GRAND RAPIDS — Mich. December marks the first day of Meteorological Winter and the end to Fall so we wanted to look back on an active Fall of 2013. Temperatures started out warm in the first two months of fall with records being broken in many areas when temperatures soared into the low 90’s on September 10th. The fall season sees one of the largest swings in temperatures and this fall was no different. Fall started with the warmest temperature on September 10th and ended with the coldest on November 29th.
The weather was quite wild this fall as we had a quiet summer for severe weather. We had our first November tornadoes in almost sixty years touch down in parts of West Michigan and straight line winds caused widespread damage and power outages across the state. The same storm affected areas saw snow fall just one week later.
Our first week of Winter is looking like it will start out much warmer than average. Temperatures will warm ahead of a system moving in from the south that will allow temperatures to creep up into the low 50’s by Wednesday. The warm temperatures will be short-lived however as a potent cold front swings through dropping temperatures into the teens for overnight lows by the weekend. The overall short-term pattern for the next 7 to 10 days looks to stay below average so despite the warm start to winter, it will make its debut sooner rather than later.