Comstock Park Rotary BBQ Today

June 27th, 2013 at 12:14 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

rotary-with-gayle  4:15 PM – We had several blog readers at the BBQ at Noon – thanks for coming.  The BBQ had over 300 during the Noon Hour…very nice.  They’ll have BBQ for you until 6:30 PM, so think about stopping for dinner.   More on the Comstock Park Rotary BBQ fundraiser today (my wife is a member).  A half dozen blog readers  stopped down at our last BBQ in May, so hopefully a few of you can grab a lunch or dinner. I was there around Noon and we talked weather. The Comstock Park Rotary does a lot of good work in the community. They built and are helping to maintain the new Grotto Park on the North Side of the Veterans Home on Monroe, NW and with the help of Amway Employees built the new playground in the York Creek Area. The BBQ is at Dwight Lydell Park in “downtown” Comstock Park on West River Drive, just down the road from 5th/3rd Park, with an easy on and off to US 131.  Along with the traditional chicken, they’ll have ribs and sausage.   They do three BBQs during the summer…the last Thursday of May, June and August. Advance Orders are taken for pick up. Call (616) 437-5567 or e-mail by mid-morning. If you order 15 or more dinners, they’ll deliver within 10 miles. They’ve got a thousand dinners to sell. There’s a large gazebo there and we have a tent up to get out of any showers (that clown may need the umbrella!). Click here for pictures of a past BBQ. We got a nice on-air plug from WOOD-AM in the past and we had a number of people show up after they heard about it on the radio with the now retired Gary Allen and Steve Kelly.  Any other media help would be appreciated.

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35 Responses to “Comstock Park Rotary BBQ Today”

  1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Back in the slight risk with storms starting to fire

  2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Talk about a heatwave!

    Las Vegas has a chance to hit their highest temperature ever recorded this weekend (117+).

    Death Valley is forecasted to hit 129 degrees which would only be 5 degrees short of the hottest temperature ever recorded on earth. Death Valley hasn’t hit 130 degrees since 1913.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      I saw that, I am glad I’m not there. LV official records only go back to 1937 since it was mostly the middle of no where before then =)

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        Yeah, the LAS climate record doesn’t go back to the hot years of 1934 and 1936.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      An interesting stat I noticed is pretty much all the record highs from the beginning of June through the end of August are 110+… i.e. don’t go there during those months =)

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        An interesting stat is that all three of Las Vegas’s all-time record high temps have been set since 2005.

        Also two of three all-time record highs for Death Valley have come since 2007.

        It would be cool if they broke the all-time high temperature on earth! Some meteorologists in articles are saying it’s possible.

        1. DF (SE Mich) says:

          Unfortunately for that good old warm bias, your statement is NOT correct. I tend to stick with the official source, the NWS, and it hit 117° on July 24, 1942, tied for the all time high.

        2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          Here is the graphic straight from the NWS I was referencing:


          117 in 2005
          116 in 2007
          115 in 2007

        3. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          I’m suprised you saw this heat wave, DF, and didn’t post about it here like you usually do with the cold things ;)

        4. DF (SE Mich) says:

          That table just says “The last time is was” meaning those high temps. It is amazing it hasn’t hit even 115° since 2007. It have been cooling in LV since 2007 =) Kidding.

        5. DF (SE Mich) says:

          Good lord I can’t type today… sorry about that…

          You caught me though, I should have posted about it =)

        6. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          haha very funny.

          Bill would say the temps in Vegas have been “flat” since 2007 and that Seattle temps are way down since their all-time record heat wave in 2009 ;)

        7. DF (SE Mich) says:

          Travis, here is the good link for all types of temperature records for your arsenal. It is very useful.

          If you go to LV you can see it has hit 116° 15 separate days.

        8. Bill Steffen says:

          Bill would say that Travis needs to learn a little about the urbanization that has increased temperatures in Las Vegas:

          “Minimum temperatures in Las Vegas increased by more than 4 degrees C above the regional trend since 1940 and by more than 3 degrees C above the regional trend since 1977″

          It will be very difficult for LAS to ever set another record low temperature

          That other greenhouse, H2O (the one the alarmists like to ignore) is a factor here. LAS throws a lot of water into the air (like the Midwest now planted in corn and soybeans). That will increase minimum temperatures (along with the concrete and asphalt holding the sun’s heat into the night) and cause a slight increase in precipitation.

          Check this out:

        9. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          So you do agree that urbanization is helping to raise temps then? Scouring the records it’s easy to see Vegas temps have been on the up and up compared to when it was tiny.

