Monday, January 08, 2007

Winter has finally arrived in Grand Rapids

We had half an inch of snow last evening, our first measurable snow since Dec. 7th. That’s a record for winter in Grand Rapids! In 2000, the first year we were living in Michigan, we had 96 inches of snow by the end of December, and more hammered us after that new year.

Thirty days without measurable snow beats the old record of 26 days set back in Jan.-Feb. 1919. Yesterday (Sunday) was also only the 2nd day in the past 29 that failed to reach 40 degrees! Normally by this time of year we have had quite a few days that were in the single digits.

Note however, our string of days with above average temperatures continues as the average high temperature for today is 30 and we’ve topped that…so today makes 30 days in a row with above average temperatures, though right now the average temperature is about 10 degrees cooler than this time yesterday, and 20 lower than the warmest day last week.

I remarked to Scott and Danielle this morning, that, as far as driving them to school was concerned I was glad they would be back at their Mom's this evening (I'll be picking her up from the airport later; She's been gone for 10 days down in Florida on business again) so I don't have to take them to school in the snow as they are predicting Nuisance Snow all week.

Nuisance Snow to me is less than an inch; just enough to make the roads dangerous. As we were heading to school this AM the radio was fraught with tails of terror of folks on medians on the highway, and down ditches and embankments.....why can't people just drive better? I still laugh at the idiots with four wheel drive vehicles! You know the ones I mean! Those stupid, drooling, Cro-Magnon low IQ types that think they will stop better than a car without four wheel drive!

1 comment:

David Louis Harter said...

Chris,

I thought I was cold until I read your blog. Now, I feel warm—by comparison only, unfortunately.

The wind is so cold here today that it is nearly unbearable. The sun is shining brightly, and it would be a great day were it not for the wind!

- David