Snowiest Winter on Record in Portions of Michigan and Ohio

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:40 PM GMT on March 13, 2014

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The relentless winter of 2013 - 2014 continues to add to its extraordinary resume over the Eastern U.S., where yet another near-record cold blast is underway. Temperatures on Thursday will be 10 - 25° below normal over the eastern 1/3 of the country, and it will be a serious case of weather whiplash in places like New York City, where the temperature peaked at 65°F at JFK Airport on Tuesday, a record high for the date. Temperatures will struggle to reach the upper-20s on Thursday--a spectacular 40° swing, and one of the coldest high temperatures so late in the year. The weather pattern that brought this winter's persistent cold to the Midwest and Eastern U.S., and record warmth and drought to the West Coast, is going to remain in place through most of the remainder of March. The latest 16-day forecast from the GFS model predicts a continuation of the dominant ridge over the Western U.S. and trough over the Midwest and Eastern U.S. that we've all grown very, very, very tired of (said Dr. Masters, after shoveling the latest installment of 6.5" of concrete-like snow of this winter's 90.7 inches that have fallen in the Detroit area--second only to the 93.6" that fell in the winter of 1880 - 1881.) Detroit has now had over 1" of snow on the ground for 72 consecutive days, and will easily break the record of 74 straight days, set during the notorious winter of 1978. Just to the south, in Toledo, Ohio, and Fort Wayne, Indiana, Wednesday's dumping of 6.7 - 7" of snow from Winter Storm Vulcan made the winter of 2013 - 2014 the snowiest on record at both cities. Chicago's 3.2" brought the winter total to 79.1", making it the Windy City's 3rd snowiest winter (the record: 89.7" in 1978 - 1979.) Some major cities that have had a top-five snowiest winters on record during 2013 - 2014:

Ann Arbor, MI: 1st snowiest, 92.1" (previous record: 89.8", 2007 - 2008)
Toledo, OH: 1st snowiest, 84.8" (previous record: 73.1" in 1977 - 1978)
Ft. Wayne, IN: 2nd snowiest, 72.2" (previous record: 81.2", 1981-82)
Detroit, MI: 2nd snowiest, 90.7" (record: 93.6" 1880 - 1881)
Flint, MI: 2nd snowiest, 81.8" (record: 82.9", 1974 - 1975)
Grand Rapids, MI, 2nd snowiest, 112.6" (record: 132.2", 1951 - 1952)
Billings, MT: 2nd snowiest, 95.2" (record: 98.7", 1996 - 1997)
Chicago, IL: 3rd snowiest, 79.1" (record: 89.7", 1978 - 1979)
Philadelphia, PA: 3rd snowiest, 62.9" (record: 78.7", 2009 - 2010)
Indianapolis, IN: 3rd snowiest, 54.7" (record: 58.2", 1981 - 1982)
Cincinnati, OH: 4th snowiest, 45.8" (record: 53.9", 1977 - 1978)


Figure 1. Predicted temperatures for March 20 - 26, 2014, from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center show a continuation of much colder than average temperatures over the Midwest and Northeast U.S.


Figure 2. Daniel Davis is covered in snow and ice while clearing a sidewalk during a snow storm in Detroit Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The storm moved Detroit into 2nd place for its snowiest winter on record, behind the winter of 1880 - 1881. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Jeff Masters

March Wonder (gardner48197)
Broke the record for the snowiest Winter ever, with 90 inches (and counting...)
March Wonder
Vulcan's Here.. (suzi46)
and the visibility is almost zero..snowing extremely hard with no wind at the moment..high winds later..24 inches expected to fall ontop of our 2/3 feet already on the ground..ugh!!!
Vulcan's Here..
Blizzard Warning! (tvsportsguy)
The shoreline along Lake Ontario is a violent place today. 50 MPH winds and heavy snow. Blizzard warning for much of WNY region.
Blizzard Warning!
Ice Art (RevMac)
Near record setting ice begins to break up on Lake Michigan on the approach into Chicago at 15,000 ft.
Ice Art

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355. hurricanes2018
2:23 PM GMT on March 14, 2014
Severe Weather Threat Returns This Weekend
Saturday
•Where/when: Scattered severe t-storms by afternoon in central/northeast Texas, into southern Oklahoma, spreading into east Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana Sat. night.
•Threats: Damaging wind gusts, large hail, perhaps a few tornadoes.
•Potential cities: Dallas | Austin | Hous



Sunday
•Where: Scattered severe t-storms from southern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, into at least parts of the Florida Panhandle.
•Threats: Thunderstorms may organize into a squall line with damaging wind gusts, perhaps a few tornadoes.
•Potential cities: New Orleans | Mobile | Tallahassee
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354. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:19 PM GMT on March 14, 2014
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
353. StormTrackerScott
12:09 PM GMT on March 14, 2014
Well in other news its Friday! Link
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352. SFLWeatherman
12:06 PM GMT on March 14, 2014


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351. StormTrackerScott
12:04 PM GMT on March 14, 2014
Speaking of warming the Nino regions have really warmed the last couple of days. Makes sense as there is a significant Kelvin Wave about to surface.




