from the northwest, north or northeast, it’ll still be crossing a lot of snow, ice and cold ground.  So, it’s quite likely that this cold pattern will continue.

The GRR NWS March 2014 summary shows that it was the 4th coldest March ever in G.R. and 5th coldest in Muskegon.  We had an all-time record 20″ snow depth on March 2 in G.R., beating the previous March record of 15″ in 2007.  Lansing set a record for the most days-in-a-row with at least 1″ of snow on the ground at 106 days (the old record was 101 days in 1962-63).  Muskegon set a March snow depth record at 24″ on the 5th, breaking the old record of 22″ in 1963.  Grand Rapids was 9° colder than average in March with an average of 26.6°.   Lansing was 9.4° colder than average for March.

26 Responses to “The Cool Pattern Continues”

  1. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    A WWA! Wow didn’t think that would happen on April 2nd. Looks like that concern for freezing rain has shifted a bit south. Not wanting freezing rain at all, if we are going to get frozen precip would rather it be snow.

  2. Jacob G. says:

    From the NWS out of Chicago…

    THE IMPRESSIVE COLD THIS PAST WINTER CONTINUED DURING
    MARCH…WITH A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF ONLY 31.7 DEGREES
    FOR THE MONTH. THIS RANKS AS THE 19TH COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD IN
    CHICAGO. HOWEVER…OF EVEN MORE INTEREST IS THE FACT THAT WITH THE
    ABNORMALLY COLD MARCH ACROSS THE AREA…THIS MADE THE AVERAGE
    TEMPERATURE FOR THE DECEMBER THROUGH MARCH PERIOD IN CHICAGO 22.0
    DEGREES…WHICH IS THE COLDEST SUCH PERIOD ON RECORD FOR CHICAGO
    DATING BACK TO 1872!

    HERE IS A LIST OF THIS YEARS DECEMBER THROUGH MARCH AVERAGE
    TEMPERATURE RELATED TO THE OTHER COLDEST SUCH PERIODS ON RECORD
    IN CHICAGO:

    RANK AVERAGE YEAR
    DEC-MAR TEMP
    ————————————————–
    1. 22.0 2013-14
    2. 22.3 1903-04
    3. 22.5 1977-78
    22.5 1892-93
    5. 22.7 1978-79

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      The same goes for almost everywhere around here. Coldest December-March ever, at least top 3.

  3. jake says:

    You know bill it wouldn’t hurt to write a blog saying when you think its going to warn up. Just sayin.

    1. Jacob G. says:

      He has each time it has warmed up this year. Not to mention the first 60 degree day.

  4. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Great pictures! Keep it coming!

  5. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    More COLD and SNOW is coming, so get used to it!!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Nothing but more RAIN coming. Fantastic. Bring it. Get used to it.

      1. WeatherGeek says:

        Freezing rain, actually, and a chance of a snow storm next Monday. Deal with it.

  6. jake says:

    Go jump off a cliff rocky. K thanks

  7. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Got up to 64 degrees yesterday in Detroit!

    WXYZ showing another substantial warm up late next week with 5 consecutive days 55-65 degrees.

    1. Jacob G. says:

      You might get 2 days but I don’t see 5 happening.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        That’s cool compared to some other models.

        WeatherTrends has Detroit hitting 77 degrees on April 12th.

        1. WeatherGeek says:

          This must have been an April Fool’s joke of a forecast. All the long range models now show below normal temperatures though next week. Oh, and they all show snow/rain event next early in the week. Enjoy!

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      71 in Cleveland and 77 in Columbus too!

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        As with most computer only models, it’s probably overdone a little. But a major run at 70 degrees could be in the cards soon.

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Those were their highs yesterday.

        2. WeatherGeek says:

          What a joke. You will be looking at a snow/cold rain storm on Monday and Tuesday of next week and it stays cooler than normal right through the end of the week.

  8. INDY says:

    Lol! We have a ice storm coming!! Must be more below normal temps!! INDYY!!

  9. Resourceful Nana says:

    Anyone else besides me hearing the frogs yet?

    1. WeatherGeek says:

      Nope. I have seen geese sitting on top of a frozen pond for the last 2 weeks, though.

  10. Wow, a winter weather advisory has been issued. Wonder how much ice some areas will receive from this event. It looks like 0.10-0.25 for many areas in the WWA. The positive part is, Friday we will rise up to 50 or near 50, so that will melt the ice. Then its down to the lower 40′s, then back up to 52 Sunday with sunshine! What a roller coaster ride in weather and temps

  11. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Joe B is getting more “concerned” that the Great Lakes area could have a year without a summer this year! While it may be a cold summer (think 1992 and 2009) we will have a summer it just may not be a very warm one, And with all of the ice on Great Lakes and the snow to our north it will be cold ever time the wind is out of the north for rest of this spring and will into the start of summer this year.
    SlimJim

    1. jake says:

      Who care only God knows what summer will be like for sure.

      1. Dan says:

        Thanks jake for your insightful weather comments. Please provide a forecast. It might prove useful here. Slim does an excellent job of providing excellent resources and insight about the weather. Thanks, Slim!
        How much ice is expected? 1/4 to 1/2 inch?! I also see where they are thinking the change over to rain will be later in the day.

  12. bluegill says:

    Coldest March ever for Gaylord and Houghton Lake according to NWS. Not a lot of snow around HL, but the snowmobiles are still running around Gaylord.

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