Thursday’s MODIS picturesFebruary 6th, 2014 at 6:26 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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″).