Another great pic. from Jack Martin (check out his pics. at the link). Click on the pic. to enlarge. As far as temperatures go…we’re at the mid-point of winter today. Grand Rapids has an average high/low of 30/18 today and it’s uphill from here. The average high temperature goes up to 33 on Valentine’s Day, to 38 on March 1st, to 44 by mid-March and 51 on March 31. The second half of winter is the brighter half of winter. We’ve already gained 31 minutes of daylight since the Winter Solstice back on Dec. 21st. We’ll gain another hour of daylight by the middle of February. Average temperatures lag the position of the sun by about one month. So the coldest average temperatures come one month after the Winter Solstice and the warmest average temperatures occur about one month after the Summer Solstice.
Season snowfall: Grand Rapids 53.2″ (10″ above average to this point in the winter), Muskegon 57.0″, Lansing 16.2″, Kalamazoo 42.7″, Milwaukee 15.9″. You can see that much of the snow in West Michigan has come from lake-effect. Snowcover: 3″ Grand Rapids, Lansing, E. Hastings, Saranac, Alpena, 4″ Big Rapids, East Gr. Rapids, Walker, Paw Paw, 5″ Wayland, Belmont, 6″ Reed City, Grandville, Allendale, Kalamazoo, 7″ Muskegon, Houghton Lake, Traverse City, Cadillac, 8″ Boyne Falls, Kalkaska, 9″ Fremont, Gaylord, 16″ Ironwood, 18″ S. Ste Marie, 19″ Newberry, 25″ Munising, Marquette Airport, 34″ Grand Marais.
Also: 6.9″ of rain in Tucuman, Argentina…Sunset in Gadsden, Alabama…Here’s the track of the tornado that hit in Washington St. on Sunday. This tornado occurred at 5:18 pm EST – DURING THE NFL PLAYOFF GAME about 40 miles to the southwest! Heavy snow in Spain. Heavy snow in parts of Ireland and Scotland. Here’s a picture of the bridge that collapsed on I-75 in Cincinnati. T-Storms produce hail and some flooding in the United Arab Emirates.