This is after 86″ of snow, most of it coming in 2 days at Abruzzo, Italy – ENE of Rome in the province of Pescara. It’s been quite stormy in Europe. Paris has had more rain this month (4.72″) than in an average October and November combined. Picture is from Unwetterzentrale Deutschland, which is the German National Weather Service (from their facebook page). Pictures and video of the snowstorm here.
Last night driving home from work in the early morning on US 131, my car died on the expressway. I’m guessing it was the alternator. All of a sudden my dashboard dimmed. My headlights appeared to dim, but I could click the bright lights on and off…the car seemed to lose power, so I managed to pull off to the side of the road. I put on the hazard flashers…which worked for a few minutes…then got slower and slower and then stopped altogether. The headlights wouldn’t turn off, but seemed to be dimmer. I called my wife (not wanting to bother 911) and she and my daughter showed up about 20 minutes later. In the meantime, unrelated by kind of spooky…one by one, four of the street lights turned off. So, it got kind of dark where I was. It was snowing and a decided to leave the vehicle and go about a 1/2 block south, where a concrete barrier would protect me in case a car spun out (it was snowing and cars were whizzing by. My daughter is a lawyer and found a non-emergency police number and they called a tow truck (I didn’t want to leave the vehicle there…it’s a 2002 that I got in 2001 used – figure that out with 166,000 miles on it and some rust, so it isn’t worth much, but I didn’t want it there nonetheless). A very pleasant policeman arrived and sat there with his lights on until the tow truck came. The tow truck got the vehicle up (and over to Russ and Ron’s on Alpine) in a matter of minutes ( a very pleasant and efficient driver – I thanked him several times for working on Thanksgiving morning). It was cheaper than I thought it would be.
I got to sleep around 6 am and got up to eat at noon. The food was perfect (traditional – turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, bread, cranberry sauce, Alpine Township apple pie, the decorations were simple and perfect and it was nice having daughter 3 and her family here. The snow was falling all day…fat, fluffy flakes – floating – dancing through the air on a gentle breeze. It was a Currier and Ives picture worthy of the softest and most perfect White Christmas. Most of my relatives live a distance away and it’s always nice when we can get together (a shout out to daughter 1 – joining the very big Jones family Christmas in Texas this weekend and to my mother (who just had a tooth pulled yesterday) and sister enjoying the day in Oak Ridge, Tennessee). I’m off today…I work tomorrow…it should be a good day for everyone out shopping as the snow will taper off and the road conditions will improve. UPDATE: Daughter 1′s significant other is a significant runner. Thanksgiving morning he finished 52nd in the Houston Turkey Trot. He beat all the women…again…3 years ago when he ran in that race, they made a mistake and registered him as a woman. He pointed out the mistake, but it didn’t get changed and one list had him as the top woman’s finisher.
Fresh snow cover means cold nighttime temperatures with clear skies and calm winds. The temperature reached zero in Cadillac last night, -3 in Gaylord and -5 at Indian River. If it clears out tonight, it’ll get chilly. I’m tracking a good storm system for the latter half of next week…looks like more rain than snow for us right now, but too early to tell for sure…cold air to follow around the 8th-10th. (more…)
8:50PM – Still some flurries out there. I measured 2.2″ new at my house with a touch shy of 4″ on the ground (southern Alpine Twp.). It’s light and fluffy and will settle some. The surface map shows good surface convergence of air over West Michigan right were the flurries are still falling. That’s helping to lift the air. . Check out the webcam at Spring Lake.
See the thread below for the Lake-Effect Snow Warnings/Advisories. Keep checking back to this thread for these links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the 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, and 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. Check out Storm Total Rainfall (until they reset it). 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, traffic webcams in G.R. and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s 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, the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy, the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington, the weather station at Manistee Harbor and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agriculutural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations).
Check out Regional radar to see the rain across the Great Lakes. Here’s current severe wather watches and current mesodiscussions from the Storm Prediction Center. Here’s National Storm Reports for today and yesterday. Here’s a live pic. of the beach at Grand Haven.
