Modis Satellite Pictures

February 9th, 2012 at 3:22 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  Check out the MODIS satellite pictures from Wednesday of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.  Note the inland lakes that still have open water (Torch, Elk, Gull, Muskegon, Lake Geneva, Green Lake in WI.  We’ll have more sunshine today.

66 Responses to “Modis Satellite Pictures”

  1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Also note there are areas of open water in both Green Bay and Saginaw Bay. It is very hard not get get ice in either bay as they are protected and not very deep. When I lived in the Bay City area people used to drive their cars and trucks onto the bay as the ice would sometimes get to be 18″ up to 24″ and some times more. We used to walk on the ice but I never drove a car on. I would say the ice fishing is not good this year!!
    Its a cold (for this winter) 19° here with clear skies. I have to say hope this cool down is short lived as I would like to see us reach that warmest winter record. But I dont want to see a cold and snow March either but that still could happen.
    SlimJim

    1. Randy M (Comstock Park) says:

      Maybe the ice will be so poor this year that there won’t be the usual news stories of people stranded on ice floes in Saginaw Bay!

  2. Yup (Grandville) says:

    Funny to see torch lake is still largely free of ice.

  3. Hardy Tom says:

    I imagine there are a lot of disappointed ice fishermen out there. Way back when I was young I used to ice fish on Hardy Pond. By this time of year one could work up a pretty good sweat spudding a hole. I guess there won’t be any of that this year.

  4. Storm Waning says:

    It’s a poor winter for snow/cold and a great winter for above average temps and below average snowfall when the word “impressive” is used as an adjective to describe “potential” in 1-3″. People! We could have 1-3 INCHES!

    Per todays forecast text…(complete with poor writing, i.e. “through”

    “appears as through more impressive snow potential is on the horizon for next week. Two systems may bring us some snow next week. The first will arrive Monday night and Tuesday with perhaps 1-3″ of snow.”

    1. Yup (Grandville) says:

      Since when is 1-3″ impressive? LOL!!!!

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        I think they are referring to the second as potentially impressive.

        1. Yup (Grandville) says:

          LOL… at least they aren’t saying a thing about the second one yet.

    2. Mike (Mattawan) says:

      well with the snowfall we’ve had so far…. 3 inches would be somewhat impressive.

  5. dano (Norton Shores) says:

    This is the strangest winter I have been through going all the way back to the 70s. I cannot recall a winter that has been so uneventful (boring). Not just the warm temperatures but the lack of any type of precipitation. Not going to be much of a “runoff” this spring. I did go skiing last weekend at Crystal Mountain and the skiing is actually very good. There is snow on the ground north of Bear Lake, MI. (which is about 12 miles north of Manistee) In the Muskegon area; there is not much of a look of winter. It’s like we have had a long March. A March that never ends….

    Maybe our snows will come in March, you never know…

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      There’s still snow piles and some snow in extra-shady areas! lol

  6. Randy M (Comstock Park) says:

    Still visible!

  7. Tom L says:

    Maybe I am just an “old timer”, but I have been around enough to know that we Michiganders have experienced this sort of “mild” winter a few times before. Not too unusual.
    Global warming…? No. Hardly. Just part of the periodic “warmer than usual” winters that good old Mother Nature “blesses” us with once every (ten?) years or so.
    As the Bible says, “To every season there is a reason…”
    Amen.
    :)

    1. Brad says:

      Did you read Bill’s post dated February 4? “Second warmest winter so far.” So, unless you were around in 1932-33, you have not experienced a winter this warm in west Michigan. I would say the second warmest winter on record counts as “unusual.” And there’s no sense in ascribing it to global warming absent a trend or dismissing global warming absent a trend. It is what it is, until it isn’t.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        The RSS January satellite IR data shows that globally January 2012 was the 2nd coldest January since 1993: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/story/satellite-verdict-is-in-on-jan/61300

        1. Brad says:

          Not germane to discussion of Michigan’s winter, but interesting nonetheless.