        10. Bill Steffen says:

          Death Valley Climate:

          The long-standing world highest temperature record of 136 at Al’ Aziziyah, Libya in September of 1922 was tossed out after 90 years, because of “use of antiquated instrumentation and a likely inexperienced observer…”

          Likely? Does that mean they don’t really know? It’s interesting that the 1922 thermometer was “antiquated” but the thermometer that recorded the now highest world temp. of 134 at Death Valley in 1910 wasn’t?

          With the obvious effort to make the past cooler (find a way to eliminate the Medieval Warming Period) and the present warmer (selected use of a limited number or weather stations, I just have to be a little cynical when I see something like this.

      2. Jeff (Fremont) says:

        Interestingly enough, I’m from Las Vegas, I remember when I was a kid we use to walk to 7-11 to get slurpees and snacks, so I used to dial I think it was 118 before we took the walk, if it was 112 I’d walk, if it was higher I’d stay in, lol.

    3. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

      Oh boy. I can see BDBC coming out of the woodwork any moment now to regale us with tales of woe regarding AGW.

  3. Cort S. says:

    This upcoming jet stream pattern across the Pacific Ocean and North America will be just fascinating and strange for early July. It’ll be highly amplified and have blocking high and low pressure systems, which will create weird and interesting weather in several regions across North America.

    Click Here and then click “Loop All” to see the GFS model’s forecast for the jet stream level (the blue shaded areas are where the jet streaks are). Look at that highly amplified ridge that builds up across the western United States and Canada as July begins, all the way into the northern Canadian territories. It looks like there will be a big upper-level high that will sit over south-central Canada around the 4th of July. Michigan will get these little systems which will be diving down from the north and then curling around to the southwest toward the Great Plains. Very very unusual pattern for summer.

    If you remember the weird weather we had in March 2012 (with all those record highs for a week straight), and the amplified and blocked-up jet stream pattern we had last October (which caused Superstorm Sandy to hook left toward the east coast)… this is going to be another one of those weird weather setups next week. Whether or not this is becoming more common as a result of AGW, well, that’s up for the scientists to investigate.

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Very unusual, Cort. Especially after the all-time record heat wave we just saw in Alaska. Thanks for all the information!

      Apparently, the heat is going to move from Vegas almost straight north which is weird too. Places in the upper northwest not used to the heat are going to have record breaking 4th of July’s. Seattle, for instance, could see mid 90′s.

      1. Cort S. says:

        I remember when Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia had highs in the low 100s in August 2009. They also had a big ridge right over them, and Michigan was in the cold trough downstream of it (which is a summer that many of us might like to forget — the coldest July in GR history). Stay tuned for more weird weather headlines next week. If you remember that “Ring of Fire” that we talk about every summer… that’ll be up in northern Canada next week!

        1. Cort S. says:

          And if you go to the NWS forecast for Furnace Creek, California (in Death Valley), you can see a LOW temperature of 100 for Sunday night!

        2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          I sort of remember that too. I just remember Seattle shattering their highest temperature ever recorded by a huge margin. Crazy heat waves they are getting recently!

        3. Cort S. says:

          I guess it’s their turn for heat again. They’ve been cool for the past couple summers while Michigan has been baking in the heat. Luckily, I think the worst of the cold air should stay well northeast of Michigan, at least for next week. Hopefully we’ll avoid another 2009.

        4. fixxxer says:

          Good becuase 2009 sucked. Glad to see the 4th looks alot better as of now.

          BUT this is yet another year of virtually no severe storms here.

        5. Bill Steffen says:

          Actually, it’s not rare to have warm nights at Death Valley. The low last year on July 12th was 107! That tied the record for the warmest minimum temperature ever. On June 9th this year the low was 96. We had lows of 99 last August on the 9th, 10th and 17th at D. Valley.

  4. DF (SE Mich) says:

    There is some nice rotation over by Milan south of A2. We had one serious downpour, lots of street flooding.

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      My friend sent me a picture of major flooding on Michigan’s campus in AA. People walking in roads/sidewalks up to their knees in water.

  5. Paul says:

    Cort, are we going to get a watch?

    1. fixxxer says:


      Storms everywhere but here.

  6. dereks says:

    A good soaking rain here in northeast montcalm county.

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

    Can’t believe all the storms currently surrounding us.
    It’s quiet and beautiful here in GR. Very pleasant Summer afternoon.

  8. dereks says:

    Almost 3/4″ of rain in northeast montcalm county.

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