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Big e-quake in S. Alaska this AM – magnitude 7.9 – 175 miles SSE of Kodiak.
Here’s another buoy showing a displacement of about 4.9 feet. The quake was fairly deep at 16 miles. It was felt strongly in Anchorage and Kodiak. Video of residents evacuating the coast. They sounded the sirens there. Over the preceding century, 11 other M7+ earthquakes have occurred within 600 km of today’s earthquake. Aftershocks occurring now. School has been cancelled in Kodiak, Alaska for today. The quake was 175 miles SE of Kodiak.
There has also been a 6.0 earthquake in Indonesia (felt in Jakarta, about 60 miles from the epicenter). Dozens of injuries and building damage have been reported from this rather shallow quake. A school roof collapsed in Ciajur. Buildings swayed in Jakarta. With several volcanoes and now the earthquakes, the Pacific “Ring of Fire” is pretty active right now.
Looks like the meteor (aka “fireball” or “bolide”) showed up on the White Lake (Detroit) radar. The radar echo was south of Brighton and north of Dexter.
Pic. of Michigan meteorite by Mike Hankey of the American Meteor Society. Check out this article in Sky and Telescope on the Michigan meteor. The article says “The strewn field extends about 5 miles, oriented east-southeast to west-northwest, from about Highway 23 up to Bass Lake, some 20 miles northwest of Ann Arbor.” A frozen lake is a great place to look for meteorites. It’s nice that the lakes are frozen…otherwise they’d be at the bottom of the lakes probably forever. Be careful if you’re out looking on a lake that the ice is stable (we’re in the midst of a thaw.
Here’s some of the nearly 700 reports of the meteor (Pittsburgh not on the map). Note that there was a band of snow that was over Lake Michigan coming down into Indiana, so there is a break between West Michigan (where it was partly cloudy) and the Chicago area (where it was partly cloudy).
At least several people found meteorites (pieces of the meteor on the ground). Looks like at least one of them was on a frozen lake (good place to start looking – a metal detector would help). At least one meteorite has already been studied and classified.I would speculate that there are perhaps thousands of pieces out there to find…but it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. More from the AMS. Here’s more pics. of people that appear to have found fragments of the meteor.
Gigantic waves were recorded by buoys off the Oregon Coast today…with the biggest wave being 60 feet high! That’s as high as a four-story building! You can see the data from that buoy here. When I checked around 7 pm, the average wave was running about 28 feet.
The location is at the bigger yellow diamond on the map. This is west of the mouth of the Columbia River. Offshore, you can follow the Astoria Canyon, perhaps where water flowed during a time (ice age?) when sea level was lower, or cut through just by water flowing beneath the ocean’s surface. When the wind is strong and the waves are coming “right down the canyon”, some huge waves can occur. Look on YouTube here and you can see videos of a place in Portugal that also gets monster waves because of a “canyon effect”. Here you can see the gigantic waves from the shore. Here’s a look at some big waves on the Oregon Coast. Here’s weather observations in Oregon. You can see it’s not all that windy there today. Here’s a surf map showing wave heights off the Pacific NW Coast. If you go there, bring a dry (or wet) suit…the water is chilly, even in the summer water temps. can be in the 50s.
The AMS has received over 355 reports so far about of a fireball event seen above Michigan on January 16th, 2018 around 08:10pm EST (January 17th 01:10 Universal Time). The fireball was seen primarily from Michigan but was also seen from Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and Ontario (Canada). This was a very slow moving meteor – speed of about 28,000 miles per hour (45,000km/hour). This fact, combined with the brightness of the meteor (which suggests a fairly big space rock), shows that the object penetrated deep into the atmosphere before it broke apart (which produced the sounds heard by at least 77 observers). It is likely that there are meteorites on the ground near this region.
Kyle said there was a Detroit TV station that had a helicopter up looking for an impact crater or piece of meteor. I would be astonished if someone found “an impact crater”. If there was one, we’d know about it by now. Second, the meteor exploded (broke apart) as it came through the atmosphere. It wouldn’t land as one chunk, but as tiny fragments. The 2010 meteor that was similar to this one in Wisconsin produced a number of fragments. I think the biggest weighted about 10 ounces…it’s not the size of a car (if something that size hit the earth, it’d leave quite a mark. Thanks to those who called in and reported what they saw. If you see a fireball (bolide), an unusually bright meteor like this one, you can report it at the website of the American Meteor Society.
