Modis picture

April 16th, 2013 at 7:03 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

modis lake michigan 2   This is the MODIS satellite picture of the the Lake Michigan area from Tues. PM.  Even though the grass is finally starting to green up in the G.R. area, the overall landscape is brown.  You can also see there is still a lot of ice in Green Bay and many of the lakes north of Cadillac and Houghton Lake are still ice covered.  Click on the picture or click here to enlarge.  Here’s a larger view of the entire Great Lakes.     The colder than average Lake Michigan water temperatures are cooling the lakeshore when we have a wind off the water.  Today (Tue.) the high temperature was 43 at the Grand Haven beach, 53 in G.R. and 56 in Lansing.    The high was 46 on the beach at S. Haven, 56 in Kalamazoo and 60 in Jackson.  Everyone in the warm air to our south was in the low-mid 80s today (82 Evansville, 87 at Huntington WV).  It was 92 in Tampa and 94 in Ft. Myers FL.  The temperature contrast across the front is very sharp.  The high was 89 at Fort Smith AR, but only 57 at Tulsa (about 100 miles to the WNW) and in the 40s west of there at Ponca City OK.  It stayed below freezing over most of Wyoming, E. Montana and the western Dakotas.

5 Responses to “Modis picture”

  1. Barb says:

    Great picture! Seems the snow is gone at my cottage near the Straits, so I can open it up in the next week or so.

  2. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    That leads me to believe that the lake will weaken any storms that cross over it.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Did you expect anything different this year?

      1. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

        No not really. Just hope its not as dry as last year. Was always afraid my oversized campfires would catch the woods on fire. :o

    2. Cort S. says:

      Any storms north of a warm front that are based on warm air aloft will not be weakened by the lake. Storms based on warm air at the ground, however, will tend to get choked by the cold water.

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