July, 2013

Wednesday Night, Isolated Shower

July 31st, 2013 at 1:36 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local    Midnight – All that’s left of the showers is a sprinkle near Lansing and a few very light showers south and southeast of Chicago   Skies will become partly sunny tomorrow.   The weekend looks great, partly-mostly sunny and pleasant.  The overall weather pattern for the first half of August will be a little cooler and drier than average.  With an overall dry pattern, we should be grateful for the rain we get over the next 1/2 month.  Through 7/30, July is now just 0.4 deg. warmer than average.  If you add in today, we’ll end the month at +0.2 or +0.3.  We’ve now had 9 consecutive days of cooler than average temperatures.  Check out this summary of the cool air from the GRR NWS.   I am doing the 10 PM and 11 PM news this Weds., so tune in for the latest. 

For Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. Here’s WOOD-TV Interactive Radar, looping radar. Check out regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Check out Storm Total Rainfall (until they reset it). Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the WOOD lightning tracker and U.S. lightning, the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures. Here’s storm reports from NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin and E. Michigan.


Tied Record Low Temperature and Tornado in Italy

July 30th, 2013 at 10:43 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

lotus flower delores reportit italy tornado nbc  This is a pretty flower at the Meijer Gardens (pic. from Delores at ReportIt).  Click here to see full screen.  Second pic. is of a tornado in Italy (from NBC).   Grand Rapids tied a daily record low temperature this morning at 50 degrees (also reached on 7/30/1965).  Other low temperatures this morning:  48 Ionia, Marshall, 47 Hastings, 46 Charlotte, Big Rapids, Hopkins, 45 Ludington, Fremont, Nunica, 44 Baldwin, 42 Houghton Lake, Grayling, 40 Bloomingdale, 36 Spincich Lake (in the U.P.). Much of the Midwest/Great Lakes has been cool.  Ottumwa IA had 3 consecutive record low temperatures in the 40s.

Other weather news:  AWESOME Tornado debris video from in and near Milan, Italy on 7/29!  Hardest hit was the town of Grezzago.  Twelve people were injured by the twister.  Here’s a list of European tornadoes.   Here’s a tornado in SE Wyoming.   (Minimal) Tropical Storm Flossie weakened into just a depression as it passed over Hawaii.  There was one report of trees/wires down and some local, relatively minor flooding.  The most rain was at Kaupo Gap with 5.27″.  Honolulu had only 0.15″.  Chanute KS had 6.97″ of rain, the wettest July day ever.  Over 5″ of rain fell at Hesston and Lindsborg, Kansas, with 3.27″ at Gage OK.  I-35 was closed due to floodwaters and some people had to be rescued by boat.  Check this out…the storms produced over 30,000 lightning strikes in 5 hours.  Lots of relatively cool weather in the U.S.  High temperatures Monday included just 64 at Norfolk NE and 66 at Sioux City IA.  Death Valley, California was the hottest spot in the U.S. Monday at 111, but ironically that was 6 degrees cooler than the average high!

Another lean day for severe weather reports.  As of 6:20 PM, we have just 9 reports of severe weather – those out in NE and SD.  One small tornado, a couple of golfball-sized hail reports and winds as high as 72 mph at Interior SD.


Cool Start to August

July 29th, 2013 at 9:19 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

610temp.new   814temp.new  On the left is the 6-10 day temperature forecast from Monday PM from the Climate Prediction Center and on the right is the 8-14 day outlook from CPC.  This map shows the probability of above average and below average temperatures.  You can see the large area expected to have a higher probability of cooler than average temperatures, including all of the Great Lakes area.  The maps reflect the expected trough in the East and ridge in the West.   Northwest flow may take the heavier precipitation relative to average to our south, leaving us with near to below normal rainfall here in Michigan.  If you get rain, consider yourself lucky.  This July G.R. has had 3.05″ of rain.  For 2013, we are at 30.26″ and that is 9.37″ above average for G.R. and way ahead of the 18.42″ we had last year thru July 29.    With a high/low of 79/50 that puts us 7 deg. cooler than average for the day.   That brings Grand Rapids down to just 4/10ths of a degree warmer than average for July.

 


Cool Pictures

July 29th, 2013 at 8:21 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

endeavour  Click this link for some cool pictures of the Endeavour Space Shuttle (remember to scroll down thru all the pics. – note the graffiti in the last pic.).  The shuttle is named after Captain Cook’s ship (hence the British spelling).   Endeavour was the 5th and final of the Space Shuttles.  It cost 2.2 billion and flew 25 missions for a total of 122,853,151 miles, spending 299 days in space.  Endeavour (minus some of the fancy equipment) is at the California Science Center. (NASA pic.)

And check this out…an entire ride on the Space Shuttle squeezed into a few minutes.


