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February 2022 General Discussion


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For once, it's not 131 and west..

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UPDATE Issued at 700 PM EST Fri Feb 18 2022

- Expect the heaviest snow showers late this evening

Currently the band of snow showers, just ahead of the arctic
front, at 630 pm this evening extends from Alpena, to near
Traverse City, to La Cross Wisconsin, which by the way is
currently gusting to 61 mph! Time of the snow squalls with the
arctic front suggest it will reach the Grand Rapids to Holland
area in the 9 pm to 11 pm time frame. Model soundings do actually
show some shallow instability, which helps explain gusts to 61
mph at La Cross. Another point to note with the snow showers, due
to the 40 to 60 knot winds in the clouds, the heaviest snowfall
will be well inland of the lake shore, near or even a touch west
of US-131 from near Tustin through Big Rapids, to Grand Rapids and
finally Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Due to better moisture depth
and the longevity of the deeper moisture the heaviest snowfalls
will be north of Grand Rapids. The main area of snow showers
should be out of this area by 2 to 3 am but lingering lake
enhanced snow showers wind gusty winds will continue into mid
morning.

 

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We had our 1 hour of winter fun for the season with the passage of 2 LES bands that brought whiteout conditions in Huron and Grey-Bruce counties (and eastwards towards Barrie). It wasn't quite the blizzard conditions I was hoping for compared to similar setups from other years, but seeing blue skies and the sun within minutes was once again a feature. This winter is still a 0 like the previous five. 30 mins of neat wx during a season is remarkably lame.

The evolution of these bands is interesting on radar:

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Was looking at where we are for my area as far as avg temps go. It's looking like a top 10 Feb. With temps slated to be well below normal for the rest of the month (avgs are rising now), with a couple exceptions, don't see much change from the current standings. Hibbing has 2022 as being in 1st right now by well over a degree, so it will be interesting to see if that holds up with 10 days of data yet to come in with the current forecasted temps. And many times the forecast lows are exceeded by a good 5-10d for the areas away from the Lake.

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10 minutes ago, bowtie` said:

So, all you winter weather weenies, which looks coldest? The ice in color, yes, the bank next door has those yellow sodium security lights. Or the ice in B&W which is a bit blander.

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The second pic looks the coldest to me.

Winter is dark and cold.  The first pic offers too much warmth.

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You can tell the sun is already getting stronger.  Even though it only made it to 23 today, the full sun melted off most of the 0.8" that fell last evening in areas that weren't shaded.

Looking forward to the 50s tomorrow.

EDIT:  May make another run at 60 tomorrow upon further look.  Record is 74 though, so we'll be far from that.  That 74 happened back in the great Feb torch of '17.  Can't believe that's been 5 years ago already.

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12 minutes ago, cyclone77 said:

You can tell the sun is already getting stronger.  Even though it only made it to 23 today, the full sun melted off most of the 0.8" that fell last evening in areas that weren't shaded.

Looking forward to the 50s tomorrow.

EDIT:  May make another run at 60 tomorrow upon further look.  Record is 74 though, so we'll be far from that.  That 74 happened back in the great Feb torch of '17.  Can't believe that's been 5 years ago already.

I did notice that the sun helped melt some of the snow on pavement from the drifting last night despite temperatures in the teens.  As soon as the shadows shifted whatever melted instantly refroze. Still looks and feels like deep Winter here however the sun angle is making its presence felt.

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10 minutes ago, cyclone77 said:

Great day to take down the remaining outdoor xmas lights.  A bit windy, but I was on the sheltered side of the house.  :guitar:

Up to 51 here, 54 at MLI/DVN.  Sioux City torching at 65!

Sioux City has made it into the 50s twelve times and the 60s four times since Jan 1st.  They've barely had a winter over there.

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