Friday Thread

June 29th, 2012 at 1:52 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  Thermometer in Fort Wayne, Indiana – where  the temperature reached 106 Thursday afternoon, tying the hottest day ever.   Many cities (Indianapolis, St. Louis, etc.) had their hottest day ever in June.   This is the high temperature map from yesterday.   By my count that’s 25 states that had at least one city in triple-digits.  The hottest in the U.S. was Needles CA at 113.  Notable temperatures in Michigan:  105 Ypsilanti, 103 Adrian, 102 Hillsdale, 100 Marshall, Coldwater and Flint.  Battle Creek was 99, Kalamazoo peaked at 98 and so did Lansing (record).  Grand Rapids stopped at 97, tying a record for the date.  We did hit 97 last year on July 20th, part of a string of days from the 18th on that had highs of 92, 91, 95, 97, 96.  It was much cooler by Lake Michigan where the high temperature on the beach at Muskegon was 73.4 (at 11 AM), Holland reached only 73.0 and the S. Haven lighthouse topped out at 77.1 at 6 PM.  Other high temperatures of note:  111 Hill City KS, 108 St. Louis MO and Mt. Vernon IL,  107 Evansville IN and Little Rock AR, 106 Muncie and Terre Haute IN and Bowling Green KY, 105 Nashville TN, 104 Tupelo.  Craig James sent me an email saying that the last time we made 100 in G.R. (July 1988) the average dewpoint that day was 54 (relatively dry).  Today is another Clean Air Action Day.  We should be dry during the day.  Here’s the convective outlooks from SPC.  Severe T-Storms may be rumbling just to our south the next three days and maybe up to I-96 on Saturday.   Both the NAM and GFS give G.R. a high of 92 today (Fri.).  The NAM has the highest chance of rain Friday night and the GFS on Sunday.   The European would give G.R. .03″ of rain next Tuesday and .05″ on Thursday.  It gives Kalamazoo .06″ on Saturday.  The European has high temperatures in the low-mid 90s through next Thursday with next Wednesday the hottest (at least upper 90s).  On the 500 mb map you can see the huge bubble of high heights stretching from Arizona to the East Coast.  Looks like the ice is approaching half gone on Hudson Bay.  Grand Rapids is +2.2 degrees above average for June so far.  If you want to cool off, head to Lake Michigan..or…Mt. McKinley.

40 Responses to “Friday Thread”

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

    Wow. A high temp of zero later today at Mt. Mckinley.
    Somewhat hilarious.

  2. INDY says:

    101* coming today out at thee YARDofBRICKS yes Cort I had a few sprites yesterday my head hurts This morning ready for more as I score in a cool pool heat wave 12 is still going have a great Friday Bill, Bloggers!! INDYY…

  3. Yup (Grandville) says:

    Not hotter than 90 eh fix? LOL!

    1. fixxxer says:

      and your point is what? do you criticize indy too when he is wrong 99.9% of the time?

  4. Vicki says:

    I’m wondering about “Clean Air Action Day”. I understand that the air close to the ground can be harmful to breathe. I’ve got a neighbor who had a tree cut down and has been burning the branches. Is there any law that says he can’t do this or is it a voluntary, common sense action he should be following?

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      Oh I know I heard people shooting off fireworks before dark last night and I was thinking what stupid fools!! I have fireworks and my boys have wanted a bonfire but I’ve beeb telling them we are under red flag warning absolutely no fireworks or bonfires.

      1. Mike (Shepherd, Mi) says:

        Most people don’t know or care what a clean air action day is. They don’t pay attention to weather like we do

  5. Sherry (Comstock Park) says:

    It is 71 here right now. Fans in the windows pulling in cool air is my kind of air conditioning. It would be nice to get some rain!!

    1. Brad (Lawrence) says:

      NO RAIN! We just started our vacation. Mother Nature had her chance, now she can withold on the rain for the next 2 weeks. Want it HOT and DRY for my vacation. :P
      Actually, I’m just kidding, I have been keeping close tabs on the blog and radar hoping we would get some. Was hoping those small cells that formed over Chicago yesterday would skim us here in Van Buren, but NOPE.

