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…


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…