When was the last time you saw a Flood Watch for an ice jam in West Michigan in November! “THE MECOSTA COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGER REPORTED AN ICE JAM ALONG THE MUSKEGON RIVER ABOVE ROGERS DAM NEAR 12 MILE RD AND 183RD AVE. APPROXIMATELY 2 FEET OF WATER IS NOW COVERING RIVERSIDE DR.” WATER IS AS CLOSE AS TEN FEET FROM SOME HOMES.” (click on picture on the right to enlarge).
The Winter Weather Advisory for Ottawa, Allegan, Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo Counties until 7 PM. The NWS says: “MOST LOCATIONS WILL SEE A TOTAL OF 4 INCHES OR LESS BUT THERE WILL BE LOCAL TOTALS NEAR 7 INCHES”. Snowfall totals include 3″ in Rockford, up to 5″ in Ottawa Co. and 9″ at Mears in Oceana Co.
MODEL UPDATE: The 00Z Thurs. evening run of the NAM (Caribou) is in…here’s the forecast snow amounts thru Thurs. night: Ludington 6.7″, Muskegon 6.4″, Big Rapids 5.4″, Holland 4.4″, Cadillac 3.7″, Grand Rapids 3.4″, Mt. Pleasant 2.3″, Pontiac 1.6″, Jackson and Lansing 1.1″, S. Haven 0.6″ (not including tonight), Kalamazoo 0.4″.
Some snow totals as of 7 PM: 15″ SSE of Spinks Corners (Berrien Co.), 12.5″ Georgetown IN, 12.2″ Buchanan (Berrien Co.), +12″ NE Grand Traverse County, 12″ Berrien Center and Sodus (Berrien Co.), 10″ Coloma (Berrien Co.) 9.3″ Dowagiac (Cass Co. MI), 8″ Pentwater, 7.5″ Edwardsburg (Cass Co, MI), 7.4″ Benton Harbor, 6.5″ South Bend, 6″ Ludington, Niles, and Bangor. Some of these observations are old and more snow has fallen between the report and the current time.
Heckuva finish to the Alabama-Auburn game. Michigan hung in until the end against OSU. GVSU made a gigantic comeback. Lions stomp the Packers, 40-10. Right now we you can see Pittsburgh and Baltimore on NBC/WOOD-TV. Since the Lions played today, we may get the Bears/Vikings game if FOX has a game at 1 PM Sunday. The Sunday evening game is Baltimore at Washington (with RG III and Holland’s own Kirk Cousins).
There are 16 college games on Friday. At 2 pm Eastern Mich. is at C.M.U. The weather should be cool and dry. There are 2 games on WOTV4. At Noon, it’s a Big Ten showdown with Iowa at Nebraska followed by Miami (FL) at Pittsburgh. Saturday, the big Michigan/Ohio State game is on WOTV4 at Noon from Ann Arbor. The Minnesota at Michigan State game is also at Noon on the Big Ten Network. My Badgers host Penn St. at 3:30 on WOTV4. Georgia and Georgia Tech is the 3:30 game on WOTV4. Notre Dame has a tough match-up with Stanford at 7 PM out west (FOX). On WOTV4 you can see UCLA and USC at 8 PM. That’s #22 and #23, pretty even match-up.
Grand Valley’s playoff game is on at 2:00 Saturday on Comcast channel 900. Go Lakers! In the past, Grand Valley games have been announced by Tom Cleary and Dick Nelson – longtime and very knowledgeable sportscasters here in W. Michigan.
The high school playoff games are all day Friday and Saturday from Ford Field. We have half a dozen W. Michigan teams playing, but since the blog gets comments and readers from all over the state and beyond, I’ll show you the complete schedule. Tickets are $10 and you get to see 4 games and be in Ford Field…pretty good deal. The Friday games are televised on FOX Sports Detroit-Plus; the Saturday games are on FOX Sports Detroit.
Hello my name is Alex. I am Grandpa Bill’s step-grandson and I am 10 years old but really almost 11. I am visiting Grandpa Bill and Grandma Gayle for Thanksgiving and anyways, I have a holiday joke for you:
Question: What does the weatherman say when his wife asks him for the Christmas forecast?
Answer: Rain, dear.
