Lake Michigan Satellite PictureDecember 15th, 2010 at 11:19 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
<–This is the afternoon Lake Michigan Modis Satellite picture. Click here for full screen. Cold air continues to stream across Lake Michigan with a northwest wind, generating lake-effect clouds. The dry air has turned off the significant snow. Note the ice that has already formed in the lower 3rd of Green Bay and the northern 2/3rds of Lake Winnebago. The two lakes with open water in Wisconsin are Green Lake (deepest lake in Wisconsin except for the Great Lakes) and Lake Geneva (southwest of Milwaukee). You can still see plainly the tornado scar northwest of Green Bay from a 40-mile long, 1/2-mile wide twister that occurred in 2007. Check out the picture of Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. Here’s another great picture of the snow cover from Minnesota to Missouri from a few days ago. Note the darker color across NW Wisconsin and NE Minnesota where there are more conifer trees, and a picture showing clear in Wisconsin with lake effect clouds/snow showers in Michigan. Here’s another satellite picture that shows the snow cover over most of the United Kingdom and Ireland. The difference in temperature (especially at night) across the lake continues to be extraordinary. Wednesday morning, the low temperature was 24 in Muskegon. On the other side of the lake the low was -4 in Kenosha and -13 in Green Bay. It’s still cold on Florida. Today was the 2nd day in a row that it never got out of the 50s all the way down to Key West. Orlando is -12.8 deg. below average for the first half of December, with all 15 days been cooler than normal. Key West is -10.4 degrees below normal and that’s a lot for an island surrounded by relatively warm water. It was 32 as far south as Marco Is. and north Dade County. Snow showers iced roads down into Alabama and Mississippi, where five people died in accidents. Temperatures today ranged from -30 at Embarrass MN (-54 at Fort Yukon, AK) to 87 at Vernon, Texas. Havana, Cuba was a chilly 41 this morning. All the way down to San Juan, Puerto Rico, the high was 76 and they had nearly 2 inches of rain. The clipper system that is passing south of us produced up to 10″ of snow in N. Dakota. Wind gusts hit 87 mph at Wasilla, AK – leaving hundreds without power and flipping a semi.