Weather Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory Is Over

Central Great Lakes sector loop Radars here should update automatically.  The Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Storm Warning expired at midnight.  We’re left with mainly scattered light snow showers and flurries.

Part of our Sunday snow was due to a meso-low that was over Lake Michigan – formed by the very cold air coming over the relatively warm water.  Here’s a radar loop of the heavy snow that fell in the lakeshore counties from Ottawa Co. north.

Full moon tonight…technically a “super moon” – a little bit bigger than an average full moon.

Check out the Winter Waterspout on Lake Michigan!  Pic. from James and Jen Lawson.

And “steam devils” on Lake McConaughy, Nebraska Sat. AM.  Pic. from Luanne Chavez and the North Platte NWS.


The Winter Storm Warning for Alger Co. in the U.P. runs to 7 am Monday and the NWS says:  “…total snow accumulations through Monday morning could exceed 18 inches at many higher terrain locations from Chatham east to Wetmore and Grand Marais.”  Here’s a satellite loop of snow squalls coming off Lake Superior.

If you haven’t seen this…this is video of the 40+ vehicle accident on US 31 in Muskegon as it is happening (warning – some “colorful language” here.

Wow!  Big Ten is 7-0 in Bowl Games…best showing ever…and Michigan can make it 8-0 today (Mon.).  First 13 win season for Wisconsin.  How did Iowa score 55 points on Ohio State??

It will stay unseasonably cold all of next week with periods of snow and flurries.  Here’s a U.S. satellite loop.  In Heart Butte, MT, 3.5 feet of snow have fallen since Thursday.  Another great sunrise from Eric Treece in Colorado.  A VERY cold sunrise in Clinton MN (-40).  Ice “dunes” building up at the Lake Michigan shoreLight pillars in Charlotte MI.  Southern Hemisphere Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) is only 8% of normal for the 2017/18 season to date – the lowest Southern Hemisphere ACE on record from July 1 through December 29.  Hurricanes were concentrated in the U.S. and Caribbean this year.  Amazing sight at a frigid Sodus Point, NY right now. Sodus Bay is frozen solid, allowing for some of the earliest ice fishing this area has ever seen.  Ice balls on Lake Michigan.  The hot water trick with a 40 mph wind and a wind chill of -84.  Saturday AM – Arctic front sat right on Ennis MT Airport, where temperatures changed rapidly from 5F to 41F back to 10F and now up to 21F over 3 hrs.  Map of U.S. tornado warnings in 2017.  Anyone want to shovel off this roof?  Nearly 3 feet of snow in three days in northern Idaho is contributing to high avalanche danger.  Snow in Erie PA – video from Reed Timmer. Brilliant green aurora in Norway. Ice on Lake Michigan at ChicagoPolar ExpressCommercial fishing boat abandoned in the iceWaterfall at 6 below zeroMagnificent cap cloud in Kamchatka.

  Here’s the Lake Michigan satellite picture (from NOAA Coastwatch) from midday Saturday.  It’s sunny in Wisconsin with lake-effect clouds in W. Michigan.  You can see the ice that has formed in Green Bay and up by the Mackinac Bridge.  There is some ice offshore of Chicago and it looks like the east half of Geneva Lake (SE of Milwaukee and NW of Chicago) has frozen over.

Note the contrast here.  The first pic. from WTMG is Racine Wisconsin looking east out over Lake Michigan.  You can see the lake-effect clouds forming over the relatively (important word) warmer waters of Lake Michigan and the “Arctic sea smoke” – steam rising off the water (streaming here:  Contrast that to the Muskegon Channel – same time – where there are thick lake-effect clouds and lake-effect snow.  Milwaukee has 1″ of snow on the ground – Muskegon has 18″ of snow on the ground.  At 2 pm, the temp. in Racine WI was +2 with a wind chill of -16.  At the Muskegon Channel, the temp. is 11 with a wind chill of -9).

The latest 8-14 day outlook from CPC goes out to January 12 and continues to show most of the country east of the Rockies with below average temperatures.

Snowfall in the 24-hours ending at 7 pm Fri. totaled 13.1″ at Muskegon.  Snowfall in the 24 hours ending at 7 am included 12.3″ at Mears, 11.0″ at Hart (20″ on the ground there) and 10.7″ at Cloverdale.

Also:  Niagara Falls “freezes over”.

The snow contributed to a 40-car pile-up on US 31 near Muskegon. Authorities say visibility was close to zero when a car spun out, causing the chain reaction.  There were 3 relatively minor injuries.  Here’s more snow reports. In NW Lower Michigan,.  Benzonia has 20″ on the ground, 18″ at Charlevoix and E. Jordan and 14″ at Gaylord, Beulah and Harbor Springs. In the U.P., Painesdale has over 30″ on the ground (30 Fri. AM and it snowed all day Friday), 27″ Grand Marais, 21″ Hancock, 15″ Munising, 13″ S. Ste. Marie, 11″ Newberry.

Drive carefully, allow a few extra ” of snow for minutes to get where you are going and leave a good interval between you and the vehicle in front of you.

The only undefeated team is UCF (Univ. of Central Florida).  They are 12-0 and ranked 12th.  Two years ago, UCF was 0-12.  So, this has been an extraordinary turnaround.

New Year’s Eve forecasts from the NWS for U.S. cities – very cold over much of the U.S.  Bitterly cold in the Alaska Panhandle…with some temps. 20 degrees below average.

Links: Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, Milwaukee radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar, Regional radar, the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map, the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. Here’s the 84-Hour snow forecast from the NAM model and the 120-hour snow forecast from the GFS model. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan ski conditions. Cool U.S. satellite loop.

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