8 am temps. in Florida (in some places coldest morning in FL in 8 years): Milton 17, Pensacola 21, Tallahassee 21, Ocala 21, Orlando 28 (low of 27), Tampa 28 (record low), Daytona Beach 29, Sarasota 31, Fort Myers 34, Marco Is. 37, W. Palm Beach 41, Miami 44. They have 5-15 mph winds. Here’s “steam” or “Arctic Sea Smoke” coming off the water at Destin FL as the cold air comes across the relatively warm ocean water. Raleigh NC looks like downtown Marquette MI this AM. From Dr. Judah Cohen this AM: “The onslaught of Arctic outbreaks into the US over the past month seems to be taking a reprieve. GFS is most confident of mild temperatures over the next week with weak temperature anomalies predicted for the end of January and into early February.” Icicles at the Gulf of Mexico. Sunrise at Orange Beach FL with steam coming off the ocean. Latest 3-month outlook for Michigan is cool and wet.
Also: Brutal cold in Norilski, Russia… -40 to -43°C last four days, -45 -50°C forecasting later this week. Heavy snow and gusts as high as 95 mph in Britain…gust to 63 mph in London. Also strong winds in Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany. If you’re birthday is 1981-present, you can find out what the weather map looked like on your birthday. 4.1 magnitude e-quake north of San Francisco. Barge breaks loose in strong winds in The Netherlands. Porta potty goes sailing down the street in strong winds in The Netherlands…hopefully unoccupied! Look at what the wind did to this moving truck! Roof peeled off supermarket in Germany in the strong winds. Roof peeling off in The Netherlands. Look at how deep the snow is in the French Alps. 9″ snow in Chapel Hill NC. Saharan duststorm. Unbelievable! Extremely unlucky and then so exceptionally lucky! Horst, the Netherlands today, under windstorm. Pretty Wisconsin sunrise. What do those 2 poor birds eat now? Where do these birds find something to eat? Highest wind gusts in The Netherlands today: 1) Hoek van Holland: 143 km/h (89 mph) 2) IJmuiden: 132 km/h (82 mph) 3) Enschede: 124 km/h (77 mph). 17 trucks have been flipped over in the last hours because of
#Severe wind gusts in The Netherlands, and all train traffic has stopped at stations, A sunny, snowy morning in Northern Utah. Sun pillar over Niagara Falls.
Snow has drifted a big across mainly rural roads overnight and that may cause a few slick spots this Thurs. AM.
This is a still pic. from THIS VIDEO from Mike Austin – dashboard video – he was driving north on I-75 near Bloomfield Hills. Here’s another good video. The fireball was seen in Milwaukee WI, Kalamazoo and Albion looking east and from Davison looking south…so we know this was (very rough guess) somewhere around 50 miles northwest of Detroit. The estimated time of the meteor was 8:08 pm. The fireball was also seen from 7 states from E. Iowa to W. Pennsylvania plus SW Ontario, Canada. Unfortunately, the website of the American Meteor Society was down. That’s where fireballs are reported. They report: “Major event in Michigan. Server is getting overloaded. We’ll be back asap, check back soon. If you saw the fireball report it here: fireballs.imo.net“ Looks like they are up and running again. A bright meteor that explodes in the lower atmosphere is also called a bolide. According to the USGS the “sonic boom” registered as a 2.0 magnitude earthquake! Lots of videos up on YouTube. Hers’s a view of the fireball looking east from Madison WI. Scientists are now speculating that the meteor might have been about 3 feet in diameter and that it’s certainly possible that small fragments could have made it to the ground.
Here’s meteor sightings reported to the American Meteor Society – seen from 6 states and Canada. Here’s an up-to-date map of over 210 sightings reported to the American Meteor Society. Here’s the flash in Romulus MI. Here’s another security cam flash. Another video. Watch 24-Hour News 8 and we’ll have more.
Here’s a satellite estimated path of the meteor across Lower Michigan (click on the pic. to enlarge). The lightning mapper on the GOES 16 satellite (22,300 miles in space!) appears to have detected the meteor’s path across Lower Michigan.
