Weekend – Update

June 8th, 2013 at 1:12 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

festival of the arts from festivalgr.org  Quick update at 1:40 PM.  Anyone want to go swimming at Hoffmaster St. ParkMore sun south of Kent Co. than north.  Temperatures range from 72 in Kalamazoo to 66 in Ludington.  Copper Harbor in the U.P. is only 48.  The clouds are helping to diminish the already small chance of a shower this PM.    Previous:   Looking down Ottawa St. during Festival of the Arts in G.R.  (picture from www.festivalgr.org).  Some BIG events this week, including Festival of the Arts in G.R., the World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek,  the B-93 Bash and Greek Festival in Kalamazoo.  I’ll be emceeing the Calder State from 7-10 pm Saturday night and the Clocktower Stage from 1-3 PM on Sunday.  I first emceed a stage at Festival in 1975.  Back then (if memory serves me right) we had the main stage, the Outer Fringe (mostly acoustic, I don’t remember if they ran electricity out there or not) and I was at the “Children’s Stage”, which was kind of a West Michigan kid’s version of America’s Got Talent.   The weather should be dry and pleasant the rest of this Friday, Saturday should be dry for the most part.  There is about a 20% chance of a brief, light shower in the PM – it certainly wouldn’t be much or last very long.  The best chance of a spotty shower is north of G.R. and inland from Lake Michigan.  Sunday PM is the best chance of rain.    Through 6/7, we’ve had 11 days this year that have hit 80 degrees or warmer (all in May) and that compares to 18 days thru 6/7 last year.  The first week of June ended 4 degrees cooler than average in G.R. (and 7 degrees cooler than average in Marquette).  Friday morning, the temperature dipped to 36 up north at Pellston and a frosty 32 in Kentton in the U.P.  There is STILL a patch of snow visible on the Mt. Ripley webcam.  Here’s current ice and snow cover in N. America.  Hudson Bay is just starting to thaw (that usually takes 3-4 weeks).  The average high/low for G.R. is now up to 77/55.  We have the longest days of the year in June (sunrise now 6:04 am for G.R. and sunset around 9:20 pm) and the highest sun, so grab some sunblock, esp. if you’re young…we did a story this week about how sunblock prevents wrinkles.  A piece of good news…the mosquitoes aren’t quite as bad as they were a couple weeks ago, but repellent is still needed in many areas.  The water temperatures of Lake Michigan range from 49 (S. Haven) to 58 (Grand Haven, where the north wind pushes G.R. River water to the beach area).  Waves should be mostly in the 0-2 foot range today, but pick up to at least 2-3 feet Sunday PM (south wind, so highest waves north and lower as you go south of S. Haven).  We are in the General T-Storm Outlook for late Sunday into Sunday night.

National Weather Highlights:  Record heat in the SW and cold and wet in the Northeast.  It’s already above 100 at Las Vegas at 10:30 AM local time.  Highs Friday:  123 Death Valley CA, 117 Needles CA, 111 Phoenix AZ and Red Bluff CA., 99 Reno.  They could be hotter today.  Other highs Friday:  55 Concord NH, 57 Boston MA, 58 Portland ME,  59 Erie PA, Binghamton NY and Hartford CT, 60 Cleveland and Mansfield OH, 61 Buffalo NY, 63 Detroit, 66 Milwaukee and Minneapolis, 69 Waterloo.  Rainfall mainly from “Andrea”:  13.93″ North Miami,  8.4″ Fort Lauderdale, 6.64″ Gales Ferry CT,  6.06″ West Pt. VA, 5.52″ Raliegh NC,  5.27″ Wakefield VA,  4.16″ New York City, 3.82″ Orlando, 3.50″ Philadelphia.  Wind gusts hit 54 mph at Charleston SC.  The storm spawned 8 relatively small tornadoes in Florida.

Byron tornado pic. from last week..   The snow pile at Mt. Ripley in the U.P. is still there.   The 8-14 Day Outlook has us with an equal chance of above or below average temperatures (I’d say near normal…highs near 80 for this time period) and above average rainfall (which might come as WNW to ESE moving thunderstorm complexes…boom time in Benton Harbor).

46 Responses to “Weekend – Update”

  1. DF (SE Mich) says:

    There was a little bit of snow in the Catskills of mid-NY last weekend also (at about 3000ft).

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      That snow north of Houghton is at a lower elevation then that. Mt Ripply is just across the Portage Channel (they call it a lake but its more like a river) from the motel we stayed at last summer up there.

      1. Kristine says:

        It’s actually the Portage Canal – it’s what makes the Keweenaw Peninsula technically an island. The Portage Lift Bridge is the only crossing. Portage Lake is along the Portage Canal; Torch Lake also feeds into Portage Lake, and then out the canal to Lake Superior. I bet there’s also still snow on Mount Bohemia, but I can’t find a web cam that’s showing it.

