This is the coldest AM since Feb. 2015, when G.R. got down to -13 on 2/20. Feb. 2015 was (by far) the coldest Feb. ever in G.R. – a whopping 13.5 deg. colder than avg. There were only 3 days all month that were (barely) warmer than average and 18 of 28 days were 10 or more degrees colder than average. Before midnight, the temp. dropped to -3 in G.R. and Ionia and -9 at Big Rapids. By 1:15 am, Big Rapids was down to -11. It’s colder in Grand Rapids now than in Barrow, Alaska and also the northernmost inhabited place on Earth, Alert in N. Canada, where the temp. is +9F. It’s the coldest December morning in G.R. since 2000.
Update: As of 9 am, it’s -9 in Grand Rapids with a wind chill of -20! The coldest temp. officially in G.R. was -12 at 8:32 AM. The -12 sets a daily record for G.R. The old record was -5 in 1993. Big Rapids is -13, Baldwin -15, Leota (Clare Co.) is -21 and Wakefield in the U.P. is -24. It’s 13 above zero at the S. Haven beach, but they have a 19 mph wind! The coldests temp. is -39 at Embarrass MN. International Falls MN has reached at least -36 and they broke their daily record by 4 degrees.
Another update: It looks like the -12 in G.R. is the 3rd coldest AM we have ever had in the month of December – after a -18 on 12/19/1983 and a -14 on 12/31/1976.
From the early morning G.R. NWS discussion: “LAKE ENHANCEMENT IN SOUTHWEST FLOW ON THURSDAY IS FOLLOWED BY
NORTHWEST FLOW LAKE EFFECT ON FRIDAY. THIS LOOKS LIKE AN ADVISORY
TYPE EVENT FOR THE WESTERN ZONES WHERE 4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW ARE
POSSIBLE DURING THE 24 HOURS FROM 18Z THURSDAY TO 18Z FRIDAY.”
This pic. from the Muskegon Channel (from NOAA Coastwatch) shows ice forming rapidly at the shore inside the breakwaters. Over the open lake it was too choppy to form ice. At the Muskegon Channel the high/low temp. Tuesday was 13/10. It was cloudy with occasional snow. On the other side of the lake at Green Bay, Wisconsin, it was mostly sunny and the high/low was -1/-11. The cold is going to hang tough into January.
The latest 8-14 day outlook goes out to Jan. 9. Cooler than average temperatures are likely from the Great Lakes to the Northeast and well down into the Southern U.S.
Also: Here’s what winter is like in the Kamchatka. Baby elephants endangered by the coldest temps. in 40 Years. Light pillars in Indiana. “Arctic sea smoke” in Chicago. Stormy weather ahead for California. Erie, PA is at 60″ of snow since Christmas Eve and counting. If you’re keeping score in SE Texas, Houston only has 49.5″ of snow in its entire period of record beginning in 1881! Fog in Salt Lake City. Sunrise in Rio De Janeiro. Sunset cloud ripples. DEEP snow in upstate New York state.