Heat Wave to start the Holiday Weekend

May 18th, 2012 at 4:16 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  It’ll be a warm weekend with highs inland in the mid to perhaps even upper 80s across S. Lower Michigan.  AND…it looks like a warm to hot start to the Memorial Day Weekend as a warm ridge builds into the Great Lakes…not all that dissimilar to what happened in February…the heat is on for the Holiday Weekend, with highs from the mid 80s to low 90s.   Inland lakes will likely have water temperatures above 70 for the Holiday weekend and the shoreline of Lake Michigan could be 60+.   Pass the word  and feel free to pass along a link to this thread to your friends and even your out of town friends that might want to come here. (picture is Beach Survival Challenge at Grand Haven State Park.   Waves on Lake Michigan around a foot in the AM and 1-2 feet in the PM…with a south wind, waves will be lower off Berrien Co. and a little higher toward Oceana Co.   Pretty picture of the day:  Banff National Park rainbow.  Eerie picture of the day:  The abandoned Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana after a blizzard.

Tornadoes in the U.S. so far in 2012:  687 (compared to 1084 last year and 708 average).  96 in Fargo, ND on Friday, 93 in Minneapolis, 91 in Eau Claire, WI.  Wind gusts to 65 mph and 1.25″ hail at Doral, FL., 1.63″ of rain in Miami and 1.59″ at Fort Lauderdale.    Nome, Alaska had their wettest May day ever with 0.84″ of rain (records go back to 1907).  King Salmon, AK set a record low temperature by 14 degreesBarrow, Alaska finally got above freezing on Thursday for the first time since last October 10th.  Barrow still has 11″ of snow on the ground.  Kotzebue, AK still has 26″ of snow on the ground.   It looks like Alyeska, AK will end up with a season snowfall total of 960″.  That’s 80 FEET of snowfall!  They are still skiing there and the “Top of Six” still has a snow depth of 181″…that’s over 15 feet!  Can that all melt this summer or not??

Lots of great activities this weekend, including the Lamont Festival (free concert at 10:30 AM and very inexpensive boat rides on the Grand Lady River Boat), the Blessing of the Bikes in Baldwin, and the Great Lakes Kite Festival in Grand Haven.  It’s also Armed Forces Day.   By the way, with all the publicity that bear is getting running around Kent Co. – I ought to get the bear a “Bill’s Blog” t-shirt – it’d be good publicity!   Have a fantastic weekend and thanks for reading my blog!

114 Responses to “Heat Wave to start the Holiday Weekend”

  1. Janet Mitchell says:

    Hey Bill, Can you start showing wave height along w/water temps on Lake Mich.?

    Thank you.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Yes – this weekend

  2. Randy (SW Walker) says:

    Woo hoo! Bring it on. Love life, love weath

  3. Randy (SW Walker) says:

    Err. Love weather. Life is good! Forget the rest- all means to an end!

  4. Soccer6713 says:

    FINALLY!! My kind of weather:)

  5. Dan says:

    Bring it on, or as Don Henley says, “The Heat is on”
    Love it! Sounds like it’ll be NICE for the “OFFICIAL” start to SUMMER!!

    1. Irish coffee says:

      Make that Glenn Frey;)….Don Henley also of Eagles; so easy mistake– In a New York Minute, AFTER the boys’ of summer are gone– LOOKOUT here comes ..WINTER!!!!!!!!! OHHHH YEAH!!

  6. Nathan (GR) says:

    Fixxxer, is this good enough?

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      He said Memorial Weekend was going to suck!

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        I’ll take his place on this one. I personally hate the heat. Today was about as warm as I like it to be.

      2. fixxxer says:

        It isnt memorial weekend this weekend now is it swatz? They have no clue what it will be like next weekend. And yes the weather was nice today, keep it coming billy. Ill bet we have at least one crap day next long holiday weekend.

        1. michael g (SE GR) says:

          I’ll bet you have three crap days next weekend.

