Snowy Owl and the Coming Arctic Air

This pic. of a snowy owl was taken in Holland by Marc Faber.  Snowy owls live in the far north (Arctic) much of the year.  Some come south in the winter.  The winter population in Michigan varies due in part to the severity of the weather.  Young males are sometimes spotted here during the cold season.

This Weds. AM – the U.S. has a whopping 25.9% snow cover.  Last year on Nov. 8 the contiguous U.S. had just a 1.0% snow cover.  Air that sits over that snow is going to be cold.

  Here’s a look at low temps. this AM – ranging from 75 at Key West FL to -3 at Bozeman MT.  It was +1 at Williston ND and Togo MN.

Low temps. this morning:  39.2 mid-Lake Michigan buoy, 33.6 S. Haven buoy, 32.5 at the S. Haven Lighthouse.  At the Muskegon Channel, the temperature was 32.9 at 2 am with an ENE wind off the land.  Then the wind went to the NW off Lake Michigan and the temp. rose to 40.6 at 3 am.  Other low temps. this AM:  27 Hillsdale, Sturgis, Three Rivers and Fennville, 26 at Holland, S. Haven and Coldwater, 25 Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ionia, Benton Harbor and Lawton, 24 at Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Jackson, Charlotte, Grandville, Clarksville, Albion and Hartford, 23 Ludington, East G.R., Watervliet, 22 Marshall, Fremont, Alma, Belding and Hastings, 21 at Lawrence and Bloomingdale, 20 at Big Rapids, Manistee and Houghton Lake, 19 at Alpena, 18 at Fife Lake, 17 at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, 16 at Grayling, 15 at Cadillac, 14 at Baldwin and Roscommon and 12 at Leota.

  This webcam pic. this morning is M-64 near Lake Gogebic in the U.P.  This morning Painesville MI had 5″ on the ground, 4″ at Herman and 3″ at Ironwood.

The water temp. of Reeds Lake is 50.  Buoy temps:  52.5 mid-Lake Michigan buoy, 51.8 Ludington, 50.0 S. Haven.

Model Update:  NAM gives G.R. a wind up to 20 mph tomorrow as the cold air comes in and a low temp. of 16 for G.R. Fri. AM.

The kp-index is still at a 5.  Last night we were at a 6 for much of the night.  We received a handful of pics. from people who saw the aurora here in W. Michigan.  Pic. is the Northern Lights seen near Marne.

Also:  Fall colors in upstate New YorkSnow in NDNorthern Lights in Ripley MIModerate La Nina says it won’t be a warm winter in Michigan.  Northern Lights in North Dakota.

Here’s a map of tornadoes last Sunday – none in Michigan.

 

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