Saturday AM RainJune 29th, 2012 at 9:30 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
10:45 AM Full sun north of G.R. and becoming partly cloudy south of Grand Rapids. With sun on very dry ground, we should see temperatures back to at least the low 90s inland today, with the WSW wind making it 15 degrees cooler at the Lake Michigan beaches. The NAM model takes us back to 96 on Monday and the European model has Grand Rapids in the low 100s next Friday (it tried to do that before and we only got to 97)…but if we’re solidly in the warm air and the ground is still dry, 100 would be doable. At this hour, one batch of showers/storms is in Illinois. That will pass south of Chicago into Indiana this PM. There are a couple other upper level disturbances in the Dakotas that we’ll be tracking as storms move into Minnesota. Check out these links: to the current conditions, regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, and Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s closings, the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the WOOD lightning tracker and U.S. lightning and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop and the visible loop (daytime).
ADD: Interesting video from NASA about the Coronal Mass Ejection that hit the Earth back on March 8-10. They say it produced enough heat in the atmosphere to power/heat all of New York City for two years (2.6 Billion kw/hours). Not that I’m implying a connection, but this was right before the big “heat wave” of March 14-22.
Also…we’ve had a lot of record high temperatures (110 at Bowling Green KY and 109 in Nashville TN Friday… the hottest EVER there), but we’ve also had quite a few record low temperatures. There were 57 weather stations that set records for the coolest high temperature ever on that date, including Waterville, Washington, where the high was only 51. Their previous daily lowest high temperature was 60. Keep in mind that weather stations have different periods of records. A weather station that has been there for over 100 years would be less likely to set an “all-time record high temperature” than one that has only been in existence for 10 years.