Words on Weather & Climate — May 13, 2010

May 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

Snowfall by CRAIG JAMES I didn’t see any snowflakes in our area this past Saturday, May 8, but they weren’t far away. There was a light dusting on the ground Saturday morning as far south as Cadillac. Farther north, up to four inches fell east of Atlanta in Montmorency County with considerable damage to tree branches reported. In the Upper Peninsula, almost seven inches fell in Baraga County east of L’Anse, but I’ve seen it snow there in June. Temperatures Sunday and Monday morning, May 9-10 , dropped into the teens in parts of the Upper Peninsula. We don’t usually see snow in southern Michigan in May, but it has certainly happened. On May 8, 1923, an Arctic cold front moved across the area that dropped temperatures from the low 60s at 1 p.m. to the mid 30s by 6 p.m. On the following day, May 9, 5.5 inches of snow were officially recorded in Grand Rapids. However, up to a foot of snow fell in a band from Muskegon to Greenville to Lansing. I’ve seen pictures of that snowfall and I imagine it was enough to get some people to consider moving to a warmer climate. It probably wasn’t very well forecast either. But the snow didn’t last long. By the afternoon of May 10, it had all melted and apparently didn’t cause a lot of damage to vegetation. We ended up this current season with 72.5 inches of snowfall in Grand Rapids, which is exactly average and about 32 inches less than last season. If I may say so, it is also very much in line with the forecast made in my first article for The Rockford Squire of “snowfall totals much closer to average, perhaps around 70 inches in Grand Rapids, so you won’t be shoveling as much.” We only had two inches of snow this past March and just a few flakes in April for another fairly snow-free spring. I’ve written in earlier articles about the very snowy season in places like Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. In Washington, D.C., 56.1 inches of snow fell, which is more than 370% above the average of 15 inches. The 78.7 inches in Philadelphia was 407% above the average of 19 inches. To give you […]