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350. SFLWeatherman
12:04 PM GMT on March 14, 2014
It is on FIM 8
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349. KoritheMan
12:00 PM GMT on March 14, 2014
Quoting 348. StormTrackerScott:


GFS shows what could be the first name system of the year. Of course its way out in fantasy land but it is in the general idea of what we can expect this hurricane season and that's homegrown systems


I'd rather Arthur be a hurricane -- for once.

I'll wait. :)
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348. StormTrackerScott
11:57 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Quoting 347. SFLWeatherman:


GFS shows what could be the first name system of the year. Of course its way out in fantasy land but it is in the general idea of what we can expect this hurricane season and that's homegrown systems

Lot of warm water near FL for this time of year.

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347. SFLWeatherman
11:55 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
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346. SFLWeatherman
11:54 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
I was just going to put that up lol

Quoting 345.
StormTrackerScott:

Boy the SE US especially FL is in for a wet end to the month. 06Z GFS even hints at a STS forming near FL at the end of the month.

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345. StormTrackerScott
11:52 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Boy the SE US especially FL is in for a wet end to the month. 06Z GFS even hints at a STS forming near FL at the end of the month.




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344. Tropicsweatherpr
11:51 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Good morning.

Excellent morning in San Juan.

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343. washingtonian115
11:33 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Quoting 306. VAbeachhurricanes:
0z NAM shows a heck of a system

I'm patiently waiting..Only three more days to see if we have a all snow event or rain.
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342. GeoffreyWPB
11:01 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
ISSUED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
338 AM EDT FRI MAR 14 2014

.LONG TERM...
THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IN THE GULF OF MEXICO LATE THIS WEEKEND
WILL THEN DEEPEN AND MOVE EAST ACROSS NORTH FLORIDA EARLY NEXT
WEEK PUSHING A STRONG COLD FRONT ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA SOMETIME
MONDAY AFTERNOON OR MONDAY NIGHT. AHEAD OF THE FRONT...THE WINDS
WILL BECOME SOUTHWEST AND INCREASE TO AT LEAST BREEZY OR EVEN
WINDY CONDITIONS. THESE STRONG WINDS WILL ALLOW FOR DEEP TROPICAL
MOISTURE TO WORK INTO THE AREA FROM THE SOUTHERN GULF OF MEXICO
LEADING TO SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY BY MONDAY AFTERNOON
INTO MONDAY NIGHT.

THE LATEST LONG RANGE MODELS ARE ALSO SHOWING A 100 TO 130 KNOT
UPPER LEVEL JET MOVING THROUGH THE FLORIDA PENINSULA ALONG WITH A
50 KNOT LOW LEVEL JET MOVING THROUGH THE AREA AT THE SAME TIME THE
STRONG COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH. THIS PATTERN WILL ALLOW FOR SOME
OF THE STORMS TO BECOME STRONG TO EVEN SEVERE OVER SOUTH FLORIDA
FOR MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT. SO WILL MENTION THIS IN THE EXTENDED
PORTION OF THE HWO PACKAGE FOR MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT.

FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THE POTENTIAL OF STRONG TO SEVERE
STORMS FOR EARLY NEXT WEEK...PLEASE CHECK BACK WITH US THROUGH THE
WEEKEND.
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341. LargoFl
10:55 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
all the models say storms monday..we'll see what happens....
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340. LargoFl
10:53 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
wel its going to be one stormy monday here by me....
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339. LargoFl
10:42 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
well storm is still 3 days away from florida..we'll have to watch the models thru the weekend..could weaken..could get a bit stronger..we'll see, texas/LA and the north central gulf states get it thru the weekend..lets see what happens there..im hoping for just a good rain event..
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338. LargoFl
10:39 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
and some chance of supercells monday.......
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337. LargoFl
10:36 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
UKMET for early monday..alot of rain coming folks..
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336. LargoFl
10:34 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
the whole east coast monday..............
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335. LargoFl
10:30 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
no 80's here this coming week but Monday stormy......
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334. LargoFl
10:27 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Good Morning...48 here right now..................
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333. Sfloridacat5
10:05 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Chilly morning - 48 degrees on my station.
But quick warm up today and nothing but 80s after today. 7 day for Fort Myers Fl.
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332. wxgeek723
4:42 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Quoting 331. BaltimoreBrian:
The following are Bufkit model outputs for snow in some major metro areas with very high seasonal totals. Right-click to enlarge.

