Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Grand Rapids, MI

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CLIMATE REPORT...CORRECTED MONTHLY PRECIP
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS, MI
600 PM EST SAT FEB 22 2014

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...THE GRAND RAPIDS MI CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1892 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              68   01/22/1894
 LOW              -22   01/19/1994
                        01/30/1951
HIGHEST            43   01/13        48      -5       58  01/29
LOWEST             -9   01/28        -6      -3       -2  01/22
                        01/03
AVG. MAXIMUM     25.5              30.7    -5.2     35.2
AVG. MINIMUM     10.7              18.1    -7.4     20.9
MEAN             18.1              24.4    -6.3     28.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     23              17.0     6.0       13
DAYS MIN <= 32     30              27.7     2.3       26
DAYS MIN <= 0       6               2.2     3.8        1

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         4.88   1897
 MINIMUM         0.29   1956
TOTALS           3.45              2.09    1.36     4.01
DAILY AVG.       0.11              0.07    0.04     0.13
DAYS >= .01        22              16.0     6.0       16
DAYS >= .10        12               6.1     5.9       11
DAYS >= .50         2               0.8     1.2        3
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.1    -0.1        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.86   01/10 TO 01/11           01/29 TO 01/30


SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           46.8   1999
 24 HR TOTAL     16.1   01/26/1978 TO 01/26/1978
 SNOW DEPTH        27   01/27/1978
TOTALS           41.9              20.8    21.1     17.0
SINCE 7/1        78.8              50.0    28.8     24.5
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     10                 5       5        1
DAYS >= TRACE      27              14.9    12.1       23
DAYS >= 1.0        13               6.9     6.1        5
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        18   01/28                          5  01/26
                        01/27
                        01/31
 24 HR TOTAL      6.1   01/05 TO 01/05           01/31 TO 01/31


DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1445              1258     187     1138
 SINCE 7/1       3965              3707     258     3366
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0

FREEZE DATES
RECORD
 EARLIEST     09/03/1946
 LATEST       06/04/1945
EARLIEST                        10/13
LATEST                          05/02
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              12.2
RESULTANT WIND SPEED/DIRECTION   6/232
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    30/250    DATE  01/29
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    39/220    DATE  01/24

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   17
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.90

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     74

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       1
LIGHT RAIN                4     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          3     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                5     SNOW                      11
LIGHT SNOW               27     SLEET                      0
FOG                      19     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      4
HAZE                     15

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

&&

JANUARY ENDED UP BEING MUCH COLDER THAN NORMAL AND MUCH SNOWIER THAN
NORMAL. GRAND RAPIDS RECORDED YET ANOTHER TOP TEN MONTH FOR SNOWFALL
(FOLLOWING DECEMBER) WITH A RANKING OF 7TH SNOWIEST JANUARY SINCE
1892. LANSING AND MUSKEGON RANKED 15TH AND 13TH RESPECTIVELY FOR
JANUARY SNOWFALL (LANSING RECORDS DATE BACK TO 1863 WHILE MUSKEGON
RECORDS DATE BACK TO 1896). IN TERMS OF THE COLD TEMPERATURES...
GRAND RAPIDS CAME IN WITH THE 15TH COLDEST JANUARY ON RECORD WHILE
LANSING HAD THE 20TH COLDEST JANUARY AND MUSKEGON HAD THE 18TH
COLDEST JANUARY ON RECORD.

NOTABLE EVENTS DURING THE MONTH INCLUDE A SIGNIFICANT SNOW STORM ON
JANUARY 5 WITH NUMEROUS EPISODES THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW
AND BLOWING SNOW THAT AFFECTED MANY LOCATIONS NEAR AND WEST OF U.S.
131. ALSO OF NOTE WERE THE BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES AND WIND
CHILLS ESPECIALLY ON THE 6TH AND 7TH AS WELL AS THE 21ST...27TH AND
28TH. ON THE 5TH...A STRONG AREA OF LOW PRESSURE BROUGHT MODERATE TO
HEAVY SNOW ACROSS MOST OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN.
NUMEROUS LOCATIONS REPORTED 10 TO 16 INCHES OF SNOW WITH THIS STORM.
VERY COLD AIR AND DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS OF -20 TO -40 SWEPT INTO THE
REGION ON THE 6TH AND 7TH...ENSURING MOST SCHOOLS WOULD BE CLOSED
FOR AT LEAST 2 DAYS AND MANY THAT WERE 3 OR 4 DAYS.

MOST AREAS AWAY FROM LAKE MICHIGAN HAD NUMEROUS DAYS WITH BELOW ZERO
READINGS AT NIGHT...AND IN SOME CASES DURING THE DAY AS WELL. GRAND
RAPIDS RECORDED A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF -9 ON THE 28TH. OTHER
AREAS LIKE LANSING AND JACKSON DIPPED DOWN INTO THE -10 TO -16 RANGE
AT TIMES.

THE 22ND THROUGH THE 28TH WAS AN ACTIVE LAKE EFFECT / ALBERTA
CLIPPER WITH LAKE ENHANCEMENT REGIME. STRONG WIND GUSTS WERE COMMON
DURING THIS TIME WITH PLENTY OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND
BLIZZARD-LIKE CONDITIONS AT TIMES. NUMEROUS SCHOOL CLOSURES OCCURRED
DURING THIS TIME FRAME. MOST AREAS REACHED SNOW DEPTHS OF BETWEEN 10
AND 20 INCHES BY THE END OF THE MONTH...WITH SOME LAKESHORE AREAS
REACHING OVER 20 INCHES ON THE GROUND.

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