Four inches of snow and freezing rain combined overnight to create a stark, barren environment on South Bass Island. A wind advisory is in place this evening . . . and we thought the saying was, “Beware the ides of March!”
South Bass Island Lighthouse weather station recorded a mild temperature of 39.7°F at 3pm. Out on Lake Erie, fishermen and water fowl absorbed the bright sunshine. The remainder of the week, according to NOAA, does not suggest anything like “wintry.”
National Weather Service Cleveland
338 PM EST Sun Dec 22 2019
SHORT TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/…
A strong upper ridge over the central CONUS continues east for
Christmas Eve and Day and will support surface high pressure. This will keep the area dry. The main weather concern through the period will be a warm front that moves through the area by Wednesday. The forecast area will be in the warm sector for Christmas Day and temperatures will warm significantly. The recent trend in the medium range guidance is warmer with 850 mb temperatures trying to reach 10 degrees Celsius by midday Wednesday. With that, have slightly warmer temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the low to mid-50s for Wednesday.
Two inches of snow place Put-in-Bay in a perfect winter context. Although forecasters suggest we will not have a white Christmas, if temperatures drop as expected, perhaps we’ll see some ice develop. Meanwhile, the daily discussion from the National Weather Service in Cleveland reports the following:
954 AM EST Tue Dec 17 2019
Significantly colder air will move into the region behind the front and will cause surface temperatures to drop through the 20s into the teens by evening. Wind chill values will drop into the single digits most areas with some areas of values just below zero. Some light snow shower activity will occur with the Arctic Cold front tomorrow morning but expecting fair weather otherwise across much of the forecast area by afternoon.
A strong fall storm roared through the western basin of Lake Erie on Wednesday. Miller Boat Line cancelled all but one round-trip to the mainland. Frothy, tumultuous waves rocked the south-western shores of South Bass Island, and Put-in-Bay harbor revealed extremely low water. Lighthouse weather readings peaked at 3pm. The WSW winds, steady at 42mph, hit a gust of 53mph. Click images to enlarge.