Weds. AM update. Great Lakes ice cover is now at 35.5%. We just surpassed the peak ice cover that we had in the winter of 2015-16. That was 33.8%. We’re also well above last winter’s peak of 19.4%. The last time we had this much ice on the Great Lakes on any Jan. 16 was in 2009 and the last time we had 35% ice over on Lake Michigan on any date was April 11, 2015. Last year we had 13.2% ice cover on the lake on Jan. 16 and the year before it was 6.4% ice cover on Jan. 16.
Here’s historic Great Lakes ice cover maximum. We had many years with high ice extent from 1976-86 (note the high water on the Great Lakes in 1986-87. There were five low extent years in a row following the strong El Nino of 1998.
Here’s a rare sunny day at Alpena with the sunlight glistening off the ice of Thunder Bay. Here’s a map of lake-effect snow in the U.P., up to a foot of snow…south wind off Lake Michigan.
A band of occasionally heavy lake-effect snow came down the length of Lake Michigan into N. Indiana Tues. into Tues. night and hampered driving on I-94, I-90 and I-80. There were a number of accidents and slide-offs. 8″ of snow was reported east of Chesterton IN and 6″ at Valparaiso IN.
The Winter Weather Advisory for Berrien and La Porte Counties is down at 7 am as the band of snow weakens and dies out as it reaches the West Michigan shore.
Also: Polar bears spread out over Hudson Bay. Three feet of snow in central Greece. Tropical Cyclone Berguitta will bring wind and rain to La Reunion and Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. This reminds me of “The Scream” by Edvard Munch. Sun pillar. Lightning in Hungary. Halo. Mammatus. Rime. Tree almost buried by snow. Heavy snow in Switzerland.
And – we have now had a record long streak without a tornado death in the U.S. The last was May 16 – so we’re at 242 days.
A Major Earthquake has occurred in the Caribbean, magnitude 7.6 – Tsunami Advisories have been cancelled…no significant tsunami anywhere in the Caribbean. Strongest Western Caribbean earthquake since 1950. Only the third Caribbean earthquake magnitude +7.0 since 2000. 135 mi from Brus Laguna, Honduras and 27 miles east of Great Swan Island (Honduras). The quake occurred at 9:51 pm EST. It was 6 miles under the ocean surface. Coordinates 17.5 N, 83.6 W. 306 KM SW of Georgetown, Cayman IS. Felt in Playa Del Carmen and in the eastern Yucatan and along the coast of Belize. Felt in Cancun and Cozumel. Also: M4.3 strikes 48 km E of Liberia, Costa Rica. Only one buoy in the area. People in Belize lining up to get gasoline. Lots of aftershocks around magnitude 4.5. The tsunami monitoring gauge in George Town Harbour detected a 7 inch rise in sea level at 10:40 pm. Nice animation here comparing slip/fault earthquakes to mega-thrust earthquakes that produce tsunamis off Japan. Stay tuned for updates.
The top picture is snow near Savannah GA (pic. from M.J. Skinkle).
Savannah, Georgia got 1.2″ of snow, the biggest snowfall in Savannah since 12/231989 and the 7th biggest snowfall ever. They also got nearly 1/4″ of freezing rain. The high temperature of 30 was 30 degrees colder than the average high of 60. Cross City FL had a high temp. of just 37.
This pic. is the southside of Savannah. People aren’t used to driving on snow. Charleston S.C. recorded 5.3″ of snow – that’s the 3rd highest snowfall for a single day in history for CHS. Snow fell down to Lake City, Florida and the combination of wet, heavy snow and freezing rain downed dozens of power lines. I-10 was closed for awhile in N. Florida due to ice.
Pic. is a kid seeing his first snow. Here’s current weather observations in Florida and Georgia. They issued a Wind Chill Advisory for N. Florida. (different criteria there). Current wind chill map. Here’s freezing rain and snow reports from NE FL and SE GA…and from NW FL AND SW GA. (pics. of Savannah Southside from WSAV. “We currently have 77 incidents between Jasper/Charleston.” More than a dozen bridges were shut down. Tybee Island looks like the North Pole. Liberty sunset. Pics. of kids playing in the snow! Snow covering the palm-lined street in Mt. Pleasant SC. Snow covers the sand on the Isle of Palms.I wouldn’t recommend trying this.
