MODIS pictures

January 21st, 2013 at 4:48 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  Click the pic. to enlarge.  This is the MODIS Great Lakes satellite image from Sunday PM.  Wisconsin is mostly clear (some high clouds moving west to east down toward the Indiana border.  You can see the clouds that form as the colder air comes across the relatively warmer water of Lake Michigan.  You can see that bigger and shallower Lake Winnebago is ice covered while smaller and much deeper Green Lake is still open water.  Ice has started to form in Green Bay and you can see to the WNW of there, my infamous tornado scar from June 2007.  The tornado went through a forested area and knocked down the trees, so in the open strip, it’s now snow covered and you can see a white streak.  Here’s recent pictures of Lake Superior (from 1/17), Lake Ontario (from 1/17), Tropical Storm Narelle (1/11 off Australia) and an erupting volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia.   Also, from the NWS at White Lake:  “THE AIRMASS FOR THE EARLY PART OF THE WEEK IS IN RECORD TERRITORY BASED ON OUR UPPER AIR CLIMATOLOGY FROM THIS WHITE LAKE OFFICE AND PREVIOUS DATA FROM THE FLINT AREA. 1000-500 MB THICKNESSES VALUES AROUND 495 DAM AND 850 MB TEMPS AROUND -26 C ARE ARE IN THE BALL PARK FOR THE RECORDS (IN THE JAN 22-23RD TIME FRAME) (Record Cold). THE SAVING GRACE FOR SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN IS THE LACK OF SNOW COVER.”

Also, Gas prices went up today – to $3.49 a gallon here in downtown G.R.  I filled up a couple days ago because I didn’t want to have to do it when the wind chill was -10.

348 Responses to “MODIS pictures”

  1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    We are having fantastic weather right now. There is nothing better than COLD and SNOW. I absolutely love the fact it is still snowing in GR and the lake effect might keep up for another 36 hours! It is great that all of the naysayers and snow haters were 100% WRONG! I love it!!!

  2. Tonka says:

    Just got home from work. 2.5 mile drive in zeeland and I couldn’t see 5ft in front of my car. Doesn’t look like any plows have been out. Driveway is a lost cause. Wind is strong. My gosh is it cold. I’m wondering if its so windy and so cold, do the plows even waste their time? With the cold, salt can’t do anything. Thoughts?

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Yes the plows will be out tonight, however salt is not very effective in these temps. They should be putting down some sand.

      1. Nick (Grand Haven / West Olive) says:

        Generic salt only works to 15deg. (I believe that’s the temp anyways)Then you need chemicals in it. Hence all the sand on the roads, helps give some traction.

        1. fixxxer says:

          They make salt that works under zero below. Its just costs more.

        2. Skot says:

          OOOOooohhhh…..NOW I understand.

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I am looking forward to the weekend. The snowmobiles will be running. It is about time for the FUN to begin!!!!

    1. Rumrunner says:

      Sleds and fishing for me and the fam. I def agree that it’s time.

  4. fixxxer says:

    i just hope this cold spell is short lived. and yes i agree they haven’t touched the roads.

    1. Nick (Grand Haven / West Olive) says:

      NOOOOOO!!!! Its a winter wonderland here!! Go buy a jacket and have some fun!!!

      1. fixxxer says:

        more like craptastic.

        1. Vicki B says:

          Grrrrrr never say never! This is after all Michigan. Standale area still light snow, can’t see the curbs anymore, getting deep! (Considering)

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        ROCK ON Nick – that is the spirit! Get out and enjoy the winter weather – what a concept!!!

  5. INDY says:

    SNOWING VERRY HARD OVER GRAND RAPIDS JUST GOT A CALL FROM THE CITY THE ROADS ARE VERRY SNOW COVERD AND SLIPPERY SLOW DOWN NO SCHOOL TOMORROW!!!!!NWS SHOULD OF KEPT US UNDER A LK EFFECT SNOW WARNING….WELLL OVER 5 INCHES OUT WITH DRIFTS OUT AT THEE YARDofBRICKSSM STAY TUNED…..INDYY…

    1. Northview Mom says:

      I just did the drive from Coopersville to Grand Rapids on I96. Visibility was zero when a car got too close to you. The snow is so light and the wind is really blowing. Scary stuff!

      1. Vicki B says:

        I bet! No thanks I’m gonna stay put. Those white knuckle days are done!

  6. Spot on says:

    Lol fixxxer

  7. Switchy says:

    Tracking live in the nOrth Dorr. 5 inches on the stick. In a no blow area. Looking for a good night with 3 more inches to come. Nice to use thEE olD John Deer to Blow the Drive. NOthing and I mean rUnS LiKe A Deer.

