Weekend Weather Wrap-upJuly 16th, 2009 at 9:57 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Inside WOOD TV8, Weather
<–This is current radar. Sunday Night – skies are clearing. I sat outside after sunset sipping some limeaid while I chatted with my mother on the phone. You could still see some “build-ups” where a few sprinkles were occurring up near Big Rapids. The warming trend starts Monday with temps. recovering to near normal. GRR is now more than 5 deg. cooler than average for July. Upper 40s ‘Saturday AM in Lansing, Ionia, Belding, Hart, White Cloud, Big Rapids, Baldwin and Clarksville…44 in Bloomingdale, 38 at Leota – the normally cold spot north of Mt. Pleasant Here’s the current visible satellite loop (day), infrared satellite loop (night) and current Michigan surface observations. GRR had a high temperature of 67° on Friday making Friday the coolest July 17 ever (crushing the previous record low maximum temperature of 71° set in 1937). This is traditionally the hottest week of the summer, and the weather map for the Great Lakes looks like mid-late September. Churchill up on the still frozen Hudson Bay has been nearly 6° cooler than average in the past week. Average high temperatures there are in the low 60s. The high on 7/10 at Churchill was only 39° and the high on the 15th was 42°. Here’s GRR looping radar, Northern Indiana radar, Lightning Loop, and the U.S. surface map. At 10 PM Sat. Night the eastern Lake Superior buoy shows an air temp. of 44.2°- and a water temp. of 39.6°. Those are cold numbers for mid-July. Side note: Check out the smashed cars after torrential rains/mudslide near Busan, Korea. Friday it was hot around the W-S-SE perimeter of the U.S. It was 89° in Seattle, 95° in Portland, 126° at Death Valley, CA, Palm Springs made 118°…Phoenix had a high of 114° and a low of 93°. Laredo, TX reached 108° (it’s been a hot summer in south Texas) and 101° in Brighton, FL. Fairbanks, Alaska was 77°, ten degrees warmer than Grand Rapids. Barrow, AK had a relatively mild 50°, and that was only 4° cooler than Grand Marais, MI.