Amazing Increase in Ice on Lake MichiganMarch 1st, 2014 at 12:11 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Click on the images to enlarge. The graph on the left is the percentage of ice cover on Lake Michigan. I can’t remember a time when I’ve seen it go up and down and up that much that quickly. We had the ice accumulating up to +80% coverage…then we had the big wind storm on the 21st with gusts to 60-65 mph across Lake Michigan, which broke up a lot of the ice cover. Then, we get a very cold night with little or no wind and look at how much ice (albeit thin and vulnerable to breaking up again) reformed on the lake by late Friday (the 28th). The picture on the right was taken by Norm Ray at Kewaunee, Wisconsin on Feb. 15th. The wind had blown the ice away from shore and you can see lake-effect clouds forming in the background. You can also see the “steam” rising off the open water near the pier (breakwater). That steam caused by cold air coming over relatively (important word) warm water is sometimes called “Arctic Smoke”. There is a lone fisherman. The temperature was 5 above zero (pic. from WLUK). BTW, Green Bay has now set a record for most below zero temperatures in a winter.
Model update: The European would give GRR a total of 2-3″ of snow by Sunday am – a little more south toward I-94 and a little less to the north…we’re slightly below zero on the Euro. Monday and Tues. AM and we get another 3/4″ of snow Tues. PM. We finally get above freezing on Friday. The NAM (car.) has 1.9″ of snow and then 3.8″ Sat. night for G.R…looks a little high. The GFS has about 2″ of snow for G.R. (a little more to the south, mainly Sat. evening/night) and another couple inches Tues. The GFS plot has lows of 3 and 6 on Mon. and Thurs. nights and it gets to 32 Friday and keeps temps. at or below freezing thru 3/17!! (overdone…but you get the picture…the snow is going to be slow to melt this year.
Also, check out this picture of the icy grip of winter! Let’s give that man a hand. Here’s a pic. of the small tornado in N. California. Downtown L.A. had the first calendar day with an inch or more of rain on Thursday since Oct. 2011. Think spring! Here’s 3 minutes of time-lapse flowers blooming. Check out the cool pics. of snowflakes. Animals growing up (and people). 50-foot high snowman. NBC news reporter needs to be rescued.