  2. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Detroit has made it to a whopping 62° today so far. We cannot kick the clouds… The sun must be nice over on that side of the state =)

    1. Jack says:

      I’d Blame The COOL Temps. And CLOUDS On FIXXXER ! Who will be in Detroit , for the Orion Festival ! Supposedly FRONT ROW…. Just saying…. Stay Cued….. ;-)

    2. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Bet it was sunny and 80* in Flint.

    3. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Made it to a high of 63 today, chilly… Nice night for a fire in back :)

  3. Dan says:

    Awesome day outside! Loving this weather. I am hopeful that we will get one decent day out of the weekend. I am a referee in a soccer tournament all day tomorrow. I am hopeful the weather will be nice!

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Should be a great day outside tomorrow.

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      A/C off, windows open, just the way I like it.

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        Yep, no heat or air for 10 days now, and comfy inside. Less money on cooling means at least I have the cash to pay for gas.

        1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

          Its dont have to weather that means “dont have to have the air on nor dont have to have the heat on” although my next door neighbour has had their air on for some reason.

        2. P says:

          Michael g-”i m gonna save me sum mony on gass and get me sum meth tonit”

          You silly hillbillies!!!

  4. michael g (SE GR) says:

    A north wind bringing warmer water from the Grand River to the beach in Grand Haven. Is that a good thing, or a bad thing……

  5. Jack says:

    Hey Bill, I’ll see Ya at The Calder “STATE”….. LOL……( wink,wink)…. Stay Cued !!! ;-)

  6. Bill, did you purposely put this link in for “Anyone want to go swimming at Hoffmaster St. Park?” or am I missing something? :P https://twitter.com/28storms/status/339560275130871808/photo/1

    1. Jill C. says:

      I noticed that too. Pretty sure he accidently used the wrong link because it says “Flint.”

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        Yeah, wrong link…I fixed it.

  7. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    We spent the entire day outside. What a beautiful day.

  8. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Way to go Griffwings!! Game one win in the Calder Cup Finals!!

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      This is good. Also Tigers starters continue to impress. 6-4 W.

  9. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Sounds like there were some issues @ the birthday bash again this year. All of these people flocking to a “country” concert, that doesn’t even sound like “country” music anymore. I stopped listening to the stuff years ago. A lot of the artists have sold out to more of a pop/top 40 genre now. I did enjoy time @ the festival downtown today.

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

      There were ‘no’ issues at the Birthday Bash. Biggest crowd ever and everyone was having a great time.

      1. Cliff (Scotts) says:

        Yes they had issues, gave away to many tickets and people with reserve seating couldn’t get in. Glad I stopped going about 5 years ago. At least the weather has been great this weekend so far.

      2. michael g (SE GR) says:

        Pretty sure that anyone who spent 5 hours in line and then was told to go home would disagree with that statement.

  10. Barb says:

    We can use some rain. Plants, grass, etc. getting a little dry.

  11. rick says:

    sitting on the north side of Payette lake near Mc Call Idaho and looking at the sun setting on the snow topped mountains

  12. Dan says:

    When do the Storms roll into GR? Will it be around noon or later today?

    1. Nathan says:

      And I have swimming tomorrow morning at 7, will it be thundering then?

      1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

        NWS says not until after 2am tonight. Just type in your location instead of going by mine. http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Cedar+Springs&state=MI&site=GRR&lat=43.2214&lon=-85.5532#.UbSJh7XD8kk
        Knowing my luck though I’ll be in the 30% that won’t see a thing.

  13. bluegill says:

    A quick trip over to Hungary. The Danube is quite high in Budapest from the rain. It was 30 degrees C (86 F) – felt so hot compared to what we’ve been experiencing in Michigan. Over to Amsterdam mid-week, where the temps tend to be Michigan cool, and then back on Saturday. I prefer Michigan cool.

  14. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    BEAUTIFUL outside! I’m really enjoying this weather.

    1. Brian(Grandvile) says:

      Yes, it’s wonderful weather for sure.

      1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

        In a perfect world it could be this way all day every day and all the rain can hold out at night. Wishful thinking I know but it is indeed a BEAUTIFUL day!

  15. Nathan says:

    I really hope the rain holds off until at least nine tomorrow, then let the boomers begin!

  16. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Game two of the finals and the GriffWings are up 2-0 already!! We can’t wait to go to the game Wed night!

    1. Jack says:

      How SWEET It IS !!!!!! :-)

      1. Barry in Zeeland says:

        Did you know that you can watch for free on theahl.com? Pretty cool.

        1. Jack says:

          No I did not Thanks…BARRY !!!

  17. Brian(Grandvile) says:

    The storm in northern Allegan county looks to show a little rotation.

  18. Beth says:

    Very heavy rain here south of Hudsonville.

  19. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Great day today and looks like a nice warm week ahead with some storms!

    The west and southwest is sizzling. Lots of record highs. Denver has a chance at 100 degrees tomorrow.

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  20. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Looks like GR hit 81° briefly today and that the warmest its been so far this June! And we are running around -4° for the month so far. And looking ahead it still looks on the cool side for the next week or more. Its now 75° here with rain not too far away.

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