Happy Easter WeekendApril 19th, 2014 at 2:15 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The first picture is from Gary Brink and it was taken one week ago on 4 11 – lots of ice at Holland. The second picture from Julie Ackerman Link shows the ice at Grand Haven (I believe this was Friday). Click on the pictures to enlarge. That’s a lot of ice for mid-April. Looks like a pretty good weekend – up to 70° on Sunday. April 1-18 average 0.9° cooler than average in G.R. Not a lot of severe weather in the U.S. with just 8 wind reports on Friday. The models are hinting at some severe weather toward the middle-end of next week, but more likely in the Plains than here. Here’s Easter extremes for G.R., MKG, and LAN. Most rivers are slowly receeding. Here’s current levels. The Muskegon River is falling at Evart and at the Croton Dam. Here’s a clear close-up MODIS satellite picture (from NOAA Coastwatch) of the ice on Lake Superior. Some rain and a little freezing rain today in the U.P. They’ve had some significant snow in the U.P. this month: “For the period 1-17 April, 2014 is tied for #4 w/29.0″ of snowfall at MQT. 1st place goes to 2007 w/55.2″ – from MQT NWS. In Negaunee Township, the greatest snowfall to occur after April 17th is 22.4 inches recorded on May 9-10, 1990. The record that has been held since 1970 for the most consecutive days below 60° at Gaylord has been broken. In 1970 there was a stretch of 186 days that ended on April 14th that never reached 60°. Today, April 18th, 2014 will be 187 days and still counting! The latest monthly outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for May gives Michigan higher probabilities for a cool month. Some heavy rain (+5″) in parts of S. AL, NW FL. 7.2 Magnitude e-quake in Mexico and a 6.9 magnitude earthquake was reported 62km (38 miles) SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea. Nice sunset in NYC. CFS model predicts cool weather for the Great Lakes for the end of April with a decent chance of a (hopefully) light freeze – fortunately, vegetation no where near as far along as back in 2012.