November 5, 2010 – Lake Effect Snow/Rain/Sleet

(left image is a MODIS image from today (click for larger image), middle image shows the snow/sleet falling, right image showing accumulation (middle and right images to see my facebook album containing all the images) I captured these in Kent City, MI the afternoon of 11/5/10) Today was a cold one, highs only in the 30s across the board here in Michigan. These cooler temps flowing over warmer lake water creates what the Great Lakes are famous for. Lake Effect. This Lake Effect can come in many forms depending on temperature, rain, snow, sleet, graupel, even small hail in some of the stronger bands. Every so often we will get lake effect that even contains lightning! this time around it was mainly a rain/snow mix along the lake shore, and over Lake Michigan, but the further away from the lake you were, your precip was snow/sleet. In northern Michigan some areas had their first accumulating snow today, with 2-3 inches up around Newberry in the Upper Peninsula. This will be … Read More…


October 19, 2010 – 4 Seasons of Trenton Ave.

Pictured to the left are 4 photos I took in the year 2008 as a photography project on a road called Trenton Ave. I used to often ride my bicycle down this road, where I would always stop at this very spot just to sit & think, to take nature in. Michigan is a great state for old dirt roads in the woods where you can just relax. This road located outside & NW of the city of Cedar Springs, MI runs from 19 mile rd to 22 mile rd. This particular stretch featured in the stitched photo above was located about a half mile north of 20 mile rd. looking south. (click above photo for full view) Click Here to see Trenton Ave on Google Maps. Click here for a street view looking south. the city of Cedar Springs is most well know for it’s annual Red Flannel Festival. But there is a lot of beauty in nature around the area if you ever get a chance to explore … Read More…


May 26, 2010 – Lake Breeze T-Storms

Pictured to the left are some Lake Breeze T-Storms. Notice the textbook anvil there? Not all that often you get the pleasure of seeing one of those. However they can be common when you’re dealing with lake breeze thunderstorms. This chase didn’t take me that far either. Just to the far outer limits of Sparta, MI. The featured photo was taken looking southeast. Below in the slideshow I included radar images I saved from GRLevel3, and a very nice visible satellite image showing the cumulonimbus all alone there in Kent County, MI. Grand Rapids, MI received some heavy rain and lightning from this batch before it pressed off to the east and eventually fell apart as the day wore on. You can Click Here for a whole bunch of facts and information regarding the lake breeze, how it works and more. (it says sea breeze but a lake breeze has the same properties) … Read More…


December 4, 2009 – Lake Effect Snowstorm

A 4WD Ford Explorer powers through 7-8 inches of snow. This was a very heavy lake effect event. The first really big snow event of the 2009-2010 season. Points southward of my locale had up to, and in excess of 12 inches. It stuck to everything as you will see in the photo slideshow below. I stayed awake all night and into the next day monitoring the snow, and making sure I’d be up and ready to go document the event. You can Click Here for a snowfall total map from the Grand Rapids National Weather Service. As you can see from This Radar Loop, it was a long duration lake effect event, enhanced by some upper level energy. These events are actually pretty common here in Michigan happening unusually once or twice per winter. But normally the heavier lake effect bands set up oriented from north to south, or northwest to southeast. … Read More…