        2. JoAnne says:

          Always out to prove the corporate elitists points Bill. You can’t help yourself. Also, I’m not saying that I agree with your stats, but how is that pertinent to the discussion of Global Warming? As Brad is pointing out, a trend is not important. Neither is a blip.

        3. Bill Steffen says:

          That’s just the point, the trend is NO WARMING in the last decade. This is what Dr. Judith Curry of the BEST group said: “‘There is no scientific basis for saying that warming hasn’t stopped,’ she said. ‘To say that there is detracts from the credibility of the data, which is very unfortunate.’

          Here’s HADCrut global temperatures since 2003: http://digitaldiatribes.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/hadcrut60raw200811.jpg

          Look at the increase in global ice in Antarctica in the last year! http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/S_timeseries.png

        4. big Daddy BC says:

          It’s awfully strange to claim global warming isn’t real during the warmest winter in Michigan history. The fourteen hottest years ever occurred during the last fifteen. Go blow smoke up your rich teabag friends’ butts. Great conspiracy theory, but totally unrealistic. We’re not buying it, weatherman.

          Here’s what NOAA says:

          http://www.climate.gov/#climateWatch/videos

        5. Yup (Grandville) says:

          You don’t have to be an a-hole about it BC. Jeez man….

        6. Mike M. says:

          Eurasia is having the worst winter in decades, as hundreds die from the cold…

          http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2097292/Big-freeze-Europe-shows-signs-letting-Venices-famous-waterways-ice-over.html

          The planet is now below the last thirty years average for temps and will continue to cool. It’s as cold as the eco-fascists chances of getting any of their insane “climate change” legislation and taxes passed. Truthers, Birthers, and Global Warmers: welcome to the ash heap of history. Now jump on in.

        7. big Daddy BC says:

          You’re right, Yup. I was rude and apologize. …just getting sick of the unrelenting barrage of right-wing-slanted climate misinformation. Every little bit gets a political filtering before hitting the page.
          And Mike, give us a break, man. It’s winter. It’s bound to be cold somewhere, but colder than average ahead? That’s a fabrication. I realize Christy and Exxon-Spencer are calling it cold, but they’ve been saying that right along. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

          Anyone interested in reading about the ‘campaign of disinformation’ being waged by conservatives like Bill Steffen, have a look here:
          http://rockblogs.psu.edu/climate/2012/01/ethical-analysis-of-disinformation-campaigns-tactics-1-reckless-disregard-for-the-truth-2-focusing-o.html

        8. Bill Steffen says:

          HA! First Penn State covered up for their precious football team…now they’re trying to cover for Michael Mann and his thoroughly debunked “hockey stick”. He’s the guy from the famous Climategate emails “use Mike’s TRICK to HIDE THE DECLINE”. The guy you keep linking to at Berkeley, Dr. Muller said he won’t even read Mann’s papers anymore!

          Now, read this from just a few days ago: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,813814,00.html

    2. Mr. Negative says:

      How refreshing…an observation grounded in sanity and experience. You’re right Tom, sometimes winter around here is light and comfortable, other times it’s heavy and ponderous. Winter around here is going to what it does, regardless of the pathetic requests for attention from the generation made up of Brad, JoAnne, BDBC, etc. Hopefully, ‘real world experience’ can slowly break through their worthless ‘virtual world’ of media, and sacred search links.

  8. Big K says:

    Hey Bill,
    I was worried about our troops Polar Bear camp out this weekend not staying below 32. But looks like the high on saturday will be mid 20′s so I guess we are safe. Sure beats the one I went on with my oldest son when it was -7 and snowing sideways when we left and only got colder that night.

  9. marianne says:

    here, I painted the ‘Queen of Michigan’ for all of you who miss the snow. (I don’t)

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/422115_10150769828096038_603011037_12358077_326061057_n.jpg

  10. Allendale says:

    I hope it is a cold crappy summer for all you winter haters looking forward to summer.

    1. marianne says:

      summer is too hot! thank god for a/c…: )

      1. Andy says:

        I would love a cooler summer!! I hate hot & muggy!

