We have had a cold spring here in northern Michigan. Look at the March numbers here. We are just starting to see a bit of moderation this week, with high temperatures finally in the 40s. With the cold temperatures we had a very heavy spring storm that dumped about 8-12 inches of snow on areas north of M-72 last week. However, the April sun is strong and we have been seeing the snow sublimate/melt. The snow depths have been slowly sinking back toward zero. So when will see the snow leave?It looks like from a rough guess, and looking at the temperatures trends, if not by next week, definitely the following week. The only caveat to this would be that a storm could pop up again, but the later we get into April, that even our high temperatures will support rain rather than snow. We are all looking forward to that.
Today, 20 years ago, I started work with the National Weather Service. I was an meteorological intern (GS-5) at NWS Jackson, KY. A year and half later, I got hired and transferred north to NWS Gaylord, MI. I’ve been here ever since (now a GS-12 step 9). For those that saw my 20 year award last August, that was 20 years of government service, which factors in my active duty time in the U.S. Navy. I can retire when I’m 62, so in 10 years.
As the sun is shining over northern Michigan this morning, I pause to remember…
The remembrance is bittersweet, which, for a meteorologist, most are. The storms that gave us awe for the power of nature, also tends to take life. So we balance our excitement of a storm with the recollection that some people die within these storms…
There are about 5 different storms when I was a kid that kept me on track to become a meteorologist:
- The April 3-4, 1974 tornado super outbreak
- November 10, 1975
- The Winter storm of January 1977
- The Winter storm of January 1978
- The tornado outbreak of May 31, 1985
The storm was truly remarkable, with a low pressure of 978mb when the storm’s center moved to just southwest of James Bay, which allowed for the hurricane force northwest winds over Lake Superior and rest of the Upper Great Lakes.
The hurricane gusts reached into southwest lower Michigan. Those gusts stirred up the ashes in our fire place, which had a set of glass doors on them, and left what looked like ghostly imprints of dancers.
Of course, later we would learn via Harry Reasoner and ABC News (probably WZZM out of GRR as well) that the S/S Edmund Fitzgerald was missing and was eventually found in 530 ft of water north of Whitefish Point.
Just a quick update to the snow fall expectation today and tonight. One of the things with the NWS that over the years since I started blogging, is that they have slowly begun to do the same things. So, this is easier than me having to produce everything (Heh)…. Continue reading
Looks like sometime tonight, northern Michigan will get a small snow maker, with significant lake effect snow on the back end. So let’s take a look…The big take away from this shows lake effect will be the driving factor with the winds in the NNW to NW band configuration. A lot of this will fall early Thursday morning just after the front moves through the region. It looks like there may be some lake enhancement as the front moves through as well, helping to kick the amounts up a notch, for the early morning hours.Looks like the amounts begin to fall fast for the next 6 hours (7a-1p 10 Nov) as the front moves through the region. Keep an eye out, as this may be some fast pacing changes with this system.
As my schedule has put the breaks on my blogging over the last couple of years, my recent surgery, has offered me an opportunity to blog about the weather again, while I am convalescing. So here are the questions about what has been happening from these posts from my main blog. (Developing my writing, Developing Pt. 2, Heart Story Pt.1). I opened up my Facebook to this post from the office…
I haven’t had a chance to dive into, it. Maybe later tonight, or Wednesday morning. It does look interesting.
The trees are beginning to turn, so the color tour videos will start soon. (okay, they don’t look like this, yet.)