Weekend – UpdateJune 8th, 2013 at 1:12 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Quick update at 1:40 PM. Anyone want to go swimming at Hoffmaster St. Park? More 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).