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The second major January thaw of the month starts today (Fri.). What’s interesting is that despite two major thaws, this month may still end up colder than average. The average temperature for January 1-18 in Grand Rapids has been 5.8 degrees cooler than average. Here’s forecast high temperatures for the next 5 days. Monday should be the warmest with the temp. knocking on the door of 50.
The high temperature in G.R. was 32 on Thurs. Our air is coming from near Kansas City…so high temps. near 40 will do for this (Fri.) afternoon. It was a cold Thursday down south. Orlando had a high of just 53 after a morning low of 27. Houston Texas stayed in the 30s for the second day in a row. Once again Houston was cooler than Bismarck ND. Monterrey, Mexico was (45 at mid-afternoon. The highest in the U.S. on Thurs. was 84 at Lake Elsinore CA and the coolest was -11 at Sherburne NY.
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.
Three-month outlook for Feb. to April from the Climate Prediction Center issued this AM – looks cool and wet for Michigan and the western Great Lakes. Lots of new info. and links in the threads (stories) below this one.
At daybreak this AM (for the 2nd day in a row) all 50 states had at least one spot with snow or sleet on the ground (that won’t be the case tomorrow). 53.7% of the contiguous United States had snow on the ground this AM. That figure will go down quite a bit over the next several days.
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.
Temperatures are headed up – a little each day into the weekend. We’ll be partly cloudy and dry today and tomorrow and breezy. Both the NAM and GFS models take most temps. up to the mid 30s today. The GFS has 38 for Fri. and the NAM has 46. It won’t feel that warm with a brisk SW to WSW blowing. Saturday we become cloudy, but reach at least the low if not mid 40s. Sunday we have a chance of rain showers (best chance late in the day)…and it will rain on Monday with a cold front coming thru. Behind the front, temperatures will drop and rain will likely change to snow. We could have a slippery commute Tues. AM as temps. fall back into the mid-upper 20s.
The cold air has pushed down way down south, where Freeze Warnings are out for much of Florida and extreme south Texas. Check out the “ghosts” in Florida (covered plants). Nice video of “Arctic Sea Smoke” off Florida on Weds.
Here’s high temps. from Weds. It was warmer in Bismarck ND than it was at McAllen at the southern tip of Texas. Look at the highs in the 30s all along the Gulf Coast from Texas east to NW Florida! I can’t remember the last time Lafayette LA did reach 32 degrees for a high temp. The high was just 25 in Atlanta and 15 at Crossville TN. Temperatures down south will warm up quite a bit over the next several days.
Here’s a look at low temps. in West Michigan Weds. AM. Note that it was much warmer along the lake where the wind was coming off the warmer water (15 at Muskegon and 16 at Ludington). Alma was 24 deg. colder than Ludington. S. Haven had a south wind, not coming off the lake, so they were colder. Grand Rapids is 6.4 deg. colder than average for Jan. so far. We’ve reached a low point and now that departure from average will be reduced as we are warmer than average thru next Monday. Michigan was one of 24 states that saw at least part of the state fall below zero Weds. AM.
Here’s a look at season snowfall: Milwaukee doubled their season snowfall total on Monday. They had only 5.2″ of snow for the entire winter thru Sunday. On Monday, they got 5.3″ and added another 2.4″ on Tuesday. So, they are up to 12.9″, still much less than at Muskegon (on the downwind side of Lake Michigan).
Here’s sunset Weds. evening at S. Haven. We are gaining a little over a minute of daylight each day in the evening. The sunset time in G.R. on Dec. 9th (earliest of the year) was 5:08 pm. Today (Thu.) the sunset will be at 5:37 pm – so that’s a 29-minute gain. The sunrise in G.R. today is at 8:09 am – that’s a gain of only 5 minutes from our latest sunrise on Jan. 3.
