Bill Steffen

Saturday PM

November 22nd, 2014 at 2:30 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

bill steffen at santa claus parade  WOOD personalities in the G.R. Santa Parade 2014 That’s me and my daughter, Marie riding in the Grand Rapids Santa Clause Parade Sat. morning on the left and many of the WOOD anchors who walked in the parade this am.  I got a very nice Proclamation from the City of Grand Rapids for my 40 years on TV here in W. Michigan.  Thank you so much Grand Rapids…and thanks to all of you who have watched me over these years!!  I very much appreciate the volunteers, many from Bill’s Blog, who came out to help pass out Bill’s mustaches and bookmarks.   After I finished that parade, I headed to Hudsonville to walk in their Holiday Parade.  After the parade, Hudsonville has cookies, punch, cocoa…Santa and Mrs. Santa are there…live reindeer and I really enjoyed the Hudsonville H.S. jazz band.  Lots of people…especially lots of kids at both parades.   Half a dozen people told me they love the blog.  I did a bit of shopping…now back home watching football.  My wife’s alma mater, Illinois was ahead of Penn St. heading into the 4th quarter, but Penn St. has gone on top.  Indiana is on top of Ohio State at this point.  Michigan State is rolling.

Everyone in the state of Michigan is above freezing now.  Cadillac was reporting low visibilities in fog and snow, but that won’t last long.  The fluffy lake-effect snow is compacting and melting.  Most roads are just wet.  I did have to scrape ice off my car windows before heading downtown to the parade.  It’s 38° in G.R. and 43° in Muskegon and S. Haven.  There is less snow at the shoreline and the air is coming off the 43° water.  There is warm air moving our way.  It’s in the mid-upper 50s at Lafayette IN across central Illinois, with a gusty south wind bring up air with dewpoints in the mid-upper 40s.  So, our snow will continue to melt down.

The morning run of the NAM has a maximum temp. of 47° early Monday am (that model has been running a little low on temps.).  The GFS plot take the temp. to 50° early Monday morning.  So the snow should melt off except for the bigger piles.  Both models print out a lot of rain.  The NAM has 1.06″ mostly coming Sunday evening/night.  The GFS-plot has a whopping 1.93″ of rain for G.R.  The temperature drops from 50° during the day Monday with a maximum wind of 27 mph (it’s windy on Monday) and then 0.28″ when it’s cold enough to snow…so that could be 2-4″ of snow into Tuesday, with temps. in the upper 20s most of Tues…the puddles turn to ice.  Watch for icy roads from Monday evening thru at least Tuesday night.   The GFS plot has high temps. beginning Weds. for G.R. of 33,32,27,23…with lots of lake-effect snow showers.


Wet Weekend

November 22nd, 2014 at 1:37 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

 November snowfall Lower Michigan Radar and a GRR NWS graphic that shows the snow we’ve had in Lower Michigan.  I’ll be at the parades in G.R. (9 pm) and (if I get there on time) in Hudsonville.  Then some shopping and a dinner in the evening.   A light mix of sleet/freezing/could even be a few wet snowflakes at the start north of G.R.) will transition to a few light showers or a little drizzle.  Light fog will develop as temps. climb above freezing into the mid-upper 30s during the afternoon, then up to 40 overnight and into the 40s on Sunday.   Then it’s back to the cold and snow as the cold air blows back in on the heels of a strong west wind Monday and Tuesday.

Also:  Don’t you think it’d be fun to make Buffalo and the Jets play their game in the four feet of snow.   First 3 wks of Nov. tied for 2nd coldest on record in Chicago.  Check out this sunsetVolcano – I think this is Indonesia last year.  88 inches of snow fell in Cowlesville, NY over a 3-day period. This wld be the 4th snowiest winter in BOS.   G.R. sunset.  Modis satellite pic. of Lake Michigan from Friday.  Severe storms possible along the Gulf Coast this weekend.

Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, NAM model 3-day snowfall forecast and GFS model 5-day snowfall forecast (totals increased on the Sat. overnight model run). Storm Total Snowfall will show the heaviest snow and Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. More links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indian radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map.

I’ve been saying that we’ll have some schools closed on Tues. The NAM (car) model has a temp. of 22.5 Tues. AM (and it stays in the low 20s all day), a west wind off the lake at 24 mph, snow plus blowing and drifting snow. The NAM forecasts 2.3″ for G.R. (airport) tonight/tomorrow..another inch Monday and an additional 8″ from Monday night into Tuesday night. The GFS3 has less with a total of 5″ thru Weds. for the airport. In any case, they’ll be enough snow to drift around in the brisk winds from late Mon. thru Weds. t’hat model also has a temp. of +1° for G.R. next Sat. morning. The European model has 0.43″ total precipitation thru Thurs. for G.R. That’d be 7-8″ of total snowfall, with enough wind for some 1-2 foot drifts.

 


Freezing Rain Advisory!

November 21st, 2014 at 11:39 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

advisory   The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for the entire area.   The Advisory runs from 4 am to 9 am (and the icy conditions could last beyond 9 am – especially on gravel roads).  The ground is cold and ice is certainly going to be an issue.  We may get a little sleet at the start.  Watch 24-hour news 8 at noon for an update and keep reading the blog – I have some fresh threads below this one.


Sunshine! And Ice!

November 21st, 2014 at 11:17 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

alpena glerl    This picture is from the GLERL camera at Alpena (from NOAA Coastwatch).  First, Michigan is seeing some sunshine today.  Here’s the visible (daytime) satellite loop and the infrared (nighttime) satellite loop.  With only 7% sunshine in half a month, we deserve a bright day with a break from the snow (and drifting).  Also, if you look at the picture, you can see ice forming on Lake Huron…and it’s only Nov. 21.  The MODIS satellite pictures showed ice in Black Bay of (NW) Lake Superior and starting along the shore in Green Bay.  Many of our inland lakes have an icecover – it’s quite thin and you’ll have to be very careful if and when you venture out on the ice.  The North American snow and ice map shows near record early snow cover and we continue to see the best analog year (the year that best fit the conditions we have now) as 1976, which turned out to be the coldest winter ever in G.R. over the past 110 years.  Many ski areas will open either this evening or tomorrow.  It’d be best to go this evening, with the prospect of a little freezing rain to rain tomorrow, but for this time of year – conditions today are as good as they get.  Lots of kids have been out sledding.

The morning run of the NAM model is in…for G.R….we drop to 15° this evening, but rise to 30 by daybreak.  We get 3-4 hours of freezing rain in the early morning…the temperature rises (only) to the mid 30s in the afternoon, but conditions will improve late in the day.  It’ll be wet and cold at Saturday football games.   The temperature rises to the upper 30s Sunday night, and this is when the bulk of he rain falls, 1/2 to 1″ total. Monday am we peak at 45 °, then drop to the mid 30s by late pm with a few rain showers changing to light snow showers by evening.  Monday and Tuesday are windy and chilly days.  Tuesday we’re stuck in the low 30s.

Grand Rapids set a record low temperature for Nov 21 this morning with a reading of +10°.  Other low temps:  -11° Wakefield in the U.P., -9° Leota in Clare Co., -4° Marquette, -3° Belding and Baldwin, 3° Alma, 5° Big Rapids, 6° Lansing, 11° Battle Creek, 13° Kalamazoo, 18° at Muskegon and Holland.  Muskegon also set a record low temp. this am.

Snow cover:  28″ S. Ste Marie (12.1″ in 24-hours), 23″ Grand Marais, 19″ Gaylord, Marquette, Munising, 14″ Petosky, Walker, 13″ St. Ignace, 9″ East G.R., Grandville an Hopkins, 8″ Grand Rapids, Big Rapids and Lake City, 7″ Muskegon and Scottville, 6″ Hart, 5″ Lansing, Holland and E. Hastings, 4″ Houghton Lake, Reed City, 3″ St. Johns, 2″ Charlotte and Grand Ledge, 1″ Alma.