    2. Barry in Zeeland says:

      We are not as you said, “winter haters”, but rather No Snow Lovers! No snow just makes every little thing in life easier from not having to spend 20 minutes getting the kids all the snow gear on to not having to shovel out the inside of my garage from the mind numbing amounts of salt and gravel dumped needlessly onto our roadways. The only complaining on the blog this year would be from the No Snow Haters. How could anyone not enjoy a day like today? Sunny and bright and full of life!!

    3. RJ (Rockford) says:

      I hope for a colder than average SPRING, SUMMER, FALL and then next winter 150 inches of snow with at least three blizzards and 3 or 4 – 12 inch plus snow storms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. Steve T says:

        Awesome comment RJ!!! I could not agree more! Fall and winter are the best…being a redhead, I hate summer.

  11. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    It may not be any warmer globally, but it sure has been warm in the lower 48.

    -2nd warmest summer ever

    -3rd warmest November ever

    -4th warmest January ever

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Be careful with “ever.” =)

  12. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Coolest thing you will see you today:

    Night time fly over footage of Michigan/Northern Lights from the ISS

    http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/07/10344463-aurora-extravaganza-glows-in-space

    1. Imthemom (just n holland) says:

      Thanks, that was great.

      1. Skot says:

        WHEN THE HECK WAS THIS? I do believe it was cloudy that whole week. I call BullSH–.

        1. INDY says:

          lolololololololollo!

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          We took the clouds away for a few minutes to get the video, then we put them back. It was at night, so no one noticed.

  13. Kevin. w says:

    Well I said there could be a possible storm next week but now as has been the case all winter the euro has backed off on this idea and as we head closer to march and into march big snows will be hard to come by and even stick around for very long. The new 12z euro has us staying milder all the way through the rest of Feb. but this is one run of this model and the new 12z gfs is starting to go in that direction. The gfs all winter has been playing catch up with the euro model and seems it going in that direction in the longer range. Both models develop a southeast ridge after the 20th and bring much above normal temps. in the east, which is stated in CPC updated temp. anomaly forecast for Feb. Will have to see how that works out after mid Feb and see if this trend continues. Think as were heading into phase 7/8 of the madden julian oscillation in the pacific this could very well be. The pacific waters have warmed a bit more over toward asia and this could bring even a strong pacific jet through the U.S. pumping more warmer air into and through the continental U.S. Here is what long range says from National Weather Service out of GRR. It just doesn’t seem to want to get real stormy this year.

    LONG TERM…(320 PM EST THU FEB 9 2012)
    (SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY)

    FAIR WX IS ANTICIPATED SUNDAY WITH PARTLY SUNNY SKIES AND TEMPS
    MODERATING SLIGHTLY TO CLOSER TO NORMAL. THERE IS A CHANCE OF LIGHT
    WARM AIR ADVECTION SNOW MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT INTO
    TUESDAY. DEEP MOISTURE WILL BE IN PLACE BUT FORCING/OMEGAS WILL BE
    VERY WEAK SO ANY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE VERY LIGHT.

    A BRIEF PERIOD OF DRY WX WILL RETURN LATE TUESDAY THROUGH TUESDAY
    NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. BEYOND THAT A CONSENSUS OF LATEST MEDIUM RANGE
    GUIDANCE CONTINUES TO SUGGEST THAT A SOUTHERN STREAM SYSTEM WILL
    DEVELOP AND POTENTIALLY TRACK ENE TOWARD OUR REGION LATE NEXT WEEK.
    THERE IS STILL A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF UNCERTAINTY REGARDING THE
    EXACT TRACK/STRENGTH OF THAT SYSTEM THAT FAR OUT IN TIME THOUGH. IT
    IS ALSO NOTED THAT THE 12Z ECMWF HAS BACKED OFF ON THIS NOTION.

    TEMPS WILL AVERAGE NEAR NORMAL SUNDAY AND MONDAY BEFORE MODERATING
    TO AROUND FIVE TO FIFTEEN DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL TUESDAY THROUGH
    THURSDAY.

