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  1. Nice to be seeing some snow showing up for the end of next week.
  2. Locally, this winter has by far been much worse than 2011-2012. We had many snow events, but the snow just didn't stick around. This winter, we have had about 3 weeks of snow cover while the ridiculous thaws have wiped things out. Plus, snowfall has been sparse. Compared to avg., super ugly here. I agree with those saying worse than that season. Now, looking long range, clippers can definitely turn that around. The whole pattern still seems goofy to me though. Just very cautious about anything great.
  3. Yeah, we have probably done some of the worst in terms of lake effect compared to most snow belts this year. Like I mentioned, the 35 mph winds we have had with pretty much every lake effect event this year have either blown the snow waaaay inland, or they have ripped apart snowflake growth and we get the real fine snow that just doesn't pile up. Plus, this area cashes in big time with clippers, as SW winds really enhance snow off the lake...and we often get convergence. This year, we have had zero clippers, so that has not helped us at all. Muskegon is truly a microclimate in itself. We either get the heaviest snows...or some of the lowest. There isn't much "in between" stuff. Winters seem to be either feast or famine here. 150 inch snow seasons....or 70 inches.
  4. I don't envy anybody who gets freezing rain. One form of wintry precip. I have no desire to deal with. Too many memories from the 90s in PA of many ice storms with wind breaking trees, snapping power lines, injuring people, and aiding in many accidents.
  5. Somewhere around 35ish inches. You guys got heavier snows from the December systems, AND all the strong winds during lake effect events have blown the heaviest snow over the lakeshore to the Grand Rapids area. It has NOT been a good start for the Muskegon area. We still have snowcover in many areas. A couple of inches in pretty much all shaded areas...but grass is showing wherever snow was blown away from the wind and snowcover was thinner. Plus, around the mall and open areas that always lose it first. My yard has a couple inches of glacier...but that will be toast this week.
  6. Well I am certainly hoping that we can get winter to continue through much of March this year. Otherwise, it has been a pretty short one. My area is two to three feet below normal snowfall for this winter to date.
  7. Geos moved to the Cascades in Washington...I was excited to see a post on the Photos board.
  8. But...we only have a few more weeks until certain individuals start chanting about "sun angle" affecting winter... Haven't had the chance to enjoy winter before those shenanigans start...
  9. Geos! I miss your posts. Are you living in the Cascades now? Hope all is well.
  10. Sure am looking for an end to this trough in the west/ridge in the east pattern at some point soon. Long range GFS is ugly, with more of the same obnoxious thaws.
  11. With the wind dying down yesterday, lake effect snows have set up shop closer to the lakeshore. 6 inches of fresh new snow since yesterday, and still coming down. With it being cold, driving has been nasty with snow packed on to roads and the powder blowing all over the place..causing very low visibility The NAM looks like it is trying to hold the cold air in longer for Tuesday's system, with several inches possible. Hope it happens.
  12. I wish. My wife refuses to go any farther north. She hates cold weather. So I make do with an average of 100 inches seasonal snowfall and high of 30ish for the winter. Seems like a lot to some people. But that average means some winters with 70 inches and lots of thaws. Hard for a snow freak like myself. I would move to the UP in a heartbeat. Isolation and snow!
  13. Hard for me to be excited when it looks like we will probably lose most of it again in yet another thaw next week. I find winters where the snow seems to be melting non-stop to be depressing.
  14. I got 0.09". More than you! Hmm, doesn't seem as fun to brag when it's not snow......
  15. This map shows very well how the relentless 30 to 40 mph winds we seem to be getting with every cold front this year has blown the Lake Michigan snows over my head and dropped them in the Grand Rapids area. Ready for the wind to die down...