First Day Cooler Than Average

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Today (Mon.) was the first day cooler than average in G.R. in the last five weeks (36 days).  The low temperature in G.R. was 14°.  That’s the 2nd coldest temperature of the winter so far and the first time we’ve dipped below 20 since Dec. 9.  It was cooler to the south where there was snow on the ground, with lows in the single figures along and south of I-94.  An interesting note in Ludington, where the temperature was 14° at 12:55 am and then rose to 28° three hours later.  What caused that?  We’ll the wind was calm, then the wind started blowing off the relatively warmer waters of Lake Michigan.  It’s not very often you see a temperature rise like that in the middle of the night. 

These were temperatures at 8 pm EST.  You can see the really cold Arctic air near, north and west of Hudson Bay.  Temperatures have moderated a bit in Alaska – no more -50° temps. – the coldest in the state this AM was -31° at Fort Yukon.  Lots of snow in parts of Alaska.  Yakutat has 39″ on the ground.  The Alyeska Ski Area reports a snow depth of 75″ (over 6 feet) with a season total of 242″ so far. 

You may not see snow on the ground where you are, but ski areas have been able to make lots of snow.  Here’s a look at the skiers and boarders at Cannonsburg Ski Area this (Mon.) evening. 

Lots of skaters this evening at Rosa Park Circle.  Skating should continue to be great the rest of the week here, but be careful on area lakes and ponds.  In most cases, the ice is still to weak to walk out on. 

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