Great Lakes Ice – Season SnowFebruary 17th, 2014 at 3:46 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the images to enlarge. The first two pictures are from Kyle Underwood and Randy Passano (West Michigan Flight) flying at 9,000 feet along the Michigan shore this weekend. It looks to me like we are looking at Grand Haven and Holland. Note the large fissures in the ice as you get away from shore. You certainly couldn’t walk across the ice to Milwaukee. The picture on the right is the MODIS (Aqua) satellite image from Sunday of the Great Lakes showing that most of Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie are ice covered, while a good deal of open water remains in Lake Michigan and Lake Ontario.
Season snowfall thru Sunday: Grand Rapids 94.9″, Muskegon 114.1″, Lansing 52.5″, Kalamazoo 90.5″, Holland 125.0″, Detroit 71.4″, Chicago 62.9″, New York City 55.6″, Philadelphia 55.4″, Indianapolis 57.6″, Pittsburgh 51.3″, Cleveland 57.7″. Temperature departure from average for Feb. 1-16: Grand Rapids -9.9°, Holland -12.5°, Kalamazoo -12.3°
Model snowfall forecasts for Monday PM/NIght…NAM (car.) is first number, GFS (car.) is second number: Grand Rapids 6.5″, 4.7″…Lansing 5.2″, 4.3″…Kalamazoo 5.3″, 9.5″…Muskegon 6.3″, 3.3″…Ludington 5.8″, 3.3″…Jackson 3.9″, 5.7″…Big Rapids 5.9″, 4.1″…Mt. Pleasant 6.4″, 4.4″…Cadillac 5.7″, 4.3″…Pontiac 3.6″, 3.4″. Holland 6.6″ (NAM only), S. Haven 5.6″ (NAM only). The GFS takes the G.R. temp. to 42 on Thursday, the European would be mid-upper 40s…it’s back to cold by next Sunday. The GFS (car). gives. G.R. 0.90″ of mostly rain on Thurs…The European has 0.54″.
Also: Fog has delayed some Olympic events in Sochi…Marquette has broken the record for most consecutive days with temperatures below freezing, 73 and counting! Central Park NYC with fresh snow. There’s a car in there somewhere!