Updated snowfall totals from near Buffalo:  85″ Wales Center, 75.7″ Cheektowaga, 75″ Lancaster, 71″ Orchard Park.


Sunshine? Really?

November 21st, 2014 at 2:57 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  The last of the flurries will end in the morning and if we’re lucky, we’ll see a little sun today.  It won’t help much, as temps. will be nearly 20° colder than average in the mid 20s.  Winds will be southwest at 5-15 mph.

Some updated climate data: The last 8 days have averaged 15° colder than average. The last day with a temperature warmer than 35° was Veterans Day. We are up to 29″ of snow for the month in G.R., the highest snowfall total for any November.   We have had only 7% of possible sunshine over the past two weeks. Thursday was the 9th day in a row with measurable snowfall (hard to do when your average high temperature is still in the mid-upper 40s). We have now had over 103″ of snow in calendar year 2014 with the rest of November and all of December to add to that. This could be the snowiest calendar year ever in Grand Rapids. The snowiest winter ever in G.R. was the winter of 1951-52 with 132″ at the airport and 144″ downtown. 1951 was the only other year besides 2014 when we did not reach 90° in the summer. Here’s the month snow totals for the G.R. Airport for the winter of ’51-’52 beginning with Nov: 26.9″, 51.3″, 21.2″, 12.6″, 9.5″, 10.5″. Here’s the GRR NWS discussion.  Check out the Snowman Cam in Gaylord and the Snowman at Krupp’s Resort in the U.P.   Muskegon tied a record daily lowest high temperature on Thursday at 26°.    CONUS (Lower 48): Coldest Novembers of past century: 1911 and 2000. 1911: 37.2°F 2000: 38.0°F 2014: ???   We may come in 2nd coldest November ever for the Continental U.S.

The overnight run of the NAM model gives G.R. 0.07″ of freezing rain from 4 am to 11 am Saturday, then 0.05″ of rain with temps. barely above freezing Sat. PM.  The temp. reaches 40° on Sunday and we get another 0.38″ of rain.  The GFS is wetter and a little warmer, with 0.15″ of freezing rain Sat. am and 0.09″ of rain Saturday pm with a high of 37° late in the day.  It then gives G.R. 1.28″ of rain Sunday into early Monday with a brief max of 46 Sunday night…we’re back down to 28° by late Monday with snow showers and fairly strong winds Monday into Wednesday with highs in the low 30s.

Also – Buffalo Bills give up!   here’s the path of the fireball (big meteor) that shot across Alabama Thurs. evening…it was at least the size of a baseball…Hamburg, NY, has received 79.5″ of snow since Monday…Pretty sunset in Brandon MSHeavy snow in the Cascade Mountains of Washington Stateice closes Upper Mississippi River, earliest it’s ever closed.  Today (Fri.) is the 12 day in a row that the temperature stayed below freezing all day in Minneapolis…It got down to 24F in Jacksonville, FL Thurs. morning. This smashes the old record for the date by 6°F and is the 2nd coldest Nov. temp too!  Another Satellite view of the Great Lakes lake-effect snow…Just noticed…U.S. tornadoes have crossed into a record LOW pace in 2014. Similar to last year.  The reason is…it’s cold!

Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, NAM model 3-day snowfall forecast and GFS model 5-day snowfall forecast (totals increased on the Sat. overnight model run). Storm Total Snowfall will show the heaviest snow and Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. More links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indian radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map.

I’ve been saying that we’ll have some schools closed on Tues. The NAM (car) model has a temp. of 22.5 Tues. AM (and it stays in the low 20s all day), a west wind off the lake at 24 mph, snow plus blowing and drifting snow. The NAM forecasts 2.3″ for G.R. (airport) tonight/tomorrow..another inch Monday and an additional 8″ from Monday night into Tuesday night. The GFS3 has less with a total of 5″ thru Weds. for the airport. In any case, they’ll be enough snow to drift around in the brisk winds from late Mon. thru Weds. t’hat model also has a temp. of +1° for G.R. next Sat. morning. The European model has 0.43″ total precipitation thru Thurs. for G.R. That’d be 7-8″ of total snowfall, with enough wind for some 1-2 foot drifts.

