MODIS Satellite PicturesFebruary 4th, 2014 at 2:00 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Here’s the MODIS satellite pictures from Monday. It was a relatively clear day. There is a wide view of all the lakes and individual pics. of Lakes Superior (open water at the Minnesota shore where the wind has pushed the ice from shore…you can see there is open water in the deeper east half of the lake where lake-effect clouds are forming and moving east. Lake Michigan has a good deal of ice cover, though much of it is thin and has large fissures. You certainly wouldn’t want to walk out there on the ice. Torch Lake is frozen over and it looks like Traverse Bay is pretty well frozen over – first time since March 2009. Here’s an update on the Traverse City ice (from 5 days ago, it’s been a pretty cold 5 days since then). Lake Erie is about 90% ice covered, but deeper Lake Ontario is still mostly open water. There’s solid snowcover over the entire Great Lakes area. Here’s some season snowfall totals from the U.P. and from Northern Lower Michigan. Grand Rapids is at 82.3″ for the winter, Muskegon at 99″ and Holland at 101.8″. Here’s a picture of the sunset Monday from Oval Beach in Saugatuck (from the GRR NWS facebook page). It shows ice out as far as you can see and some cirrus clouds coming in from the west. The sunset is at 5:59 pm today (Tue.), that’s a gain of 51 minutes since the 2nd week of Dec.