Do Not Fear, It is Just the Sun

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That bright burning sphere in the sky that made an appearance yesterday was just the sun making an appearance after a week of mainly clouds and a lot of blah.  We should be able to bask under its glory for another day or two before the clouds reappear in force once again.

We remain snow-starved in SW Michigan and I am sorry to say I bought new tires for my car yesterday so with that in mind we will probably see another snowless winter.  I bought new all-terrain tires for my truck last year and you all know how last winter turned out.

Looking at the records for Grand Rapids first place for the least snowfall for the season, by the 15th of January, is 7.2 inches in 1906 so if it doesn’t snow by next Friday GRR will hold firm to second place for the least amount of snow for mid-January.

Temps will remain in the low to mid-30s through the weekend and probably right on through most of next week until our Rex block is kicked down and winter is possibly allowed to return to Michigan by later in the week.


 

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Jeff (Portland)
Jeff (Portland)

Below normal snowfall. Days now getting longer. I love short winters !!!

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

The sun has been beautiful to see all day!! With is coming in the windows is sure warmed up the rooms. The dog loved sleeping in what I call sun puddles. Nice sunset. Hope you all enjoyed the day as much as I have.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

The 10 day snow maps are trending better and better! Who would have thought?

https://www.instantweathermaps.com/GFS-php/conussfc.php?run=2021010812&time=PER&var=ASNOWI&hour=240

Andy W
Andy W

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

An Incredible winter storm pattern is setting up! Bring it on!

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Great snowshoeing today and great sunshine! Nothing better!

Andy W
Andy W

Well, the simple answer to the question of “how much snow do you need to snowshoe” simply put is: In most cases snow at a depth of 6″ to 8″ or more is typically safe for your snowshoes, and worthwhile to be wearing them. Whereas any less snow could cause damage to your snowshoes or simply make travel more difficult.

Andy W
Andy W

Someone sent in a pic of you today!

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Great winter day!!!! I just got back from a long snowshoe hike! Incredible weather!

Andy W
Andy W

Lol!!! You’re so full of it, why would you wear snowshoes in a couple inches of snow?!?! Guess what, I just got back from climbing a glacier in my back yard!

Andy W
Andy W

From snowshoeing experts: I’d say the least amount of snow necessary to start snowshoeing is 7-inch. Even with that depth, you may still impose your snowshoes to damage, especially if the terrain is rough or rocky. The ideal condition is 10-inch of snow or more. Such is good enough to allow your snowshoes to grip safely onto the ground. In fact, if the snow is soft and powdery, such depth will make you prone to post-holing without snowshoes. In case you have no idea, post-holing is the condition when your feet sink into the soft powder, requiring you to really… Read more »

Slim

While it is nice and sunny here there are reports of lake effect snow falling on the other side of the lake. Also of note here it is January 8th and officially at Grand Rapids it has only gotten below 20 on 4 nights. The unofficial low here at my house was 19 last night but officially at the airport the low was 20.
Slim

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The little snow we have is nice and fast for sledding. LOL!!!

Slim

I will add one more item to the winter season of 1906/06 that winter season Grand Rapids only reported 20.0″ of snow fall. In the past I kind of dismissed that winter along with the 1906/07 (30.1″) winter season as being not accurate as I did not think that Grand Rapids could have a seasonal snow fall totals that low. In the winter of 1905/06 January was very mild and Grand Rapids only recorded 5.6″ of snow fall. But February the first two weeks were very cold and much below average temperatures but for the month only 2.7 was reported… Read more »

Mookie
Mookie

Those old records sound pretty sketchy to me.

INDY
INDY

Let it snow let it snow let it snow …berry tells the blog he bought snow tires every year around now and yet has not had any snow to drive on come onnnnn.. lol.. HAPPY NEW YEAR INDY ….

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

You know it! Bring on the snow! By this time next week the transition to a new pattern will be in progress! Rock n Roll will never die!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

We have 5 vehicles so yes one of them usually needs new tires. Why don’t you tell us again about all the snow we’re getting. Oh wait, it only snows in “your area”. LOL!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Still a sold 3 to 4 inches of snow on the ground and loving it!

Mookie
Mookie

GR has melted down to only 2″ of snow now. Let the warmth and no snow continue!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Don’t worry, those people that purchased new snow tires and snow blowers will be very happy they did. We will be getting absolutely hammered with cold and snow before this winter is over! Get prepared now!

INDY
INDY

Yes back loaded Winter why not …. HAPPY NEW YEAR INDY ….

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Same here MV. I bought new tires last year for our car, and back in October I bought a set of expensive Michelin’s for our GMC. This Winter I have yet to drive on a road with more than 1 inch of snow on it and the tires already have over 3000 miles on them. Funny how that works.