Ice Finally Disappears from Hudson Bay

August 16th, 2014 at 11:42 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

north american snow cover    Click on the image to enlarge.  The last couple pixels of ice are still visible on the Saturday satellite view of Hudson Bay.  Those will likely be gone today or early this week.  As with Lake Superior this spring, there may be some icebergs floating around unseen by satellite for a couple more weeks.  In any case, that’s a little bit later than average.  There’s definitely no northwest passage, though the ice has melted close to the Alaskan shore (see the Barrow, Alaska webcam).   Look at the month of August so far in Barrow…not a single day warmer than average, 4.2° cooler than average for Aug. 1-15 and strong winds – discount the 0.0 and the average wind speed has been 18 mph.  They had snow flurries on the 13th and 14th.  July was 2.9° cooler than average and June was 1.9° cooler than average at Barrow.  Temperatures from 80° N. Latitude to the North Pole have been consistently cooler than average since May 1.  That’s reflected in the Arctic sea ice extent, which is greater than each of the last four years at this point in summer.   Antarctic ice extent continues to be a record high levels.  Not only is the ice extent much greater than average and significantly greater than last year at this time, but we continue to set daily records for sea ice extent in Antarctica.   There was actually some scattered frost across N. Wisconsin and the U.P Thursday AM.   Record cold in CanadaJamstec Model and Weatherbell leaning more toward cold for the coming winter.   Record cold in Australia.   Cold summer leading to leaves changing color in mid-August in PA.

This is the first time since 2000 that the formation of the Atlantic’s third tropical storm will occur past Aug. 16.   Drought in California, but crops are irrigated…so…”back-to-back bumper crops“!   Here’s U.S. Storm Reports for Saturday.

Also, woman thought to have died in the recent flooding in Detroit is quite alive.


38 Responses to “Ice Finally Disappears from Hudson Bay”

  1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Can’t we save this for the winter and talk about the warmth back at home. Maybe a thread about the 6-10 day temp outlook? Or perhaps about some thunderstorms? It’s too early for snow talk in my opinion but post as you like. It’s your blog hah!

  2. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Bill, you’re not making any friends with these type of threads you know. :)

    1. Irish coffee says:

      Speak for yourself! ;) …to each his/her own I guess, but never too early for snow, ice, cold- as ice , foreigner talk,imho.
      As for low hurricane in Atl. #’s to date, record Ant. ice, bumper crop yields, etc. — I am willing to bet TWC, NYT’s , Al Gore, Wash DC Comics, IPCC, et;al climate change “sky is falling” and man is to blame propagandinista’s will NEVER ever ever ever ever ever EVER, correlate , contribute or point to human influence or impact when it involves a POSITIVE outcome wrt climate/wx!! Talk about intellectual DIShonest HUBRIS!! Yet let 1 Sandy occur, GL @ low levels, decrease in Arctic ice, drought, flood, wildfire in Firesmokeville, WY stir, …and wait…2 seconds ‘afore National Guard of media HYPE & EXTREMISM kicks into full metal jacket gear/

      1. Brad says:

        Or, for that matter, the socioeconomic benefits of addressing climate change. Research, technology, advances. Bill and the other alarmists would have us believe we’re just not good enough.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          Gee Brad – you’re leaving out that addressing climate change would bring world peace, end hunger and the Cubs would win a World Series. I’m so proud of myself for using carcinogen-filled light bulbs made in China!

        2. Brad says:

          I’ll give you world peace and ending hunger but I can’t go as far as the Cubs winning a WS…

        3. Irish coffee says:


  3. I don’t think many people would mind these threads if its the correct season and they were not geared to the same topic most of the time. I enjoy hearing of some cold weather records but its very repetitive on here day after day, so I just go elsewhere for a different read. If I had a blog I would talk thunderstorms quite a bit hah so I guess the same applies here, you just like talking about what interests you (which is great).

    One nice thing would be an update on this warming trend we have coming since temps are all across the board right now. I don’t think we will see 90 but we shall see

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Thunderstorms…..or lack there of, around the (bubble)area lately.

      1. I am not talking strictly Michigan because its boring around here lately, I am talking the US and world as well

        1. Thunderstorms are probably my biggest topic interest

    2. michael g (SE GR) says:

      So, Bill should do a thread about the ice melting in Hudson Bay in the winter?

  4. Yzerman says:

    Really disgusted by all the people saying not to post anything about cool weather. You people bring this blog down. Guess it really shows that people who like summer or warm weather are truly boring people.

  5. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Thanks for the FACTS about the COLD! I love it! COLD and SNOW ROCK! I can hardly wait for the first monster snowstorm! Bring it!

  6. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The “mini ice age” is upon us! Get used to it!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Yeah becuase 70s and 80s are cold enough for ice and snow. Moron.

  7. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Wait till all of that cold air up by the North Pole makes it’s way down here this winter! Polar Vortex here we go! Bring it!

    1. Tom says:

      That’s why they call it winter idiot!! Can’t wait to hear about all your imaginary ski trips instead of your golfing!

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Seriously, ignore him. The more you acknowledge the troll, the more it motivates the troll.

        1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:


      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        fixxxer and his clones are tools and they could not possibly ignore my comments!

        1. fixxxer says:

          Been here 7 years with only one name kiddo.

        2. michael g (SE GR) says:

          Guess fix kind of proved your point there….

  8. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    This graph really shows the increasing Arctic ice this summer:

  9. fixxxer says:

    I dont know whats will bill this past year. He told me he dislikes cold weather but thats all he talks about. It does get tiring. Guess his woodtv producers are making him do it.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Bill can only talk about what the weather IS. If he had spent all summer posting about how warm it is, how hot it was, and how hot it will be, he would have spent all summer being WRONG.

    2. Brad says:

      If Bill isn’t being paid by the fossil fuel industry, he’s not a good businessman.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        “If you put feedback into a computer model, you can prove anything”. John Brignell

        1. Irish coffee says:

          Yeah, when nearly 99% of climate models(over 100) some 15 + years back err’d too WARM vs current verification/trends lends credence to that fact, Bill!
          Seems like just yesterday when propagandists were filming a polar bear cub floating on an ice-chip(the last surviving one in the arctic at that) surrounded by palm trees….lost, alone & looking to re-patriate circa Vostok

  10. Paul says:

    That’s it, GLOBAL WARMING!!! DAMMIT! lol

  11. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    90 degrees being forecasted by Wood. Do my eyes deceive me?

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      It’s gone now, they have a couple 87′s in there now.

  12. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    So much for the warm end of August! Who knew?

    1. matt says:

      So much for you getting a job kid

    2. michael g (SE GR) says:


  13. matt says:

    So much for you getting a job kid

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Solid double up there mat.

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