Winter Solstice Snow/Ice Storm

GREENVILLE, MI (12/21/13 – 12/22/13) – A powerful storm system affected much of the eastern United States this weekend. This storm system was responsible for heavy snow, heavy ice accumulation, and severe weather, including a few tornadoes. The severe weather stayed south of us here in Michigan. However, we experienced freezing rain, sleet, and snow. Earlier in the week, we had freezing rain fall in the area, which made conditions hazardous. Ice had accumulated on the trees and power lines. Sidewalks, parking lots, and side roads were like skating rinks. We straddled the 32°F line at the surface for highs. The warmer air aloft was able to override the cold layer below, which resulted in a prolonged period of scattered freezing rain, and freezing drizzle. Some sleet and snow mixed in at times. Below are photos of the ice accumulations. As the larger storm system gathered strength to our SW, the moisture plume from it was already affecting us by late Saturday (Dec 21st). Below is an animated gif I … Read More…

The First Snowstorm 12/8/13

On December 8, 2013, we here in west Michigan experienced our first snowstorm of the season. Now it wasn’t crippling by any means, only producing 1 to as much as 5 inches in some spots. But it still is marked down as the first widespread accumulating synoptic snow event of the season. Travel conditions deteriorated rather quickly once the heavier bands of snow moved in. The snow began during the day on Sunday and lasted well into the overnight hours. The snow provided me with quite a few photo and video opportunities. I first traveled down M-57 a little ways to get video and photos of some of the traffic and a flock of Geese in a field just off the roadway. I then ventured into town down by the Flat River and observed flocks of several Geese coming down toward the river. At one point it almost looked like an alien invasion! There were so many. By this point the roads were snow covered and becoming slippery. I ventured … Read More…

A Christmas Tree Story

This is a story about a Christmas tree, and his new lease on life. Originally, we weren’t going to have a Christmas tree this year due to some of life’s circumstances. A Christmas tree is a symbol of Christmas cheer. All lit up and decorated with garland, ornaments, and more. The thought of not having one was rather sad, and to be honest, depressing. But this week, something changed. I stumbled across a small Christmas tree. This poor little guy was trashed, without a home, missing a leg, and had nobody to love him during the Christmas season. So I rescued this tree, brought him home, plugged him in, and to my surprise, he lit up brightly! There were a couple of burned out bulbs, but that was it. Easily fixable. Certainly no reason to be left out in the cold alone. I searched and searched for his other leg, but could not find it on the first day. So we tried improvising. Trying different methods to sort of give … Read More…