Winds Break Up Lake Michigan IceFebruary 21st, 2014 at 9:52 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.