Look at this pretty twilight shot from the Alpena GLERL camera. Lots of ice out there on Thunder Bay. Here’s some reports of how much snow there was on the ground yesterday: 1″ Fremont, 2″ Big Rapids, Grand Haven, Lake City, Detroit and Grayling, 3″ Grand Rapids, Muskegon, East G.R., Kalamazoo, Mecosta, Houghton Lake, Scottville, Rockford, Saginaw and Plainwell, 4″ Lansing, Holland, Grandville, Marshall, Grand Ledge, Saranac, Jackson, Breckenridge and St. Ignace, 5″ Hastings and Eaton Rapids, 6″ Alpena, Gaylord and Rogers City, 7″ Fife Lake, Flint, Stambaugh and Escanaba, 10″ Beulah, 11″ Charlevoix, Traverse City, Harbor Springs, and Manistique, 13″ E. Jordan and Watersmeet, 14″ Gladstone, 15″ S. Ste. Marie and Champion, 16″ Marquette, Harvey and Chatham, 21″ Ironwood, 26″ Bergland Dam, 29″ Munising and Hancock, 30″ Grand Marais, 38″ Painesdale
I don’t think I’ve ever seen this before. The coldest temperature in the U.S. on Wednesday was a -14 degree reading in Cassville, Missouri…and that INCLUDES ALASKA, where they are having an overall mild winter (so far, it’s going to get cold there). Here’s a list of low temps. in SW Missouri. Grandby MO was -12, Osage Beach -10 and Springfield dipped to -8. A sprawling high pressure center was over SW Missouri Weds. AM and with clear skies, calm winds and fresh snow on the ground, it was perfect conditions for plummeting temperatures. Weds. evening, I noted that the highest surface pressure in North America (it said in the world, but I’d have to check that with the Siberian High) was at Smyrna, Tennessee. With full sunshine, temperatures recovered into the mid 20s Weds. PM in SW Missouri.
More than half the U.S. had snow on the ground this AM – 52.3%. There was a trace of snow on the ground all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.
This is a traffic cam right at the Gulf of Mexico west of Mobile AL. The Storm Prediction Center sent out this tweet this AM: NWS SPCVerified account @NWSSPC: Continued cold air intrusions into the central and eastern United States have limited severe weather this month and contributed to at least some snow or sleet on the ground in all 50 states this morning. (Webcams from late yesterday show snow patches on Mauna Kea, HI.)
Here’s how cold it was in West Michigan Weds. AM. Quite a spread from +16 at Ludington to -8 at Alma. The wind at S. Haven went due south and the cold air dropped the low temp. to -2. The wind remained off Lake Michigan at Muskegon and Ludington, so they weren’t quite as cold.
Here’s low temps. this AM (click to enlarge. This map is from before sunrise, so some of these readings could have been colder. At least 24 of the 50 states had a below zero temperature this AM – and two other states had a low of zero recorded. Record low temps. were set this AM at New Orleans (19) and Baton Rouge (14). 2″ of snow fell yesterday at East Baton Rouge LA. More record lows this AM that were the coldest temp. since 1989: El Dorado AR 3, Longview TX 8, Tyler TX 10, Lufkin TX 13. More records: Monroe LA 12, Waco TX +8. Victoria TX 21, College Stn. TX 19, Harlingen TX 29, McAllen TX 31, San Angelo TX 10, Meridian MS 10, Jackson MS 10, Vicksburg MS 11, Greenwood MS 5, Slidell LA 15 (lowest since 1996), Gulfport MS 17, Pascagoula MS 18.. Muleshoe TX was 1 above zero this AM. The 15 at Austin TX was a top 20 coldest morning ever!
Record lowest high temps. on Weds: Greenwood MS 26, Vicksburg MS 28, Eldorado AR 30, Monroe LA 30, Hattisburg MS 33, Galveston TX 36, Houston TX 37.
Here’s snow on the ground in Atlanta this AM. 3″ of snow on the ground this AM in Montgomery AL. Houston TX at 19 deg. right now – coldest temp. there since Jan. 1996. Emergency Management urged Alabama residents to stay off roads until early PM.
Oymyakon,Russia reaches -62C (-79.6F). Oymyakon is home to the “coldest marathon in the world”. As if a marathon isn’t hard enough…you get to do it here on ice and snow with possible below zero temperatures! Pretty good snowfall today for parts of NC and VA. I-10 closed in Mobile AL due to ice. Look at this snow in SE KY. Ice this AM in Pensacola FL. where the temp. is 22 with a wind chill of 8. Nice time-lapse of gravity wave clouds. Up to 11″ of new snow in Massachusetts.
The top pic. is Chicago as seen from the water intake about 2.75 mi. east of downtown shortly after 9 am EST. The temp. here at the intake was 12.9 deg. at 9:06 pm. The wind was WSW at 19 mph and the wind chill factor was -5.
Here’s a pic. from the S. Haven Lighthouse at roughly the same time. The wind here was also SW at 19 mph…but, the temp. was 24.1 and the wind chill was +10. So, the air warms up quite a bit crossing the lake. At 9 am, the temp. was only +9 at Marshall and Coldwater, where the WSW wind misses Lake Michigan. There a few lake-effect clouds, but an overall very dry airmass will allow some sunshine on the Michigan side of the lake today.
