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2020-2021 LES Thread


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3 hours ago, josh_4184 said:

Ended with about 3-4 overnight nothing special. Whole event for a couple days was about 10" areas NW of me did better with more LES. Looks like downstate LES belts did pretty well too.

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GRR reporting over 2" more than what I've measured in my driveway.  It's fickle though.  Lake effect zone is probably highly variable with more fine-scale streaks than the map shows.  Most of it has been falling in localized heavy showers under very narrow bands.  Very fluffy with a lot of drifting too. 

I added up 6" from the synoptic event, then another 4 of lake effect so far.  Most of that happened in a 3 hour period when a couple heavier convergence bands passed over between 4pm and 7pm last night.  Had a complete whiteout that dropped an inch in 20 minutes around 6:00pm (worst timing with rush hour traffic), but most of the time it has been flurries or very light snow. 

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34 minutes ago, frostfern said:

GRR reporting over 2" more than what I've measured in my driveway.  It's fickle though.  Lake effect zone is probably highly variable with more fine-scale streaks than the map shows.  Most of it has been falling in localized heavy showers under very narrow bands.  Very fluffy with a lot of drifting too. 

I added up 6" from the synoptic event, then another 4 of lake effect so far.  Most of that happened in a 3 hour period when a couple heavier convergence bands passed over between 4pm and 7pm last night.  Had a complete whiteout that dropped an inch in 20 minutes around 6:00pm (worst timing with rush hour traffic), but most of the time it has been flurries or very light snow. 

we have a solid base. the 4.2" of system snow the other night had 0.40" water so it's basically not budging. bring on some of those fluffed up snows we can get from low qpf lol

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1 minute ago, michsnowfreak said:

we have a solid base. the 4.2" of system snow the other night had 0.40" water so it's basically not budging. bring on some of those fluffed up snows we can get from low qpf lol

There is a 6" glacier base under the fluff here.  I didn't hear thunder Thursday night so you still have bragging rights to that.

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5 minutes ago, frostfern said:

There is a 6" glacier base under the fluff here.  I didn't hear thunder Thursday night so you still have bragging rights to that.

While I criticised the Chicago futility talk because it was so premature in my opinion, I have to admit I was really unsure what the season total would bring to Grand Rapids because of their insane deficit built up into mid January. Glad you guys are finally on a nice run. I personally did not hear thunder (it was reported by others) however I was in it and I can tell you it's some of the craziest conditions I've ever driven in, and I obviously have been in many much bigger snowstorms. 

 

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1 minute ago, michsnowfreak said:

While I criticised the Chicago futility talk because it was so premature in my opinion, I have to admit I was really unsure what the season total would bring to Grand Rapids because of their insane deficit built up into mid January. Glad you guys are finally on a nice run. I personally did not hear thunder (it was reported by others) however I was in it and I can tell you it's some of the craziest conditions I've ever driven in, and I obviously have been in many much bigger snowstorms. 

Yea.  The initial burst of snow Thursday night reminded me of a spring snowstorm out west, like in the mountains of New Mexico or Arizona.  There was graupel mixed in with the flakes at times.  I wasn't surprised it started producing lighting when it moved farther east, the convective elements got deeper as they moved east.

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51 minutes ago, WestMichigan said:

Kinda sad that the west side of Lake Michigan is seeing as much if not more LES than the east side this year.

Yea I was thinking such a waste of a warm Lake Mi  with the PV with this crappy 850 flow, had such potential if the winds weren't w or wsw like they have been the past 10 days. Now the lake is icing up so almost time to put a lid of a terrible LES season for almost all the normal heavy hit areas. My area has the potential to be 60-80" down on average snow for the year. 

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9 minutes ago, IWXwx said:

Has anyone heard from Bo lately? It's been awfully quiet from the yooper.

I was thinking about this also last week, I always enjoy his updates from up there. I will say my brothers n sisters n laws, yes 4 of them, are up snowmobiling out of a little town called Christmas this weekend, they rode over to Big Bay, Bo’s area, Friday and said the snow was pretty thin. They said there was more snow east and south compared to that area. Very strange year snow wise in MI. The bartender in some hole n the wall place they stopped at told them they were 100” below normal for snow this season so far. We chased fresh snow yesterday snowmobiling here at Higgins, we rode west to the Kalkaska area and found awesome fresh snow to play in. They picked up 8-12 inches Friday, found places where it was half way between my knee and waist deep and I’m 6’ tall with my boots on. Made for awesome snowmobiling considering how below normal snowfall wise most areas are up here.

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Just got back from my snowmobiling trip up in the UP. Was up in Munising/Grand Marais. I know it’s been a poor winter there but conditions were still good
Same. Thursday ride from Wetmore to Paradise yielded 250 miles. Rode on pavement and gravel for blocks in Newberry to fuel up. Returned further north via Grand Marqis. Other than Newberry, 80% of that ride was just fine for what they were dealing with.

Rode through Marquette on Saturday. Group was laughing as we did a few football fields worth of grass and cooked the hyfax right along the lakefront.

Had some overheating issues too - will need to add ice scratchers next time if conditions are ever the same. Still had some beautiful scenery.




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3 hours ago, kevlon62 said:

Same. Thursday ride from Wetmore to Paradise yielded 250 miles. Rode on pavement and gravel for blocks in Newberry to fuel up. Returned further north via Grand Marqis. Other than Newberry, 80% of that ride was just fine for what they were dealing with.

Rode through Marquette on Saturday. Group was laughing as we did a few football fields worth of grass and cooked the hyfax right along the lakefront.

Had some overheating issues too - will need to add ice scratchers next time if conditions are ever the same. Still had some beautiful scenery.




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Miners castle on that last one! Was there on Saturday. 

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