December and Meteorological Winter

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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.

Meteorological Winter

The new 30 average temperature at Grand Rapids for the months of December, January and February is 27.3. That is up from the old 30 year average of 26.8 (The new 15 year average is 27.4)  The warmest meteorological winter at Grand Rapids is 33.9 set in 1931/32 The coldest is 18.2 set in 1903/04 Last winter the average was 27.1 and that was due to a very cold and snowy February. The average snow fall at Grand Rapids for December to February is 60.6”  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 45.4” fell of that 30.6” fell in February. And the total for the winter season was just 46.1”. Last winter December was the 18th warmest statewide. January was the 11th  warmest statewide and January was the 39th coldest statewide. Last winter was the state of Michigan’s 16th warmest overall.

December

The current new 30 year mean at Grand Rapids for December is 30.4.  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 20.8” 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 4.9” of snow fell in December.

We will soon set back and see how the winter of 2021/22 plays out.

Slim

 

 

 

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Snowfall total is 2.4 inches and it looks like the middle of winter outside! Fantastic!

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

The Christmas lights look so pretty with the snow.. 🙂

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

+1

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Looks like we now have an inch of snow. Grass is not covered. Roads are messy.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

That was the most impressive U of M win I have ever seen!

*SS*
*SS*

Go BLUE!!!!!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Got a few flurries earlier. Nothing to write home about. Quiet now. Still waiting for our first measurable snow of the season.

Great day for football – college and high school. A couple of the high school finals games have been fantastic.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Well, we see if this trend continues this winter. The heaviest snow band is trending North. We are getting absolutely pounded with moderate snow while areas just Southwest of GR not much! An inch already and climbing! Incredible!

Nathan (Forest Hills)
Nathan (Forest Hills)

It might just be me, but I found the roads to be really slippery on my way home from the gym about 10 minutes ago. I almost slid off the road 2 times. FYI if anyone decides to head out, take it slow!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

We are getting pounded with snow and as usual Zeeland is missing most of the snow! I can’t wait till Zeeland gets absolutely hammered with lake effect snow this winter! It is going to be awesome when they get about a foot of snow from a lake effect, lake enhanced event!

INDY
INDY

Such a great winter Saturday snow fallen and the game Go Blue!! InDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Will U of M even be competitive? Hopefully they break the total domination that OSU owns over U of M. It something like 17 losses out of the last 19 games! Normally a big rivalry game involves games that are actually competitive!

MichaelV

We have a few snowflakes falling with a temp of 28 at 10 am – Yesterday’s high and low were 32/26.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Check out the 10 day snow map! Skiing here I come!

https://weatherstreet.com/models/gfs-acc-snow-forecast.php

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

The clipper is looking great! Bring it!

INDY
INDY

Above average snowfall for November??? Off to a great start folks let it snow let it snow let it snow yes even in zland Michigan…InDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Yes it will snow in Zeeland and I can hear it now, only an inch or two of snow and it is melting, not a storm! Delusion on full display!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

A WWA and plenty of snow potential after that! Incredible start to winter!

https://www.pivotalweather.com/model.php?p=snku_acc&fh=384

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

What a WWA? Who knew?