Weather & Climate


February 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

We Deserve a Break Today by CRAIG JAMES We are finally getting a break in the prolonged winter weather pattern we’ve been having. If you, like me, think a day above freezing feels like a heat wave, it is because we just aren’t used to this “warmth.” The cold air arrived back on the first of December when five inches of snow fell, and there have only been seven [...]


February 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

Snowmageddon by CRAIG JAMES  Snowmageddon. Snowzilla. These are both terms I have heard used to describe some of the snowstorms of the past couple of years. How many more ways can the media hype winter weather? It is generally agreed that this past storm in our area was not as bad as either the 1967 or 1978 blizzards. If we have another storm to top those two, the media [...]

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January 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

Trends in Snow Cover  by CRAIG JAMES  On the morning of January 12, 2011, an amazing 71% of the lower 48 states had at least a little snow on the ground. You can see on this map from the National Weather Service National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center in Minnesota that Florida was the only state with no snow, although it was not far away. That means at [...]

WORDS on WEATHER & CLIMATE — January 6, 2011

January 6, 2011 // 0 Comments

More on December  by CRAIG JAMES  In last week’s article, I wrote about some of the interesting weather that had occurred in December, but it was written before the month ended. The final week of the month also had some newsworthy weather I want to tell you about. I’m sure you heard about the major storm that buried much of the Northeast the day after Christmas. [...]

Words on Weather & Climate — December 30, 2010

December 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

A December to remember by CRAIG JAMES Meteorologist Craig James, new Squire columnist I know the month of December is not quite finished yet, but it certainly has been a December to remember in many areas, even though I think it has been a rather boring month in our area. Temperatures in West Michigan are running colder than average, but there have been no record lows [...]
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