Today was the sunniest day in two weeks in West Michigan. In fact, we had more sunshine today than in the previous 7 days combined. Technically, it came to 565 minutes of sunshine and that was 89% of possible sunshine.
The pic. above is the Lake Michigan satellite picture. Deep Traverse Bay and Torch Lake are open water. The west half of Crystal Lake in Benzie Co. is open water. Snow covered fields are bright white, while forested areas are a darker gray. You can still see the “tornado scar” west-northwest of Green Bay – 12 1/2 years after the tornado!
This was the scene at the Muskegon Channel Sunday PM. A fair amount of ice as formed inside the outside breakwaters. Including today, we’re now at 27% of possible sunshine for the month of February. Average for February is 34% – so we still need some sunshine to get us back to average. We’ve already had 5 months in a row with below average sunshine (Jan. 12% sunshine – 14% below avg. – Dec. 14% sunshine – 6% below avg. – Nov. 18% sunshine (10% below avg.) – Oct. 35% sunshine (9% below avg.) – Sept. 43% sunshine (16% below average). The last month with above average sunshine was last August.
To be continued –