What happened to winter?
Many Grand Haven residents are asking what's with the weather?
The "winter" of 2011-2012 has been quite remarkable to be sure. I've been busy fielding questions from "how much ice is on the lake" to are we going to get hit with severe winter weather yet this year. The answer to both inquiries is "probably not much". We have already gained an hour of additional daylight from the winter solstice, the sun is now approximately twelve degrees higher in the southern sky from December 21, and the extended forecast does not show much in terms of a winter pattern. We are currently in the mid thirties for seasonal snowfall, and the local snowplowers are considering me for execution. My defense is "remember the last several winters where we exceeded average snowfall each year." This winter is just one year in a cycle that we will not get much snowfall, and the lake will remain ice-free in all liklihood. Usually the ice melts by mid-March every year, and we generally don't add much ice after mid-February. Currently, we have had several sunny days with above average temperatures so the lake is still quite a bit above freezing, especially away from the shore. So sit back and enjoy or curse this weather. One thing for sure, we can't do anything about it.