No Hot Weather in Sight

July 29th, 2013 at 1:07 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

muskegon glerl one   muskegon glerl twoHere’s a couple of pictures from Muskegon Glerl weather station from Mon. PM.  Lots of clouds, some breaks in the clouds (visible satellite loop).  The low clouds are dissipating, but we’ll still have some high clouds passing overhead tonight.   Here’s current conditions.  High temperatures Monday:  71 GRR, 70 Kalamazoo, 69 Holland Regional Airport, 68 Battle Creek and Muskegon.  The morning run of the GFS plot doesn’t have temperatures warmer than the low 80s for the next two weeks.  That model is sometimes a little underdone, but the overall pattern would suggest a pattern with near to slightly below average temperatures for early August.


Frost Advisory? IN JULY??

July 29th, 2013 at 2:22 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Frost Advisory  difax Yup…this Monday AM, there was a Frost Advisory for Northern Minnesota!  I see that there were half a dozen temperatures in the mid 30s Monday AM (temperatures at the 5-foot level).  Embarrass MN had a low of 35.  Interesting note…the temperature at 850 mb (about a mile above the ground) got down to +2.2C at Minneapolis on Saturday.  That’s the coldest 850 mb temperature ever measured in S. Minnesota in the month of July!  The map on the right is high temperatures from Sunday (click on the image to enlarge).   Much of the nation was significantly colder than average.  Here’s some high temperatures from Sunday, including the average high in (  ) if available:  Grand Rapids 67 (82), Coldwater 63,  Copper Harbor 51 (71), Marquette Coast Guard 52, Watton 50, Houghton 52 (76), Beaver Island 56, Green Bay WI 61 (80), Chicago 69 (84 – also ties for 2nd coldest July weekend ever!), S. Bend IN 67 (82), Rochester NM 69 (81), Devils Lake ND 73 (81), Watertown SD 72 (83), Waterloo IA 70 (84) Joplin MO 70 (91), Concordia KS 62 (91), Wichita KS 66 (93), Goodland KS 61 (90), Limon CO 67 (87), Denver CO 72 (90), Cheyenne WY 72 (84), Angel Fire NM 70, Seattle WA 69 (77), Imperial NE 60 (89), North Platte NE 66 (88), Boston MA 75 (82), Portland ME 68 (79), Buffalo NY 72 (80), Erie PA 70 (80), Dayton OH 71 (83), Lexington KY 75 (86)  Speaking of cold, look what’s going on in Brazil!    Philadelphia was deluged with 8.15″ of rain Sunday PM.  The 8.02″ total before midnight made it the wettest day EVER in Philadelphia, with records going back to the 1870s.


Tropical Storm Heading Toward Hawaii

July 28th, 2013 at 2:54 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

hawaii  hurricane palm tree nbcnews  A Tropical Storm Watch was up for much of Hawaii.  Tropical Storm Flossie weakened to a tropical depression as it hit the Big Island of Hawaii.     There’s was a Flash Flood Watch for all of Hawaii.  Here’s the last Forecast Advisory, Public Advisory and the Forecast Discussion on the storm.  Here’s the latest visible satellite loop and the Funktop satellite loop of the area.   This was a minimal tropical storm or strong tropical depression (winds less than 40 mph) as it passed the islands.  The greatest threat was be heavy rain and local flooding.  There was only one report of wind damage on the Big Island.  Here’s a list of hurricanes/tropical storms to affect Hawaii.  Strong hurricanes are rare in Hawaii.  The last and most significant was Iniki in 1992.  Iniki was passed well south of the eastern Hawaiian Islands then made a right turn and moved north quickly, having little time to weaken before striking the western island of Kauai, where it did nearly 2 billion dollars in damage. (pictures from NOAA and NBC News)


Cool, Damp Sunday

July 28th, 2013 at 2:11 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local  Saturday was by far the coolest July 27th for the Continental U.S. since satellite IR temperature data started in 1979.  Sunday was the coolest July day in G.R. since the relatively chilly July of 2009.   We drove my mother back to Illinois yesterday (Sat.).  We hit the usual big back-ups driving thru Chicago.  We filled up before we left at Sam’s Club for $3.58 and that was the cheapest gas we saw the whole trip.  It was down to $3.56 at Sam’s Club on Sunday – we drove their and back on a tank of gas.  Usually, gas is cheapest in at the bigger stations in northern Indiana, but not so yesterday.  The first station we passed in Chicago was at $4.59!  That’s a buck a gallon higher than what I paid here in G.R.  Mom did a lot of shopping while she was up here last week – everything from groceries (a little cheaper here, plus we can carry them in for her in Illinois) to earrings.   I got some shopping done too, from groceries to my occasional contribution to the Rick Vuyst retirement fund at Flowerland (I clip coupons and they have had $5 off coupons to Flowerland in the paper).