    Oh, Yeah ” Get Use to It “

  8. Paul (Yankee Springs/Barry State Game Area) says:

    Not to bad today……3.25″ snow here in the woods as of 8 pm. Lots of slide offs at work, luckily, only wrote one crash citation.

  9. Braden says:

    Does anybody know if the lake effect is supposed to keep up throughout the night in the same areas with the same intensity? Any chance of school closing or delays at Caledonia tomorrow? I really dont want to wake up for school…

    1. Nathan says:

      I have exams tomorrow so it doesn’t matter for me… I have to take them sometime, I might as well get them over with!

      1. Braden says:

        I usually have that same mentality, but I could really use another day off…we’re so behind on our snow days for this year we might as well use a few up while we still have a chance.

        1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          Well I’m not sure where your location is, but if your SW of GR, then you have a chance. I highly doubt I will

  10. John (Holland) says:

    2.75″ in a sheltered area here. The high winds are pushing the heavy snow inland. Hopefully that will die down and get a bit more closer to the lakeshore.

  11. Nathan says:

    So is the snow expected to maintain this intensity all night?

    1. bobcat says:

      I’d love to hear the answer to that too, Nathan.

      1. bobcat says:

        Well, now that I think about it, duh, the advisory goes until 5am. I guess that would tell me what they are thinking…

  12. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    There is no doubt, if the lake effect keeps up most of the night, that there will be a lot of school closing and delays especially in Southern Kent, Ottawa and Allegan counties! Take it to the bank!

    1. bobcat says:

      Yeah… ‘IF’. That’s what we want to know…

    2. Braden says:

      That’s exactly what I’m hoping for…Im really thinking the temperature is going to play a huge part in that as well…its supposed to be 4 degrees by 630 tomorrow morning, not taking into account the wind chill.

    3. Kevin(Rockford) says:

      Kind of bummed we missed out on the bulk of it, hopefully the wind will shift a bit in our favor. Visited the parents in Jenison,and blew 4-5″ off the driveway

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        Tomorrow night and Wednesday will be better for you as the wind shifts westerly and maybe even a bit Southwesterly.

        How much do you have?

        1. Kevin(Rockford) says:

          inch or 2, grass is still poking up thru the snow

  13. Max (Zeeland) says:

    Just measured in a sheltered area on a picnic table on our porch and have a total of 5 inches so far, keep it coming!

  14. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    It’s been uneventful up here in Cedar, mostly to partly sunny sky but than 3miles down south of 17mile it was almost white out, get closer to 17 mile it clears up. My boys will have school as long as Rockford Public has it.

    1. Jack says:

      Hey Swatz- zoo, Take Heart it Won’t be 2 Long before your Boys will be Singing This..Spin : Alice Cooper – Schools Out For Summer – YouTube
      ► 3:35► 3:35
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQkU6fHP0fM. ;-) . PEACE…. And God Bless !!!

      1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

        They’ve already song that song, I play it for them on the last day of school!

  15. ninifere says:

    Down to 4* here around Knapp and Beltline with moderate to heavy snow and blowing snow it’s gonna be a cold one tonight!

  16. Clint(Rothbury) says:

    5.5″ of snow up here on the ground roads are very slippery and snow covered…getting some moderate to heavy bands coming through about every 30 mins or so!!!

  17. Clint(Rothbury) says:

    Also I have 2° here with a wind chill of around -20°……brrrrrrr

    1. Jack says:

      A Cue for you CLINT : Little Feat – Cold Cold Cold – YouTube
      ► 6:10► 6:10
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmG8sdaeCYk. PEACE BRO. :-)

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        Jack, I was thinking something from Foreigner?

        1. Jack says:

          Brian PERhaps This :Cold As Ice – Foreigner (1977) – YouTube
          ► 3:16► 3:16
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC99JhQq-3w. ;-)

        2. Brian(Grandville) says:

          You know it.

  18. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Nws forecast says west winds tonight and tomorrow… Wouldn’t that put Kent in the most snow?

  19. Switchy says:

    Rocky, I like it. “Take that to the bank”

    The gang just left theee pole bARN. IN THE NoRth Dorr area ON snow machine. Heading For TheEEE Hillards

    Pure Michigan

    Take that to the Bank.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Do all of you have to act like indy?

      1. Brad (Lawrence) says:

        I think they are Indy.

        1. fixxxer says:

          No really? ;)

      2. Brian(Grandville) says:

        I doNT foLLoW thEEee linGO eiTHer fiXXEEeee.

  20. Switchy says:

    Redwings 3-3= Pure Michigan.

    Trackin Live on The South Kent County Line. Hammer down and Throttle out

    Switchy

    1. Jack says:

      OT….Switchy.. go Wings!!!!!!

