Here’s a couple of really cool pictures. On the left, this is from Julie at ReportIt. It’s the Muskegon shore with a shadowed figure and in the evening light fog, you can see the tower out on the breakwater. On the right, we have a picture from the ISS of northern Europe with the green aurora above the Earth.
Noon – It’s cloudy, breezy and cool (satellite). The noon temp. is 46 in G.R. with a sprinkle (radar). It’s 46 in Muskegon, 51 in Kalamazoo. The wind in G.R. is 15 mph. We are getting gusts of 25-30 mph at the lakeshore airports. The Muskegon beach weather station shows only 43.3 deg. at noon with a 16 mph wind off the lake. That’s about as cool as it’s going to get…we should go up a few degrees this PM. There are some breaks in the clouds over Lake Michigan. Today will be the coolest day of the week with temperatures in the 50s during the afternoon and near 50 at Lake Michigan. We may catch a sprinkle or very light shower, but precipitation amounts would be quite light (mainly trace amounts). We’ll continue to have a brisk west wind. Lots of clouds this afternoon, but a few breaks in the overcast. The wind dies down and the sun comes out for much of Wednesday. The GFS gives G.R. a wind up to 22 mph this PM. The model gives us the highest probability of rain this week on Friday and takes high temps. back up to 75 Sat. and 80 on Sun. I still don’t see any widespread frost in the next week…we may get to the upper 30s Weds. AM, but it looks like we hold a 5 mph wind overnight.
Great Lakes ice cover is down to 1.2%, with Lake Superior at 3.2% and Lake Huron at 0.3%. Last year on 5/11, Lake Superior still had an astonishing 27.8% ice cover! Lake Michigan had 0.9% and Lake Huron had a 5.0% ice cover.