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 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.
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.