Also: When was the last time you saw a temperature of +1 at Bugtussle, Alabama! Shelf cloud in Brazil. That’s a fair amount of snow for Alabama. At 9 am, Pensacola FL is 22 deg. with a wind chill of +8. Looks like INDY has been measuring snow in Alabama. They saw the meteor looking east from Madison WI. yesterday evening. More on the meteor in the thread below. Drone view of the snow in Talladega AL – no racin’ today. Don’t think I’ve ever seen the flash-freeze experiment in Alabama before. Snow day at Auburn Univ. Heavy snow in Scotland.
This map shows temps. as of 1 am. You can see how the cold air has pushed down into the Southern U.S. and indeed down in Mexico. Tues. evening it was snowing all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico at Port Lavaca, Texas. At 1 am, Muskegon MI (15) was warmer than Fort Worth or Waco TX (13). Grand Rapids (9) was warmer than Abilene TX (7), It was snowing and in the mid 20s at New Orleans and 2″ of snow had fallen near Baton Rouge LA. Biloxi MS reported light snow and farther north Tupelo was just 8 above. Mobile AL was snowing and 26 and Jackson MS as just 13 with a -1 wind chill. It was snowing in Atlanta.
Looks like an overall dry pattern into the start of the weekend. We’ll see the lake-effect band of snow weaken and die out as increasing southwest winds push it into W. Michigan. The overnight GFS model gives G.R. these high temps. for the next 8 days starting with today (Wed.): 29, 33, 36, 43, 45, 46, 27, 27. The % chance of precipitation on the GFS is 20% for Sat., 51% ofr Sun., 82% for Mon. and 42% for Tue.
This was a sunset pic. of Chicago from the Harrison Crib Water Intake (from NOAA Coastwatch) showing a lot of floating ice. Grand Rapids has only had one day since Dec. 19 without at least a trace of rain or snow. 20 of the last 25 days have been colder than average and 32 of the last 43 days have been colder than average. (Not including today – Weds.) Only 6 of the last 24 days have been warmer than the low 20s. As of early Weds. AM – season snowfall: Muskegon 68.9″, Grand Rapids 44.2″, Kalamazoo 43.5″, Lansing 25.0″, Saginaw 16.7″. Heavy lake-effect snow in N. Indiana yesterday. Check out this pic. of the snow in La Porte IN. Snow in Valparaiso.
Also, the first half of winter in Boston was the coldest first half of winter since 1989-90. Houston TX police responded to over 400 accidents on Tuesday due to snow and ice. Snow and sleet observed yesterday and last night down to the Gulf of Mexico…including Port Lavaca TX, New Orleans LA, Gulfport MS and Mobile AL. Extreme cold in Russia. Incredible wind at the north end of the island of Corsica…up to 121 mph. Snow buries car in 4th floor parking structure. Hundreds of stranded drivers spend a freezing night in their CARS: Commuter chaos as parts of Britain are hit by over a FOOT of snow. Strong winds and big waves in France. Rain coming to California, not as heavy as the system that produced the mudslides. Spectacular shelf cloud in Brazil. Significant snow in Ireland. “Siberian cold pool expanding like a massive blob”. Record cold in the South. Snow covers Eastern Wisconsin. Look at this frosty wheel. 8″ sleet drift in Houston. Check out the big flakes in Mississippi. Cool pic. of a snowflake. So many accidents. Snow in Memphis. Mississippi looking like Alaska. Von Kármán vortex streets.
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.
Here’s some updated season snowfall totals as of 9 am Tuesday. Muskegon is now at 68.9″ for the season and they are 20″ above average-to-date. Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo have almost identical totals of 43.7″ for G.R. and 42.9″ for Kalamazoo. They are both a couple inches above average-to-date. Lansing is at 24.6″ for the winter and that’s almost exactly at average. Painesdale is in the U.P. just southwest of Houghton and they have just gone over 200″ for the winter. Painesdale has 38″ of snow on the ground. Most snowfall totals Monday were between 1 and 4 inches. Other season snowfall totals. Check out the U.S. temperature anomaly map for Dec. 1 – Jan. 14 …warm in the ‘West and cold east of the Rockies.
Grand Rapids is now 6 deg. colder than average for January. Thirty of the last 41 days have been colder than average. For the period Dec. 1 thru Jan. 15, Grand Rapids is averaging 3.8 deg. cooler than Dec. 1 thru Jan. 15 last winter (22.5 deg. vs. 26.3 deg.). The cool pattern has given winter sports fans lots of days to enjoy the snow and ice, as these people were doing on the rink at Rosa Park Circle Monday evening and on the slopes at Bittersweet also. Monday evening.
This is the Precipitation forecast from the Climate Prediction Center for Jan. 21-25. The dark green shows an area that CPC thinks has a good chance of seeing above average precipitation. The question is…how much of this will be snow and how much will be rain (it should be a mix).