As of Monday PM, the Great Lakes had a 19.7% ice cover.
This is a pic. from the Muskegon Channel Monday PM – it was snowing, but you can also see ice as far as you want to look. I certainly wouldn’t try and walk out on it, especially at a river outlet where the water is moving under the ice, but that’s a lot of ice for Jan. 1. The high temperature at the Muskegon Channel on Monday was 16.0°
This was Chicago on Monday…sunny on the other side of Lake Michigan. You can see lots of “crushed ice” floating in the water. The high temp. here at the Chicago water intake on Monday was only 5.0°. O’Hare Airport had a high temp. of +1 on Monday and that was 31 deg. colder than average! Farther west, Storm Lake and Sheldon IA had high temperatures Monday of -9°.
Great Lakes total ice cover is approx. 20%. Lake Michigan was at 19.2% Mon. PM, Lake Huron at 30.7%, Lake Erie at 39.5%, Lake Ontario at 15.9% and Lake Superior at 7.7% (a lower figure because the lake is much deeper than the other Great Lakes (the deeper the lake, the longer it will take to freeze over in winter). Lake St. Clair is 99% frozen over as the Coast Guard tries to keep a channel open for ships. Arctic air holds firm the rest of this week…so those numbers will increase.
Radars here should update automatically. The Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Storm Warning expired at midnight. We’re left with mainly scattered light snow showers and flurries.
Part of our Sunday snow was due to a meso-low that was over Lake Michigan – formed by the very cold air coming over the relatively warm water. Here’s a radar loop of the heavy snow that fell in the lakeshore counties from Ottawa Co. north.
Full moon tonight…technically a “super moon” – a little bit bigger than an average full moon.
The Winter Storm Warning for Alger Co. in the U.P. runs to 7 am Monday and the NWS says: “…total snow accumulations through Monday morning could exceed 18 inches at many higher terrain locations from Chatham east to Wetmore and Grand Marais.” Here’s a satellite loop of snow squalls coming off Lake Superior.
If you haven’t seen this…this is video of the 40+ vehicle accident on US 31 in Muskegon as it is happening (warning – some “colorful language” here.
Wow! Big Ten is 7-0 in Bowl Games…best showing ever…and Michigan can make it 8-0 today (Mon.). First 13 win season for Wisconsin. How did Iowa score 55 points on Ohio State??
It will stay unseasonably cold all of next week with periods of snow and flurries. Here’s a U.S. satellite loop. In Heart Butte, MT, 3.5 feet of snow have fallen since Thursday. Another great sunrise from Eric Treece in Colorado. A VERY cold sunrise in Clinton MN (-40). Ice “dunes” building up at the Lake Michigan shore. Light pillars in Charlotte MI. Southern Hemisphere Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) is only 8% of normal for the 2017/18 season to date – the lowest Southern Hemisphere ACE on record from July 1 through December 29. Hurricanes were concentrated in the U.S. and Caribbean this year. Amazing sight at a frigid Sodus Point, NY right now. Sodus Bay is frozen solid, allowing for some of the earliest ice fishing this area has ever seen. Ice balls on Lake Michigan. The hot water trick with a 40 mph wind and a wind chill of -84. Saturday AM – Arctic front sat right on Ennis MT Airport, where temperatures changed rapidly from 5F to 41F back to 10F and now up to 21F over 3 hrs. Map of U.S. tornado warnings in 2017. Anyone want to shovel off this roof? Nearly 3 feet of snow in three days in northern Idaho is contributing to high avalanche danger. Snow in Erie PA – video from Reed Timmer. Brilliant green aurora in Norway. Ice on Lake Michigan at Chicago. Polar Express. Commercial fishing boat abandoned in the ice. Waterfall at 6 below zero. Magnificent cap cloud in Kamchatka.
Here’s the Lake Michigan satellite picture (from NOAA Coastwatch) from midday Saturday. It’s sunny in Wisconsin with lake-effect clouds in W. Michigan. You can see the ice that has formed in Green Bay and up by the Mackinac Bridge. There is some ice offshore of Chicago and it looks like the east half of Geneva Lake (SE of Milwaukee and NW of Chicago) has frozen over.