        2. Cort S. says:

          “They have no clue what it will be like next weekend.”

          Well, we do have some clue. Bill wouldn’t say this…
          “it looks like a warm to hot start to the Memorial Day Weekend as a warm ridge builds into the Great Lakes”
          …if he wasn’t reasonably confident that it was going to be warm at the end of his 8-day forecast.

          When he says “warm ridge,” this is what he’s talking about:

          The blue ribbon is the jet stream’s expected position next week Friday, separating the warm air from the cold air. The trough it’s making in the Western US and the ridge over the Great Lakes is perfect for some Michigan warm weather! The jet stream snakes across the United States in this manner whenever Michigan gets warm weather (winds will coming from the south, helping to bring north some warm air). Similar patterns that had a jet stream like this were in March and last July. The exact details of Memorial Weekend (high/low/precip) each day are not known of course, but we are reasonably confident that the end of next week is going to be warm.

    2. Jeff B. (Gowen) says:

      C’mon Nathan don’t get him started. Got to love this weather.

  7. Mark (Okemos) says:

    Someone check on fixxxer. He likely fainted upon reading this.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Naw were not done with cooler temps until at least late june. Its michigan folks. But today was nice and warm.

      1. INDY says:

        DON’T GIVE IN LET fizzer SIN!!!!

  8. Dan says:

    Fixxxer: Enjoy the weather! Is that even possible for you? 85 or higher tomorrow and 80s on Sunday! Then it cools (if you want to call it cool) to the mid 70s! It doesn’t get much better than this!!! As far as what you already said, you seem to think that all Memorial days have been bad, weatherwise. Have you even done the research to back up your claim?
    How can you say that this Memorial day will be bad? How can you say that it will get cool again? By the way, what is your definition of cool? Can you please provide some data to back up your so called claims?

    1. Cort S. says:

      I did the research for him last week, but his reply was, “i don’t care about the ‘data’ i know what it’s been like since ive lived here.” But for anyone else who is interested, here is the data:

      Year — High/Low/Precip
      2011 — 89/62/none
      2010 — 81/64/0.31 (morning thunderstorms and scattered afternoon thunderstorms; otherwise warm and humid)
      2009 — 72/51/none
      2008 — 79/63/0.16 (rain before daybreak)
      2007 — 79/46/none
      2006 — 91/68/0.01 (tied for second warmest high temp, second warmest low temp; evening thunderstorm)
      2005 — 74/46/none
      2004 — 70/59/0.17 (morning and afternoon rain)
      2003 — 69/46/none
      2002 — 77/48/none
      2001 — 69/48/none
      2000 — 69/43/none

      1. Thank you for that data…It is Michigan for sure when you see the variation from year to year. Just glad I don’t live where there are still piles of snow…or hot and humid every day with alligators too.

      2. fixxxer says:

        if it pans out i see 70′s on sat and 60′s on sunday next weekend.

  9. Dan says:

    Yeah, thats fairly reliable in the Fix mind!
    The way I see it we have had 6 of the last 12 Memorial days with temps in the 70s or higher, and 7 of the last 12 Memorial days with no rain! Two of those Memorial days were quite warm! That is EXCELLENT data to support that MOST of the Memorial days over the past 12 years were good days weatherwise!
    Another possible heat wave for Memorial day 2012! Thanks for the data, Cort!

  10. yup – had one of the kids stop by this evening – had him latch on to one of the air conditioners in the basement – one in one to go….
    It is nice to bring out the logs to carve outside instead of in the basement – better ambiance…

    1. geez – seems whenever I post things get strangely quiet on this blog :)

      1. Me :-) says:

        Must be your posts are so impressive that you leave them speechless for a while :-)

  11. Brad says:

    Here we go again: April was hot, hot, hot. Look at all that heat. Meanwhile, it’s been awhile since Bill wrote about the Arctic ice cap. That’s because ice cover is plummeting and is again well below average.


