Ice Reaching to Mid-Lake MichiganFebruary 10th, 2014 at 5:53 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Here’s the afternoon MODIS satellite picture zoomed into Lake Michigan. It was clear in Wisconsin and Indiana. With a west wind, we had more clouds and a few flurries in West Michigan. If you look at the picture, you can see ice extending almost to mid-lake. The combination of the cold lake water (approaching 32°) and the shorter distance the cold air travels across the open water means that instead of heavier snow showers, we had just scattered flurries and some breaks in the clouds. Also, the air isn’t warming up as much as it would early in the winter. At 5 PM, the temperature was 7° in Milwaukee and 12° in Muskegon, a difference of only 5°. Grand Rapids added another 1/10th inch of snow today, so the season snowfall total is up to 92.2″. Muskegon added an inch today to bring their season total to 110.5″. Lansing stands at 51.3″ and Kalamazoo as of late Sunday was at 88.5″. Holland’s unofficial total is at 122.9″. The unofficial record season snowfall for Holland is 159.9″ in 1969-70. That record is not continuous (some months and years are missing). Here’s a look at the afternoon picture of Lake Superior…Lake Huron…Lake Erie (+95% ice-covered…and Lake Ontario. Here’s a look at ice cover on Lakes Superior and Michigan, and on the Eastern Great Lakes. Also, another windy storm headed toward NW Europe. Here’s the 18Z (1am model run of the) GFS snowfall forecast. You can see the snow from NE Georgia up into Virginia and up into New England and the clipper snow across Northern Michigan.