    1. RJ (Rockford) says:

      No surprise that the model has backed off on the storm! The models are garbage and have all been worthless this entire winter!

  14. Jim says:

    I don’t mind the paucity of snow, admittedly, but am sure that our farmers here in IN are not happy. Here is the latest from the US Dept. of Ag.: “Noble and DeKalb Counties (ED: N.E. IN) are among 45 counties in Indiana that have been designated as primary disaster areas due to losses caused by drought and excessive heat from July 1st through October 18th of last year.”: (Ed: this excerpt from WLKI.com news blurb).
    I don’t know how we measure up so far, but am thinking that this has been a dry winter. Is that a correct EWAG, Bill?
    BTW, Angola shows no snow, 37F and sunny, CAVU.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Go here: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/xmacis.php?wfo=iwx and http://nowdata.rcc-acis.org/IWX/pubACIS_results

      Using the NOW tab you can look for data from Angola.

      The station had 51.75″ of precipitation in 2011, which was probably a record. That included 3.35″ in December and I see Angola had 2.11″ in January 2012. I don’t have an average, but I think you’re a little below average since 1/1, but the ground should still have sufficient moisture.

  15. INDY says:

    WEST MICHIGAN sun is out and feels good my friends but wait the snow and cold is on the run right for WEST MICHIGAN again and next Thursday just maybe a BIG DADDY OF A HENNERY MUGUSTY STORM COMING !!! Short term Bill I hope u are ready for winter becouse here it comes!!! YARDofBRICKS INDYYY…….DDDD DDDD..

  16. RJ (Rockford) says:

    Another day closer to one of the WORST WINTERS IN HISTORY!! Absolutely worthless weather pattern. I am headed outside to do some yard work before the sun sets and should be golfing again by the middle of next week.

  17. Travis (Lake Odessa) says:

    Was on youtube and came across this Severe Weather Coverage in 2010. Bill, Kyle, and Matt all tracking this storm.

    Hoping to see some great storms with lots of lightning like this…check it out!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo89k2CWluE

    Where were you all during this storm?

    Can’t wait for storm season!!

    :)

    1. Mr. Negative says:

      On a comfy deck chair, on the driveway, enjoying the flashing sky, and rare atmosphere with my daughter. Daughter enjoyed uploading some photos to wood online. As usual for Ada, the weather rolled in and rolled right out. We ended up with five leaves on the driveway. Bill and crew did a thorough job of tracking to all areas. Easily the best storm Ada will see for another 50 years. Thanks for the memories

    2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      We were in Pigeon Forge.TN so I missed that storm. I also missed the storms last year as we were in Florida. But we did have some big storms down there.
      SlimJim

  18. fixxxer says:

    Dear mother “bipolar” nature….please bring back the 40′s & 50′s.

  19. INDY says:

    OHHHHHHHH IT’S GOING TO GET COLD HIGHS IN THE 20′S no more going outside to the bathroom Fixxer!!! Winter coming back stay tuned!!!! Bill get ready!!! DDD DDD DDD INDYYY

    1. Kevin. w says:

      Now thats a the best one I’ve heard Indy. LOL

    2. fixxxer says:

      Winter is not coming back as i see plenty of 40′s coming. Just a brief cool down indy.

  20. RJ (Rockford) says:

    Just got in from doing some yard and I am planning on golfing by the middle of next week and then mowing the lawn by next weekend. WORST WINTER EVER!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Who golfs in feb?

      1. RJ (Rockford) says:

        A lot of people have been golfing and many courses are currently open for business! These courses figure it is extra income so why not open up. Can’t snowmobile, so might as well golf!! WORST WINTER EVER!!!

  21. INDY says:

    BILL U NEED A BCAK TO WINTER BLOGG GOING!!!! Do not see any warm temps for a longggggggggggggg while!!! From drinking the sprites down at the casino club tonight I feel right INDYYYYYY…….

