Long Range Thoughts and MoreJune 19th, 2013 at 2:16 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Another great pic. here from Jack Martin. Click on the pic. to enlarge. Beautiful day today. I may be doing weather live at the Van Andel for the big welcome home party for the Griffins. Doors open at 5 PM, party starts at 6 PM. Free t-shirts to the first 3,000 through the doors – cool. It was chilly this AM – low temperatures: 47 G.R. and Kalamazoo, 46 Battle Creek, 44 Lansing, 42 Jackson, 41 at the agricultural stations near Belding and Ceresco, 40 at the ag. station in Lawrence, 39 Cadillac and Baldwin, 35 Grayling and Pellston, 33 at Leota in Clare Co. Once again this morning there were below freezing temps. in the U.P.: 32 at Watton, 30 Champion, 29 at Doe Lake and a frosty 27 at Spincich Lake. Including today, Grand Rapids will be about 1.8 degrees cooler than average for June so far. I bet that gets erased as the warm, humid air moves in starting on Friday (tomorrow, Thurs., will still be near normal…high low 80s. The period from Friday thru next week will be warm to hot and more humid. It’s not impossible that 6/21 to about 7/2 could be the hottest stretch of the summer (I didn’t say that was a given, just that it’s possible). The ridge/heat from Alaska builds down into the mainland U.S. Much of the U.S. is going to be hot and humid for the last 10 days of June. I do expect this ridge/heat build up to be temporary and not the pattern for the whole rest of the summer. I think we revert around the 4th of July back to the ridge over the Rockies and WNW flow over the Great Lakes. That will give us more average temperatures for much of July and opportunities for west-east or northwest to southeast moving thunderstorms. At this point, I don’t think we’ll see as strong a dry period as we had last summer. Severe weather stays west of us for the next couple days. And, it’s never too early for meteorologist Joe Bastardi to get excited about winter weather. A tweet from him this AM: “Winter in the big 3 industrial areas of the far east, Europe and Eastern/central N America could be coldest since 1980s”. He’s geeked about a weak El Nino in area 3.4 and winter troughs over the eastern U.S. Europe and China. As I write this…some nice t-storms in N. Texas. Check out the 1-day animation from the Barrow, Alaska skycam of the sun passing to the north (land of the midnight sun in June/July).