Bill’s Blog: Lots of snow for mid-April

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This map shows areas with snow (and ice) on the ground in N. America.  With the exception of the cold waters of the Great Lakes, there is snow on the ground from Grand Rapids all the way to the North Pole.  And it’s not a little snow…it’s a LOT of snow.  Painesdale in the U.P was up to 48″ of snow on the ground Monday AM – the most they have had all winter.  Hoist Basin had a 45-inch snowcover.  Other snow depths:  Grand Marais 38″, Munising 35″, Houghton 32″ and Marquette (airport) 30″.  That’s going to take a long time to melt and anytime we get a north or northwest wind, it’s going to be coming off snow-covered and cold water. 

This is the South Haven beach at mid-afternoon Monday – with snow falling and big waves crashing over the breakwaters.  The lake remains about 15″ higher than average level for April.  24.2% of the contiguous U.S. had snow on the ground Monday AM – compared to just 6.3% one year ago.   If you saw the Boston Marathon…at the start of the race they reported moderate rain, 39 degrees and a northeast wind at 25 mph, gusting to 33 mph.  Not the best day for a run. 

Heckuva snowstorm up north.  Up to 33″ fell near Green Bay, Wisconsin – 2nd biggest snowstorm they have ever had and more snow fell in 48-hours than had fallen in the entire winter up to that point!  More Wisconsin snow totals.  

Also:  LOTS of hail in Slovenia.  Saharan dust making for an awesome red sunsetTornado passed by TV station.  All-time snowiest start to a calendar year – over 70″ since 1/1.  It’s the first time Cincinnati has had measurable snow on four days in April.  Tornado passing byWildfires in western OKYou don’t see snow very often in Tennessee in mid-AprilScary jobHail in AustriaTrain plowing thru snowHail in Algeria.  Where’s my car?!  

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