After 50+ hours of snowfall, the sun finally appeared this afternoon!
This was a storm for the record books on parts of the Lake Superior Plateau (Negaunee area) where they received over 37″!
Down closer to the lake, we measured 18.3″ between 8 AM Monday the 21st and 5 PM Wednesday the 23rd. Meanwhile, the city’s official station recorded 13.5″ from 8 AM Monday to 8 AM Wednesday (we only recorded an additional 0.6″ after 7 AM). No daily or monthly records appear to have been set in Marquette.
Yes, “Twosday” (2/22/22) was by far the snowiest day of any February in our 5 years of measuring snow. In fact, that day ties 12/01/2019 for the snowiest one-day total on our record books. However, the December day produced 1.44″ of melted snow. Whereas yesterday the snow only melted down to 0.65″. Much lighter snow this time around! You can thank the colder temps for that — something you might have thought you’d never do.
It appears this was a very elevation-dependent storm system with Big Bay recording 20″ and similar numbers as ours from a station in Harvey close to the lake. Further up in Trowbridge (elevation: ~1000′), we see totals approaching 2 feet. That all makes sense since the lake definitely played a big part in the storm. Lake-effect (or enhanced) snowfall is quite subject to forces of elevation. For reference, we are 100′ higher than the official COOP station in Marquette, which partially explains our higher snowfall totals (generally, in fact).
Not for nothing, the website quadrupled it’s normal traffic on the 23rd! Google really likes our snowfall measurements and weather history pages. Many thanks to our dedicated visitors who encourage us to keep marching out into the wind-driven snow to take those measurements all winter long!
Beginning around 9 PM on Friday December 10th and lasting through about 2 PM on Saturday the 11th, an area of deep low pressure tracking near the Straits of Mackinac resulted in significant snowfall at our station near downtown Marquette. Overall, we measured 7.8″ of heavy, wet snow, although up to an additional inch may have fallen and gone unrecorded due to slightly above freezing temperatures, wind and sunshine. Our storm total was similar to a nearby report in Trowbridge of 8.5″.
Our highest wind gust during that period was 37 mph in the 11 AM hour. The 11th was the windiest day of the month so far in terms of sustained winds.
Our only real impact was time spent removing snow from the property afterward. No power outages were experienced during the storm.
For a detailed hourly breakdown, please check out our Weather History page and select the dates above (Dec 10-11, 2021). We don’t offer hourly precipitation data, but all other parameters like wind, temperature, and pressure will be available.
The northern tier of the country has felt the effects of a ridge of mid/upper level high pressure. We’ve had 3 consecutive days of 90°+ heat in Marquette, quite unusual at any point but especially in June! Spring is somewhat extended here because Lake Superior takes awhile to warm up.
Continue reading “New Station Records Set, Dryness Continues”
Last December we had to remove the radar imagery that appeared on the home page (for most devices). This was due to the recent overhaul of radar data by the National Weather Service.
Since then I’ve been looking for a replacement radar interface that was free and didn’t track end users.
It turns out that Windy.com, a weather enthusiast site I subscribe to that provides all manner of modeled weather data, offers a ready-made widget that will, among other things, display current and past radar conditions. You’ll find this zoomable radar on our Maps page.
Continue reading “A New Interactive Radar Map”
Marquette just recorded its least snowy January on record (1857 – present)! The official station at the Water Treatment plant recorded a mere 3.5″. Normally, we receive almost 30″.
Melting that snow and combining it with whatever ice and rain also fell, amounted only to 0.77″. That’s less than half the 30 year normal amount of 1.83″.
Also, the mean monthly temperature of 24.7° in January ties for 8th on the list of all time warmest with 1878.
Here at our station near the Jacobetti Home for Veterans, we recorded 10.4″ of snowfall (0.72″ of liquid) in January. Whereas the last 3 winters we averaged 29.4″.
Our station’s monthly mean temperature (as measured from 8 AM to 8 AM and rounded to whole numbers) was 23.9°. That’s +5.5° compared to our station’s normal.
Continue reading “Jan ’21: Warm & Dry & A Somewhat Clear Sky”