Daily Archives: May 26, 2015

Late Spring in the Great Lakes: Fog


GOES-R IFR Probability fields, 2100 UTC on 26 May 2015, along with surface observations of ceilings and visibility (Click to enlarge)

Sea or lake surface temperatures are part of the algorithm used to create IFR Probability fields. The cold Great Lakes in late May are a prime location for advection fog, and IFR Probability fields will blanket the Great Lakes with high values under southerly, moist flow. It is not uncommon to see all of the Lakes bright orange/red. Note in the image above how Manitowoc WI and Charlevoix MI both have IFR Conditions. In addition, Dense Fog advisories were issued north of Milwaukee to the tip of Door County.