Also: All-time January record high temp. tied Monday in Seattle at 64 deg. Other record highs: Quillayute 63, Hoquiam 57.
Snow falls from NE Texas to New England. Snowing in Dallas. Snowing in Little Rock. 63% of Alabama schools already closed today as of midnight. Snow near Memphis TN. Pretty snow in KY. 15 deg. and blowing snow in Atlanta Weds. AM.
Radars here should update automatically. There’s a Winter Weather Advisory for Allegan and Van Buren Counties until 7 am Tues. There’s also a Winter Storm Watch for Berrien Co. Michigan and for Porter, La Porte, Starke, Marshall and St. Joseph Counties in N. Indiana for 3″ to 8″ of new snow. Temperatures will be well below freezing, so the snow will stick to roads, driveways, parking lots and sidewalks. Winds will be relatively light, so hardly any blowing and drifting. However, this dry, powdery snow is easily stirred up by vehicles.
A band of moderate lake-effect snow likely to come onshore in Berrien and La Porte (IN) counties Mon. night/early Tuesday with 6-8″ snowfall totals possible. Here’s the N. Indiana discussion.
Also: Frostiest eyelashes I’ve ever seen, at -63.4F. Not an overcast, but an undercast. Here’s video. Shiverin’ Snowman! That’s -79.6F!! That’s the coldest temp. in 7 years. Record “heat” in SE Alaska: Metlakatla CRN: 66F (19C). All-time Alaska record for January Metlakatla Seaplane: 64F (18C) (FAA AWSS) Petersburg: 63F (17C) (FAA AWSS) Jan. record high Sitka: 62F (17C) (NWS ASOS) Jan record high. 66″ of snow on the ground in Kotzebue AK. Monster-storm in Greece. Is there someone on that pier??!! On a bicycle? Yet another snowstorm for northern MS and AL. Thick frost in Croatia. Ice flowing fast down the Susquehanna River.
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.
Most of the snow this winter has been lake-effect snow, caused by cold air crossing the relatively warmer water of Lake Michigan. Here’s a look at season snowfall as of 5 pm Sunday. Keep in mind that we have a prevailing west wind, so there is very little lake-effect snow in Wisconsin. Wow, look at the difference between Milwaukee and Muskegon! Milwaukee has only had 4.9″ of snow this winter. Muskegon added 4″ of new lake-effect snow this AM, bringing their season total to 67.2″ The farther away from the lake, the less the snowfall. Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are about the same distance from Lake Michigan, and both have about 40″ of snow. Lansing has had 22.3″ and Saginaw has recorded just 15.5″ of snow. Delaware in the U.P. is up to 158″ for the winter.
Here’s a Michigan snowfall map, with the most along the Lake Superior shore. Here’s some specific snowcover reports: 35″ Painesdale, 30″ Grand Marais, 28″ Hancock, 27″ Calument, 20″ Munising, 18″ Ironwood, 16″ Ontonagon, 13″ S. Ste. Marie, 12″ E. Jordan, Michigamme, Ishpeming, 11″ Marquette, Champion, 10″ Beulah, 8″ Traverse City and Newberry, 7″ Fife Lake, 6″ Manistique, 5″ Charlevoix, 4″ Gaylord, 3″ 6 miles SW of Kalamazoo, Grand Ledge, 2″ Hart, Kalamazoo, Eaton Rapids, Houghton Lake and St. Ignace, 1″ Grand Rapids, Saranac, Paw Paw, Hastings and Marshall.
Here’s the MODIS satellite pic. from this (Sun.) PM. Note the ice around the shore of Lake Michigan. There are a few streaky jet contrails. Green Bay is mostly frozen and there is a lot of ice up by the Mac. Bridge.
This pic. from the South Haven Lighthouse shows that the ice extends out quite a ways from shore. Despite Thursday’s record high of 58 degrees, Grand Rapids was 6 degrees colder than average for the first two weeks of January. December in G.R. was 4.8 deg. cooler than average and November was 1.5 deg. cooler than average. Here’s low temps. across the U.S. this (Sun.) AM – lots of cool temps. east of the Rockies: 38 Tampa, 37 Daytona Beach, 30 Gainesville, 28 Houston, 25 Mobile, 18 Atlanta, 7 Crossville TN. Farther north it was -41 just southeast of Ely MN, -39 at Embarrass MN, -32 at Hibbing MN, -31 at Wakefield MI, -27 at Watersmeet MI, -26 Phillips WI, -24 Eau Claire WI. Leota MI in Clare Co. got down to -10. Muskegon and Holland had low temps. of +15. Look how far you’d have to go to find temps. warmer than that this AM (Knoxville TN – Kansas City).