Modis Satellite Images

February 10th, 2013 at 2:51 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   Here’s the Great Lakes and Lake Michigan satellite pictures from Saturday afternoon.  Click the pictures to enlarge, or the links in the first sentence for full screen.  In the picture, you can see that with a S to SSE wind, the lake-effect clouds were over the lake.  You can see Torch Lake, east of Traverse Bay still has open water.  Torch Lake is Michigan’s longest (19 miles) and 2nd biggest inland lake.  It averages 111 feet deep and it’s deepest point is 285 feet.  Compare that to Lake Erie with an average depth of 62 feet and a deepest point of 210 feet or the Great Salt Lake in Utah (the biggest salt water inland lake in the Western Hemisphere) with an average depth of 16 feet and a maximum depth of just 33 feet (the level of the lake varies a great deal).     GRR reported 100% sunshine on Saturday.  I was in Rockford during the afternoon and we had some high clouds in the later half of the afternoon, including some textbook “mare’s tails” cirrus clouds.  The NWS also reported that from midnight to midnight, the average wind speed was just 4.7 mph.  You can see there isn’t much snow down in Indiana.    See what else you can see in the pictures.

The overnight model data rain developing Sunday PM from SSW to NNE across the area.  The temperatures will be around or slightly above freezing when the rain starts.  If you’re driving, keep an eye on the car thermometer.  Keep in mind that even if your thermometer is reading a degree or two above freezing, the ground is cold and it’s not impossible that there could be a little ice forming.  Even if that were to happen, it wouldn’t last, as temperatures will slowly climb to a high in the low 40s after midnight.  Rain may total 1/4 to slightly over 1/2″ (the Euro.has 0.54″, the NAM 0.45″, the GFS is lowest at 0.19″ for G.R.).  It’ll get breezy by evening and downright windy on Monday (gusts to 35-40 mph).  The rain will change to snow and the models are printing on the possibility of an inch (2 at the most) of backlash snow.  In any case, Monday won’t be the best day to be out and about.  The models are confirming what I have suspected…that we’ll be cool for mid-month, with below average temperatures from the 15th to 17th.

24 Responses to “Modis Satellite Images”

  1. Jack says:

    Well, Well BILL I Can See Beaver Island ! 4 Staters !! Cool Pics. Stay Cued !!! ;-)

  2. Dan says:

    Interesting info about Torch Lake here Bill! I have been there a couple of times! It has got to be one of the most awesome lakes anywhere around! The water (in summer of course)is a brilliant shade of blue. It is truly incredible to take a boat ride on Torch Lake! Bloggers go check it out sometime.
    Now, about the upcoming weather, do the temps look to go way below averages for mid month? I am hoping for one more decent synoptic snow event! It is still WINTER, right? Also, we will lose a lot of the current snow pack with the forecasted rain?

  3. Dan says:

    This is an interesting read from the NWS.
    ONE OTHER NOTE OF SIGNIFICANCE…AS THE SYSTEM COMES IN THURSDAY…
    IF THE CENTER OF THE SURFACE LOW TRACKS NORTH OF SOUTHWEST LOWER
    MICHIGAN LIKE THE 00Z GFS INDICATES IT WILL WE MAY SEE A BRIEF WARM
    SURGE THURSDAY AFTERNOON MEANING SOME MIXED RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS
    BEFORE THE COLD FRONT COMES THROUGH THAT WILL BRING IN THE LAKE
    EFFECT SNOWS. ON THE OTHER HAND BOTH THE 00Z ECMWF AND CANADIAN
    TRACK THE SURFACE LOW BETWEEN I-94 AND I-96. THAT WOULD BRING A MORE
    SIGNIFICANT SNOW EVENT TO THE AREA THURSDAY BUT NOT CHANGE THE LAKE
    EFFECT THAT WOULD FOLLOW INTO THE WEEKEND. WE WILL BE WATCHING THIS
    OVER TIME TO SEE HOW IT EVOLVES IN THE MODELS OVER TIME.
    Does it verify?

