Here’s the MODIS satellite picture of Lake Michigan from Sat. PM (from NOAA Coastwatch). You can see the (shrinking) area of ice along the Michigan shore (prevailing west wind blows it to the Michigan side of the lake). The ice is getting thin in Green Bay – still thick up by the Mac. Bridge. There is still some snow north of a line from Grand Haven to Higgins Lake. Here’s a picture of Lake Superior…Lake Huron…Lake Erie (Thurs. pic.)…Lake Ontario (Thurs. pic.)…and a wider view of the Great Lakes.
Remember I mentioned Siberian snowfall in October as a predictor of what kind of winter we were going to have in the NE U.S.? Here’s more.
The second map is the number of days since the last tornado warning within the County Warning Area (CWA) of each National Weather Service Office. If you want to live in a place that just doesn’t get tornadoes…try the Northwest Coast of California. No tornado warnings last year in the U.P.
Also, 6.89″ rain in Chambers, Texas – lots of +3″ totals. 18 days without measurable precipitation in G.R….longest stretch since 2002. Dry weather leading to wildfires like this one…be VERY careful disposing of cigarettes, matches and any outdoor fires….loading the first cargo of the year at Lake Michigan.