Dry Start for December

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We close out the month of November this week and begin December with another boring period of weather for most of Michigan with the exception of the SE part of the state where some snow will fall tomorrow into Tuesday.  Lake effect snows will be from around Benton Harbor to Chicago and the usual snow belt areas in the U.P. with the north wind.  I am not seeing much snow for SW Michigan the next couple weeks as we will remain in a mostly dry period with near to slightly above normal temps.  Normal temps are in the upper 30s and lows in the mid 20s for our area.


Seems last year we had the same issue with the north winds dumping most of the snow in the UP and the southern end of lake Michigan.  Looking at the mid to long range models for snow looks to be any systems will move south of us.  Of course these are guesses so we will see…


 

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Slim

It now looks like the at least the first week of December will be dry here in west Michigan. There will be snow on the east side of the state but not here. At this time the clouds have moved and the current temperature here at my house is now at 47. The official high for today looks to be 50 so another well above average day. That 50 will be a tie for the 18th warmest November 29 in Grand Rapids recorded history. If it made it up to 51 that would put it at the 15th warmest.
Slim

Jeff (Portland)
Jeff (Portland)

Two days left in this month. Wow, were did the month go..

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Just returned from taking a walk with the dog. Nice morning out. Just a light jacket is needed. It’s going to be another beautiful day.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Yes it is! We went out for a late walk around midnight last night, it was just gorgeous out. We have acres and acres out back to walk, and with the near full moon out, it was like daylight.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Once again just the perfect setup. Systems moving well around us, winds out of the North so no Lake effect here, and another bright sunny morning. And better yet we are now over a half a foot below average in snow fall! The deficit continues to grow with each passing day.

Slim

Depending on how December ends up in the snow fall department we are on track for a much below average snow fall season. But remember it only takes one or two big storms to make up the difference real quick. And even 50″ of snow that falls in late January and February will seem like a lot and for most areas would be a lot. Most locations at our latitude only receive 38 to 48″ of snow in any one winter season.
Slim

Bernie (Hamilton)
Bernie (Hamilton)

storm systems sliding south/east of us… Isn’t that also typically the case in El’ Nino winters?
btw… thanks for your comments yesterday regarding your respective careers 🙂

Slim

Yes, the pattern we are now in looks more like a El Nino set up. But even in a El Nino set up late November into the start of December are generally cloudy and have been wet. In fact it is not unusual to have a shot of cold and snow in early December and then turn mild at or near Christmas.
Slim