Lake Michigan IceFebruary 15th, 2014 at 9:51 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Here’s the MODIS satellite pictures from Saturday PM – a rare mostly (but not totally) clear day across the Great Lakes. Click on the pictures to enlarge. In order, we have Lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. As of Friday, GLERL reports that the Great Lakes are 80.2% ice-covered. Lake Michigan is at 66.5% ice cover, Lake Superior 86.1%, Lake Huron 91.8%, Lake Erie 93.4% and Lake Ontario 35.5%. Look at this graph of ice on Lake Michigan this season. Note how the ice coverage fluctuates…it’s not just a steady linear climb. Fluctuations are often due to changes in wind speed and direction. Trough over the Great Lakes at the end of the month, looks cold for Michigan. Peak ice may not come until early March.
Also: Lowest Wind Chill Record for the state of Alaska set at Howard Pass, Alaska on Feb. 14, 3:39 pm AKST at -97F. Old record: -96 F. Snow at the State Capitol in Atlanta this morning. They had a 95mph wind gust at Berthoud Pass, CO early this morning, with 60-70mph gusts at Colorado Springs. The latest storm produced a 91-foot wave of Penzance, U.K. There was a supermarket roof collapse yesterday in Felters Corners, NY due to heavy wet snow. Many other roof collapses across NY & NJ. We’ve had half a dozen here in West Michigan. 850-pound snowball smashes into college dorm.