High temps. Friday: 46 Muskegon Beach, 55 Muskegon Airport (daily record), 54 Grand Rapids, 56 Battle Creek, 60 Holland (airport), 60 Kalamazoo, 62 S. Haven, 68 Gary, Indiana, Mt. Pleasant 45, Big Rapids 47. Looks like a warm weekend. Some golf courses are going to open up. The overnight run of the GFS model has these high temps. for G.R. for the next 8 days: 56, 54, 56, 61, 54, 56, 56, 34. Unseasonably warm for the next week…then temps. crash next Sat. (the 25th) with snow falling during the day. The days with showers are Tuesday and Friday, with much colder and snow on Saturday (25th). There’s a decent chance of accumulating snow in the first week of March. The GFS 56 for G.R. may be too low…we could touch 60. Enjoy. Weight limits are in effect now on area roads. Watch for thin ice on inland lakes. Still 15″ of snow on the ground at Gaylord, this Sat. AM – 40″ on the ground at Grand Marais. At 11 am – it was 50 deg. at the Muskegon Airport, but just 39.6 at the Muskegon Beach.
These altocumulus clouds are called a “mackerel sky”. Here’s the Saturday sunrise in Chicago looking out over Lake Mich.
Also: Checking ski resorts around the world…8 of the top 10 resorts with the deepest snow are in California. Southern Oscillation Index crashing – it means the cold air will return for the end of the month and early March. Look at the snow on the ground Maine. 34″ of snow on the ground in Halifax, Nova Scotia is a February record. Ka-Boom! Heavy snow on the ground in the U.P. It’s been dry this year in S. Florida. At Mammoth Mt. in CA – they have to clear lifts – too much snow!! There’s snow in New Zealand in summer! Frost on trees in Lithuania. Ring around the moon in the desert of Chile. Contrasts in Australia…record heat in the Southeast, some record cool temps. in the Southwest. Cloud “streets” over the Bering Sea. Giant hail in Sydney, Australia. Key West sunset. Dust from the Saharan Desert dims the sunshine in the Canary Islands. Satellite view of the whole world on Fri. The big waterfall in Rochester NY this Sat. AM. Waterspouts in Montenegro. Morning jet contrails. Satellite loop from Australia. Flooding in Saudi Arabia. Beautiful lenticular clouds.
More incredible rain for California. These are rainfall totals from Friday: 3.75′ Santa Barbara (7.39″ for Feb. so far!), 3.28″ Sandberg, 3.20″ Big Sur, 2.16″ Red Bluff, 2.12″ Camarillo, 1.96″ Santa Maria and Long Beach, 1.47″ USC, 1.11″ LAX, 0.95″ Sacramento. There was one fatality (tree falling on live wires) and two injuries (sinkhole swallowed 2 cars) near Van Nuys. Rains will move across the AZ desert. Look at the squall line of thunderstorms crossing the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. Check out the flooding on the 110 Freeway in L.A. Here’s California reservoir water levels. Landslide!! More than 8″ of rain in 2 days in the mountains! Major highway I-5 flooded out. Trees toppled on cars. Anyone want to trade a bicycle for a boat? Tree on house. 108 mph wind gust! Flooding Oxnard CA. L.A. river full. Flooding in Van Nuys CA – that’s a long stretch of high water! Satellite view of the two large Pacific storms. Firetruck tumbles off Interstate 15 where road is washed out! Reed Timmer in the CA floods.