Satellite Pictures from Weds. PM

April 3rd, 2013 at 7:15 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

modis one   modis 2 lake michigan BREAKING:  Major Clubhouse fire at Alpine Golf Course on Alpine NW (good pictures at link).  Fire fighters from neighboring towns have been called in to help.  Check out the MODIS satellite pictures from this afternoon. Click on the images to enlarge. Here’s full screen zoomed in images for Lake Michigan, Lake Superior (look at the ice moving south off Whitefish Point with a north wind), Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the larger Great Lakes image.   There’s a few high, thin cirrus clouds passing over southern Lake Michigan.   You can see the snow cover across NW Lower and Upper Michigan and the northern 2/3rds of Wisconsin.   Here’s a zoomed in MODIS picture of Sicily, with snow on the highest mountains and some smoke coming from Mt. Etna, blowing to the right (or east) in the picture.  Here’s what the first weather satellite picture looked like, 53 years ago this week.

Here’s snow cover this Weds. AM in Michigan:  2″ Traverse City (Munson Arpt.), 3″ Houghton Lake, 6″ Gaylord (up to a foot in the woods), 14″ E. Jordan, 15″ Ironwood, 19″ S. Ste. Marie, 26″ Newberry, 29″ Munising and Champion, 35″ Marquette Airport, 40″ S. Grand Marais, 44″ Big Bay.  Atlantic Mine, Herman and Hoist Basin didn’t report this AM, but should be close to 40″ on the ground.

The first 3 days of April are 10 degrees cooler than average.  The entire rest of the month will have to be one degree warmer than average to balance out those 3 days (and that’s is doable with the Greenland block breaking down).

34 Responses to “Satellite Pictures from Weds. PM”

  1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Great pictures and look at all that SNOW still on the ground. I love it!! Skiing till May!!!

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Yup. If you enjoy skiing on concrete hard snow. I fell on my knee up there in Houghton the other day, and there is no give to the snow at all. Got a pretty good bruise right by my knee cap. Guess that’s why Mt Ripley is already closed for the season.

      1. fixxxer says:

        Rj likes to “attempt” to troll. Hopefully by june he will be off the blog.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Thanks for listening and you can be in charge of fan club next year if you play your cards right!

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        The actual ski resort slopes are in GREAT condition!

        1. Barry in Zeeland says:

          Maybe that’s what the conditions are for you there in Rockford, but I was actually 500 miles up there yesterday and can give a firsthand account of how it really is. And thank you for caring enough to reply to every comment I make!

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          You are welcome!!!!!!!!!!!

      3. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        Look at all that bare ground. I love it. I’ve been grilling for the last 8 weeks and will continue for the next 8 months. What a great Spring. I love it. Fantastic. Get used to it.

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

          I also snowmobiled for 5 of those 8 weeks, so I can’t imagine it was prime grilling weather.

        2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          It was a little chilly at times but didn’t have near the amount of snow on the ground that you did.

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

        The snow softens up during the day, and they groom the hills. So I can’t see a problem with skiing for at least a few more weekends up north.

  2. Jack says:

    Bill, Every Time I view these PICS. From Space..It gives me an IDEA. For ART- PRIZE !! ;-) . You know any Good Artist’s I could Speak With about my Idea ? Stay..Cued…Tx’s…..;-)

  3. big Daddy BC says:

    “Some regions that usually receive snow are receiving less snowfall and do not have as much snow on the ground. Glaciers in the United States and around the world have generally shrunk, and the rate at which they are melting appears to have accelerated over the last decade. Additionally, the amount of ice in the Arctic Ocean has decreased, and many lakes are freezing later in the fall and melting earlier in the spring.”

    1. Bill Steffen says: Snowfall is INCREASING, not decreasing. Look at Antarctica: Ice has been GROWING there for 25 years plus! Global temperatures have been steady for the past 10 years:

      Don’t let the climate bullies force “skyrocketing” utility rates and $9 a gallon “European level” gasoline prices on the poor and middle class. Side with fact and data and let’s use our tax money wisely, not on boondoggles like LG Chem ( and Solyndra (

      1. Skot says:

        oh boy. slow weayher pattern for a few days.
        CUE: Bigdaddy BC and the political garbage.

      2. big Daddy BC says:

        There’s nothing political in my post, skot. It’s Bill’s post that includes fear mongering and politics. He’s actually threatening fuel cost increases when his governor, Snyder is the one who’s trying to get a nineteen cent per gallon gas tax passed!

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          Here’s the simple factual truth:

          1) Global temperatures are NOT rising. They’ve been steady for 10+ years:

          Even James Hansen admits global temperatures have not gone up:
          “The five-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade…” – James Hansen et al.

          CO2 emissions in the U.S. are FALLING:

          The Secretary of Energy wants “European level” ($9 a gallon) gasoline:

          I don’t want $9 a gallon gasoline and I can’t understand why you would want to force that on the poor and middle class?

          Public support for “global warming” is cooling:

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      BDBC, you should go work for ESPN. Like you, they never do their own work. But instead they merely quote other sources.

    3. steelie says:

      Good Day,

      BDBC… While there may be glaciers that are retreating – why do you not mention those that are expanding?


      1. big Daddy BC says:

        There’s an anomalous glacier in South America that I’m aware of, but that’s one ice cube in a bucket of glacial melt. Are you under the impression that some are melting and some are growing and it’s even, or that sea ice in Antarctica has anything to do with melting land ice? Please tell me you know better, Princess. Watch this:

  4. Wolverdog says:

    Big outbreak next week? Read that some are predicting super-79 type!!! Thoughts Bill?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Do you mean the Super Outbreak of 1974?

      1. fixxxer says:

        The what?

        1. fixxxer says:

          and the hype begins.

  5. Wolverdog says:

    Yep! Super-74, darn dumbphones!

  6. INDY says:


    1. Jack says:

      Lol… Can ya hear Me… Indy ? Stay Cued… Also, did uncle S…..Survive ? ;-)

      1. Skot says:

        I would have loved to have been within 6 feet of Uncle S. Gotta love concerts.
        Cue: Cheech and Chong Up in smoke!!

        1. INDY says:

          HE SURE DID!! I THINK!!! INDYY..

        2. Jack says:

          Skot..Theee CUE Master, Like that CUE. YES, I’ll Smoke 2 Dat!! Stay Cued!! ;-)

  7. Jerry hoag says:

    What Bill there is a chance of a Super Outbreak of tornadoes like back then coming our way, maybe? Sometime next week? That would be awesome, but not the total destruction

    1. Cort S. says:

      Right now, there’s no reason to believe a super outbreak will happen. Just typical April tornado weather for some spots… especially KS/OK on Monday.

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