April Weather SummaryMay 1st, 2013 at 4:29 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
3 PM: Traverse City reached 80 degrees shortly after noon. Then the breeze kicked in off Traverse Bay and the temperature was down to 60 by 1 PM (20 deg. in less than an hour). At 3 PM, it’s 83 in Cadillac, 59 in Traverse City and 37 in Houghton. The beach at Muskegon is 65.7 degrees. It’s 84 in G.R. April 2012 summary: We wound up with 11.10″ of rain for the month, the wettest April (previous wettest April was 8.29″ in 1909) and the 3rd wettest month ever in G.R. We had an incredible stretch of 14 days in a row with measurable rainfall from the 6th thru the 19th. The heavy rain produced record flooding on the Grand River in Kent County. Despite ending on a warm note (Monday it was warmer in G.R. than it was in New Orleans and warmer at the Regional Airport in Holland than it was in Palm Beach FL), we still wound up 3.4 degrees cooler than average, despite the fact that the last four days of the month were 8 degrees above average It was the 3rd consecutive month with below average temperatures. This was the first time since 2004 that we have had three consecutive months at least 2 degrees colder than average. Despite the cool temperatures and the above average precipitation, we had only 0.7″ of snow for the month, bringing our winter season total to 66″ in G.R. The average wind speed was a healthy 11.6 mph and we had 43% of possible sunshine, compared to an average of 52%. April was the 5th month in a row with below average sunshine. The average relative humidity was 68%. Today will likely be the warmest day of the year so far and one of the warmer days of May (we will turn cooler for a while in mid-May). 80s today over most of the area…enjoy. Also, here’s a USGS report on the recent flooding in W. Michigan. Forsythia picture from Jack Martin at ReportIt. Check it out full screen.