Lake Michigan Satellite Picture

December 15th, 2010 at 11:19 pm by 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. DakotaWind gusts hit 87 mph at Wasilla, AK – leaving hundreds without power and flipping a semi.

23 Responses to “Lake Michigan Satellite Picture”

  1. Dan says:

    I guess there are no decent snows in our forecast. We need some addtional snow cover for Christmas. Bring on the snow!

    1. fixxxer says:

      your probably not going to get it before x-mas dan. the long range looks cold but pretty dry aside from flurries.

      1. jesse says:

        Nws is talking accumulating snow saturday night and sunday with a southwest wind, that should bring the snow showers into the Grand Rapids area, also they are talking another low pressure system bringing accumulating snow next Tuesday

        1. slim Jim nwGR (2) says:

          As always that snow potential is a could happen not a will happen! Most of Michigan has a very good snow cover its just here in our area that its on the thin side. Here I have less then an inch on the ground will some grass showing, Even with the cold temps the sun has melt some of the snow on the south side of the house ect,
          Its now warm up to 30° here from an over night low of 10°
          SlimJim

  2. Yup (Grandville) says:

    Could be a relatively green Christmas this year, I would never have guessed it with how warm the lake became this summer.

    1. fixxxer says:

      yeah but the lake is pretty cold right now.

  3. TJ says:

    It’s 2 above in Montague right now- at that temp- won’t take long for that lake to cool down at all!

  4. Bernie says:

    This is the coldest morning yet for me. My nosehairs froze for the first time this season while waiting for the bus with my daughter.

  5. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Funny how just a week ago a white christmas was all but guaranteed, but now it’s almost swung the other way and a green christmas seems to be all but guaranteed. Absolutely nothing on the ground here but grass and frozen dirt even though the national ice center shows us as having snow cover.

    http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/ims/ims_gif/DATA/cursnow_usa.gif

  6. Paul says:

    Storm of the century is coming Dec22,2010.

    1. I see and with U on that …….

    2. fixxxer says:

      looking into that crystal ball again?

  7. b-rad says:

    That 87 mph wind gust in Wasilla Alaska wasn’t a storm front, it was Sarah Palin with a bad case of moose-burger farts.

  8. slim Jim nwGR (2) says:

    If Brett Anderson’s at acculess weather interpretation of the ECMWF long range guess pans out the rest of the winter could be wetter (maybe snower)then average with near average temps but with winter lasting well into March!
    SlimJim

  9. WE will get big snows real soon hang on bloggers it will happen …..INDY!!

    1. slim Jim nwGR (2) says:

      Big snows comming in March of 2011 around the 15 of March (beware the Ids of March)
      SlimJim

    2. fixxxer says:

      oh indy… “face palm”

  10. fixxxer says:

    Im betting on no big snows other than flurries before xmas. Sorry snow lovers. Besdies it wont be a green xmas theres some snow on the ground yet. Sorry indy!

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Just drove back from Grandville to Zeeland, not really any snow anywhere. Fields are all pretty much barren and green/brown. Anyone know our 2010 snowfall total? Since we didn’t get much in Feb or March, it has to be pretty low.

      1. Mike (Caledonia) says:

        Not sure about 2010 but the nws by the airport has 10.1 for the season. :-(

  11. storm waning says:

    Question – what percent of a weather forecast for any length of time is science and what percent is art? There seems to often be unexplainable or multiple answer reasons for why the weather does what it does – especially when it goes against what was foretold. Are the computer models spitting out a variety of possible outcomes and one is chosen as a likely candidate? Or, is there a professorial nuance involved – a hunch? What exactly makes a forecast? Is it merely interpretation of radar images and satellite motion picture – if so couldn’t you create an app where said information could be plugged in and out would come several possibilities – each given a percent factor of what is likely to possibly happen. Then people could say, “oh, the chances for snow where high – but there was another chance that it could be too warm and… etc.” This would give people a more tangible forecast range – instead of hearing only one most likely scenario. Just a thought -

  12. fixxxer says:

    now woodtv is saying minor snow by x-mas, we shall see. i don’t see any other weather reports saying anything other than flurries. i just have no desire to go shoveling x-mas morning so no snow is welcome by me.

    im dreaming of a green x-mas! ;)

  13. Tom says:

    I would love to see it really warm up for Christmas and New Years, anything over 40 would be totally wonderful!

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