    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Average global temperature since Jan. 1 is still (slightly) below average: http://policlimate.com/climate/ncep_cfsr_t2m_ytd_anom.png

      Arctic ice still not too far from average for this time of year, well within one standard deviation from average and well above the areal extent of one year ago: http://arctic-roos.org/observations/satellite-data/sea-ice/observation_images/ssmi1_ice_area.png

      Antarctic ice still a little above average areal extent and still at a greater extent than one year ago: http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/S_timeseries.png

      New paper…Antarctic ice “slowing down” in the last 12 years (which would match the flat global temperature profile – remember Dr. Judith Curry’s comment: “Prof Curry said, the project’s research data show there has been no increase in world temperatures since the end of the Nineties – a fact confirmed by a new analysis that The Mail on Sunday has obtained.

      ‘There is no scientific basis for saying that warming hasn’t stopped,’ she said. ‘To say that there is detracts from the credibility of the data, which is very unfortunate.’

      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2055191/Scientists-said-climate-change-sceptics-proved-wrong-accused-hiding-truth-colleague.html#ixzz1vH8NCvvY

      1. Brad says:

        “Slightly below average” in the sense that global temps are essentially average compared to the warm 1981-2010 period, meaning they are above average compared to the historic mean. All these moving averages make me dizzy!

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          The question is…will global temperatures level off or even go down with the Cold PDO this coming decade (which usual means more frequent La Ninas) and the potential (likely, eventually) of the AMO moving to cold phase (and I won’t mention the possibility of a solar minimum moving global temperature downward – it’s way too early for a trend there).

          BTW, if every species that moves northward is a sign of global warming, does that mean the bear coming south into Kent Co. is a sign of global cooling? (note, the explanation on our news from the DNR was (I think) the correct one – like the snowy owls last winter). I came upon a black bear while hiking in the mountains of Alberta once. Even though I came (by chance, not by choice) upon the bear at relatively close range, the bear was very quiet (and I was making a little noise, so it knew I was there),…outside of a very brief glance, the bear totally ignored me (unlike my wonderful cat, who comes to greet me every single night when I come back home from work in the early morning – I bet it’s only missed a handful times in the last 2 years and that’s usually because it’s hiding in the basement during a thunderstorm. Two things the cat cannot handle is the vacuum cleaner and lightning/thunder. It’ll hide under the mattress in the basement and stay down there for an hour or two after the noise stops).

        2. Brad says:

          Black bear is a bad example- it is not a particularly climate-sensitive species, and once occurred throughout Michigan and most of the United States and into Mexico. I can think of one butterfly that is apparently expanding its range south- insects can quickly expand their ranges when they switch host plants, for example. I’m not comfortable with blanket statements that certain mammal and bird species have moved north due to climate- there are other factors to consider, including land use changes and the advent of the automobile, interstate highways, and roadkill (see: turkey vulture). That said, there has been a marked reduction in populations of “northern” species in the conterminous United States over the past century or so, particularly among plant species. Again, there are other factors at play (landscape fragmentation that alters local microclimates, water demands and hydrologic alterations, an explosion in herbivore and mesopredator abundance, the introduction of non-native species, etc.).

        3. Irish coffee says:

          How’s the once endangered American Bald Eagle population looking now? ;)

        4. Bill Steffen says:

          The real endangered species right now in Washington D.C. is the Balanced Budget.

        5. Bill Steffen says:

          North Polar Icecap: http://arctic-roos.org/observations/satellite-data/sea-ice/observation_images/ssmi1_ice_ext.png Extent is right at average and the areal extent has increased by thousands of square miles in the past year.

          South Polar Icecap: http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.anomaly.antarctic.png Has grown steadily and significantly since 1986.

          More bad news for you alarmists: http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2012/2012GL051106.shtml Trenberth’s missing heat is still missing!

