Snow Piles Still in Michigan, June 16

June 18th, 2014 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

We visited Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by boat on June 16, 2014, and there was still unmelted ice and snow piles in the shadows of the rock cliffs, just above the Lake Superior waterline.

This particular pile was about 30-40 feet long and looked to be about 6 feet thick:

Large pile of snow and ice, Pictured Rocks, Michigan, June 16, 2014.

Large pile of snow and ice, Pictured Rocks, Michigan, June 16, 2014.

For those wondering about “Icezilla“, it appears from MODIS satellite imagery to have been beached by strong winds on the southeast shore of Michigan Island, in Michigan’s Apostle Islands in western Lake Superior.

42 Responses to “Snow Piles Still in Michigan, June 16”

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  1. JohnKl says:

    Hi Roy,

    Apparently, winter type storms will take place in late Spring & perhaps early summer (we’ll see)! This link may prove interesting:

    Have a great day!

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  3. coturnix says:

    it snows in finland, granted far to the north (at 65N) but still…

  4. ossqss says:

    How many real snowballs have ever been tossed on the banks of the lake at Summer Solstice?

    That is a couple days out……

    Good photo opp for Saturday Doc?

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  6. Alick says:

    Michigan’s Apostle Islands. I seen it.

  7. ossqss says:

    Posted yesterday from a USGS research vessel.

    I have to believe there is somebody out there taking more pictures of this stuff. I still say snowballs on solstic would be a terrific photo opportunity. Any takers with a boat on the lake?

  8. darrylb says:

    Question: We have had exceptional and continuous rain patterns for well over a week in southern MN. Rain about 12 to 18 hrs a day, then a short breather and then more of the same.
    The week ahead looks like more of the same.
    Looking for an answer as to what is causing this pattern.
    Changes in the Pacific? Early on there was evidence of ENSO patterns. Is that beginning to happen?

    • geran says:

      I suspect the moisture is coming all the way from the Gulf of Mexico.

      • darrylb says:

        geran–yes, looking at Weatherstreet it does appear that could be the case. In fact much of North American is getting a lot of rain.
        This much rain is unusual, and I was wondering about the cause of the pattern, and if it is related to Pacific changes.

        • geran says:

          Maybe Dr. Roy can help us out when he gets time. I travel a lot from north Texas to Oklahoma. I have seen several weeks of solid, heavy, clouds moving north. I see also that ENSO waters are finally heating back up. All this should mean rain for West Texas, but it is not happening yet. (Houston got dumped on recently, but nary a drop here.)

          You’re stealing our water. 🙂

          • darrylb says:

            geran– get on to weather Street and hit the US rain patterns for the next few days. Looks like rain in your area.

  9. Beta Blocker says:

    With any luck, the polar bears who were riding atop Icezilla made it ashore when the iceberg finally beached. Were any camera crews from National Geographic, from the BBC, or from PBS there to record their escape from the berg?

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