  21. fixxxer says:

    Jusrt came back from walgreems and the roads are horrid. Even 28th street. Im thinking alot of schools will be canceled.

    1. bobcat says:

      Now you’re typing like INDY…. lol ;)

      1. fixxxer says:

        No my phones spellcheck suck.

      2. Jack says:

        No he’s not..The CAP LOCKS!!!! Aren’t STUCK…Lol…Side Puck…WINGS WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-)

        1. fixxxer says:

          Plus im enjoying a nice cold bud lime.

        2. bobcat says:

          Scary how everyone depends on spellcheck! A ‘work around’ for that is to just type it correctly to begin with.?

    2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      I actually hope they are. A lot of teachers and students could use the extra day of rest. I have had so many students out for entire weeks at a time with these nasty colds and flus. I heard on the radio yesterday that the average cough withthecurrent cold is 18 DAYS…holy cow!

      1. fixxxer says:

        Yup i just got back from walgreens and all of the lysol and most of the cold medicine was sold out. Nasty stuff this year. My friends kid had 105 fever last night…yuck.

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Yikes. My poor wife is on day 6. I have been pumping Zinc/Zicam, Vitamin C, etc… To keep it at bay. So far, I have only had little bouts of sore throat, but my immune system has succeeded, thank God.

      2. Todd In Nunica says:

        I got the “cough” day after Thanksgiving, coughed my lungs up (on and off it would flair up then get better) till after Christmas, finally when it came back really bad went to see the doc, had bronchitis, round of antibiotics and I was all better

        My kid had the flu all last week, missed the whole week of school not bad fevers but constant, took her to the doctor last Fri, ear infection, she is currently on antibiotics.

        My wife had bronchitis as well just after Christmas…

        Daughter in law (who is living with us while my son finishes Army AIT) had sinus infection two weeks ago…..

        I am HAPPy to spend time in the truck…get away from all this sickness…lol We spent all day Sat wiping down pretty much the whole house.

    3. Biscokid says:

      Did you know that in 1928 28th st was called Beals Rd from Divison west and from Division east it was Laraway Rd.I have a 1928 Grand Rapids Telephone Directory and it shows this in there.44th st was Sunnyside Rd.

      1. Jack says:

        ( in Johnny Carson VOICE ).. Wow I didn’t Know That isn’t that WILD !!!! Lol , I remember when 28th st. Was a 2 Lane Dirt Road!!!! :-)

        1. Rumrunner says:

          I think they also called it the south beltline?

  22. fixxxer says:

    Enjoy your snow and brutal cold weather you winter nuts!

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      You can enjoy it too, fixxxy! It is beautiful. I hate hot weather, but I have learned how to make the best of it….live near a giant lake and jump into it! :)

      1. fixxxer says:

        Ill just keep counting down till spring.

    2. Katie in Kentwood says:

      I love it!!

  23. Brad (Lawrence) says:

    Gobles & Bloomingdale in Van Buren already closed for tomorrow.

  24. INDY says:

    HEY FIZZER 2* OUT SHOULD KILL THE FLU OFF U CAN SEND YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL NOW IT’S OK…..INDYY…..

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Lol, Indy. The flu really has been horrible this year.

      1. fixxxer says:

        Hopefully it peaks and goes away soon. Yes it has been bad. No way we can have any of us laid out for a week. Damn public school germ farms.

  25. INDY says:

    sWITTY nOrTh DoRaaaa hows it going u rolling one tonight??? INDYY..

  26. Katie in Kentwood says:

    So far I have 2-3 inches here in Kentwood, with another 1-4 coming overnight. I hope we end up with the higher amount. Stick it to the ones who said this was a bust!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Hmmm becuase i have an easy 5″ here in wyoming.

      1. Katie in Kentwood says:

        Do you fix? Maybe I have more, just going by eye estimates lol. I should find the tape measure…

    2. INDY says:

      Katie I hope u got some warm food, I have been CAPS LOCKS all of u for days now to get the store it’s cold outside….This sprites for u!! INDYY…

      1. Katie in Kentwood says:

        Yup, had some delicious lasagna for dinner, and just drank some hot cocoa :)

  27. Brooke from Hudsonville says:

    What are the chances of a snow day for Hudsonville schools?

  28. INDY says:

    DDDD DDDDD DDDDDD ITS TILL SNOWING OUTSIDE IN GRAND RAPIDS DDDDD DDDDD DDDDDD! INDYY…………………………….

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      Doing absolutely NOTHING up here, if you look on radar you’ll see the cut off line.

      1. Kevin(Rockford) says:

        we got a little, hopefully the wind shift will help a little

        1. Tom (Wyoming) says:

          It looks like it’s shifting south at the moment.