        6. big Daddy BC says:


          You politically derived opinion doesn’t seem to jive with the experts. The only thing growing is your scientific ignorance.

        7. Bill Steffen says:

          And your chart (link) is more than balanced out by the BIGGER S. Polar icecap, which has been growing steadily since the mid 1980s: http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.anomaly.antarctic.png

          Arctic sea extent is significantly greater than one year ago and within one standard deviation of average: http://wattsupwiththat.com/reference-pages/sea-ice-page/

  12. Cuban Oriley says:

    YESSSS; Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Kimoeagle says:

    I followed the eerie picture of the day (after reminiscing with the Banff picture)… excellent photography, and a life story of a Rust Belt town….wow. Somber, sadness at seeing ended hopes and past realities….. a sobering statement of abandonment…. thanks for sharing those statements with us, Bill.

  14. INDY says:


    1. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

      One to many sprites tonight?

      1. Skot says:

        Sounds like Bills trying to drum up bloggership with this post.
        Fixxxer and Bill….Bill and fixxxer….hhmmmmmmm. Starting to sound funny isnt it.

        1. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

          Skot there is nothing “funny” about it. If you go back and look at all of your comments and posts, they are completely void of anything even remotely interesting or worth typing. It is pure drivel, it’s just typing just to type. This applies to Astute and wise also. I think you know what i am talking about.

        2. Skot says:

          Dear “what Billwantstosaybutcant”,
          Thank you for responding to my drival.

  15. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

    Drum up blogger ship? This a a great thread Bill has started. It directly relates to the WEATHER. He does not have to worry about drumming up participation here. If Bill Posted a picture of a bowling ball and there was zero text to go with it……Skot, Fixxxer, INDYYY, and a few other tards would have dozens of lame comments below it.

    1. big Daddy BC says:

      Please try to convince us that you’re not really Bill. LOL
      Another avatar? Holy Smokes!

  16. RJ (Rockford) says:

    fixxxer is a hopeless Debbie Downner!!!!!!!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      how so? i said its been nice but next weekend doesn’t look to be great.

      1. Cort S. says:

        Those upper 80s in the 8-day forecast next weekend certainly do look chilly.

      2. Tom in Alger Heights says:

        Fixxx…curiousity (sp) gets the better part of me…from where do you come up with your “long range” forecast? I thought you said they were speculation at best?

        1. Katie in Kentwood says:

          Don’t listen to Fixxxer. He’s not a meteorologist. I know who he is.

  17. Nathan (GR) says:

    BTW…. I would like global warming a lot better than global cooling, trust me!

    1. Back in the 70′s we had warnings of Global Cooling – there is actually an article on it in a Time Magazine (a July issue I think) and boy, we were all scared to death. We were canning vegetables like crazy…because soon it would be too cold to grow them. Doesn’t anyone remember that? (Ok, maybe not born yet, LOL) With all these predictions of Global warnings for cold or hot, I always say “FOLLOW THE MONEY” – who benefits from these ideas? The Government?? Being able to scare people enough that we don’t rebel when useless regulations are put on us?? The book writers? The scientists that get grant money for agreeing?? OK, enough of a rant for this old gal…have a great warm weekend all.

      1. Brad says:

        You forgot to mention the trillion-dollar energy industry. You’d be blind not to recognize the millions of dollars industry spends to spread climate misinformation, put up billboards likening climate scientists to the Unabomber, etc. If you’re going to claim global warming is a vast money-driven conspiracy, you’re going to have to study the models and the science and identify the “dollar” factor in the data and equations. Logic, reason, and inquiry are noble virtues- ignorance and anger are not.

        1. Irish coffee says:

          Too bad logic and reason aren’t coupled w/ science when it comes to perpetuating macro-evolution of intelligent(ok, mostly intelligent), creative, thinking human beings from matter!No matter, just because intelligent human life existence wasn’t witnessed/ observed nor reproduced from the beginning is NO “reason” for one to expect the standards/criteria of the scientific method to be valid in persuading a cult-like Darwin following…

        2. Paul says:

          “logic, reason, and inquiry are noble virtues-ignorance and anger are not.”

