Monday, 7:10 pm – Just a few scattered sprinkles now, but showers over Lake Michigan and N. Indiana will move in and continue overnight into tomorrow AM. Roads will be wet for the morning commute. Showers will become more widely scattered for the midday and afternoon tomorrow.. Temperatures stay well above freezing tonight and tomorrow, in the low-mid 40s, dropping into the 30s Tues. evening. We go below freezing Tues. night and sprinkles will change to flurries, so a slick spot is possible late Tues. night into Weds. AM. Temps. will cool to the low 30s during the daytime (close to average) for Tues. and Weds. with a quiet pattern into the weekend. We will see at least light fog, with a Dense Fog Advisory north of U.S. 10 for N. Lower Michigan and much of the U.P. I don’t see any significant snowstorms in the next week at this point. Colder pattern sets up a couple days before Christmas and that should lead to some lake-effect snow (and a White Christmas?). A significant (mostly) rainstorm misses us to the east this weekend. Remember, I’ve been saying the main storm track this winter might wind up south and east of West Michigan. I think with the help of man-made snow, ski resorts should be in good shape this Christmas to New Year’s break. Check out the Sea-Surface Temperature Anomaly Map. You can see a warm PDO (backwards “C” of warm water (red color) along the West Coast of N. America), the El Nino (warm water along the Equator in the Pacific Ocean) and the warmer than average water off the East Coast of the U.S. In the mean, ridges will try to form over the warm water, leaving a cooler trough over the land areas of Eastern and Central North America. Get your red flannel ready, folks. The winter cold is going to come back.
This is pretty neat. I just checked my twitter followers (@bsteffen). 96.9% are in the U.S., but I have twitter followers all over the world (inc. Brazil, S. Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, mainland China, the Philippines and even one in the Cook Islands!).
Also: National Climate Data Center says the average global temp. for November was 13.55°C. (-0.13°C compared to 2013). The coldest relative to average was in central North America and central Russia. So far, December 2014 is running a whole 0.01°C behind Dec. 2013 globally … would be 4th warmest in satellite era using NCDC’s “adjusted temperatures” ranking scheme. Atlanta skyscrapers poke out of the morning fog. Sunrise over the Atlantic at Palm Beach FL. Another 1-3″ of rain coming to Northern and Central CA. Canadian model look pretty chilly for much of the U.S. between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
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.