First day of 2014 with No Ice on Lake Michigan!May 13th, 2014 at 9:29 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the images to enlarge. As of this afternoon (May 14th), the ice is now officially all gone from Lake Michigan!! It’s the latest that the ice has lasted on the lake. Lake Huron should go tomorrow, as there is only 0.1% ice cover left there. Lake Superior has got a ways to go yet. As of today, there is still a 20.8% ice cover on our biggest Great Lake. Check out the North American snow/ice cover map and you can see there’s still a lot of snow north of Lake Superior, with ice remaining on Lake Nipigon north of Lake Superior and Lake Winnipeg. Hudson Bay will remain mostly ice covered through at least June.
Model Update: The NAM (caribou) starts rain in G.R. around 5 pm – a total of 0.77″ thru Thurs. Thurs. AM at 7 am it gives G.R. a temp. of 42.7 with a 22 mph NE wind and rain. It also gives G.R. a low of 30° Friday morning and 33° Saturday morning. The GFS-plot gives G.R. 0.80″ of rain starting around 4 pm with lows of 33° Fri., 37° Sat. and 34° Sun. Those are 5-foot temps. for G.R. There would certainly be some frost scattered around with those numbers.
Also: Cool pic. of approaching t-storm in Toronto. Tigers, Whitecaps and Griffins – all winners Tuesday! No weather station in Texas was warmer than 80° on Tuesday. 24-hour rainfall in Texas: 7.93″ Brenham, 5.53″ Conroe, 4.55″ Lufkin, 4.51″ San Antonio (Stinson), 4.10″ Austin (Bergstrom), 3.46″ Houston, 1.18″ Brownsville. Houston had more rain Tuesday than Las Vegas NV has received in the past year! Hot weather on the West Coast Tuesday- high temps: 94° San Diego, 93° Los Angeles, 92° San Francisco, 85° Portland, 80° Seattle. It was 91° in Tampa and 92° in Washington D.C., but only 52° in Boston. Wawa, Ontario is down to its last inch of snow on the ground. Colorado ski season extended into June.
Final note…I get 2 fortune cookies…I open the first one…no fortune, blank. I open the 2nd one and it has THREE fortures: “You are admired for your adventurous ways”, “An unexpected payment is coming your way”, “Next week, your lucky color will be green”. Hmmm! Wonder what that means?