          Kind of like heresy huh rev, lol.

        3. Bill Steffen says:

          First, energy is a good thing – it’s not evil – look at where there is no energy in the world and you’ll find life is hard…and short.

          Second, the amount of money going to billboards by Heartland is a literal drop of water compared to the ocean of money swimming around global warming and “green energy”. Look at the over half a BILLION dollars of tax money that was wasted just at Solyndra.

          Third, you want misinformation…how about Al Gore claiming on the Tonight Show that “the temperature two kilometers down…is several MILLION degrees”…and in 2008 when he said on TV that “The icecap will be GONE in five years”. How’s that working out? (we have more ice at BOTH poles now than in 2008).

          Fourth, GE is a MUCH bigger lobbyist than ANY of the Energy companies. Since 1998, Open Secrets reports GE has spent $268,810,000 on lobbying, most of it on “green issues” – trying to get Congress to mandate “green appliances” that lo and behold only GE makes. Exxon (the highest ranking oil company in 10th place) spent $173,592,742 during that time (and btw, AARP was well ahead of Exxon with $214,872,064).

        4. Brad says:

          Bill, green energy is a separate matter. Do you suggest we continue to focus on fossil fuels and not invest in emerging technologies? It’s amazing how much we read and hear about Solyndra and how little we read and hear about defense contract fraud and waste. Al Gore’s quotes are irrelevant. And I’ve already pointed out that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s lobbying dwarfs that of GE (a whopping $857M), and we all know which way they lean.

        5. Bill Steffen says:

          It’s silly and wasteful to massively subsidize “green energy” that is incredibly uncompetitive and unreliable. Instead of giving Solyndra 550 million dollars…we should set up an Energy Nobel Prize – we could even get private funding for the awards – and give out million dollar awards for ideas that actually work and have some potential. Too often these massive subsidies go to the politically connected.

          And Labor Unions as a whole top the Chamber of Commerce. The unions are going to spend close to 10 million just on this recall election in Wisconsin. They waste gobs of money trying to push through far-left candidates that will be in the pockets of union bosses (Falk, Bernero) when more mainstream Democratic candidates (Dillon) have a better shot at actually winning. Walker holds his seat in Wisconsin.

        6. big Daddy BC says:

          And what about the billions in subsidies we give your oil buddies?

        7. Bill Steffen says:

          This is a part of your plan to force gasoline prices “up to European levels” (around 9 dollars a gallon): http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73138.html This of course would hurt the middle and lower classes, who can’t afford $9 a gallon gasoline and would crash the economy.

          I’m a free market guy, and if I were in charge, I’d cut out a lot of subsidies, including a lot of subsidies to corporations, oil and otherwise – you guys like the subsidies – look at GE paying NO TAX!! http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/general-electric-paid-federal-taxes-2010/story?id=13224558#.T8f5pFJgxDw and getting millions in kick backs…er…”incentives”… and at the same time GE laid off 21,000 American workers and closed 20 factories between 2007 and 2009. More than half of GE’s workforce is now outside the United States. GE is the biggest corporate lobbyist in the U.S. – They spend much more on lobbying than any oil company.

      2. Bill Steffen says:

        Check out the Time Magazine covers on global cooling: http://images.google.com/search?tbm=isch&hl=en&source=hp&biw=1680&bih=755&q=global+cooling+Time+magazine&gbv=2&oq=global+cooling+Time+magazine&aq=f&aqi=g2g-S1&aql=&gs_l=img.3..0l2j0i24.5773.13153.0.13618.…0.0.Zouv9BUs710 How’d that work out?

