Best View of Lake Michigan IceFebruary 19th, 2014 at 7:19 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Click on the image to enlarge or click here. It’s a very rare totally clear day. You can see the ice on Lake Michigan (snow covered where it is whitest). You can see the slightly darker color at Milwaukee and Chicago, though Grand Rapids is hard to find. The rivers are ice covered (see if you can find the Grand and Kalamazoo Rivers). My snow-covered tornado scar is still quite visible northwest of Green Bay from the tornado in 2007. Where there are more trees (esp. conifer trees), the color is a little darker (from Newaygo Co. north, across northern Wisconsin and the U.P. There’s certainly still enough open water for lake-effect snow, though with the colder water and reduced distance over open water, accumulations would be lighter than with similar conditions earlier in the winter. Now, check out Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and a wide shot of the Western Great Lakes. Also today is the date with greatest ice cover in 1979, the year when we had the most ice in the satellite era. With the Siberian Express ready to rock ‘n roll next week, I’ll bet we haven’t seen peak ice on the Great Lakes.