(Bill added the picture of the reindeer from nbclosangeles)
The picture is from “bluegill” in NE Traverse City, where he’s had a foot of new snow and 32″ for the month so far. Ed also reported 10″ of new snow in Coloma (Berrien Co.). We’ve had reports of up to 15″ of snow in Berrien County. The models are similar with lake-enhanced snow late tonight and tomorrow thru midday with an average of 2-3″ for Kent Co. and 3-6″ for the lakeshore from Grand Haven to the north. You may see an inch along I-94 and maybe 1/2″ at the Indiana border. This is SW flow, so if you’re downwind from Lake Michigan with a SW flow, expect shovelable snow. On the right side, we have the GFS model for the morning of Dec. 9th. It has the thickness at 498 in G.R. !! I know the GFS often overdoes cold outbreaks in the fall, but the Euro looks cold, too. A 498 thickness would mean temperatures around 10-15 with most of the area getting steady lake-effect snow with a WNW wind. That would be quite fluffy, light snow at those temperatures. If there’s any snow on the ground, Milwaukee and Chicago could be flirting with a low near zero. The month of December looks chilly for most of the country, and maybe 2-3 degrees colder than average for Michigan. Dr. Ryan Maue tweets: “Looking forward to European models for 12z — dust off record books for Arctic cold blast?” Joe Bastardi tweets: “GFS has temps close to 40 below normal in northern plains now morning Dec 8 huge area almost all US 8 or more below normal”. Winter rules in Decemberrrrrr!
Live chat with meteorologists this PM around 3-3:30: http://www.woodtv.com/weather/weather-chat
We’re seeing an uptick in volcanic activity of late. This is a new island that has formed SSE of Japan. The new island is roughly 600 miles south of Tokyo and was discovered last week. Now check out this picture of the Sinabung Volcano in Indonesia. A total of 18,000 people have been evacuated, as the Indonesian government raised the situation to the highest level of alert. Lava cascaded down a mile from the center of the volcano and ash was blown nearly 23,000 feet into the air. Gray ash covered villages, farms and trees as far as 40 miles north of Mount Sinabung’s crater. An eruption of Sinabung in 2010 killed two people and caught scientists off guard because the volcano had been quiet for four centuries. Sinabung is one of nearly 130 active volcanoes in the world’s fourth-most populated country, which straddles the “Pacific Ring of Fire“. Mt. Etna is also erupting in Italy. Here’s video from last Saturday. Watch the video ’til the end…they’re in a hailstorm of rocks blown out of the volcano! Pictures here. Night video of an eruption and pic. with the full moon here. Related – we’re due for a major earthquake somewhere. Here’s a current list of the world’s erupting volcanoes.
The picture here is snow on the ground Monday in Memphis, Texas. Up to 10″ was reported there. The big weather story this month has been cold and snow. This is going to be the coldest November that we have had in Grand Rapids since 2002. Even though only a few spots closer to Lake Michigan have seen a lot of snow this month, we’ve had snow flurries in Grand Rapids on 11 of the last 20 days. Significant snow has fallen all the way down to North Texas. The cold has gone all the way through Texas into Northern Mexico. From Nov. 23rd-25th, Monterrey, Mexico had high temperatures of 49°, 49° and 51°. That compares to an average high temperature of 69. Monterrey has had 3.78” of rain in the last three weeks compared to an average Nov. rainfall of 1”. Chihuahua had high temperatures on Nov. 23rd-26th of 44°, 42°, 52° and 52° and a hard freeze with temperatures in the 20s Tuesday morning. Chihuahua has had more than five times their average November rainfall. Tuesday morning 37.1% of the Lower 48 states had a snow cover. One year ago it was 18.6% and two years ago it was 10.0%. We’ll end the month with above average precipitation and as of this Weds. morning, Grand Rapids is +7.41″ for 2013.
I came to a pork in the road and wow, I never sausage a slide-off. Let me be frank, you can’t drive like a hot-dog in this kind of weather. Driving like a weiner, trying to catchup, won’t cut the mustard on icy roads. If you relish your vehicle, slow down and take it easy. Actually, this pic. is making the rounds on the internet. It’s from Feb. 2008 in Pennsylvania (I saw it on the KING5 website in Seattle). Ten other cars slid off the road here at the same time and the Weinermobile-driver did a good job avoiding them. There was no damage to the vehicle. Oscar Meyer (part of Kraft Foods) has 6 Weinermobiles.