Chicago



Indianapolis



Detroit



Cincinnati



Columbus, OH



Philadelphia



LaGuardia NYC



Can't forget Baltimore, even though we are not highly ranked this year.



Odd what an hour's difference makes, huh?
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331. BaltimoreBrian
4:31 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
The following are Bufkit model outputs for snow in some major metro areas with very high seasonal totals. Right-click to enlarge.

Chicago



Indianapolis



Detroit



Cincinnati



Columbus, OH



Philadelphia



LaGuardia NYC



Can't forget Baltimore, even though we are not highly ranked this year.

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330. wxgeek723
4:27 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Quoting 324. BaltimoreBrian:
Ohio may have their snow rankings increased. So may Philly and NYC.





Funny. Monday is one of our built-in snow makeup days. Wouldn't it be comical if that was cancelled due to snow?
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329. BaltimoreBrian
4:15 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Very late in the season for ice in the North Carolina piedmont



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328. nonblanche
4:13 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Hey all.

I read yesterday that TCID is currently allowing for 40% irrigation in our system, which while isn't great is a darned sight better than what it looked like back in January, which is to say nothing. Water will run for all orders placed until July 31 or the Lahontan Reservoir reaching 8000 acre-feet, whichever comes first.

This could be adjusted upward, if we get any late storms. So far it doesn't look like it - but our pasture's looking better than I expected. I think the goat poop and our paying attention to the berms is starting to improve the neglect from years of poorly managed water from the previous owners.

And Little Baby Eight is looking good, *and* being a mom seems to have pushed Lily up in the herd ranking. She's not getting pushed around like she was before.
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327. BaltimoreBrian
4:06 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
The detached area of light snow over the Delaware Valley is odd.

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326. BaltimoreBrian
4:02 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
The snow seems overdone in early afternoon.

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325. BaltimoreBrian
4:00 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
GFS is interesting. The storm happens at night so high sun angle will not be a factor.





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324. BaltimoreBrian
3:56 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Ohio may have their snow rankings increased. So may Philly and NYC.



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323. PedleyCA
3:54 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Time to Bail - Stay Warm - Stay Safe - Hope for Answers Soon - GN ALL
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322. ncstorm
3:54 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Quoting 315. TropicalAnalystwx13:
Something about all this just doesn't set well with me. A week later and we still don't know where the plane is--we don't even know if it crashed! All we know right now is that it stopped transmitting with no notice, and was tracked by satellite for 4 hours after that. The fact that the shut-down communications system was likely a result of "manual intervention" points to some kind of terrorism. This is unjustified speculation at this point, but what if the terrorism group responsible for the hacking (if that's indeed what happened) now has a fully functionable Boeing 777 in their hands for later use?


a plane being repainted at some remote airport that could possibly being disguised as an US flight and flown back into the US to target something bigger..and who knows what it could be carrying..

yes its late and its all speculation but very concerning that they can't find this plane..

CNN even said that if this had crashed in the ocean there would still be some floating light weighted materials visible..the fact that none of this is detected just makes this whole story more bizarre..due to the US more involved makes something is more suspect than a crash..

good night all..we'll see what we wake up to tomorrow..
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321. BaltimoreBrian
3:54 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
The Mississippi Mess

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320. BaltimoreBrian
3:52 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
The Texarkana Terror

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319. nwobilderburg
3:48 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Quoting 318. nwobilderburg:


Most bizzare incident in a long time


It doesn't seem much like a depressurization accident. Too much would have to fall in place for that too happen.
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318. nwobilderburg
3:45 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Quoting 316. HurrMichaelOrl:
The cold front's effects were quite noticeable at sunrise today. It was refreshing with temps around 50F and a nice breeze. Today felt like most cool late season days here under full sun. In the shade, you feel the cool, but if you are in or near anything taking on sunlight, it feels quite warm (even at 65F). Tonight is not quite as cool as I thought it would be. I have definitely experienced chilly nights in mid-March here, but this was not forecast to be record cold for this time of year in Central FL anyways.