Note the contrast here. The first pic. from WTMG is Racine Wisconsin looking east out over Lake Michigan. You can see the lake-effect clouds forming over the relatively (important word) warmer waters of Lake Michigan and the “Arctic sea smoke” – steam rising off the water (streaming here: https://www.tmj4.com/weathercams). Contrast that to the Muskegon Channel – same time – where there are thick lake-effect clouds and lake-effect snow. Milwaukee has 1″ of snow on the ground – Muskegon has 18″ of snow on the ground. At 2 pm, the temp. in Racine WI was +2 with a wind chill of -16. At the Muskegon Channel, the temp. is 11 with a wind chill of -9).
Snowfall in the 24-hours ending at 7 pm Fri. totaled 13.1″ at Muskegon. Snowfall in the 24 hours ending at 7 am included 12.3″ at Mears, 11.0″ at Hart (20″ on the ground there) and 10.7″ at Cloverdale.
Also: Niagara Falls “freezes over”.
The snow contributed to a 40-car pile-up on US 31 near Muskegon. Authorities say visibility was close to zero when a car spun out, causing the chain reaction. There were 3 relatively minor injuries. Here’s more snow reports. In NW Lower Michigan,. Benzonia has 20″ on the ground, 18″ at Charlevoix and E. Jordan and 14″ at Gaylord, Beulah and Harbor Springs. In the U.P., Painesdale has over 30″ on the ground (30 Fri. AM and it snowed all day Friday), 27″ Grand Marais, 21″ Hancock, 15″ Munising, 13″ S. Ste. Marie, 11″ Newberry.
Drive carefully, allow a few extra ” of snow for minutes to get where you are going and leave a good interval between you and the vehicle in front of you.
The only undefeated team is UCF (Univ. of Central Florida). They are 12-0 and ranked 12th. Two years ago, UCF was 0-12. So, this has been an extraordinary turnaround.
Links: Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, Milwaukee radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar, Regional radar, the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. 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, the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. Here’s the 84-Hour snow forecast from the NAM model and the 120-hour snow forecast from the GFS model. 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 links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), 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 ski conditions. Cool U.S. satellite loop.
Erie, PA picked up 19″ of new snow from midnight to 6 AM. This brings the storm total to 53″ over the past 30 hours, shattering many records. This is the greatest 2-day total in the entire state of PA (prev. record 44″ in Morgantown, PA 3/20-21/1958). Numerous cars stuck on area roadways throughout the northern half of Erie County from the Ohio line to New York border. Erie International Airport has been closed. A State of Emergency has been declared. Pics, here. Here’s a close-up satellite loop of the lake-effect snow. Another pic. of the heavy snow.
46.3% of the U.S. has a snow cover this AM. Season snowfall: 28″ G.R., 25.1″ Muskegon, 20.8″ Kalamazoo, 16.7″ Lansing. Delaware in the U.P. has gone over 100″ for the winter so far. Heavy snow coming to the U.K. Here’s some low temps. in MN. Here’s a satellite view of the cold.
Snowcover Tues. AM: 18″ E. Jordan, 16″ Harbor Springs, 15″ Mancelona, 13″ Munising, 12″ Charlevoix, 11″ S. Ste. Marie, 10″ Fife Lake, 9″ Traverse City, 8″ East Gr. Rapids, Grandville, Grayling and Champion, 7: Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Hastings, Flint, Ann Arbor, Manistique, Houghton Lake, Fremont, 6″ Hopkins, Marshall, Allendale, Detroit, S. Bend, 5″ Big Rapids, Grand Ledge and Paw Paw, 4″ Lansing, 2″ Saginaw. More snow for Thurs. PM into early Friday.
Here’s a nice pic. of a sundog this AM in Rockford Mi – from Marcia Hovingh.
The overnight run of the GFS-plot model doesn’t take the temp. above the low 20s in Grand Rapids MI until Jan. 6th!
