WEST MICHIGAN (March 1, 2014) — Probably not what most of us wanted to hear, but there’s no real extended break from below normal temperatures coming in the first week or two of March. While we may briefly warm to around 30 or better here and there, the likelihood of climbing above normal and staying there is not in the cards just yet.
The attached snapshot is from the Climate Prediction Center. A group of Meteorologists and Climatologists whose specialty is working on longer range forecasts. In this case, the snapshot is the eight to 14 day temperature outlook. Notice the dark blue bull’s-eye over Michigan! That’s a 60 percent chance or better of below normal temperatures over the next two weeks. Again…that doesn’t mean we won’t warm occasionally/briefly, but the overall trend is to remain below our normal/average high temperature of 38 degrees.
In fact, the CPC 30 and 90 day outlook also have bull’s-eyes over the Great Lakes with below normal temperature expected (actually a 30 to 40 percent chance of it). We’ll see another Arctic blast arrive Sunday with highs only in the teens the next two/three days before we begin a gradual warm up by late in the week. We do gain an appreciable amount of daylight over the next few weeks, plus we’ll soon be springing in to Daylight Saving Time NEXT WEEKEND. Our average high/low temperature will climb dramatically by months end too. Check out the stats from Rick Mecklenburg in an earlier posting here this week. You can always get the complete West Michigan forecast at www.fox17online.com/weather.