Lake Michigan Makes a HUGE difference!

Lake Michigan made a huge difference last night in our weather and the temperature.  We had a prevailing west wind.  The top picture is the Muskegon Channel this AM – cloudy, occasional flurries – the low temperature here was 17.4°.

A little farther south down the lake…same story here at S. Haven…cloudy, occasional flurries, low temp. here last night was 18.1°.

Here’s a morning pic. of Milwaukee (from the Univ. of Wisc.-Milwaukee), where there is nothing but blue sky and sunshine.  On the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan, the low temperature at Kenosha was -3 and at Sheboygan it was -4.

It was REALLY cold in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Stambaugh dipped to -32° this AM – the coldest temp. in the contiguous U.S.  Stonington got down to -28°, Doe Lake -25°, Wakefield -22°, Champion -21° and Marquette -18°.

Here’s a pic. of the Mackinac Bridge shortly before 1 pm.  Snowcover this Thu. AM:  4″ Houghton Lake, Alma, Alpena, Detour Village and E. Tawas, 5″ Lansing, Big Rapids, Mecosta, St. Johns, Lake City, Marshall and West Branch, 6″ Grand Rapids, Wayland, Plainwell, Ada, East Gr. Rapids, Eaton Rapids, Charlevoix, Mio and Gladwin, 7″ Saranac, Grandville, Wyoming, Scottville, Cadillac, 8″ Comstock Park, Rockford, Hopkins, Hastings and St. Ignace, 9″ Muskegon, Hart, Fremont, Kalkaska, Petoskey, Escanaba, 10″ Kalamazoo, Norway, 11″ Beulah, Gaylord, Traverse City, Stambaugh, Manistique, 12″ Allendale, Champion, 13″ Cooks, 14″ Rapid River, 15″ Ontonagon, 16″ Gladstone, Newberry, 17″ Stonington, 18″ S. Ste. Marie, Paulding, 19″ Marquette, Jacobsville, 20″ E. Jordan (most in Lower Michigan), Ironwood, Michigamme, 21″ Harvey, 23″ Watersmeet, 24″ Herman, 28″ Calumet, 31″ Hancock, 37″ Grand Marais, 40″ Painesdale.

Season snowfall (and departure from averagea):  Grand Rapids 57.7″ (+3.0), Muskegon 83.2″ (+13.8″), Lansing 34.9″ (+0.8″), Kalamazoo 55.2″.

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