  22. JoAnne says:

    Well, Bill says 1 to up to 2 inches tomorrow, so i figure that means a dusting or 4 plus inches. Let’s hope for the 4 plus.

    1. INDY says:

      Really JoAnne how can Bill 1 inch thought mean a figure call of a dusting or 4 plus inches tomorrow?? Wow roll out the stupid hat on your blogg JoAnnee and put it on your fat head!!! 1+1=2 LAST INDY NEW!!

      1. JoAnne says:

        Ya, that makes perfect sense. lol By sprites, you must mean 5ths of wild turkey! You’re that guy who is always buying for minors. In return you require a 40 oz. I remember you ;)

  23. Jim says:

    Hey, looka this, folks!Chicago weather advisory!!!!One of Nature’s backslaps!!
    LAKE EFFECT SNOW WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON
    THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON…

    * TIMING…LAKE EFFECT SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP BY EARLY FRIDAY
    AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING
    BEFORE SHIFTING EAST OF THE WATCH AREA BY MID AFTERNOON
    SATURDAY. NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS WILL INITIALLY FOCUS THE MOST
    NUMEROUS SNOW SHOWERS ALONG THE ILLINOIS SHORE FRIDAY
    AFTERNOON…WITH THE FOCUS THEN EXPECTED TO SHIFT MORE INTO LAKE
    AND PORTER COUNTIES IN NORTHWEST INDIANA OVERNIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT.
    WINDS WILL EVENTUALLY BACK TO THE NORTHWEST ON SATURDAY…
    ALLOWING THE BANDS OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW TO MOVE EAST OF PORTER
    COUNTY IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON. THE PERIOD OF HEAVIEST LAKE
    EFFECT SNOW AND FASTEST ACCUMULATION WILL OCCUR FROM LATE
    FRIDAY AFTERNOON INTO THE PREDAWN HOURS OF SATURDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…WHILE LAKE EFFECT SNOW CAN BE HIGHLY
    LOCALIZED…CURRENT FORECASTS ARE FOR TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS FROM 3
    TO 5 INCHES IN FAR NORTHEAST COOK COUNTY…4 TO 7 INCHES ACROSS
    DOWNTOWN CHICAGO AND THE SOUTH SUBURBS…WITH 5 TO 8 INCHES FROM
    THE FAR SOUTHEAST SIDE OF CHICAGO EAST ACROSS NORTHERN LAKE AND
    PORTER COUNTIES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA.

    * OTHER IMPACTS…SLIPPERY SNOW COVERED ROADS…REDUCED VISIBILITY
    SEVERELY LIMITED IN THE HEAVIEST LAKE EFFECT SNOW BANDS…
    BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW…AND SINGLE DIGIT WIND CHILLS.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    A LAKE EFFECT SNOW WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR A LARGE
    AMOUNT OF SNOW IN ONLY A FEW HOURS. VISIBILITIES AND DEPTH OF
    SNOW CAN VARY GREATLY…IMPACTING TRAVEL SIGNIFICANTLY. CONTINUE
    TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      As long as its not here that is WONDERFUL news!!

  24. Kevin. w says:

    Be gone by monday.

  25. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    Well I must admit, I’m not sure I’ve seen a snowstorm (yeah, i know, an inch) hit us from the “North” before. Odd to see that little cluster on the radar heading South.

  26. Skot says:

    I was born here. In the “Winter Wonderland” state. Right cheer in Van AndelVille. Never been on a set of ski’s, or ice skates. I ice fish though, hunt, camp and grill. This year I can grill everyday, easily. Thats the problem. It makes it more special in the winter when you cant. But I DO ANYWAY. The tougher the season…the more fun. WE NEED BLIZZARDS, TYPHOONS, TORRENTIAL RAINS and MICRO BURSTS !!!! Its un American to not have a challenge right guys? How do like your Brats?….cold or water logged??

  27. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    WHOOPS! More bad news for you ‘Snow Geeks’.

    La Nina goes ‘neutral’ starting in March.
    Hoo-ray! Bring on Spring!

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