Ice Forming Near Western Lake Michigan Shore

The visible satellite image below shows ice forming near the western Lake Michigan shore:

This image was taken from the MODIS polar orbiting satellite at 1834 UTC (12:34 PM CST) on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Click here for a color-enhanced version of this image from the MODIS website. The time stamp of the image from the MODIS website may not be the same as the image above. The image has resolution of 1 kilometer, which is a high-resolution image. It shows ice formation near the western shore of Lake Michigan. One area was located offshore of Racine and Kenosha, with another area offshore of Chicago. The Bay of Green Bay is also ice covered, and is seen in the image as well. 

This image also shows lake effect clouds over the lake, with the west northwest winds and the arctic airmass blowing over the relatively warm waters of the lake. The unstable conditions create the clouds, as well as some lake effect snow showers affecting lower Michigan. The image also shows high clouds moving southeast into southern Wisconsin. Finally, there are a few streaks of snow cover across northeast Illinois into northwest Indiana.


NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI

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