Great Lakes Ice – Season Snow

February 17th, 2014 at 3:46 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

lake michigan kyle underwood randy passano west michigan flight Grand Haven   lake michigan ice holland 2 15 14 randy passano west michigan flightmodis great lakes 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 snowThere’s a car in there somewhere!

155 Responses to “Great Lakes Ice – Season Snow”

  1. fixxxer says:

    This is the worst winter ive ever seen. Summer better make up for this bs weather.

    1. Paul m says:

      90s in the summer can’t wait

      1. Ispotasnowflake says:

        i can.. Michigan 90′s might be the worst temperatures in the world.

  2. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Starting to get some really small flakes, soon to become bigger

    1. DJ2450 says:

      Appears not all that much virga. One nice thing about living in the center of the State is I get ground observations 90 miles before the weather gets hear.

      1. DJ2450 says:

        oops, here

    2. DJ2450 says:

      John, there’s some yellow showing on the radar not to far off your shoreline.

  3. Red in Allegan Co. says:

    Started snowing about 5 minutes ago between Allegan and Martin and now I can hardly see about a mile down the road. Visibility is dropping fast.

  4. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Flakes are gradually getting bigger

  5. Ned S. (East of Holland) says:

    Began snowing here at 104th and Ottogan about 5 minutes ago. Visibility down to 1/2 mile and dropping rapidly.

  6. Jeff Northern Ionia County says:

    Wind is blowing quite hard on lunch. The snow was already blowing across the North/South roads. Could be nasty later if the wind keeps up with the snow…

  7. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Snow is really increasing here

  8. Red in Allegan Co. says:

    Visibility down to about a quarter mile now. I can no longer see the poles past the corner. Wind is rattling things around as well.

  9. John (Norton Shores) says:

    New MD out for Muskegon to the south :)

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      1″ per hour snowfall rates likely this afternoon

  10. Paul (Yankee Springs-Barry State Game Area) says:

    And so it begins….

    1. Ispotasnowflake says:

      And soon it shall end….

  11. Dan says:

    Snow! Its here! Its coming down at a decent clip!

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Just curious Dan, where do you live?

  12. Eileen (Hesperia) says:

    Still waiting for the snow in Hesperia.

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Should be coming in anytime now in Hesperia

  13. Clara says:

    Nothing here in Cascade Twp yet. I heard it’s wicked cold out there, though.

    1. Ispotasnowflake says:

      im sry that sucks

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