Weather History – Pattern Change (?)

Yesterday I posted average snow fall for the U.S., tomorrow I will post snow fall amounts for the world – you may be surprised where the largest amounts fall which greatly surpass those in the U.S..

First we have our weekly weather history for Michigan:

Weather History

December 1

2006: A snow and ice storm strikes southwest Lower Michigan. From 6 to 12 inches of snow falls from Muskegon to Ludington, while an ice storm causes power outages and treacherous travel conditions from Kalamazoo to Lansing

December 2

1976: One of the coldest winters of the 20th century gets off to an early start, continuing the persistently cold pattern that began during the autumn. Temperatures plunge to record lows of 11 degrees below zero at Grand Rapids and 2 below zero at Muskegon.

1982: Low temperatures on this day are only in the mid 50s across southwest Lower Michigan, the warmest on record for December. The afternoon temperatures are in the mid and upper 60s. Muskegon hits 64 degrees, a record high for the month of December there.

December 3

1998: An extended spell of warm weather occurs in early December with highs in the 50s and 60s the first six days of the month. Record highs are set on this date with 64 degrees at Grand Rapids and 66 degrees at Lansing.

2002: Arctic air and fresh snow cover combine to drop the temperature to 18 below zero at Lansing, setting a record for early season cold.

December 4

1886: A record cold snap continues across Lower Michigan. Lansing falls to 13 degrees below zero, as the temperature hits zero or below on first five days of the month there.

1941: Three days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Lower Michigan is basking in record warm early December weather. Record highs include the 60 degrees at Muskegon, 63 degrees at Grand Rapids and 64 degrees at Lansing.

2009: A narrow band of heavy snow across central Ottawa and Kent Counties drops over a foot of snow from Allendale to Comstock Park. Up to 15 inches falls in northern sections of Grand Rapids.

December 5

2001: This is one of the warmest December days on record in Lower Michigan. Grand Rapids and Lansing set record highs of 69 degrees. Holland and Flint both hit 70 degrees.

December 6

1958: Arctic air settles into Lower Michigan during one of the coldest Decembers on record. High temperatures are only in the teens on this date. More than two feet of lake effect snow piles up at Muskegon during the first half of the month.

December 7

1909: A snowstorm drops from 5 to 8 inches of snow across southwest Lower Michigan.

1972: Record cold weather prevails across southwest Lower Michigan with high temperatures only in the mid teens and morning lows below zero.


Yesterday we had a few peeks of the sun – during the morning we had a few light snow showers which put down a very light dusting which amounted to a trace here in Otsego.  A disturbance moving through the Great Lakes today will bring mainly cloudy skies and the threat of some snow showers. Most locations will see no accumulation, but some spots across Central Lower Michigan could see a dusting to around a half inch. Highs today will top out in the middle 30s in most locations. It will be brisk today with west winds shifting to the northwest at 15 to 25 mph.

Next week and beyond we are looking at an active pattern change with  a deep trough, a storm system, a punch of cold air, and a period of healthy lake effect snow. It would be nice to have some snow on the ground for Christmas to help set off the lights set up over our towns and cities.


Here are some the rainfall totals for southern Michigan (from the NWS)


 

207 total views, 1 views today

newest oldest
Jack Edwards
Jack Edwards

Hello: Folks.
Stay Cued…..

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

MV could you change my avatar to a snowman till Spring?

INDY
INDY

Currently 31* degrees with light snow falling out at thee YARDofBRICKS NE of GR…INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Rock on Indy! All week the warm weather fanatics have been talking about above normal temps and below normal snowfall. The exact opposite is true! Facts matter!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

While the 2 delusional posters continue to rant on, here’s a pic of the snow depth in our back yard this afternoon:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/184860862@N07/49169524006/in/dateposted-public/

Slim

Nice green grass! There is still a solid snow cover here.
Slim

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

I’ll probably need to mow/mulch 1 more time yet before I can finally take the deck off the mower. A lot of leaves came down with the wind last week.

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

Looks like summer in your yard! I have some snow still and we have had a few flurries today.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

How many times do I need to explain long range snow maps to the naysayers and warm weather fanatics? Incredible ignorance! Trends and patterns baby! Got it?

INDY
INDY

Keep showing them maps by next week 2 of the 3 will be missing on vacation again leaving the one to say ahhh I got skunked again yes warm weather fanatics at it’s best lol….4 days In a roll now with snow covered on the ground and it’s December imagine that…INDY!!

Slim

It stayed above freezing over night here with a low of 33. There is still 1.5″ of snow on the ground here. For today the average h/L at Grand Rapids is 39/27. The record high is 65 in 2012 and the record low is 6 in 1893. The most snow fall was 5.9″ in 2009. At this time it is cloudy and 35 here at my house.
Slim

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Get ready! Next week a rock n roll winter party will begin! Get your snowblower ready baby! Mark it down!

INDY
INDY

Our snowblower has ran 3 times already this Winter it’s been ready since August ….INDY..

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Mild night overnight. 38 when I came into work this morning. Only 4 more days till the earliest sunset of the year, then we start gaining light in the evening and swing towards Spring!

Rocky (Rockford)
INDY
INDY

Great Map Rocky keep them coming! Looks snowy over Western Zeland lol….INDY

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

If that map is to be believed, we should already have feet of snow on the ground.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Funny. Since late October we should be over 70 inches by now.

INDY
INDY

Nice snow storm showing up around the December 10th on the GFS MODEL…We will be racking stacking and tracking it here … Loving our cold Winter we are having since we have turned the furnace on in way back in September it has not shut off AMAZING! Glad we are on the budget have a nice Wednesday…And MV yes love the Christmas look on the page if only you get some Christmas music to go with it! INDY..

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

What? Cold and snow by mid December? How is that possible? Who would have thought?