The Warm-Up Begins

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Here’s a look at the high temperature forecast for the next 5 days.  After two VERY cold days…a record low maximum of +2 in Grand Rapids on Wed. and a record tying low maximum of +4 on Thu., we’ll head to the mid-upper teens today.  Then a warm front passes and tempertures shoot into the mid-upper 30s on Saturday and 40s for Sunday and Monday.  It’s rather common to get a significant warm-up on the back side of a large, winter, Candian high pressure center.  The warm-up lasts for a few days, then the cold air returns, but not as cold as it was.

The skating rink at Rosa Park Circle has been closed because of snow and cold the last 3 days.  That will open up again.  Skiing and boarding has been awesome at Cannonsburg and Bittersweet will be open today.  For those of you who like to play in the snow…now’s your chance.  With fresh snow and a little warmer air…today and tomorrow (Sat.) should be great days to head out to the ski resort, get the snowmobile going or sled down your favorite hill (Richmond Park, Union H.S. and Johnson Park were 3 places I’ve been sledding. 

These are high temps. from Thu. AM.  The -18 at Kalamazoo set a record low for Jan. 31.  Muskegon was the only location that stayed above zero.  The -10 in G.R. was the coldest of the winter and the 5th time in 12 days we’ve been below zero.  Grand Rapids set a record lowest high temperture on Wed. at +2 and tied a record lowest high temperature with +4 on Thu.  Grand Rapids has stayed below 20 degrees for a week now.  We had 16 days in January with 0% sunshine and we’ve now had 10 days in a row with measurable snowfall.

This is the low temp. map from Thurs. AM – A total of 28 states and the District of Columbia had at least one temperature below zero.  Aurora, Moline and Rockford, Illinois had their coldest tempertures EVER!  There were 4 locations in Iowa that dipped to -35.  The coldest in the U.S. was -53 at Cotton, Minnesota. 

This was the Muskegon Channel Thursday. Light snow and temperatures in the single figures with the ice built out now as far as you can see.  Lake Michigan ice cover is now up to 33.6% and Great Lakes ice cover is at 49.2%.  The average maximum for the Great Lakes for a winter season is 55% and that is reached sometime in February or early March.  Lake St. Clair went from 0% ice to 100% ice in less than three weeks. 

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