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Author: Patricia Murphy

An unquenchable thirst for knowledge about the weather, an observer of world-wide weather events, and an addicted fan of the Weather Channel on TV. Some occurrences from our not too distant past have left me horrified to this day- such as the possibly avoidable tragedy of the damage and death trailing behind Katrina, where human error combined with Mother Nature for sheer terror, the unspeakable destructive Tsunamis in Japan and Thailand, scenes and sounds of which I can hardly bear to see or hear. But I do see and hear it all because I am enthralled, fascinated, by weather driven happenings every bit as much as I am captivated by the clouds in our ever-changing sky.
No impressive credentials, no list of meaningful letters trailing after my name, this is merely me, just another weather junky having my say about it all.

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 South West Michigan – A Bit Of A Break In The Weather

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 South West Michigan – A Bit Of A Break In The Weather

Currently 25 with an E wind of 5 mph dropping that to feeling like 16. Dew Point 25, Barometer 30.14, Humidity 100%, Visibility 10 mi, Sunrise 8:08 am, Sunset 5:08 pm. Cloudy today with a high in the lower 30s. E winds 5 – 15 mph with gusts to around 25.

Cloudy tonight. Low in the lower 30s. Light winds.

Looks to be a fairly warm week coming up, compared to what we’ve had lately. Perfectly happy about that because we know, full well, that the bitter cold will return before we know it…or want it. Next week perhaps. Just in time for Christmas.

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 South West Michigan – Snow, Hopefully, Set To Taper Off

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 South West Michigan – Snow, Hopefully, Set To Taper Off

Winter Weather Advisory still in effect until 10 am today.

Currently 24 with an average wind from the ENE of 5 mph dropping that to feeling like 16. Dew Point 24, Barometer 29.93, Humidity 100%, Visibility 1,410 yards, Sunrise 8:07 am, Sunset 5 :08 pm. 80% chance of more snow until about midday. Another inch or so predicted. High upper 20s. E winds 10 mph.

Cloudy tonight, low in the lower 20s. E wind 5 – 10 mph.

Now measure 11′” on the ground with a new snowfall of 4″ last night. That should be enough. Mother Nature can call off the snow clouds now and give us some sunshine. Would be refreshing. And warmth. She shouldn’t forget to toss in some warmth. That’s the order I’m putting in. Whether it gets filled or not is another story.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 South West Michigan – Snow & Cold Continues

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 South West Michigan – Snow & Cold Continues

Another Winter Weather Advisory is in effect today.

Currently 22 with an average SSW wind of 2 mph making no difference so it feels like 22. Dew Point 22, Barometer 29.79, Humidity 100%, Visibility .50 mi, Sunrise 8:06 am, Sunset 5 :07 pm. 100% chance of more snow. 1 – 3″ expected. High mid 20s. W winds 10 – 15 mph with gusts to 25.

60% chance of snow. 1″ expected. Low around 20. W winds 5 – 15 mph becoming light.

So…the snow continues to fall and the temperature continues to stay low. It’s winter. Doesn’t matter in the least what the calendar says. We all know winter is December, January and February. Period. And this December is living up to what a winter month is supposed to be. How jolly.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 South West Michigan – Got 6″ Of New Snow

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 South West Michigan – Got 6″ Of New Snow

Currently 11 with a calm WSW wind leaving it to feel like 11 degrees. Dew Point 11, Barometer 30.02, Humidity 100%, Visibility 10 mi, Sunrise 8:05 am, Sunset 5:07 pm. Party sunny morning will become a 50% chance of snow afternoon. High around 20. SW winds 5 – 10 mph.

90% chance of snow showers. Low 15 – 20. SW winds 5 – 10 mph.

Got 6″ of new snow last night. About 9″ on the ground now. That rotten Jet Stream swooping down into the states has us sitting right in that scooped out purple part – cold and snow. Not liking this at all. No doubt at all about having a White Christmas. At the rate it’s going, we’ll probably have a White Easter.

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 South West Michigan – Winter Storm Warning In Effect

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 South West Michigan – Winter Storm Warning In Effect

Currently 17 with a SE wind of 12 mph dragging that down to feeling like 5 degrees. Dew Point 17, Barometer 29.65 & falling, Humidity 100%, Visibility .50 mi. 100% chance of snow today. 5 – 8″ possible. High in the lower 20s. SE winds 10 – 15 mph becoming E in the afternoon.

100% chance of snow early tonight. Another inch or so expected. Low 5.  N wind 5 – 15 mph.

There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 11pm today. Could get a bunch of the wicked white stuff. It will be, as usual, a wait and see how it goes game. But it has been lightly snowing since I got up. There is about 4″ on the ground right now with a new 1/2″ having fallen since last measurement yesterday.

