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    some of my main weather interest are record events. and long range weather guessing (forecasting)

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  1. Welcome to December and the start of meteorological winter. With November now in the record books it can be pointed out that it was a mild and for our area sunny month. At Grand Rapids the mean was 44.3 that is a departure of 4.2 the high for the month was 77 and the low for the month was 22 there was just 0.4” of reported snow fall. November 2020 is now the 7th warmest November at Grand Rapids. At Muskegon the mean was 45.9 that is a departure of +5.7. The high for the month at Muskegon was 75 and the low was 24. There was 1.2” of snow fall. At Muskegon, this November is now the 5th warmest o
  2. Welcome to December and the start of meteorological winter. With November now in the record books it can be pointed out that it was a mild and for our area sunny month. At Grand Rapids the mean was 44.3 that is a departure of 4.2 the high for the month was 77 and the low for the month was 22 there was just 0.4” of reported snow fall. November 2020 is now the 7th warmest November at Grand Rapids. At Muskegon the mean was 45.9 that is a departure of +5.7. The high for the month at Muskegon was 75 and the low was 24. There was 1.2” of snow fall. At Muskegon, this November is now the 5th warmest o
  3. I just reread my post it should read that the mean temperature at Grand Rapids is now at 44.6 and that is good for a departure of +4.6
  4. No snow here. But there are reports of snow on the ground to the east at Lansing and on radar there is either snow or rain over Lake Michigan heading south. At this time it is cloudy and rather windy with a temperature of 33. As of this morning Grand Rapids has only reported 0.4" of total snow fall for this season. The current mean temperature for November is now at 4.6 this month will end up being at least the 7th warmest November of record at Grand Rapids.
  5. 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.
  6. My top winter storms that I have seen are 1. January 26-27 1967 blizzard 32" of snow and drifts of up to 10 feet. I lived in Bay City at that time and for the first time we had over a week off from school. We were snowed in for 3 days and the city had to use back loaders to clear the streets. 2. January 26-27 1978 While many people will tell you that this storm was the their biggest it was 2nd on my list to the 1967 storm. While there was at lest 25" of snow in Bay City it was not as bad as the above storm and we were not snowed in the house. 3. March 17 1973 blizzard and flood
  7. The overnight low here at my house was 24 it looks like the official low at GRR was 27. The next system looks to miss west Michigan to the east. So while we stay mostly snow free areas to our east could see a few inches of snow fall from this system. At this time it is clear and 25 here. With 3 more days to go the mean at Grand Rapids for this November is now at 45. That is a departure of +4.3° At this time Grand Rapids is on track to have its 5th warmest November of record. So far only 0.4" of snow has fallen
  8. The last 10 years have not been good for a white Christmas at Grand Rapids. In the last 10 years Grand Rapids has only had snow on the ground 40% of the time with 2017 with 3" 2016 with 5" 2013 with 8" and 2010 with 2" All the other years had no snow on the ground for Christmas. At Grand Rapids the current 30 year average is 63% but that looks to go down with the next 30 year average. The average since 1963 is 67% and since 1950 64% and since records started at Grand Rapids 63% of the time Christmas has had snow on the ground so the last 10 years has shown a big drop.
  9. Thanksgiving extremes For some fun here are some of the weather extremes on Thanksgiving at Grand Rapids, Lansing and Muskegon Michigan. Grand Rapids The warmest 65 on 11/26/1896 the warmest low was 56 also on that date. The coldest maximum was 15 on 11/27/1930. The coldest low was 7 on 11/28/1929. The wettest was 1.58” on 11/28/1968 the most snow fall was 6.8” on 11/22/1945 the most on the ground was 8” on 11/25/2004. At Muskegon The warmest was 63 on 11/26/2008 and aging on 11/22/2012 the warmest low was 52 on 11/24/1966. The coldest high was 24 on 11/24/1896 the col
  10. Sorry I did not see you post. Anyway I guess Bill is now on record to see how this winter plays out. I can not remember when the last time he made a below average snow fall guess. I still think that with the lakes this warm we could get a big lake event if we get the right cold front come thur in the next 2 to 3 weeks.
  11. First off Happy Thanksgiving! With a mean temperature of 45.3 Grand Rapids is on track for one of the warmest Novembers in recorded history. At this time GR is in the 5th spot. It was a mild overnight and the official low at GRR was 41 and here at my house it was 42. and that 42 is the current temperature both here and out at the airport. I recorded another 0.33" of rain fall yesterday.
  12. Bill Steffens who is a Grand Rapids tv meteorologist has his winter guess out and his thinking is that there will be less snow fall then average in west Michigan. He is calling for around 68" at Grand Rapids, 66 inches at Kalamazoo, 55" at Battle Creek, 78" at Muskegon and 85" at Holland. We shall see how this plays out. In past years he has over guessed.
  13. Here at my house I had .8" of snow fall. There was a total of 0.47" in the rain gauge. Late yesterday afternoon there was a period of very large snow fakes. It was after that snow fall that I took the measurement. This morning of course the snow is all but gone (there is still snow in spots) and the temperature is now up to 41 here.
  14. Just ended a heavy bust of snow fall here. I have a total of 0.75" of snow on the snow board. I was in the south side of town and there was a lot less snow there then here.
  15. And for out to the west of my area "Western Ohio Valley, Midwest, northern Plains – Chilly shots will have a little more impact in eastern areas rather than western areas first half of the month, then switches just past mid-month. Temperature departures in the 11- to 15-day to the 16- to 20-day periods can run 6-10 degrees above normal as an upper high floats around this region. For the second half of the month, the upper high will split, part over eastern Canada and over the Southwest. The storm track will return from the northern Rockies into the Plains and occasional cold shots can bri
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