Thursday AM

June 28th, 2012 at 2:30 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  Sunset at S. Haven from Rick at ReportIt.  Check it out full screen.  Look at the high temperature map from yesterday.  You can see the core of the heat.  Highs reached 115 at Hill City and Phillipsburg KS, 113 at Hays and Russell KS and 112 at La Junta CO.  Our winds go west tomorrow and you can see west of us, highs were only in the low-mid 90s.  Factor in the wind coming off Lake Michigan and it looks doubtful that we can reach the 100s.  The lake water temperatures Weds. were 58 in MKG, 57 in Grand Haven and 56 in Holland.  You can see the difference the wind off  the water made.  The high temperature Weds. was 90 in G.R., 91 in Kalamazoo…but it was only 75 at the Grand Haven Channel, 74 at the Muskegon Beach, 73 at the S. Haven beach (it went up to 79 there at 10 PM when the wind started coming off the land) and 72 at Holland St. Park (note how the air temperature mimicked the water temperature…coolest at Holland St. Park).   The NAM model has now backed off, giving G.R. a high of 94 instead of 97.  The European would still give us upper 90s, but now has the warmest day next Weds. and pretty much upper 80s to upper 90′s for the next week.  With the wind coming off the water, it’ll be hard-pressed to reach 80 at the lake beaches and low-mid 90s well inland looks good.  The chance of rain isn’t zero, but it’s small.

Someone asked about 1988.  We had just 1/4″ of rain in June that year and 10 90-degree days in June.  In July we had a stretch of 11 of 14 days of 90 or better.  That summer we had 14 days hit 95 or more.  The average high in July was 88.1.  We stayed warm through August 17, when we hit 98.  We had storms that night and over an inch of rain.  The next day was only in the low 70s and it never got above 80 the rest of the summer.  September was cooler than average and October was the 5th coldest October ever, never getting above 53 in the last 2 weeks of the month.

If you’re looking for someplace cool, Mt. Washington NH has had highs in the mid 40s the last 3 days along with 5.46″ of rain in the last 3 days and wind gusts over 60 mph.  Spokane, WA has had rain on 17 of the last 27 days.  Wenatchee in the apple-growing center of Washington State is 4.9 degrees cooler than average for June.  The high there on Weds. was only 60.   They say the apple crop is running about 2 weeks behind normal growth.  Portland OR has already had 3.77″ of rain this month, 242% of average and Seattle has had double average rainfall this month.

Maranda’s Park Party is Noon to 2 PM at Lamar Park in Wyoming. Kids 18 and under will get a free lunch.  From Noon to 2 PM we’ll have free rides, free entertainment up on the stage, face-painting, free games, apple-dippers, and lots of giveaways. We’ll have free Ice Mt. water, snacks from McDonald’s, apples, free ice cream from Country Fresh and a ton of fun.   Prizes , t-shirts, passes to Celebration Cinema, Craig’s Cruisers, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Michigan’s Adventure, Boyne Mountain.   You can also get a free Priority Health backpack. Here’s a schedule of this year’s Park Parties.   LOTS of free stuff, games, entertainment.   Enjoy.

6 Responses to “Thursday AM”

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

    94 is something we (myself and my pup) can handle.

    Personally, I didn’t think it would get as high as originally forcasted. Particularly the way it feels outside right now. Down right comfortable (with no mosquitos – and strangely ‘NO’ crickets chirping!)

    1. Skot says:

      Why would anyone in there right mind say, “Thank Gawd for the 90′s this is GREAT”. Not saying anything about you Tom but if I cant enjoy being outside you might as well give me winter so I CAN stay inside.

      1. Skot says:

        and yes I noticed the cricket too. Strange.

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

          Guess you misread my post. I ‘don’t’ like heat. Mid 80′s is perfect, but I’ll take anything over snow. Hate winter with a passion.
          My dog is my most important possession. I don’t want to have to worry about her dealing with 97-100 degrees.

  2. jerry says:

    Yeah my poor little dog wont like the heat either……..She has a hard time with it…she is a minpin and weighs only 8 pounds…….

  3. Mark (Okemos) says:

    I remember the summer of 1988, the year I graduated high school, as being REALLY HOT. Funny, I don’t remember much more than that. I did mention it was the summer after graduating high school.

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