  18. INDY says:

    Bill a few bloggers are having fun with more than one name game!! Going to be a hot INDY 500 !!!!!!! INDYY…

    1. Katie in Kentwood says:

      Yes and Bill can see IP addresses and email addresses, so he knows when someone’s creating fake handles. Silly huh

  19. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Wouldn’t we all feel terrible if we found out that fix was actually an 800 lb shut in, physically incapable of going outside, or even moving away from his keyboard. Actually grown in to his couch. It WOULD explain his attitude.

    1. Katie in Kentwood says:

      His name is Mark. He’s married and has two kids. But the rest I would agree with, lol.

      1. Katie in Kentwood says:

        Well just about the negativity part. :-p

  20. Jeff says:

    You guys are too funny, everything you say revolves around fixxxer, I think he’s the one messing with you all and not the other way around. I used to come here to read Bill’s articles primarily, now I come here for the comments for the most part, though I do still read Bill’s write-ups.

    1. fixxxer says:

      now your getting it!;)

      by the way im not seeing anything really warm for next weekend at all but that could change. “this” weekend will be pretty hot.

      1. Cort S. says:

        The warm temperatures at the end of next week, lasting into the weekend, are a good bet given the wave pattern of the jet stream (see my long post from yesterday which is ^^^ up there), but the only thing that could squash the temperatures for an afternoon is if it rains one of those days. And if it rains, it’ll probably be thunderstorms, so that’ll be exciting. Warm weather is a good bet next weekend (such a good bet that Bill made a blog topic about it already), and the opportunity for exciting weather is also not out of the question entirely. Anything you’re “seeing” is probably only coming from accuw**th*r or your gut.

        6-10 day temperature outlook: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/610day/610temp.new.gif

        1. fixxxer says:

          I just hope this summer is hot baby!

    2. Scott (west olive) says:

      I think he’s at the beach typing on his smart phone with a smile everytime he posts something. lol. 82 deg 1/2 mile inland, waiting for that nice lake breeze to kick in. Great day today!

    3. INDY says:

      Hey Jeff when the storm is near we put fizzer in the rearr on Bill’s blogg !!! his blogg time is now sunshine and dry!! Have a great day INDYY…

  21. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:


    1. Cort S. says:

      I try to live by that philosophy, but when “TT” bring bad science and misinformation into the discussion and the general public is unable to separate the wheat from the chaff, I am compelled to intervene for the sake of everyone having a better understanding of how the weather works.

  22. INDY says:

    How is a high 0f 87* next week’nd cold again pea size factor watch out today!! Sunny out at thee YARDofBRICKS summer is here !!! INDYY…

  23. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    Enjoying this GORGEOUS weather, will be bringing my boys to Carson City at West Park, went there last Monday with my husband and some friends with our Great Danes and had a wonderful time and when I saw the Skate Park, the dam, creeks, and the enormous Castle Playground I thought “Oh yeah, my boys will LOVE it there. Sadly my dh can’t be with us to join he left Thursday back for Afghanistan :-(

  24. Steelie says:

    Good Day,

    Looks like a nice weekend with a nice little cool down (70s) for Monday thru Wednesday. At this time I think precipitation may be the spoiler next weekend, but we will know more come Thursday or Friday. The cool wet weather will hold of just in time for Festival… ;-) (J/K)


    1. fixxxer says:

      I agree it looks cooler next week into the weekend.

  25. Deb (Ludington) says:

    This heat is killing My A**

    1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

      bout time your on Deb but couldn’t you have not sworn your fist post?

      1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

        bout time your on Deb but couldn’t you have not sworn your first post?

        1. Deb (Ludington) says:

          I just had to swear my f****** a** off haha

        2. Katie in Kentwood says:

          omg lol

        3. fixxxer says:


        4. michael g (SE GR) says:

          Wow Deb, that’s classy. I’m sure the kids reading this think so too.

        5. fixxxer says:

          Lighten up mike. Its a “public” blog. I doubt many kids come here.

