Ice at Lake MichiganJanuary 30th, 2014 at 2:25 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
There are 3 pictures here from Herb Harney from Wednesday. Click on the pictures to enlarge. The first is looking east at the Holland at the Holland Channel with a frozen Lake Macatawa at the top of the picture. You can see the Big Red Lighthouse and Holland State Park on the left (with the shadow of a stratocumulus cloud). The middle picture shows the ice (with fissures) about five miles offshore. The picture on the right is (I’m guessing) looking north at all the ice with the shore in the upper right. We have the most ice to this point in winter on the Great Lakes since 1994 and the second highest extent since 1979. Through 1/29, Grand Rapids is 6.7° below average for Jan. and Kalamazoo is 8.5° below average. Green Bay will be in at least 2nd place for # of below zero days. They just had 9 in a row, from the 21st to 29th and that gives them 18 for January and 11 for December (29 total). Wednesday we had 76% of possible sunshine at the GRR airport, the sunniest day of January. Despite the mostly sunny day…we have still had only 17.4% of possible sunshine since Dec. 1. Repeating an interesting fact: The only state out of all 50 states that did not have a single weather station reporting snow on the ground was MISSOURI – isn’t that weird. There were a couple of places with snow on the ground in NW Florida and the mountaintops of the Big Island of Hawaii had snow.