Thursday, February 27, 2014

Snow, Ice And More Snow In Michigan

Weather-Warehouse.com Weather History For Holland, MI

Past Monthly Weather Data for Holland, MI [Michigan] ("Holland Wjbl") : JANUARY, 1905 - 2014


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Grand Rapids likely to crack Top 5 snowiest winters this week

Forecasters have recorded 103.2 inches of snow for the season as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, making it the sixth snowiest season on record.

Here's a list of the Top 10 snowiest seasons in Grand Rapids, according to the National Weather Service:
No. 1 — 132.2 inches, 1951-52
No. 2 — 107.1 inches, 2007-08
No. 3 — 105.4 inches, 2001-02
No. 4 — 104.9 inches, 2008-09
No. 5 — 104.8 inches, 1958-59
No. 6 — 103.2 inches, 2013-14 — as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25
No. 7 — 101.5 inches, 1964-65
No. 8 — 101.3 inches, 1970-71
No. 9 — 98.5 inches, 1996-97
No. 10 — 98.3 inches, 2000-01

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Lake Michigan ice cover vanishes in last few days; See the difference


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The image on the left is from February 19, 2014 when ice cover on Lake Michigan was rated at 60 percent. The image of the right is from February 22, 2014. Ice cover then was rated at 38 percent.
The recent storm churned the waters of Lake Michigan and helped cut Lake Michigan's ice cover almost in half in the past three days.
Ice cover on Lake Michigan on February 19, 2014 was pegged at 60 percent. Then the powerful storm hit the Great Lakes. The storm brought warm temperatures ahead of the storm, and strong winds as the storm center passed through. The combination of these two factors took a lot of ice away from the surface of Lake Michigan.
The image above shows Lake Michigan on February 19, 2014 on the left, and February 22, 2014 on the right. You can see the dramatic difference in ice cover.
 
peak-ice-graph.jpg View full sizeThis graphic shows this years ice cover on all the Great Lakes with the blue bars and the average ice cover since 1980 with the green line. Notice the peak ice cover has average March 5-12 since 1980. 
Have we seen peak ice already?
The question now is will the ice have time to redevelop before another warm-up occurs. I think I can say with good confidence that the next warm-up will mark the end of ice expansion on the Great Lakes. But the next warm-up isn't until March 7 at the soonest.
The second graphic comes from the Canadian Ice Service- Environment Canada. It shows this year's ice with the blue bars. But what I find interesting is looking at the green line. That is the average ice cover since 1980. We notice that the overall ice cover usually peaks between March 5 and March 12.
It will be interesting to watch the ice redevelop this week. Can it rebuild to a higher percentage than 82 percent on February 13 of this year? The polar vortex is coming back and is certainly going to help the ice build.
I'll keep posting articles about the ice cover in the winter that we will remember for sometime to come.


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Storm recap: Rainfall totals, maximum wind gusts, and snowfall amount
Who had the most snowfall?
The snowfall was heaviest in the far northwest Lower Michigan, and the western half of the Upper Peninsula.
The snowfall graphic shows the snowfall in the Lower Peninsula.
Indian River in Cheboygan county had 13.8 inches of snow. East Jordan, near Charlevoix, had 12 inches of snow.
Ironwood had 14 inches of snow, and the Keweenaw Peninsula had between nine and 12 inches of snow.


 

Michigan's snowfall so far this winter: One Lower Peninsula city nearing 20 feet of snow

Here is a rundown of seasonal snowfall across Michigan:


Delaware - 275.1"
Mohawk - 271.5"
Maple City - 223.3"
Houghton - 198.7"
Manistee County average - 191"
Ontanogon - 158.9"
Gaylord - 157"
Petoskey - 149"
Munising - 136.3"
East Jordan - 131.3"
Kalkaska - 126.9"
Holland - 125.5"
Traverse City - 123"
Muskegon - 121.7"
Charlevoix - 107"
Kalamazoo - 104.5"
Sault Saint Marie - 103"
Grand Rapids - 102.9"
Cadillac - 90.7"

Ann Arbor - 80.8"
Detroit - 78.5"
Flint - 71.8"
Jackson - 67.3"
Harbor Beach - 62.2"
Milford - 60.2"
West Branch - 59.6"
Owosso - 58.5"
Lansing - 56.7"
Tawas City - 55.7"
Alpena - 53.5"
Saginaw - 52"
Bad Axe - 50.5"
Houghton Lake - 50.5"
Bay City - 50"
Port Huron - 48.3"
Midland - 45"
Sandusky - 42.3"
Caro - 41.4"



The large area of open water on Lake Michigan, combined with arctic air coming at the end of the week, means another round of lake effect snow for Michigan. So the snow amounts will keep mounting up. No warm-up is in sight through March 11, 2014 at earliest.

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