 


Weekend Sports Thread

November 21st, 2014 at 2:43 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

ferris state logo    Saturday, we’ll be covering 7 games and 8 local teams on the Football Frenzy.  We also have the 8-man Championship in Greenville Friday evening.   Saturday Michigan St. has a home game they should win against Rutgers at Noon on BTN.  Maryland comes to Ann Arbor and the Big House to take on Michigan.  That game is at 3:30 pm, also on BTN.  Western plays at Central at 1 pm.  Louisville comes to Notre Dame for a 3:30 game.  That’s on WOOD-TV.  My Wisconsin Badgers head to Iowa and that game is on WOTV4 at 3:30 pm   The Saturday night game on WOTV4 is USC and UCLA.  The weather Saturday won’t be the best in Michigan, with a little freezing rain possible early, then plain light rain showers scattered about in the PM with temps. in the low 30s early to mid-upper 30s in the afternoon.  Winds will be south at 10-15 mph.  Another salute to the Ferris St. Bulldogs as they head to the playoffs on Nov. 29.

The Detroit Lions have a tough match on the road at New England at 1 pm.  The Sunday night game on WOOD is Dallas and the NY Giants.  The Jets/Buffalo game has been moved to Monday at 7 pm at Ford Field in Detroit.


Great Lakes Satellite Views and Lake Levels

November 21st, 2014 at 2:32 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

modis lake michigan   Modis Lake Superior  modis lake erieClick on the pictures to enlarge.  These are MODIS satellite pictures (from NOAA Coastwatch) for Lakes Michigan (left), Superior (middle) and Erie (right).  The sun was shining in Wisconsin.  The cold air crossing Lake Michigan generated the clouds and snow showers that we had in Michigan.  Note that there is no snow on the ground in NE Illinois (Chicago area).  Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin (a shallow lake) already has an ice cover.  BTW, ice is forming on some of our inland lakes in Michigan.  Be very careful on the new ice – esp. if it’s covered by snow.  It could be weak.  The Lake Superior view also shows the cold air generating lake-effect clouds and snow showers in the U.P.  Note ice has formed in Black Bay (NW shore of the lake).   The Lake Erie pic. on the right shows the snow band on the south side of the lake that has buried Buffalo NY and especially the area just south of Buffalo.

The water level of Lake Michigan/Huron is down one inch in the last week and down one inch in the last month.  It’s still up 20″ in the last year and 6″ higher than the average Nov. level.  Lake Superior is down 2″ in the last month, but Superior is 10″ higher than one year ago and 7″ higher than the long-term average.   Lake Erie is down 4″ in the last month, up 7″ in the last year and up 6″ from the century average.  Lake Ontario is down 6″ in the last month and down 6″ in the last year.  Ontario is 4″ below the average November level.  Lake St. Clair is 11″ above the level of one year ago and 6″ above average.  Temperatures have been nearly 15 deg. colder than average over the Great Lakes over the last week.  Lake Superior’s outflow down the St. Mary’s River remains well above average.  The flow on the St. Clair River, the Detroit River and the Niagara River are all above average.

Also:  What causes lake-effect snowhigh winds trap ships in harborsuper yacht…high lake levels and erosion can threaten lakeshore homesshovel off to Buffalo.


New November Snow Record!

