December and Meteorological Winter
You may hate it or love it but either way we are now about to enter meteorological winter. Of course, the months of December, January and February are the coldest months of the year here in west Michigan. In most winters they are the months with the most snow fall. Records have been kept here at Grand Rapids since 1892 in the years 1892 to 1895 there is some missing data. The location from were records were taken from appears to have moved 3 times. For a location somewhere downtown to the old airport between 36th and 44th streets near Kalamazoo ave. That airport opened in 1927 but not sure when the weather station moved there. And since November 23rd, 1963 the official NWS office moved to its current location.
The average temperature at Grand Rapids for the months of December, January and February is 25.0. The warmest meteorological winter is 33.9 set in 1931/32 The coldest is 18.2 set in 1903/04 The average current 30 year average for meteorological winter is 57.5” The snowiest meteorological winter was the 105.6” that fell in the 3 months in 2013/14 the total that season was 116.0. The least snow fall for any meteorological winter came is 1982/83 when just 11.8”fell. the total for that season was just 35.9” Last year 41.7” fell.
The current 30 year mean at Grand Rapids for December is 29.2. The warmest day in December is 69 and that was on December 5, 2001 The coldest low in December is -18 and that was on December 5, 1983. The warmest mean temperature for any December is 39.1° in 2015 the coldest mean for any December is 17.1 in 1989. The average December snow fall at Grand Rapids is 21.9” the most snow to fall in any December is 59.2” in 2000 the least snow fall is 1” that fell in 2014 Last year 14.3” of snow fell in December.
We will soon set back and see how the winter of 2020/21 plays out.
Just in case you did not see it before
Here are some of the weather extremes on Thanksgiving at Grand Rapids, Lansing and Muskegon Michigan.
The warmest 65 on 11/26/1896 the warmest low was 56 also on that date. The coldest maximum was 15 on 11/27/1930. The coldest low was 7 on 11/28/1929. The wettest was 1.58” on 11/28/1968 the most snow fall was 6.8” on 11/22/1945 the most on the ground was 8” on 11/25/2004.
The warmest was 63 on 11/26/2008 and aging on 11/22/2012 the warmest low was 52 on 11/24/1966. The coldest high was 24 on 11/24/1896 the coldest low was 8 on 11/23/1950. The wettest was 1.55” on 11/26/1981 the most snow fall was 6.5” on 11/28/2013 and also on that date was the most on the ground.
The warmest high was 64 on 11/26/1896 the coldest high was 16 on 11/27/1930 the warmest low was 52 on 11/24/1966 the coldest low was 0 on 11/25/1880. The wettest was 1.30” on 11/23/1950 the most snow fall was 7.4” on 11/24/1949 the most on the ground was 8” on 11/27/1975.