This is Cool!April 25th, 2013 at 10:21 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Check out these two images from the MODIS satellite. Click on on the images to enlarge. The first (on the left) is from April 5, before the heavy rain. The second was taken on April 21 during the flood. Click here for a wider view of the S. Great Lakes from April 5 and click here for a wider view of the Great Lakes from April 21. You can see how the land has turned green over the past couple weeks. Look at the increase in water spilling out of the Maple River, which comes in from the ENE meeting the Grand in E. Ionia Co. The Maple joins the Grand in E. Ionia Co. There’s not nearly as much difference in the Grand River south of the junction with the Maple, which comes into E. Ionia Co. from the south (the Grand River starts in N. Hillsdale Co.). Note also how the heavy rain filled up the Shiawassee Wildlife Refuge just southwest of Saginaw. Their facebook page has some aerial views of the flooding there. In fact, go here and you can scroll from one image to the other! Here’s current flood conditions in the Midwest. Note how the Mississippi River has gone from near record low levels last summer, so flood levels this spring. Also, here’s a look at the cold and snow weather records in the Lower 48 states since March 15.