Most bizzare incident in a long time
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317. PedleyCA
3:44 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Quoting 315. TropicalAnalystwx13:
Something about all this just doesn't set well with me. A week later and we still don't know where the plane is--we don't even know if it crashed! All we know right now is that it stopped transmitting with no notice, and was tracked by satellite for 4 hours after that. The fact that the shut-down communications system was likely a result of "manual intervention" points to some kind of terrorism. This is unjustified speculation at this point, but what if the terrorism group responsible for the hacking (if that's indeed what happened) now has a fully functionable Boeing 777 in their hands for later use?


That would not be good.
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316. HurrMichaelOrl
3:43 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
The cold front's effects were quite noticeable at sunrise today. It was refreshing with temps around 50F and a nice breeze. Today felt like most cool late season days here under full sun. In the shade, you feel the cool, but if you are in or near anything taking on sunlight, it feels quite warm (even at 65F). Tonight is not quite as cool as I thought it would be. I have definitely experienced chilly nights in mid-March here, but this was not forecast to be record cold for this time of year in Central FL anyways.
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315. TropicalAnalystwx13
3:35 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Something about all this just doesn't set well with me. A week later and we still don't know where the plane is--we don't even know if it crashed! All we know right now is that it stopped transmitting with no notice, and was tracked by satellite for 4 hours after that. The fact that the shut-down communications system was likely a result of "manual intervention" points to some kind of terrorism. This is unjustified speculation at this point, but what if the terrorism group responsible for the hacking (if that's indeed what happened) now has a fully functionable Boeing 777 in their hands for later use?
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314. PedleyCA
3:33 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Where's the Night Shift?
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313. PedleyCA
3:31 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
You could take the Bus... that ought to make you run for the Airport.
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312. Dakster
3:17 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Quoting 310. BaltimoreBrian:
And all this time I thought you were Father Time ;)


He's father time's great, great, grand father...

Sorry gro, had to get you back for that last comment. Mine are health related too.

BB - Gro went to the drugstore today and a "Clean up on Aisle 4" went out.
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311. BahaHurican
2:58 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Well, I don't know about Father Time, but the Sandman is singing my song....

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310. BaltimoreBrian
2:53 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Quoting 301. Grothar:As good as it can be, Grasshopper. I didn't feel all that well today. For a quick moment today, I thought I caught a glimpse of Father Time smiling behind me.
And all this time I thought you were Father Time ;)
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309. ncstorm
2:51 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Two U.S. officials tell ABC News the U.S. believes that the shutdown of two communication systems happened separately on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. One source said this indicates the plane did not come out of the sky because of a catastrophic failure.

The data reporting system, they believe, was shut down at 1:07 a.m. The transponder -- which transmits location and altitude -- shut down at 1:21 a.m.

This indicates it may well have been a deliberate act, ABC News aviation consultant John Nance said.

U.S. investigators told ABC News that the two modes of communication were "systematically shut down."

That means the U.S. team "is convinced that there was manual intervention," a source said, which means it was likely not an accident or catastrophic malfunction that took the plane out of the sky.

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308. luvtogolf
2:47 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Quoting 302. Doppler22:
(Pennsylvania) Bradford's high temp today was 15, breaking the former record low max of 19 that was set in 1992. Additionally, Altoona's high temp today was 25, breaking the former record low max of 26 that was set in 1980.


More All-Time record lows being broken. I would call that extreme.
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307. BahaHurican
2:46 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Quoting 212. GeorgiaStormz:


trust me, those things are so tight they try their best, but they cant move. seriously it's that tight.

Took me 30 mins once to put on a competition swimsuit, and that's not those old full body stuff.
This I can believe. I know the goal is to reduce drag to as close to zero as possible without restricting movement, so those suits have to stay extra close.

Quoting 239. Dakster:
You know in the not-too-distant future I may be having to fly a long distance. Recent events are not making me feel any better about it... Just saying.
There are still boats and trains... though I am not sure about service records for those...

Quoting 247. Haiyan2013:
Wanna talk about Lusi?
I'd love to, but u r prolly gone by now... :o(

Quoting 264. sar2401:

Yes, (he or she) does. I'm not sure of the gender on this one. It's kind of weird that WUnderground doesn't have either of these two storms on the tropical weather page.
Lusi was up this morning... I thought Gillian had gone ashore again because I didn't see any more alerts on Wunderground. Plus I missed HGW's posts overnight.

Looks like the Australian area is getting all the late season activity this year. S Indian has been pretty quiet this last little while... maybe one more hurrah before the end of March....
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306. VAbeachhurricanes
2:44 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
0z NAM shows a heck of a system

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305. Grothar
2:43 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Quoting 304. Dakster:


Hope you feel better soon..

That isn't a good feeling, I know I have had some nasty feelings these past weeks too.


Yes, but mine are health related :):):)
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