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        The no rain gods have been notified and an order has been put in for your dry two weeks. However please note others have put in orders in for rain so there may be times where there may be rain in or near any area where you may be!

    2. fixxxer says:

      yeah i shut the a/c off too. it’s not bad out at all right now.

  6. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Looks like the warm to hot dry weather will have a good chance to continue for a while. Way too early to start comparing this year to 1988 yet but will have to see how thing progress over the next several weeks. A nice and warm 78° here with lots of sun. While some are complaining about how dry it is just think others would be complaining if it was cold and raining all the time as well its just a natural process that we call day to day weather. There will be times in the future that it will be cold and wet and other times it will be dry and warm. Just enjoy the variety we have But it would have been nice to have had set a new record high here yesterday but it just did not happen.

  7. Bernie (At da Lakeshore) says:

    When I woke up I thought it was raining but it was just dew dripping off the roof. I got wet feet doing the chores.
    Hot weather and heavy dew make mildew!

  8. Rachel says:

    Im just wondering I havent been on this blog in a while but oh dear god Im getting excited because we need rain, is anybody watching potential mcs developing and possibly moving this way out west right now?

    1. Rachel says:

      pretty good line forming and moving northeast in illinois right now!

    2. fixxxer says:

      were gonna stay dry here today.

      1. Rachel says:

        I dont know did you see the radar?

        1. fixxxer says:

          well since that MD is not for us why would i be concerned?

  9. Dan says:

    So the heat continues! What are our chances for rain with this moisture starved front that MAY come close to us? What are we 3 inches below avg for rainfall in GR? That is dry but other places are much drier than that! Also, does this pattern hold on trough all of July?

  10. fixxxer says:

    “can’t rain all the time”

  11. Rachel says:

    Im doin the rain dance!

  12. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

    Rachel the MD is for Illinois and Indiana not Michigan it we sure could use the rain so I don’t blame you a bit for wanting the storms :)

    1. fixxxer says:

      maybe this fall will bring us some strong storms?

  13. Scott (Hartford Van Buren Co.) says:

    it looks possible that we might get a short lived shower from that storm in ILL, if it holds together and stays on the same track. We came so close last night to getting some rain, I am hoping we can get at least enough to knock the dust down.

    1. Rachel says:

      Finally somebody who is trying to share my dreams….Im hoping for much more because I have been watching the direction it is moving for quite a while but Ill be happy with a shower!

      1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

        Rachel I agree with you I was just say the MD is not for us I would like some rain as well

        No blame on you :)

  14. fixxxer says:

    nice line south of chicago but that will not make it into michigan at all.

    1. Scott (Hartford Van Buren Co.) says:

      wrong again fizzie

      1. Rachel says:

        lol Bill has a new blog started for severe weather update!

      2. fixxxer says:

        am i? because i sure don’t see anything.

  15. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

    Well fixxxer I think it has a shot of hitting people from 94 south it looks to be heading to the east so I think southern Allegan and south!

    1. Rachel says:

      Hell yeah..I live in Battle Creek so Im keeping my fingers crossed!

      1. Matt Williams says:

        Im in battle creek too…near binder park zoo its getting grey out here thinking the rain will cancel the thunderbirds practice

        1. Rachel says:

          It will be well worth it

    2. Jeff (Richland) says:

      It’s going to start curving ESE unfortunately. At least we have other chances the next few days, hopefully we will get something.

  16. Nathan says:

    I remember July 20th, 2011, I was at an all day swim meet…. And we couldn’t go in the water, so I got sick

  17. Scott (Hartford Van Buren Co.) says:

    Northern Indiana has a Watch out until 7 tonight, maybe, just maybe some of those might get into my area.

  18. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

    That line heading for Chicago looks like a question mark LOL

  19. Rachel says:

    Maybe if we all cross our fingers…

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