Three feet of snow east of Lake Ontario. A frigid New Year’s Eve/Day in Michigan and the Great Lakes. Heavy snow, (3-6″ widely) tonight into tomorrow for much of Wales, Midlands, South even Southeast England! Disruption likely! Christmas Day in Cozumel. Polar Express Train. How do your snowy holiday memories compare to now? Just for fun, the Rutgers Snow Lab kindly ran an analysis for us showing how snow extent has changed during the week of Christmas. Test your memory: http://bit.ly/2kGfdYc Here’s the snow at Midland NY. Coldest Cotton Bowl ever? Look at the heavy snow in Russia. Heavy snow at midday (low sun angle) in Lapland. The boiling water trick with matching sundogs in Saskatchewan with the temp. at -44F
Where exactly does Santa Claus live? If he’s in the geographic North Pole then it’s 90°N, 0°W. The North Pole sits on the icecap over the Arctic Ocean. The ice shifts a bit from year to year, but Santa should be easy to find if you went there… but – if he’s at the magnetic North Pole, it’s constantly moving as Earth’s magnetic field changes. Which might explain why his workshop can be so hard to find!
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that will run from 3 pm this afternoon to 1 am tomorrow, Friday for these counties: MASON-LAKE-OSCEOLA-CLARE-OCEANA-NEWAYGO-MECOSTA-ISABELLA and it will run from 5 pm this afternoon until 9 am tomorrow for these counties: MUSKEGON-MONTCALM-GRATIOT-OTTAWA-KENT-IONIA-CLINTON-ALLEGAN-BARRY-EATON-INGHAM. Here’s what the G.R. National Weather Service says: “MIXED PRECIPITATION EXPECTED. THE ICE WILL RESULT IN DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING DURING THE MORNING
COMMUTE ON FRIDAY. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO ONE INCH AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO ONE TENTH OF AN INCH ARE EXPECTED. THE PRECIPITATION WILL BE HEAVIER NEAR AND NORTH OFI-96, WITH LIGHTER AMOUNTS SOUTH OF I-96.” Here’s the latest Gr. Rapids NWS forecast discussion. At 5 am, Grand Rapids had snow grains and 30 deg, Fremont had light snow and 29 and Big Rapids flurries and 28. The Advisory does not include the I-94 corridor, where temps. have been slightly above freezing (at 5 am, 33 in Battle Creek and 34 in Kalamazoo). Drive safe this AM. Here’s GRR radar:
This is not going to be a major ice storm and effects will vary in the advisory counties, but with the holiday and lots of people traveling, there could be places that are significantly impacted. As of 1 am – Grand Rapids was 31 deg. and we had a trace of freezing drizzle.
Overnight GFS forecast high temps. for G.R. starting with today (Friday): 38, 34, 29, 26, 17, 17, 22, 26.
Snowcover Thu. morning: Just a trace in Gr. Rapids, Lansing and Holland, 1″ in St. Johns and Oshtemo, 2″ in Muskegon, Fremont, G. Ledge and Rockford, 3″ Houghton Lake, Scottville, Big Rapids, St. Ignace and Charlevoix, 4″ Kalkaska, Petoskey, Traverse City, Mecosta and Escanaba, 6″ Benzonia, Harbor Springs, Fife Lake and Marquette, 7″ Gaylord, E. Jordan and Chammpion, 8″ Mancelona and S.Ste. Marie, 10″ Michigamme and Ontonagon, 11″ Tahquamenon Falls, 13″ Atlantic Mine, 14″ Calumet, Hancock and Munising, 15″ Bergland Dam, 17″ Grand Marais and 20″ at Painesdale.
This is a screen grab from the webcam at Bittersweet Ski Area…lots of snow for you to enjoy and the skiers and boarders should have a pretty good stretch from tomorrow into early January. Here’s ski conditions in W. Michigan.
From GasBuddy Patrick DeHaan: “Update:
#Chicago wholesale #gasprices (that influence MI, IN, OH, IL, WI, etc) are up another 5.5c/gal today (due to continued refinery concerns) and now stand in a league of their own 15c/gal higher than anyone else, even pricey West Coast gasoline…and tips from the Kent Co. Road Commission.