November 20th, 2014 at 9:14 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

GRR NWS in winter 11 20 14   This is now officially the snowiest November ever in G.R.  As of midnight, the official Grand Rapids Weather Station at the Gerald R. Ford Airport reached 29.0″ of snow for the month (all of that has fallen in the last 9 days).  We have never had more snow in any November (records go back into the 1800s).  The old record was 28.2″ in Nov. 1895.  It’s not impossible that we could get to 35″ after the snow we get next week.  Given that the average annual snowfall for G.R. is 74 inches…we could come close to half our average season snowfall by the end of the month!!  Sure looks like we have a shot at another 100″ winter in G.R. and in points south and west of G.R.   In the U.P., Bergland Dam has picked up 68.4″ as of Thurs. morning and Mt. Bohemia has had 55″ of snow this month.  Most all of Canada has a snow cover and there is now ice cover on Great Slave Lake and even Lake Winnipeg (pretty early to get ice there).  Ice formation is progressing on Hudson Bay.  This evening it’s 9 below zero (F) at Churchill, Manitoba.  There’s even a little ice on Green Bay (note at the picture at the link that “my” tornado scar is still there – 7 1/2 years after the tornado!

They’ve given up!  The Buffalo Bills/New York Jets game has been moved to Detroit (Ford Field) and will be played Monday night.  Also, a very bright (green) meteor has lit up the skies in Alabama.


Snow Showers Continue Thurs. Night

November 20th, 2014 at 3:51 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  Thurs. evening – I’m back from doing the weather downtown at the lightning of the Grand Rapids Christmas/Holiday Tree.  It was the world’s most wonderful tree-lightning ever!  The tree was perfect, covered in snow like a Currier & Ives winter scene.   The fluffy lake-effect snowflakes falling down and the clean, crisp Canadian air lifted our spirits.  We sang carols and counted down to the moment when 40,000 colored lights burst forth in glistening glory.  There was free coffee for everyone and many folks (I’d estimate 400+ were there) headed inside the Art Museum.  Meijer is sponsoring free admission to the Museum on Tuesdays (day) and Thursday evenings.  There are hundreds of thousands of pretty, colored LED lights downtown and it’s a great place to spend a winter evening.

Some updated climate data:  The last 8 days have averaged 15° colder than average.  The last day with a temperature warmer than 35° was Veterans Day.  We are up to 26.4″ of snow for the month in G.R., now 3rd highest snowfall total for any November (and probably 2nd place by midnight). We have had only 7% of possible sunshine over the past two weeks.   Today is the 9th day in a row with measurable snowfall (hard to do when your average high temperature is still in the mid-upper 40s).  We have now had over 103″ of snow in calendar year 2014 with the rest of November and all of December to add to that.  This could be the snowiest calendar year ever in Grand Rapids. The snowiest winter ever in G.R. was the winter of 1951-52 with 132″ at the airport and 144″ downtown.   1951 was the only other year besides 2014 when we did not reach 90° in the summer.  Here’s the month snow totals for the G.R. Airport for the winter of  ’51-’52 beginning with Nov:  26.9″, 51.3″, 21.2″, 12.6″, 9.5″, 10.5″.    Here’s the GRR NWS discussion.    Thundersnow!   BTW – HAPPY BIRTHDAY to TERRI DEBOER today!

Gusty winds have caused some drifting, especially in outlying areas.  There were a few schools closed this Thursday, but most everyone should be back tomorrow (Friday).  Schools do not want to use up all their snow days before Thanksgiving.   We still have a chance of a period of light freezing rain or sleet early Saturday before temps. climb above freezing for the afternoon.  It looks breezy over the weekend and downright windy on Monday and Tuesday.  Both the GFS and NAM models forecast a little freezing rain Sat. AM.  The GFS gives G.R. quite a few hours of precipitation from Sat. AM thru Tues. PM with 0.73″ of rain for Sunday PM/evening.  The European is similar with the heaviest rain Sunday PM and a total from Sat. am to Tues. night of 1.11″.   Check out the links below:

Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, NAM model 3-day snowfall forecast and GFS model 5-day snowfall forecast (totals increased on the Sat. overnight model run). Storm Total Snowfall will show the heaviest snow and Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. More links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indian radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map.

