Winds Break Up Lake Michigan Ice

February 21st, 2014 at 9:52 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

modis lake michigan   chicago glerl muskegon glerl The strong winds yesterday and today broke up a lot of ice on Lake Michigan and moved it around. The east wind yesterday pushed quite a bit ice away from the Michigan shore and the strong SW wind brought the ice back, but cleared the ice away from Illinois and much of Wisconsin. The first picture is the MODIS Lake Michigan satellite picture from mid-afternoon.  Skies were gradually clearing from WSW to ESE and much of Lake Michigan’s open water was visible.  In the middle picture taken from 3 miles east of downtown Chicago at the Harrison Crib water intake, you can see all the open water.  The SW winds pushed all the ice away.   The picture on the right is sunset tonight from the Muskegon GLERL camera showing about 99% ice as far out as you can see, piled up against the Michigan shore by the strong SW winds.  Winds stay brisk (but not as strong as today (Fri.) during the day Saturday.

10 Responses to “Winds Break Up Lake Michigan Ice”

  1. GunLakeDeb says:

    My son-in-law who visited the Leelenau Ice Caves last weekend, confirmed what I predicted: they are now “closed” because there’s open water and unstable ice close to that area.

    The roads are loaded with patches of black ice tonight…. drive carefully!!!

  2. Kris McHale says:


    1. Kris McHale says:

      Dang, never mind.

    1. Jack says:

      IF that verifies ….Should Be NO Problem Reaching # 2 Snowiests Winters…. What the Heck LET’S Try for a NEW #1 in 2014 ! Stay CUED… Bring IT & Rock n Roll Will Live Forever….. ;-)

    2. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

      00Z GFS not quite as bullish with the frigid air. It still gets very cold, but doesn’t look as intense or as long in duration. Also, it has cut back the lake effect snow amounts a bit. Still waiting to see what it shows for the storm late next weekend.

    3. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

      Your ‘Instant Weather Maps’ are worthless. They haven’t been right once. Where did you find that silly site?

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Get ready – we have another AWESOME weekend for winter sports. This is 11 weeks in a row! INCREDIBLE winter weather. It does not get any better that this! Get outside and enjoy winter people!

    1. fixxxerswrist says:

      master likes the wind. it makes him think of the summer girls. and there dresses that blow off, i for one can agree. but for now shovels snow and when is the heating bill going to be lower.

      1. Jack says:

        I heard through the Grapevine …master likes NUTS !! Heeee, heeeeeee …stay Cued…..

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