Modis pictures – Cooler Near the Lake

April 2nd, 2014 at 9:47 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

modis lake michigan   modis great lakes  Modis Lake Superior modis lake erie modis lake ontario modis lake huron These are the MODIS satellite pictures from Weds.  Note the very significant amount of ice left on the Great lakes and the snow cover to the north.  The cooling effect of the lake today was extraordinary.  While G.R. made 53° for a high temp. and Kalamazoo reached 56°, the high temperature on the beach at Muskegon was 35.2°.  At 3 pm this afternoon, the temperature on the beach at Michigan City, Indiana was 33.6° and the temperature at the water intake 2.8 miles east of Chicago was 33.3°.  It’s going to be a slow melt and a slow warm-up with that kind of effect.  There will be a lot of days this spring when it’ll really be cooler near the lake!  Here’s the graph of ice this winter on Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Here’s the GLERL ice analysis for the Great Lakes and for Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

15 Responses to “Modis pictures – Cooler Near the Lake”

  1. Jack says:

    FIRST, Looks like a Nice SLOW Thaw. Just what I Prayed For…Tx’s LORD…. +…… :-)

  2. Resourceful Nana says:

    Compared to a couple of weeks ago, Lake Michigan appears quite clear of ice. But the lake effect cooling was pretty dramatic today.

  3. Mr. Positive says:

    20 inches of snow has melted in the last month. Who would of thought with the cold temperatures :D

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I guess the answer is “never underestimate the power of the sun!”. We’ve got about 2 acres of open water here at Gun Lake and it’s due to sunshine – NOT temps.

  4. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    WOW…I wonder what economic effect of this cold long winter will have on our state and the great lakes shipping businesses, etc.

    1. Jack says:

      Larry Here is a Great LINK To Follow Shipping in The Great Lakes. CHECK IT OUT:::: http://www.boatnerd.com/news/news14.htm. Side PUCK :::: WINGS WIN, 3-2 !!!!! Stay Cued………. ;-)

      1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

        Thanks for the website…very good info. Looks like it’s going to be slow going for the ships on the great lakes. Everyone needs to check this site out.

  5. Barry in Zeeland says:

    I know, not weather related, but big win for the Wings tonight against Boston! We went to the Griffins game and saw Callahan take a puck to the face. Not good. If you really want to see the results just google Mitch Callahan and look at his twitter selfie. Be warned, it’s pretty gruesome.

    1. Jack says:

      Sports are always on TOPIC …Here..ON BILLS BLOG. U sir are Correct BIG WIN FOR DAH WINGS. Prays, To all Family and Friends of Those who were Killed or Injured at Food Hood TODAY. :-( . God Bless The U.S.A. In JESUS NAME I PRAY! Amen……

  6. John (Norton Shores) says:

    That storm just east of Wichita looks to have a pretty good hook on it, wouldn’t be supprised to see a tornado warning out of it soon.

    1. Cort S. says:

      It’s a little deceiving. Most of the time I think it’s just a flanking line. It was able to consolidate a decent mesocyclone for 10 minutes, about 40 minutes ago, but the rotation didn’t tighten up enough to warrant a pull of the TOR warning trigger. There’s not really any rotation to speak of right now.

      1. Cort S. says:

        Now it’s got a decent mesocyclone again for the past 30 minutes, but it just can’t seem to tighten it or keep it together.

  7. Gerry says:

    Hey Bill,
    I’m a single lady who likes to put a garden in.You think it might be June before we can do it. Been a cold winter and remains quite cool. I’m 63 and this isn’t too unusual for Michigan. Enjoy your articles. What are your thoughts on whether you think we may have a stormier season than normal in May or June?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I’m telling people not to hurry to plant anything frost sensitive this spring. With all the cold water in the Great Lakes (and ice here in April) and the heavy snow cover across Canada, we’ll have to deal with occasional cold, relatively dry air masses that could bring a mid-late season frost. The contrast between the warming air south of I-80 and the cold to the north should bring some significant spring severe weather and overrunning rains. Like last year, the severe weather season is off to a slow start because it’s been too cold, but it should ramp up in mid-late April and especially in May. While we should get some severe weather here, I’d be more concerned about severe weather to our south in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas.

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