Also: An insurance catastrophe was declared in Australia following a major hail/wind event. Another successful launch from NASA. Big flakes in Salt Lake City. A big Christmas snowfall for a large part of New England. On July 4, 2017 Greenland hit -33C, the coldest July temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere. See the 24 hours of daylight at the S. Pole today from satellite. Tropical Storm Tembin moves thru the Philippines heading toward Vietnam.
US Tornadoes has put together the top tornado videos of 2017. Check it out at the link. Pic. at the top is the EF3 Washburn, Illinois tornado of Feb. 28. That evening there were four small tornadoes in the Michigan counties that border Indiana (near the towns of Niles, Dowagiac, Vandalia and Centreville). 7 states recorded no tornadoes in 2017. Michigan did not get a single tornado watch in 2017.
Michigan recorded 11 tornadoes in 2017 (avg. is 16), including the Tyler Creek Tornado of April 10th. There were only 45 reports of severe hail and 187 reports of wind damage in Michigan in 2017. Notable was a 103 mph gust at Grand Haven in the early morning of July 7th, where one fatality was recorded.
Some oddities – 20 of the 34 tornado fatalities in the U.S. in 2017 occurred in the month of January and the 3 top days for severe weather reports in 2017 were all in winter (March 6, February 28 and January 21). We had nearly twice as many tornadoes in the U.S. in January (142) as we had in July (83).
The total number of tornadoes was a little above average in the U.S. this year, but well below the big tornado years of 2011 and 2008. There have been no severe weather reports in the U.S. from Dec. 9-18. Dec. 8 (58 mph wind at Naples FL) and Dec. 7 (77 mph wind at Multnomah OK) had single reports. The only day this month with more than one severe weather report was Dec. 4, when two tornadoes (an EF2 and an EF1) touched down in Missouri.
For the 2nd day, snow was falling across a fairly large section of the Southern U.S. The above pic. from Chuck Hopkins shows snow north of Mobile, Alabama. As I write this, it’s snowing in Mobile AL and in NW Florida.
This is snow falling Fri. night in Escambia County, Florida! It’s still rain and mid 30s at Pensacola, where the President spoke Friday night, but a short drive to the north or west and it was snow. 9″ of new snow fell at Kennesaw, Georgia. As I write this, there are 40,000 customers without power in Georgia from the snow. In Louisiana, Lake Charles had the most snow they’ve had since 1973 and 50,000 customers were without power in Louisiana. Jackson MS had the most snow they’ve had since 1982 (4.9″). It was the 4th snowiest December day in San Antonio TX and the snow contributed to a 15-car pile-up. This was the first snowflakes in Houston in 8 years and the first time in 20 years it snowed before Christmas Day. At the southern tip of Texas. At Birmingham AL – it was the first snow before Christmas since 1997. Third snowiest Dec. day ever in Birmingham AL. 7″ in Rome GA. 9″ Bowden GA. 7y” Alabaster AL. 9″ West Plains AL. 7″ Talladega AL.
This is about 3/4″ of snow on the ground at the National Weather Service Office in Mobile Alabama at 9:30 pm Fri. night. Here’s video of snow at Gulf Shores AL. Strong cold front across Florida with a 1 am temp. of 79 at Key West, 74 at Leesburg, mid 30s in NW Florida. Other snowfall totals: 8″ Montreat NC, 7″ Clayton GA, near Meridian MS and Kings Crossing TX, 6.5″ Kentwood LA (that’s where Brittney Spears grew up). Video of snow at Fairhope AL. Snow on the ground in Mobile AL. P Texas It’s only the 9th measurable snow since 1948 at Corpus Christi.ics. of snow in Corpus Christi, Texas. 8″ in the northwest suburbs of Atlanta. Snow on the palm trees in Texas. Look at this pic. of Corpus Christi, Snowcovered SunTrust Field in Atlanta. Half a foot of snow in the Big Bend Area of Texas. Snow Dauphin Is. AL. 10″ snow Carrollton GA. Train in AL kicking up the snow. Video of snow in Mobile AL. Snow has caused dozens of traffic accidents. Snow on the palm trees in Galveston TX. Houston Area snow totals. I drove past this sign 3 days ago! Snow just north of New Orleans. Slooooow travel! Light snow fell for 2 hours in New Orleans. High temps. in FL Friday ranged from 86 to 38.