The top pic. is a drone view of the Holland Channel on March 3. Lake Michigan ice cover peaked on March 8 at 55.8%.
Here’s a drone view of the Holland Channel taken Sunday (March 31, 2019). There’s still some ice there, but a lot has melted in the last four weeks. Ice cover on Lake Michigan was down to 11.5% on Sunday and almost all of that was in Green Bay and from Traverse Bay north to the Mac. Bridge. The Coast Guard has been breaking up the ice as the shipping season has begun. A great website to track the ships on the Great Lakes (and around the world) is www.marinetraffic.com. The beach area here is protected a bit from a strong north wind by the breakwaters. Note that it was clear here at mid-afternoon, while there was still a lot of cloud cover as you moved inland over the land. Thanks to Justin McCarthy for the drone pics.
Also: Michigan State wins! Auburn is the Fort Knox of toilet paper. Neat nighttime view of Parliment in Hungary. How Canadair attacks wildfires. No wildfire areas highlighted in the U.S. today. Juneau Airport (59F), Yakutat Airport, Skagway (61 – highest in AK), and Gustavus all tied or exceeded their record high temperatures Sunday. This makes 15 days in a row that record highs have been met or exceeded somewhere in the Alaskan panhandle. Cherry blossoms might peak today (4/1). Montana t-storm. Texas t-storm. Ice breaking up on the lakes around Madison WI (I lived in MSN for 4 1/2 years). Ice hard to break up after a cold winter. Here’s a map of high tempertures in the U.S. yesterday.