Slow Thaw ContinuesApril 7th, 2014 at 8:46 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The first image is a comparison of snowfall this year compared to average for the Western U.P. Some places up there have had a LOT of snow, over 300″ this winter. The second picture is sunset this weekend from the Muskegon GLERL camera. You can still see some ice beyond the pier. Next, we have a picture from the Alpena GLERL camera, where there is still a solid ice cover as we enter the 2nd week of April. Finally, a weekend sunset at Holland from Phil Rahn. Click on the pictures to enlarge. The highest season snowfall total I could find this (Mon.) evening is 335″ at Mt. Bohemia (24″ in the past week). Snow on the ground: 54″ Delaware, 46″ Calumet, 44″ Mohawk, 43″ Atlantic Mine, 43″ Grand Marais, 37″ Big Bay, 35″ Munising, 32″ Tahquamenon Falls, 30″ Marquette (airport), 25″ S. Ste. Marie, 13″ Detour Village, 12″ nine miles SSW Gaylord, 11″ eleven miles SE Kalkaska.
2 pm update: HUGE temperature contrast, courtesy of Lake Michigan. At 1 pm, it was 57 at the G.R. airport (SE side of town, 52 here at WOOD downtown, 50 in Hudsonville, 48 Fremont and the BEACH temperature at Grand Haven (Bilmar’s) was just 36. The Muskegon GLERL thermometer was 37.9 at 1: 30 pm. So, that’s a 20-degree temperature difference from the beach to 30 miles inland.
We have a relatively mild week, but not super warm. Today’s high of 56° in Grand Rapids was just one degree warmer than average. Combined with a low of 31°, four degrees cooler than average, the average for today is still one degree cooler than average. The slow melt off and the lack of heavy rain has eased (but not ended) the threat of significant flooding here in West Michigan. The GFS model says we could see some snow next week.
Also – Here’s the tornado that injured 13 people in eastern N.C. this afternoon. The tornado picked up a pick-up truck and threw it into a field. A father and son in the truck survived. More twister pics. here and here. Here’s damage from Covington Co. Mississippi Tornado that occurred in the middle of the night. Significant flooding down south after over 6″ of rain. NBC2 Chief Meteorologist in grave condition after bicycle accident. From Joe Bastardi: “Ugly looking European ensemble.. Cold regains a hold in central US day 6-15 Major arctic outbreak.” Another earthquake in Oklahoma, this one magnitude 4.0. Cool double rainbow in Pittsburgh.