Winter Update

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It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, to bad it is a couple weeks late.  We received 3 inches of the white stuff yesterday, of course Bittersweet is cranking up the snow makers with temps in the low 20s.  They have been open since the first part of December.  Timber Ridge hasn’t been as lucky as they have been closed more often than not.  This is a great area for ski sports in the winter and golf in the summer.

I would like to thank Sue over at Mezzo Coffee House downtown for the great coffee they provide – I put their ad in the side bar, you can click on it to go to their site.  They have WiFi, lots of area for enjoying the traditional coffee house atmosphere, great baristas and even a gift shop.  Stop by if you are in Otsego…


Below are the current snow cover maps of the Northern Hemisphere.  Snow cover is finally creeping southward though still well behind the normals for this time of year with the exception of northern Europe.  Multiple snow storms have swept through Germany, Austria and northern Asia.  Most of the area above the 45th parallel has snow on the ground.


Next are the WXBell predictions for snowfall through Sunday.  Nothing to get excited about for Michiganders, but still it is nice to see some white covering the ground.


The Arctic Oscillation still remains neutral and is predicted to remain that way through next week.  Normal temps for this time of year are around freezing and I believe we will average above normal temp wise through the next ten days with near normal precipitation.  As we get into the latter part of the month we may see the first of the effects of the AO turning negative forcing true winter back into the eastern U.S..  There is still a dispute between the models where winter weather will set up during this event, at this point the northeast coast states and northern Appalachians will be the favored areas for heavy snow – whether this propagates further westward remains to be seen, however we may still see some real winter in the Great Lakes area towards the end of the month on into February.  I still hold true to my disclaimer in regards to long range forecasting past five days – multiple things have to fall into place which are hard to predict with a whole lot of accuracy.


We may still see a few snow showers along the lakeshore today and temps will remain cold in the mid 20s.  The cool air will hang around through early next week before we get above freezing again.  Any snow that falls will be along and south of I94 from a system passing through the Ohio Valley on Saturday.  As usual we may be entering another Blah  pattern for next week…..


 

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Thankfully the cold and snow is making a return to MI! We will be getting pounded with winter weather for at least 2 straight months! Bring it!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Well odds are it should snow at some point. If not, this Winter will be going down in the history books as the weakest of all time.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

As we approach the midpoint of Winter in a few days, I think it’s time to, as some would say, review the facts.

Snowfall for today is at a trace and BELOW normal.
Snowfall for the month is at a whopping 1 inch and BELOW normal
Snowfall for meteorological Winter is at 4 inches and way BELOW normal by 30 inches
Snowfall for the entire season is BELOW normal
We are currently stuck in an ABOVE normal temperature pattern, 30 straight days in fact, and no change in sight
All facts can be confirmed here:

https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=grr&product=cli&issuedby=grr

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Keep up the FACTS Barry ! This winter is a bust .. Nothing compared to past winters . Even if February ends up snowy .. Sun will be even higher in the sky by then .. Good times !!

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Another day of BELOW normal snowfall .. Keep adding them up !!

Slim

In the Grand Rapids metro area there is between 1″ and no snow at all on the ground. The current temperature here with cloudy skies is 27.7°
Slim

Slim

Mookie mentioned that the past 40 days may have been the least snowy 40 to 45 days. I will assume that he/she means the first 40 to 45 days of meteorological winter if that is the case yes indeed this winter season should become the least snowy period form December 1st to any January 10th in Grand Rapids history. For this above time period here are the least snowy first 40 days of meteorological winter (Grand Rapids is now at 4.3” since December 1st) 1. 5.8” 2015/16 2. 6.0” 1943/44 3. 6.8” 1913/14 4. 7.1” 1905/06 5. 7.6” 1979/80 6.… Read more »

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

That is another in a growing list of impressive stats for this “Winter” season so far. I’ve overheard a lot of people saying they’ve never seen a Winter like this before. Guess that confirms it.

