January 8, 2011 – Snow Streaks and Lake Effect

Click above images for full view. Today was interesting weather wise. Check out the MODIS images. The left image shows the dominant Lake Effect Snow band over Lake Michigan that has simply pounded northern Indiana, giving some areas over 2 FEET of snow. Click Here for a story from WNDU. Some areas of Michigan received heavy snow as well. Click Here for an ongoing snow total thread from Bill Steffen. We can also count this as a rare sunny day from West Michigan, across Central Michigan, all the way to East Michigan, thanks to the northerly wind direction, the lake effect clouds and snow stayed over Lake Michigan and points southward. Shifting gears to the right image. This shows a closer view of what are referred to as “mesoscale snow streaks”. Now these have happened before, Click Here for a blog entry from a previous event from CIMSS. These streaks are caused by heavier snow bursts within the main snow bands, and can also be caused by lake effect bands. … Read More…

December 2, 2010 – Snowflake Macros

Snowflake Macros – Cropped, Chopped, and Photo Shopped. Thankfully I have a 12 megapixel camera, which sports both a Macro and Super Macro mode to work with, but that’s not alone how a photographer gets that snowflake shot he or she is searching for. Instead, some photoshop work must be done, unless you’re rich with tons of equipment, which I am not, so I do it the old fashion way. Perhaps one day I can afford proper equipment, macro lenses etc for such events but for now I work with what I have. A Canon PowerShot SX20 IS. It is in my opinion a phenomenal camera for a point and shoot. Of course the folks at Canon have already outdone it with the SX30 and some other models. Above are 3 of the snowflake macros from yesterday (December 1, 2010). A long duration Lake Effect Snow event which began for me around midnight last night wound up amounting to nearly 4 inches by the evening hours. First time I had … Read More…

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…