  4. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    A SNOWSTORM is on the way!!!!! Keep the COLD and SNOW coming!

  5. Dan says:

    Is the JEM back up and running? What does this model say about the long range? The JEM nailed that storm from Thursday! Do you think this is the season that we get a snow storm in early April? We haven’t had one of those for quite a few years.

  6. GunLakeDeb says:

    I want a few more days like yesterday :-)

    Praying that the rain doesn’t wipe out our snowpack; and that Thursday we get white stuff – NOT rain. For the first time in WEEKS, I see ice fishermen out on the lake; the snowmobilers are everywhere; kids are playing hockey and sledding and everyone is just enjoying what’s left of winter. All a quick switch to Spring does is hurt next summer’s crops (sorry Fixxxer – ya gotta hang on for a bit)

    1. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

      Yeah Deb. Yesterday was outstanding! Hopefully it all doesn’t get washed away tonight.

    2. fixxxer says:

      im not counting on any real nice weather until may or june anyways.

  7. Dan says:

    Agreed, Gun Lake Deb! We have had a couple days that are awesome for Winter Sports and being outside to ENJOY the WINTER! I don’t recall that we did much of that last year. Looks like Winter may hang on for awhile before our transition to Spring. Have to keep in mind that there is still some Winter left!!!
    Also, Spring is not that far away! This is one of the many reasons that I love Michigan!

  8. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    The mini thaw begins…

  9. fixxxer says:

    hey bill can we get just one week of sunshine please?

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      NO that will not happen till about June or July. Get used to it!

      1. fixxxer says:

        you just proved you do nothing but troll this blog for your own amusement.

  10. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Lets review:

    1. Thursday our area received 8-15 inches of SNOW!
    2. The snowmobile trails were spectacular both Friday and Saturday!
    3. Snow is in the forecast for Monday night!
    4. More snow is on the way for this week Thursday and Friday. Look for a prolonged period of light to moderate SNOW!
    5. The CPC shows us in near to below normal temps with above average SNOW in the 6 to 14 day outlook!
    6. The mid to long range GFS model shows a lot of COLD air with plenty of SNOWSTORM chances!!!!!!
    7. The people that keep saying we headed for a zonal, warmer pattern are WRONG again!
    8. WINTER is to stay for weeks so all of the naysayers and warm weather nuts better get used to it!
    9. Hey hey ROCK n ROLL is here to stay!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      do you make up everything you say rj? in case you haven’t noticed we are going to be in a warming trend and march may be well above average temp wise. your winter is about over and done thankfully. go get your virtual golf clubs ready!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        We shall see fixxxer. I see at least 3 to 4 more weeks and COLD and SNOW. Get ready to see plenty of SNOW!!!!!!!!!! I love it!!!

        1. fixxxer says:

          you know you wanna go golfing.

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

    Here’s a short 1 minute time lapse video of the blizzard in Massachusetts. This person received 30″ of snow.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=702325437246

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

      Here’s another cool time lapse video of the blizzard. This one is from Hartford, CT.

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4376792628960&set=vb.1562441986&type=2&theater

  12. Dan says:

    fixxxer: Do you complain and continue to show that you know almost nothing about the weather? Do you ever get out into the weather and enjoy it? Do you continually believe that if there isn’t weather in Wyoming than it just doesn’t happen? I find it interesting that you call Rocky a troll. Yet, you never give a weather prediction. All you ever do is complain and then, complain some more.
    I would guess that you would’ve enjoyed living where Blizzard Nemo hit right?
    I mean over 30 inches of snow and 78 mph winds, that is your kind of weather, right?

    1. fixxxer says:

      im not complaining about anything danny. im pointing out rj doesn’t know what he’s talking about. but yeah, this winter has been nothing but dreary and cold. i dunno how anybody can enjoy that.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Go back under your rock fixxxer!

      2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        Lol…the first 2 months of cold weather were more like Spring! I think your response right here proves Dan’s point…

  13. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Bring on the COLD and SNOW baby!!!!!!!!!!!!

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