Took birdseed out this morning and tried to clear a patch for them without too much success. Getting tougher for them to get to the seed, but I’ll keep putting it out for the. Poor little feathered creatures.

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 South West Michigan – Cold And Snow

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 South West Michigan – Cold And Snow

Winter Weather Advisory in effect until Wednesday.

Currently 16 degrees with a NW wind of 10.1 mph dropping that down to feeling like 2 degrees. Dew Point 9, Barometer 29.94, Humidity 72%, Visibility 6 mi, Sunrise 8:04 am, Sunset 5:07 pm. 30% chance of snow flurries. High around 20. NW winds 15 – 25 mph.

30% chance of overnight snow flurries becoming partly cloudy. Low 14. NW winds shifting to SW 10 – 15 mph.

Only 1/2″ of overnight snow where we could have received a bunch. Happy to be a few miles away from where the lake effect snow usually falls. There is 3 1/2″ of snow on the ground right now, which, again isn’t as bad as so many other spots in my state. Plus the lake effect that is falling around the Buffalo area puts ours to utter shame.  And although I’m usually a very competitive person, as far as snow fall depths go, I’m happy to be on the losing side of the game. Always.

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 South West – Snow And More Snow

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 South West – Snow And More Snow

Currently 23 with an E wind of 2.8 dragging that down to feeling like 16. Dew Point 23, Barometer 29.93, Humidity 95%, Visibility 0.5 mi, Sunrise 5:06 am, Sunset 5:07 pm. 90% chance of snow today. 2 – 3″ expected. High around 30. S wind 5 – 15 mph.

90% chance of snow tonight, another 1″ or so expected. Low 15 – 20. SW winds 5-10 mph becoming NW 15-25 with gusts to 35.

There’s a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until Wednesday morning. Looks like we’re expected snow every single day this coming week. I reckon I’m going out to do the stuff I have to do this morning. What difference does it make? Not going to get any better any time soon.

I hate winter!

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 South West Michigan – Light Off & On Snow

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 South West Michigan – Light Off & On Snow

Currently 24 with a S wind of 6.8 mph making that feel like 18. Dew Point 23, Barometer 29.84, Humidity 95%, Visibility 9 mi, Sunrise 8:02 am, Sunset 5:06 pm. 70% chance of snow showers. High lower 30s. W winds 5 – 15 mph.

40% chance of overnight snow showers. Low 15 -20. NW winds 5 – 10 becoming light.

Not much going on today. Expecting a bit more snow, but hopefully not much. Winter has obviously arrived, just happy it didn’t arrive carting in a ton of snow with it. So far, so good in my little backyard.

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 South West Michigan – Getting Some Snow Now

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 South West Michigan – Getting Some Snow Now

Currently 25 with an ESE wind of 8 mph dropping that down to feeling like 19. Dew Point 24, Barometer 29.71, Humidity 100%, visibility 0.50 mi, Sunrise 8:01 am, Sunset 5:07 pm. Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until about noon. 80 % chance of more snow this morning. Got about 3″ on the ground now. Accumulation of another 1 or 2″ possible. High around 30. SW winds 5 – 10 mph becoming N 5 – 15 mph.

Partly cloudy tonight with a 20% chance of snow showers. Low in the lower 20s. N W winds 5 – 10 mph becoming W.

Snowing here pretty steady but it’s a light snow. Not such a heavy snow as they are getting to the south and are due to get out on the East Coast. But still, our first substantial snow of the winter. The cold temperatures, all set to stay this way, assure everyone that the snow will stick around. Maybe not so much down south, I’m sure they’ll warm up eventually enough to get rid of that unusual snowfall they’re experiencing right now. A week from now this will be a memory for them. For us? Not so much. For us it’s going to be pretty much this way until spring. Bummer!

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 South West Michigan – Light Snow So Far

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 South West Michigan – Light Snow So Far

Currently 24 with a SSE wind of 3.5 mph making it feel like 19 degrees. Dew Point 19, Barometer 29.89, Humidity 81%, Visibility 10 mi, Sunrise 8:00 am, Sunset 5:06 pm. Partly sunny becoming mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. High lower 30s. W winds 5 – 125 mph with gusts to 25.

Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 9:00 pm today through tomorrow morning. 100% chance of snow. 3 – 5″ expected. Low mid 20s. S winds around 10 mph.

So far we’ve actually had less snow that they are getting in the south – Atlanta, for instance, is way ahead of us. Good for them, I say. And better for us, say I. Every time one of the Winter Weather Advisory things is posted for us and we somehow manage to escape? Wonderful.

What is concerning me this morning is the loss of animal lives out in California due to the wildfires. I wish like everything I could gather that every animal in California could somehow be transported someplace else, to someplace safe. Why anyone lives there is beyond me. And to keep animals there and not be able to keep them safe? Even worse in my mind. I am trying hard not to be consumed with anger, but I’m losing the battle.