Weather For FESTIVAL in G.R.

May 30th, 2012 at 12:01 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

  Click the picture from the G.R. Public Library.  This was the dedication of the Calder Sculpture in 1969.  Note the lack of buildings in this view looking to the northeast!  FESTIVAL weekend is here and the weather will slowly improve for Saturday and Sunday.  Friday’s high temperature of 54 made it the coldest day ever at any Festival (43 years).  Today there is a chance of a passing shower (not an all day rain) and we’ll see some breaks in the clouds.  Highs will be in the upper 60s.   Sunday will be the best of the 3 days with highs back to the low-mid 70s.  This is the 43rd year of Festival.  Here’s a summary of the weather for the first 42 years of Festival:

We’ve had 10 Festivals with no rain at all (1970, 76, 79, 81, 82, 97, 99, 2000, 02, 04, 11).  There were 6 Festivals with only a trace of rain (1975, 84, 85, 98, 2001, 09).  The warmest Festival was 1971 with high temperatures of 88°, 89°, 89°.  The coolest (counting just high temperatures) was 2001 when all 3 days had highs of 58°.  The Festival with the most hours of rain was 1974.  The Festival with the biggest thunderstorm was 1980 when a late morning storm knocked down Festival tents and sent everyone running for cover to the parking garage below ground.  I remember that storm well, with an awesome roll cloud.  The average high temperature on Festival days has been 76.37° and the average low temperature 53.33°, giving us a mean temperature of 64.85°.  The average amount of time the sun has been shining during Festival is a respectable 60.6%.   It should be a great time and ALL the music and entertainment is FREE.  Come join the party!

I am set to emcee  the Calder Stage from 7 PM to 10 PM on Saturday.  If you’re down at Festival, stop by and say “hi”.

2 Responses to “Weather For FESTIVAL in G.R.”

  1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    “Pleasant and dry”? So did you change your forecast? In the graphics, it still says 80% chance of rain on Friday.

    I know I’ve said this before on this similar thread each year you post it, but it’s worth posting again. I was involved with the first three Festivals; and the reason they ‘picked’ this particular weekend for the event, is that after doing much research using The old Farmer’s Almanac, this was, apparently, ‘historically’, the driest weekend of the Summer for the previous some 50 years.

    Now that it’s 40+ years later, I’m sure it’s possible that the actual facts probably don’t confirm that. But…the story I just told is true.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      My fault, Tom – I wrote this thread last week and had it set to pop on automatically. I was supposed to tweak the forecast before it came on the blog. It really does look cool and wet on Friday and probably at least part of Saturday.

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