Heat Wave to start the Holiday WeekendMay 18th, 2012 at 4:16 pm by Bill Steffen 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 degrees! Barrow, 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!