      2. Biscokid says:

        Absolutely no snow here in Cleveland,Tennessee either! That is why I moved from Grand Rapids to Tennessee.

        1. fixxxer says:

          Lucky you.

    2. Jack says:

      Indyyyyyyyyyyy….CCCCCCCCCCUUUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEE (lololollo)… : Black Sabbath-Snowblind – YouTube
      ► 5:28► 5:28
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLq8KZQ0L_8. WooooooHooooooooo Brother ! Peace ! And Keep burnin On !! ;-)

      1. fixxxer says:

        Cue some metallica jacko…i hear there coming to detroit in jume. Thats where ill be! ;)

        1. Brian(Grandville) says:

          I hear jume bugs are terrible that time of year. :)

        2. Jack says:

          Here Ya Go Fixxxxer, Have Fun in DET…. CUE: so what- Metallica – YouTube
          ► 3:20► 3:20
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XoyDqFy5pU
          Jan 24, 2009 – Uploaded by crustyanarchist. WARNING EXPLICT LYRICS, For Fixxxers ears ONLY

  29. Matt says:

    Just drove home from Zeeland to Allendale, times of complete white outs in the open areas, not a fun drive!

  30. Tom (Wyoming) says:

    Does anyone have any insight to the current radar trends that show the LES moving down the lake, and away from GR?

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Wish I knew the answer Tom. I think the bands will fluctuate throughout the next 24 hours. Hopefully Cort will chime in with some better details.

  31. John (Holland) says:

    LES banding is so fascinating to watch on radar. I love the Great Lakes.

    The bands are drifting around, it was snowing pretty hard 15 minutes ago but only flurries at the moment. Been at 9° for much of the day. –10 wind chill, yikes.

  32. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    I’ve had 6.7″ since it started early Sunday morning, with a current snow depth of 5″.

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      That is probably about the same here…maybe a little less than you. It is so hard to tell with wind and compaction.

    2. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

      Yup, exactly. I drove my snowmobile on the trail to the gas station a few miles away, and places in the fields definitely had over 5″. Probably closer to 6 or 7″. And my 6.7″ might be a little low, since about 2″ of the snow compacts it down to like 1.5″.

  33. Bob Edwards says:

    At least 6 inches in Alamo township in Kalamazoo County.

  34. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    The lake effect looks like it is almost cut off by US-131. Crazy how that is usually the cut off line.

  35. Jack says:

    Just took a gander, at my Thermometer on my Back Porch, shows a goose Egg. 0 Brrrrrrrr.

  36. Jack says:

    Down 2 – 1, here Currently, Nite All..A GOODNITE CUE: The Beatles – Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The … – YouTube
    ► 5:37► 5:37
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qP4Ye15J0Y

  37. Todd In Nunica says:

    Well plowed another (average of 2″) some bare areas, some 6″ drifts. Pretty easy night. STILL have got WAY more here in Nunica than anywhere else I have plowed. Looked like another 3.5-4″ since 3pm yesterday.

  38. INDY says:

    ***************URGENT WEATHER URGENT WEATHER BURRRRRRRR IT’S COLD OUT THEE YARDofBRICKS TEMP -3 WIND CHILL -17 COLDEST JAN 22 EVER IN GRAND RAPIDS HIGH OF ONLY 7 TODAY ROADS ARE VERRY SLIPPERY STAY OFF THEM IF U CAN…….MORE LK EFFFECT SNOW ON THE WAY THE HILLS WILL BE ROCKING AROUND GRAND RAPIDS SLEDS WILL BE GOING FAST…AGAIN RECORED HIGH FOR TODAY OF 7 COMING FOR GRAND RAPIDS START YOUR CARS EARILY HAVE PLENTY OF GAS AND WARM HATS AND GLOVES WITH U JUST IN CASE U SLIDE OFF THE RAOD AND CAN’T DRIVE YOUR CAR ANYMORE CHECK ON YOUR PETS URGENT COLD WEATHER IS HERE TO STAY CHECK ON THE ELDERS STAY HOME IF U CAN OR SLOW DOWN DRINK LOTS OF SPRITES AND DONT RUN ANY LIGHTS!!!!*************URGENT WEATHER URGENT WEATHER……….INDYY

  39. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Looks like everyone can be happy today! General 2-6″ snowfall for the snow nuts but not as much as predicted for the warm weather nuts. The lake effect snow machine is sure having trouble kicking into gear. You’d think it would be going crazy with as cold temps as we’re seeing.

    GR’s up to a whopping, what, 13″ for the season now?

    1″ of snow on the ground here… all you Westsiders, I’ll see you at the Detroit International Auto Show before the Redwings home opener tonite!

  40. Geneo says:

    Fixxxer Maybe you can move to Tennessee where it warm now that you have you settlement.

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