From Michigan’s Upper Peninsula–hit by the season’s latest snowstorm–comes this shot from Annie Brezek. This is her snow-covered deck which she says she cleaned twice before heading off to bed in Iron County, MI.
Now that’s quite a snow, Annie!!
Photo courtesy of Annie Brezek, Iron County, Michigan
Huge halos visible in the spring sky Wednesday over many sections of Florida caused quite a stir. Many of you sent me pictures. I thought this shot from Adam Wlodarski, which so vividly shows the halo above the swimmers and others at the beach in Siesta Key, Florida illustrated just why the phenomenon caught the eyes of so many!!
Photo courtesy of Adam Wlodarski
Siesta Key, Florida
This angry-looking sky was photographed Tuesday afternoon near Grayslake by Connor Healey. You can see streamers of precipitation falling from the showers which bubbled up with daytime heating. Connor tells us rain and hail followed shortly after he snapped this shot.
Photo courtesy of Connor Healey, Grayslake, IL
By Meteorologist Tom Skilling
More seasonable temperatures return to Chicago Thursday building on Wednesday’s 52-degree high.
Coincident with the arrival of the city’s first day with a normal temp of 60-degrees, Thursday afternoon’s peak reading is also to hit 60. It marks only the 9th time this year that Chicago’s temperature has been as warm or warmer.
Late season Midwest snowstorm hits the North Woods hard; accumulations have topped 1ft.
The storm responsible for the gusty southerly winds which began raking the Chicago area Wednesday have helped propel milder air into this area while fueling the latest snowstorm burying sections of the upper Midwest.
What’s interesting is that part of the area being lambasted by wind and snow across northern Wisconsin, Minnesota and Upper Michigan, may, in a matter of just days, warm areas to within striking distance of 60-degrees later this coming Easter weekend.
Snow totals reported late Wednesday—with snow still coming down—had reached 13.5” Grantsburg, WI; 12.3” Spooner, WI; 10.5” Hinckley, MN; 10” Hayward and New Post, Wisconsin.
April 2014′s has had its share of cool days—but the month’s running 1.6-degrees ahead of last year
April, 2014’s has generated its share of cool temperatures. But, the month’s average temperature has moved into positive territory. It’s the first time that’s happened in any months since last October. Thus, while subtle, the road to the warmer temps of late spring and summer is clearly underway—an effort which can be expected to yield warmth with increasing frequency in the weeks and months to come—-but area residents shouldn’t be fooled. Lake Michigan is still cold and a wind shift off the chilly waters can— and will—generate cool temperatures until water temperatures warm.
In late March I saw a bright green streak, a falling star. What accounts for that color? Air pollution?
— Frank Dezio
Meteoroids, orbiting the sun in huge numbers, are believed to be debris left over from the formation of the solar system.
They are occasionally captured by the Earth’s gravitational pull and, plunging at speeds up to150,000 mph, glow to incandescence because of friction with the atmosphere.
A brief streak of light, usually whitish, is the familiar result.
But astronomer Dan Joyce of Triton College tells us that a distinct green color is not rare.
The color of the streak has nothing to do with the atmosphere, he says.
The composition of the meteoroid is probably a reason for the color, and he suspects it is likely chromium.