Thursday’s MODIS pictures

February 6th, 2014 at 6:26 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

modis lake michiganModis Lake Superior    modis lake ontario Here’s the zoomed-in MODIS satellite pictures today for Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Ontario.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.  On the Lake Michigan picture on the right, you can see it was clear across the lake in Wisconsin.  There is ice off the Wisconsin and Illinois shore, but with the brisk west wind, you can see it’s pulled a little away from the shoreline.  There’s plenty of open water yet.  The coldest temperatures will continue to be those areas that miss the open water, generally south of a line from Benton Harbor to Charlotte, where temperatures could reach -5 tonight with wind chills of -15.  The warmest readings will be downwind from the fattest part of the lake (Allegan, Ottawa, Kent, Muskegon counties).  It’s been slightly cooler up toward Ludington, where the ice has narrowed the distance that the air comes across open water.  That means the air has a little less time to moderate.  Ice will continue to grow into next week with the temperatures continuing to be about 10 degrees colder than average.  Strong winds can break up the ice or push the ice around some.  Look at this video that shows the wind pushing the ice near Wisconsin/Illinois away from shore.  The intensity of lake-effect snow showers is less now because of the ice on the lake and the fact that the open water is cooler now (32°) than it was back in December (40°).  Click on the pictures and see what else you can see.

Season snowfall as of this Thurs. evening (with snow cover in inches in parenthesis):  Grand Rapids 89.6″ (22″), Muskegon 102.9″ (22″), Lansing 49.4″ (15″), Kalamazoo WMU 85.9″ (25″), Holland 110.1″ (24″), Byron Center 93.6″, Chicago 59.6″ (10), Marquette 109.7″ (28) – Holland has more than Marquette, Delaware (Keewenaw Peninsula) 229.5″ (41″).

26 Responses to “Thursday’s MODIS pictures”

  1. Jack says:

    First ? Bill, I love These MODIS Pics. The one of Lake Michigan would make a Great Image on a ” TIE” for You To WEAR !! Just saying…..& Stay Cued !! ;-)

    1. Wswplz says:

      It’s cool to see how much those sat pics have changed just in 45 days…big difference…this time last year, they were just beginning to gain ice coverage..and we were just now starting to gather some decent snow…very late start for us…definitely a banner year for us snow lovers.

  2. fixxxer says:

    Oh l@@k..lake effect, you dont say?

    Ill be doing a happy dance the first day we hit 50. And i hate anything under 70.

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Fixxxer you are aware that you live in one of the snowiest places in the country, right? We are probably the cloudiest during the winter too with all of the lake effect clouds.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        It is waste of time to use logic with fixxxer. He is beyond help!

        1. Wswplz says:

          Drove through your neck of the woods about an hour ago, got a quick workout at MVP in Rockford…looks like no big storms this week, but a steady inch a day average through out this week..I’ll take it…an inch a day keeps the fix at bay, because old man winter is here to stay…

    2. mr. negative says:

      50?…better schedule that dance for late May -

  3. Wswplz says:

    Anyone else notice the blog is jumping around quite a bit….maybe just my tablet?

    1. Jack says:

      Nope…. Stay Cued….

    1. Jack says:

      Indeed, It’s Time !! On another SPORTS Note , I see Grand Rapids is Gonna have Pro. b-Ball Team . The CYCLONES !! I remember Going To Watch The GRAND RAPIDS TACKERS, in 60′s and 70′s !! Anyone Else Remember THE G.R. TACKERS??????? Stay CUED……. ;-)

  4. Nicholas Gaines says:

    Forgot Van Buren county with about 120″

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Hopefully the grand river doesn’t flood like it did last year… I remember Ada was flooded (I took pictures) and 5/3 ballpark was almost engulfed by the Grand River overflow. Thankfully the ballpark was spared, at least until that fire unfortunately broke out.

  5. Tina ( Caledonia) says:

    My family has been in Northport since the 1800′s our farm is still there & is a historic site, including the Onena church, which my family has been taken care of since it was built. Our farm is on Craker and. Off M2/ which is out family name. My Aunt & Uncle just moved back from Oregon & this is their first winter back, I know they were onto a record amount of snow just wondering if you knew the totals! Last I heard it was over 190″
    Crazy Winter!
    It’s also my first winter without my husband, he passed away last March at 34, unexpedly, you met our family & took a picture with our son last year at the autoshow. This was already hard enough with the added stress of the weather. Luckily we grew up in Cadillac & had to take drivers ed in January!

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Maple City in Leelanau County reports 202.0 inches of snow for the winter and 44 inches on the ground, down from a high of 46 inches on the ground a couple days ago. That’s a lot of snow.

  6. kevin. w says:

    By looking at this map and guessing a big warm storm with maybe 2-4 inches of rain plus the water in the snowpack should equal a pretty good flood for the snowlovers. Keep bringing on the snow and I think the boat places will have boats and canoes for sale before long. Feelin for the ones with basements this year.

  7. marie says:

    Bloomingdale weather station last time I heard was at 125 inches and that is not counting the past two days check it out!!!

  8. Jack says:

    Hey BILL,and Company at Wood TV 8 ….. You Got The OLYMPICS on The BIG SCREEN Tv at The Station?? Kudos, to All for The Coverage of The Sochi Games. God Bless & Stay CUED . :-)

  9. Tom (North Holland) says:

    “Holland has had more (snow) than Maquette”…

    1. Tom (North Holland) says:


  10. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Currently 12 here with a wind chill of -6

  11. INDY says:

    Bill its been snowing now for 16 hours in a row out thee YARDofBRICKS !! IS it still winter Bill??? INDYY

    1. Jack says:

      Yes !!! It isINDY……… ;-) .

  12. drambus says:

    Soon enough I’ll be able to take my half wolf sled dogs across the ice to see the mystical city of Milwaukee, the shinning city on a hill… :)

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