9:50 PM Sunday  This has been an unusually chilly and damp Sunday.  The high of 67 in Grand Rapids was 15 degrees cooler than average.  We’ll continue to see  a few light showers and sprinkles through the night.  By daybreak, all that should be left are a few pockets of drizzle and sprinkles.  We should go partly sunny for Monday afternoon, esp. in areas west and southwest of G.R.   The lowest high temperature ever in G.R. in the month of July was 58 on 7/15/1987.  Second place goes to 7/13/1964 with 59.  The lowest high temperature for any 7/28 was 61 in 1981.  Today’s high of 67 made it the 3rd coolest July 28th ever in G.R.  1 PM temperatures:  53 Beaver Is, 50 and rain at Houghton, 48 rain and a 17 mph north wind at Copper Harbor!   We had 6 days in the 90s from July 14th thru the 19th, then 4 days with highs in the 80s, then four days with highs in the 70s and now one with a high in the 60s.  High temperatures Saturday ranged from 77 at Jackson to 72 in G.R. to 67 in Muskegon to 64 in Fremont and Cadillac.  Other cool highs from Saturday:  58 Beaver Is., 54 Ironwood, 53 Copper Harbor and Watton in the U.P.  The month of July is now 1.5 deg. warmer than average in G.R. and we’ll probably end up around 0.5 deg. warmer than average…so pretty close to average.  August looks to be near average.  I don’t see a lot of super-hot days  (over 90 deg.) the rest of this summer.   From Chicago NWS:  “Chicago’s low and high Saturday were 55 and 65F. The average was 14F below normal. This morning low was 54F at O’Hare.   Turns out this was the coolest July weekend EVER in Rockford, IL and tied for the 2nd coolest July weekend in Chicago.

Week’s Weather:  Chilly and damp into Monday AM…brighter Monday afternoon, still a chance of a morning sprinkle, but most of the day dry…low 70s much of the afternoon.   We could reach low to even mid 80s into Tue. – Weds.  Showers/t-showers late Weds. into early Thurs. and again Friday PM to early Saturday.  The best bet now is that the rain will be over before the Coast Guard Parade kicks off at 11: 45 AM Sat. and it’ll be dry for the fireworks Sat. night.   Both the Weds. night and Friday PM/night rains could be mostly 1/4 to 1/2″.

For Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. Here’s WOOD-TV Interactive Radar, looping radar. Check out regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Check out Storm Total Rainfall (until they reset it). Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the WOOD lightning tracker and U.S. lightning, the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures. Here’s storm reports from NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin and E. Michigan.


Rain, Floods, Severe WX in U.P.

July 27th, 2013 at 2:54 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Marquette 1 - bark river casey hyslop   marquette 2 Tree thru house marquette 3 mackinac is. Becky Larson Sulfridge Click on the pictures to enlarge.  These are from the Marquette NWS facebook page.  The first is from   The second is a tree thru a house.  Thi third from Becky Larson Sufridge is the “mothership (shelf) cloud” as a storm came into Mackinac Is. with 58 mph winds (I believe this was the same storm that tipped the truck on the Mac. Bridge).    Look at these rainfall totals:  6.10″ McMillan (5.5″ in 12 hours!), 5.94″ Manistique5.1″ Curtis (road washouts), 4.24″ Bark River, 4.31″ Garden Corners4.1″ Hardwood, +3″ Newberry, 2.38″ S. Ste. Marie (up to 4.75″ for the month), 1.14″ Marquette.   Ojibway on Isle Royale had a HIGH temperature of 49 on Friday!  North of Lake Superior, both Upsula and Geraldton had afternoon high temperatures of 47 Friday PM.  Other cool high temperatures on Friday, along with the average high if available in ( ):  Houghton 59 (76), International Falls MN 57 (78), Duluth MN 61 (77), Ashland WI 61, Devils Lake ND 66 (81), Caribou ME 62 (76), Bangor ME 66 (82), Springfield MO 73 (90), Chicago 70 (84), Texarkana AR 74 (94), McAlester OK 79 (94), Boston 72 (82).  Grand Rapids is now at 1.9 deg. warmer than average for July and I figure we’ll end up around +0.5 deg. for the month.  All 6 of our 90-degree days came in a row from the 14th to the 19th.  Rainfall Friday:  0.32″ Grand Rapids, 0.85″ Muskegon, 0.34″ Holland, 0.04″ Battle Creek with officially just a trace at the airports in Kalamazoo and Lansing.         Also, check out the tall ship that ran aground in Ireland and the severe t-storm with 89 mph winds recorded at the NWS ASOS weather station at Albuquerque NM.     I’m on the road today…I’ll check back in Sat. late evening.  A quick note to thank the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival for sponsoring my blog this week.  I’ll be there Saturday, August 3rd for the parade and fireworks show.    Have a good weekend.   Add:  Cool mammatus pic. from the U.P.


Severe Risk Friday PM/Weekend

July 26th, 2013 at 1:08 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

1630 UTC Day 1 Outlook    md West Michigan is in the General Thunderstorm Outlook for tonight. There is a small Slight Risk Area across the lake in Eastern Wisconsin.  The image on the right is a meso-discussion for storms in E. Wisconsin this evening.  While severe weather is not impossible, it’s also not likely.  There was a 58 mph wind east of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, where a tree fell on a garage and some wires were down, 48 mph wind gust northeast of Madison WI and small hail at Fond Du Lac WI.   Remember, severe weather is hail 1″ in diameter or greater or winds of 58 mph or greater. With cold air aloft moving in…there will be a chance of a little, small hail and wind gusts to 40 mph in a few of the bigger storms. Watch me tonight on the news for the latest. I’ll update the blog when I can.  See the thread below for radar and links