Strong Winds Break Up Great Lakes IceFebruary 22nd, 2014 at 8:53 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
This is the most pictures I’ve ever tried to attach to a blog thread. Click on the images to enlarge. These are the MODIS satellite pictures and the pictures from the GLERL cameras. The strong winds on Friday broke up a lot of ice on the Great Lakes. We had a gust to 60 mph in G.R. on Friday. We get a gust that high about every 3 years. You can see that most of Lake Michigan is now open water, same for Lake Ontario. There is now some open water in western Lake Erie and in both Lake Huron and Lake Superior. The GLERL pictures show open water and high clouds over Chicago. Look closely at the Michigan City, Indiana picture and you can see Chicago in the distance. You can also see the clearing to the north up across Wisconsin and Michigan. The Alpena picture shows solid ice and clear skies after some snow last night. The days are getting longer now at the rate of about 2 1/2 minutes a day. We have now gained 1 hour and 54 minutes of daylight since the Winter Solstice back on The sun is setting and rising farther north now. In another month, the sun will rise due east and set due west.
Model Update: Saturday night’s European has five nights below zero in G.R. with -2 Weds., -12 Fri., -8 Sat., -9 Sun., and -7 next Monday. The GFS has only Fri. AM at -3 as the only below zero morning, but several others are in the single digits. Neither model has any warm air in the next 10 days…the GFS goes out 16 days and it has a 2-4″ snow around 3/3 and a bigger storm 3/10 (too earl to put an stock in that). We’ll see snow showers this week, but no big storms…most areas will get a couple inches…the big storm is the relentless cold to end Feb. and go into at least the first week of March. If we get into a light wind pattern later this week, watch for the Great Lakes ice to start to reform. Thru Sat. Grand Rapids is 7 deg. colder than average for Feb., Kalamazoo is 8 deg. colder than normal and Holland is 9 deg. colder than average.