Record Warm Day!

Central Great Lakes sector loop Winter Weather Advisory from 10 pm this evening to 1 pm tomorrow (from 3 am to 6 pm for Calhoun, Eaton, Clinton, Ingham, Jackson, Branch and Hillsdale Counties).  This is for rain changing to freezing rain then snow and roads becoming very icy as temps. fall below freezing later tonight.    We’ll continue to have periods of rain and drizzle this evening.  Temperatures will remain above freezing in most areas for the evening period.  Winds will be brisk from the south at 10-20 mph into early evening then shift to the west and then northwest.  The rain may change to a brief period of freezing rain or freezing drizzle and then perhaps some wet snow before ending.  We could see a dusting to an inch from Kent Co. north and west, with up to 2-3″ in areas southeast of Kent County, which combined with the falling temps. will make for a slick rush hour Fri. AM. Temperatures will drop from the 50s to the upper 20s by Friday morning.  That means puddles from the melting snow will ice up and to emphasize again…we’ll have slick spots for the Friday AM commute.  The chilly air will stick around through early next week.  Monday, a general 1-3″ of snow is expected from the upper level system passing over the southern Great Lakes.  Arctic blast on the way for much of the eastern U.SFuture radar animation shows W. Michigan missing most of the freezing rain and snow.  The old record high for today in G.R.was 55 in 1980 and the old record high for Muskegon was 56 in 2012.  Both of those records were topped this PM.  G.R. made 58 degrees.  The average high temp. is 31, so that was 27 deg. warmer than average.  A quick peek at the record book shows Grand Rapids has made 58 deg. at least 21 times.  The warmest January temp. ever in G.R. was 66 on Jan. 25, 1950.  Muskegon tied a record high at 56 deg.  Lansing’s record high for the day is 63 way back in 1890.

Fact of the day:  John Tyler, America’s tenth president, was born in 1790. He has two living grandchildren.

Also – This from the Kent Co. Road Commission.  Wow!  Snow 7 meters thick!  (that’s 23 feet!).  Look at the snow in RussiaWatch out for black ice. California mudslide update – 17 people dead – 17 others missing – Dozens injured – 100 homes destroyed – 300 homes damaged.  Beautiful snow in the Tetons of Wyoming6.6 FEET of snow in 24 hoursMore pics. of the snow-covered sand dunes of Northern AfricaWhy we get potholes.  “Over 10 000 people are reported to be stranded due to extreme amounts of snow.”  More pics. of the huge snowfall in the western Alps of Europe.  Over 1,200 daily low temperature records were set in the Midwest during the first week of January.  Tropical Storm “Joyce” along the NW coast of Australia.     The Empire State Building is shining green tonight because it’s time to put our planet first.  Uh, – what type of energy is producing the electricity for those extra green lights that you turned on tonight?  and if you wanted to save energy…just turn the lights off.  “The Washington Monument overlooking the Potomac River with ice from our cold spell last week… I haven’t seen ice that thick in many years of living here.”  A foot of snow in S. KoreaKelvin-Helmholtz clouds in the Florida KeysHighway robberyHouseboat stuck in the iceIcy red pier at sunriseA Game of Thrones Ice HotelLaunching a weather balloon in 55 mph wind gusts (peak wind gust was 68 mph).  What is it (under the snow)?  Hail in GreeceWatch the snow melt.   December 2017 was the warmest December on record for Alaska…note, often when the Great Lakes are cold, Alaska is warm (relative to average…and vice versa.

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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