Spring is here?

The good news? Spring arrives at 12:57 p.m. today.
Marie Havenga
Mar 20, 2014

And the not-so-good news: We have more snow on the ground right now than we've had in the past 110 years.

National Weather Service snow-cover readings at the Muskegon County Airport average 10 inches, the second most on this date since 1904 when 15 inches of stubborn snowflakes stuck around.

But that 10 inches is a drop in the snow shovel compared to the 129.6 inches total that’s fallen from the sky this season. That’s good enough for 14th all-time, but a far flake away from the 173.9 inches that fell in the winter of 1981-82.

And get this – we haven't had a good glimpse of the grass since the first week of December. The typical January thaw was barely out of the gate before more snow plowed our way.

On Jan. 1, we had 5 inches of snow on the ground. By Jan. 7, we eclipsed 14 inches. A slight meltdown Jan. 10-11 dropped us back to 4 inches on Jan. 14, but continuing winter wallops brought levels back up again and kept the grass’ disappearing act permanent for the rest of the season.

“Let's just keep crossing our fingers that we'll see warmer weather soon,” said Jared Maples, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. “My best guess is, we'll have another week and a half or two weeks with snow on the ground. Hopefully, by mid-April, we're not talking about snow anymore.”

But there's a bright side blooming after all the blizzards.

“With all this moisture in the ground, we'll have some nice green grass and people should have nice flowers this year,” Maples said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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