Click on the image to enlarge. This is a comparison of the ice cover on Lake Superior now (26.9%) vs. last year at this time (64.4%). There’s much less ice this year that last year, which was a record late amount of ice…but we’re still well above average. Lake Michigan is down to 5% ice cover now. Here’s a couple interesting temperature statistics from Friday from NWS Gaylord: – U.P. daytime high temperatures ranged from 76F at Iron Mountain to 41F at Grand Marais and Point Iroquois. – At Port Inland, the temperature dropped 21F from 1:00pm to 1:12pm EDT this afternoon as the wind turned off of chilly Lake Michigan. Graphic also from NWS Gaylord. Quick Sat. midday update: Lake Erie sets record for most ice cover ever this late in the season (April 17, too). European mid-afternoon temperatures (overnight model run) for the next 9 days starting this (Sat.) afternoon: 70, 65, 56, 48, 43, 41, 46, 52, 52, 56. The model gives us 4 nights next week with lows of 30-32 and upper 20s in outlying areas. It also gives G.R. 0.6″ of snow next week. On the good side, this will keep the severe weather activity suppressed well south of Michigan. This pattern will also bring at least a little rain to California with the heaviest rain in the Southern U.S.
This should be a great Saturday, weatherwise (and I hope otherwise)…partly to mostly sunny, dry with low humidity and afternoon temps. in the upper 60s to low 70s. As winds turn to the northeast and east, temperatures will be as warm at the lakeshore as in inland areas. It may be breezy in the PM. This will be the last nice day for awhile. Showers move in by Sunday PM with temperatures from 55-60. We’ll have a stiff east wind on Sunday. The cool air follows. The GFS-plot gives G.R. 0.61″ of rain Sunday PM/night and another 0.06″ Monday. The model has a strong west wind and temps. in the low 40s Tues. afternoon with 850 mb temps. cold enough for a light rain/snow mix. The 850 mb temp. falls below 0C Monday pm and doesn’t get above zero on the GFS-plot until 4/29…so this should be an extended period of cool weather.
I am driving my wife to Newaygo for a shower this early PM – after her foot surgery, she won’t be driving for awhile…I’ll find someplace to hang for a couple hours (probably hiking somewhere), then we head to S. Olive Christian School for the annual action (I’ll take over as auctioneer for a little while in the afternoon while the auctioneer who really knows how to auctioneer takes a break). Sunday after church and my time in the nursery, I’ll be home in the PM…but I may not post again until then. Interesting stuff in the threads below this one, check them out if you have some time. Happy Weekend.
Also: Here’s a list of high winds from storms in the Houston area. Rainfall as of Fri. evening (with more to come): 2.59″ Beaumont, 1.83″ Victoria, 1.77″ Houston, 1.15″ Mineral Wells, 1.03″ San Angelo, 1.08″ Longview. One rain gauge in Pasedena, Texas showed 3.6″ of rain in 30-minutes! Over 94,000 customers in Texas are without power early Sat. AM. Friday Barrow AK had a high/low of 3/-11. The warmest temp. this month so far in Barrow is 12 and the last time they were above freezing was last Nov. 13. Here’s a webcam from Barrow. Click this link for current weather at the South Pole. As I write this, the S. Pole has a temp. of -73F and a wind chill factor of -114F. The South Pole has an average monthly temperature in the austral summer of -28°C (-18°F); in the austral winter, the average monthly temperature is -60°C (-76°F).