I often wondered what the Meteorologists in southern California talk about for their daily forecasts – for example this week they are expecting mostly sunny skies all week with the exception of Wednesday, as a matter of fact they are only expecting rain that one day out of the next ten. I suspect they rarely have to change their weather graphics.
We in Michigan like to slam our Mets when they don’t get the forecast right – Michigan is one of those states which has the least predictable weather because of the large bodies of water which surround us.
Below are maps generated from a study which compiled data on the most and least predictability of the weather in the U.S. – the orange shades are those cities which are less predictable. Cities in the Great Plains and Upper Midwest dominate the most-unpredictable list. After Rapid City, those with the most unpredictable weather are Great Falls, Montana; Houghton, Michigan; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Fargo, North Dakota; Duluth, Minnesota; Bismarck, North Dakota; Aberdeen, South Dakota; Grand Island, Nebraska; and Glasgow, Montana.
The Western U.P. has the dubious distinction of having the most unpredictable precipitation largely due to the snow fall in the winter coming off lake Superior. Southwest Michigan is one of those places where forecasting can be hard to predict more than a couple days out.
The Keweenaw Peninsula can get well over 200 inches of snow in the winter of course that is nothing compared to Mt. Baker in Washington which boasts over 1100 inches (Rocky’s paradise).
We are looking at a fairly calm week however we will probably see more clouds than sun. There will be some light precipitation after sunset. The precip will be with us off and on through the week however at this point it doesn’t appear to be anything to get excited about. Temps will remain below normal with some moderation into the 40s by Wednesday lasting through the rest of the week.
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