I’ve been saying that we’ll have some schools closed on Tues. The NAM (car) model has a temp. of 22.5 Tues. AM (and it stays in the low 20s all day), a west wind off the lake at 24 mph, snow plus blowing and drifting snow. The NAM forecasts 2.3″ for G.R. (airport) tonight/tomorrow..another inch Monday and an additional 8″ from Monday night into Tuesday night. The GFS3 has less with a total of 5″ thru Weds. for the airport. In any case, they’ll be enough snow to drift around in the brisk winds from late Mon. thru Weds. t’hat model also has a temp. of +1° for G.R. next Sat. morning. The European model has 0.43″ total precipitation thru Thurs. for G.R. That’d be 7-8″ of total snowfall, with enough wind for some 1-2 foot drifts.

 


Thursday Night Advisory

November 19th, 2014 at 11:41 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

advisory  The Winter Weather Advisory continues until 7 am for Muskegon, SW Kent, Allegan, Barry, Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties.   The mid-Lake Michigan buoy west of Holland shows a water temperature of 42.8° and the north Lake Michigan buoy shows a water temp. of 42.3°.  The last check of the mid-Lake Superior buoy a couple of days ago had a water temp. of 37.0°.  They have pulled the buoys out of Lake Superior for the winter and will do the same to the Lake Michigan buoys very soon.  I really appreciate having the buoys out there.  Thanks to those who take care of our Great Lakes buoys.

Grand Rapids has officially had 28.4″ of snow, moving us up to 1st place for snowiest Novembers.   We’ll see the winds and snow showers diminish during the early morning.  Most of Friday will be dry.  We’ll see a light mix of precipitation develop late Friday night and continue into Saturday am.  That could include a period of light freezing rain.  Then just rain showers as the temp. climbs above freezing Saturday afternoon.  A heavier slug of rain is likely Sunday PM/Night and we could easily see 1/2 to 1″ of rain…on top of our snow.  That could cause some concern about weight on roofs.  Monday the cold air comes back with a strong west wind, changing morning rain showers to snow showers by evening.  Look for snow showers and temperatures about 10 degrees colder than average in the low 30s for Tues. and Weds.  Thanksgiving Day looks cold…below 30° and snow showers.  It’ll stay cool for the big shopping day on Friday.

Satellite view of the Great Lakes lake-effect snow bands.

Snow depths Thurs. AM:  35″ Bergland Dam, 32″ Hoist Basin (U.P.), 28″ Paulding, 27″ Big Bay, 24″ Ironwood, 22″ Watersmeet, 21″ S. Ste. Marie, Grand Marais, 20″ Gaylord, Calumet,  19″ Marquette, Munising, 18″ Walker,  17″ Mancelona, 16″ Boyne City, 15″ Allendale, Newberry, 14″ St. Ignace, 13″ Hopkins, 11″ Big Rapids, Dorr, Belmont, Comstock Park, 10″ Hopkins, 9″ East Grand Rapids and Traverse City, 8″ Muskegon, Scottville, Baldwin, Fremont, Grandville, Lake City, 7″ Grand Rapids, 6″ Hastings and Hart, 5″ Holland, Lansing, 4″ Houghton Lake, 3″ Grand Ledge, St. Johns, Montague beach., 1″ Alma.

Latest snow totals from the Buffalo NY NWS:    65″, four miles south of Cheektowaga, NY., 63″ Lancaster, NY.  The bumps in this picture are buried cars!  Four deaths there from heart attacks while shoveling snow.  Heavy snow squalls continue.  From Dr. Maue: “Rough estimate of shoveling snow near Buffalo: driveway 50 ft x 20 ft drive-way x 5-ft deep snow x 10 lbs/cubic foot wet snow = 25-tons.”  Getting hard to walk the dog.   Temps. in low 20s in Mobile AL this morning – record cold.   Montgomery, Alabama fell to 16°, second coldest November morning in recorded history!   170 record low temperatures in 32 states!  Niagara women’s basketball team rescued after spending over 24 hours in their stranded bus on the NY freeway.  Here’s the low temperature map for the U.S. this morning.    Hope this roof is sturdy!