INDY
INDY

Slim love your charts love them even more when they count at the end of the month especially at the end of this month when we get some real winter weather here things will change …INDY!

Mookie
Mookie

Wow #1 all time. Good stuff!

INDY
INDY

Currently temp is 24* degrees and some sun out at thee YARDofBRICKS nother cold winter day….INDY!

Mark(East Lansing)
Mark(East Lansing)

We received very little snow here. The grass is still green.

INDY
INDY

We had over a inch of snow on the north westside of GR just west and southwest of GR 2-4 inches fell some local 5 inches reporting from some on my weather page….We are about a week away from some good winter in Michigan more snow! INDY!

Mark(East Lansing)
Mark(East Lansing)

We had one decent burst yesterday morning when a band moved overhead. It was beautiful. But it was so windy, it all just blew away. 🙂

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

5 inches .. Lol

INDY
INDY

The warm streak is over …Seeing lows all the way to Florida in the 30’s tonight! It’s getting cold across the United States shhhh can’t post that to loud lol..Have a great snowy and cold Thursday west Michigan…INDYCOLDCAST!

Mookie
Mookie

What happened to your 1-3” of snow for GR? Whoops again!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Blah pattern this time of year sounds great to me! Don’t have to worry about the roads or cleaning driveways.

Because it’s been so mild for weeks on end now, yesterday may have felt a bit cooler, but was actually still a couple degrees ABOVE normal. On top of that, only a trace amount of snow, one again measuring by the tenth of an inch. One third of January gone now, and we are sitting at 1.1” of snow for the monthly total. Amazing!

Mookie
Mookie

If you combine our snowless December with our quiet start to January we’re having, this has to be #1 or #2 all time for the least snowiest 40 to 45 day stretch we’ve ever seen!

Slim

For the time period of December 1 to January 10 the winter of 2018/19 should end up with the least amount of snow in that time period. Remember this is the average time of the most snow fall for Grand Rapids. See above for more details.
Slim

INDY
INDY

I forget the average high in Zland is 25* degrees this time of year lol…INDY!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Not sure where you get your information from because you never back anything up with facts. Like Michael has said several times, back up what you post. Here is a link to the actual temperature averages for which you were incorrectly referring to:

http://www.intellicast.com/Local/History.aspx?location=USMI0905

INDY
INDY

Maybe next week you can turn your air conditioning back on if it hits 40* lol..INDY!

Mookie
Mookie

Yesterday was day GR’s 30th consecutive above average day! GR is reporting 0” on the ground this morning even though some on here said we would pick up a few inches.

Looks very quiet in the extended forecast. Snow drought continues.

Andy W
Andy W

We need to go for that 47 consecutive days of above normal temps, to match the record in the winter of 2005-2006 that Slim was talking about!! Keep the streak ROCKIN!!!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

If the 10 day forecast holds, we will then be at an astounding 40 straight days, and well within reach of the 47.

Mookie
Mookie

I think today and tomorrow will be very tough to be above average. But then it picks right back up.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

We will have to see what the high temp hits today. Looks like the low for today will be 21, a +3 above average. That would mean it has to hit 28 today to break even. Anything above that and we have day 31 above.

INDY
INDY

Let’s go Ice Fishing…lol INDY!

Mark(East Lansing)
Mark(East Lansing)

I wish! I’m not sure if I will venture on the ice this season or not.

INDY
INDY

Posting garbage huh because I want to go ice fishing deep breath berry let me remind you this is a weather blog….The pill bottle must be getting low in ZLand lol INDY…

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

And I just gave you the link to the DNR fishing report. Have a problem, take it up with them.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Why do you keep posting garbage? Here is a direct quote from today’s DNR fishing report:

Southwest Lower Peninsula

Overall: There is no ice in this region. A few boat anglers were out targeting perch with the nice weather.

https://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/MIDNR-2272428?wgt_ref=MIDNR_WIDGET_2

Mookie
Mookie

Nice catch. More Indy spam