We have very mundane weather to start the month of February. Our next system won’t come until late in the week. Areas that see fog this morning and overnight tonight could see some slick spots on roads and sidewalks along with the reduced visibilities. Partly cloudy skies are expected over the next few days with highs in the upper 30s to low 40s. Thursday and Friday may see temperatures in the low to mid-50s with rain moving in.
On February 4th 2018, a period of accumulating snow spanning two days came to an end. Most of Southeast Michigan saw 4-6″ with a peak observation of 6.1″ near the town of Peck.
Also on February 4, 2006, the city of Fairgrove in Tuscola County received 10.0 inches of snow. The snowstorm lasted from the 4th to the 5th.
Also on February 4, 2007, arctic air plunged over the Great Lakes Region with strong winds. The high temperature at Detroit was only 8, Flint was 4 and Saginaw was 5 above zero. The arctic air mass remained in place through the 6th.
1838: An ice jam on the Grand River causes flooding of much of Grand Rapids during early February. Several people had to be rescued from flooded neighborhoods and at the fur trading post.
1996: One of the coldest arctic outbreaks of the 20th century sends the thermometer down to 17 below zero at Grand Rapids and 19 below at Muskegon, both records for the date.
U.S.A and Global Events for February 4th:
1842: A dreadful tornado passed over Mayfield, Kirkland, and other Cuyahoga and Lake Counties in Ohio. According to the Cleveland Herald, no less than 30 houses, barns, and buildings were entirely demolished or very much shattered. A “report from Kirtland says that one man and one child are dead.”
The Evening Post-New York, New York 18 Feb 1842, Fri • Page 2
1924: In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 20.3 inches of snow fell in 24 hours. This ranks as the most snowfall in 24 hours since 1884. This storm caused over $1 million in damage. Streetcar and train service crippled. Snowdrifts of 8 to 10 feet high were common, along with much ice on trees and wires. Schools were closed, and several plate glass windows were broken.
1995: A massive nor’easter pounded areas from the southern Mid-Atlantic to northern New England. It would be the only significant storm in the 94-95 winter season. Over 20 inches of snow buried parts of upstate New York. Wind chills dropped as cold as 40 degrees below zero. Behind the storm, arctic air crossing the relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes produced intense lake effect squalls for nearly two weeks from the 4th through the 14th. Snowfall totals for the storm ranged from near two to seven feet. During the storm east of Lake Ontario, snow was falling at the incredible rate of five inches an hour! The heavy snow combined with strong winds produced whiteouts and hazardous driving. Actual storm totals downwind of Lake Erie included: Erie County: West Seneca 39 inches, Orchard Park 36 inches, Cheektowaga 36 inches, Colden 32 inches, and Buffalo Airport 31 inches; Genesee County: Corfu 38 inches; Chautauqua County: Sinclairville 27 inches and Jamestown 15 inches. Downwind of Lake Ontario, storm totals included: Oswego County: Palermo 85 inches, Fulton 60 inches, and Oswego 46 inches; Lewis County: Montague 66 inches, Highmarket 48 inches, and Lowville 36 inches; Cayuga County: Fairhaven 36 inches, Wayne County: Wolcott 22 inches; and Jefferson County: Adams 47 inches.
Above is the surface map of the nor’easter on February 5th, 1995.
The snowfall graphic above is courtesy of the Midwest Regional Climate Center.
2011: A winter storm settled four to six inches of snow over northern Texas, including Dallas, just days before the Super Bowl between the Pittsburg Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. Click HERE for more information from the CBS News in Dallas/Fort Worth. Click HERE for more information from NASA.
- Freezing Fog possible Sunday and Monday mornings High pressure continues to dominate the pattern through early week. Unlike last night the winds remain mostly calm so there isn`t the consistent low clouds spreading from the east. With the ridge of high pressure situated over Michigan moisture continues to stream around it. The dry air alfot will stifle any clouds. The big question is moisture infiltrating from the south and encroaching form the north. This will allow for low stratus along the I 94 corridor and in and around Ludington respectively. As the lows drop overnight and low level moisture pools, expect areas of patchy to dense fog to form towards morning. With temperatures already in the mid to low 20s and dewpoints hovering between 20 to 25, any fog that forms will be freezing. Though timing remains in question any freezing fog that forms could allow for some icy spots on roadways. Temperatures should warm to above freezing mid to late morning which should allow for any fog to lift and dissipate. Any low clouds should dissipate as well allowing for mostly clear skies this afternoon into evening. Another round of freezing fog and low clouds will be possible Sunday night into Monday. High pressure pressure will retrograde westward. Expect low clouds to move in from the east Sunday night into Monday morning. Along with that will be the potential for patchy freezing fog which could be problematic for the Monday morning commute. - Warm Temperatures and Periods of Rain Thursday Into the Weekend Temperatures warm Tuesday through the end of the work week as we move more into southwest flow starting Tuesday night and the ridge gradually shifts east. Highs in the 40s with lows in the 20s and 30s are expected initially, but with the warm air advection with the southwest winds ramping up into Thursday and Friday temperatures could get into the 50s with lows mainly in the 40s. This is also seen in the ensembles with more members than not showing highs in the 50s and correlates well with 925 mb temperatures with values around 6 Celsius. The support from warm air advection and strong southwest flow with the low level jet will also bring the potential (50 to 70 percent) for rain. Ensemble members highlight this well with members bringing in measurable precipitation mainly Thursday night into Friday. At this time Friday doesn`t look to be a complete washout as the shortwave embedded within the broad through moves through quickly. Within this pattern there could be some additional shortwave troughs with associated vorticity maximums. Timing of these is not exact this far out, therefore no changes to the probability of precipitation from the NBM around 20 to 30 percent through the weekend.