LOTS of Ice Remains on the Great LakesMarch 30th, 2014 at 10:46 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
These are the MODIS satellite pictures from Sunday PM. Click on the images to enlarge. With sunny skies, we got a good view of the Great Lakes. A couple things stand out…there is still a fair amount of snow on the ground in West Michigan. Second, we still have a fair amount of snow on the ground in West Michigan. Sunday morning, the temperature reached 0° at Spincich Lake in the U.P. It was 8° at Pellston, 13 in Cadillac. The high of 50 in G.R. was still 2° cooler than the average high of 52°. Muskegon had a high of 45. There is still a lot of snow as you go north. Sunday snow depths: 18″ Cadillac, 29″ S. Ste. Marie, 37″ Marquette Airport, 39″ Munising. Last check from Delaware in the U.P. – they had 55″ on the ground and 296.5″ for the season. Mt. Bohemia had the highest season snowfall total that I could find at 309″. Winter continues: Heavy snow in Virginia…Blizzard Warnings for S. Dakota and N. Dakota…parts of Quebec and New Brunswick…Winter Storm in Spain.
March 1-30 has been 9.5° colder than average in G.R. Lansing, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Holland and Muskegon are all more than 9° colder than average for the month. Ludington is 11.2° colder than average for the first 30 days of March. The good news is that precipitation has been below average. Grand Rapids has had 1.54″ this month, just 65% of average.
Model update: European has 0.13″ Monday night/Early Tues…the GFS plot has 0.06″. That’s rain. The Euro has .09″ of mostly rain Weds. night…temp. falls to low 30s…could be icy spots Thurs. AM…then we get 0.79″ from Thurs. night thru Saturday and that is almost all rain. The GFS plot has 0.49″, again mostly rain. The GFS would have a windy, damp Saturday with temps. much of the day in the 30s. The Euro.’s about the same…on both models the best part of next weekend is Sunday afternoon.