        6. michael g (SE GR) says:

          Well, not your kids maybe, they’re locked in the closet to protect them from the cold, but there have been many regular bloggers over the years who were under 18. And yes, I realize they have probably heard it all before, but seriously, was any of that necessary?

        7. fixxxer says:

          So now you knock my kids becuase you dont like what i say on a “internet” blog? What a low life you are.

        8. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

          You always swear on this blog

        9. Deb (Ludington) says:

          It runs in my family haha

        10. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

          Not something to be proud of, especially when kids of all ages come on here to learn about weather not foul language. The A word was one thing but come on, the F word???

        11. fixxxer says:

          Welcome to my world deb. Now your the 2nd most hated person on here lmao…congrats and welcome to the dark side!

        12. michael g (SE GR) says:

          Me? Go on back and find it and re-post. I dare you.

        13. fixxxer says:

          No mike you dont swear you just like to insult people who dont think the way you do.

        14. Skot says:

          fixxxer just be civilized like me…..and post to folks that dont matter.

        15. WhatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

          Not cool Deb.

        16. Bill Steffen says:

          The computer used to toss comments with certain words – I’ll have to ask if that’s been eliminated.

  26. Jeff (SE Ionia County) says:

    Very nice summer like day today ! Getting dry though. Water gun coming out after 7pm to keep the yard happy. :)

  27. It is absolutely perfect outside!! Gorgeous day!

    1. LM (GH twp) says:

      It was a great day!

  28. Dan says:

    Enjoying the Weather! Its Summer time! YES! Bring on the swimming. sun screen and fun outside!

  29. fixxxer says:

    Loving the heat billy bob…keep it coming!

    Lets see how memorial weekend and june turns out?

  30. fixxxer says:

    Now all we need is severe storms tomorrow before the cool down.

  31. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

    Bill do you have a way to delete that ugly comment of Deb?

  32. fixxxer says:

    nice storms out west tonight.

  33. Mike in Hamilton says:

    Did anyone else just see the “shooting star” to the north? At about 10:06 PM on the 19th. You could actually see it break up!

  34. Soccer6713 says:

    Oh dear….looks like it’s time to get the bar of soap out:(

  35. Soccer6713 says:

    Wow! These posts seem to be ending up wherever they feel like on the blog tonight. Certainly not in any kind of order at all.

  36. MrSmileyMofo (Kentwood) says:

    Hey all! I have been a spectator for the past few days and just want to say that it seems that fixxer is a pessimist, Skot is a troll/bully, Swatz_Zoo is cool, Deb(Ludington) is a potty mouth, Charles_Russell is a blog VET, and Indy is tanked up on Sprites on his yard o’ briks, and Brad is a loony toon liberal.

  37. To be completely honest and unbiased here folks, “naughty words” are just words like any others. The only reason anybody thinks of any certain words as offensive is because that is what they were taught to think.

    For example (and I will censor here based on popular culture): Poop, crap, feces, and anything other than “sh**” is allowed, but sh** is the poor word that got discriminated against. They all describe the same thing, but one word gets the boot. It’s the same thing to me as discriminating against someone for being white, black, mexican, etc. All one true race, the human race, but someone always has to discriminate based on their own views. They’re just words, with meanings, like any word, but people are taught to fear the use of them. There is no fathomable way that we could all just agree with what I said, and just get along, due to how far censorship has gone, and how many people just hop on board without a second thought when it comes to words, but if I can help even one person understand, then I made a difference today. Stay safe all, and be smart :)

    It all comes down ultimately to behavior, and who is pulling the strings on what’s allowed, and what’s not. Freedom of Speech died many years ago, in fact, it probably never existed fully and wholly without somebody trying to regulate it somehow. It’s all for control, nothing more. That’s not just my take of course, it is the truth. But hey, nobody wants to hear the truth, so keep arguing over who’s right, it’s entertaining ;)

    1. That comment became mixed, somethings’ wrong here lol.

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      It depends on your perspective. To some “disco” or “liver for dinner” would be offensive words!

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