Friday, July 5

July 5th, 2013 at 3:19 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

fireworks yvansled ReportIt   Fireworks tonight at Stanton and the Field of Flight at Battle Creek are dry – should be a good show.  The GRR NWS Discussion is a good one.   Fireworks pic. from “yvansled77″ at ReportIt.  Check it out full screen.   We do have a chance of a shower or t-shower today or tomorrow.  They’ll be few and far between.  Panama City, Florida had 9.72″ of rain in 24-hours…no fireworks there…and lots of rain in places out east and south:  6.46″ Decatur AL, 4.40″ Huntsville AL, 3.98″ Gulf Shores, 2.85″ Asheville NC 2.01″,  Roanoke VA, 1.98″,  Burlington VT, 1.89″,  Nashville TN 1.93″,  Burlington VT  1.89″, Lexington KY 1.41′, Cincinnati OH 1.30″, Orlando FL 1.05″.  The afternoon high temperatures Thursday where it was raining were quite cool for July:  72 Dothan AL, 70 Nashville TN, 74 Huntsville and Muscle Shoals AL, 71 Bowling Green and Lexington KY, 72 Louisville KY and Cincinnati OH.    The West was still hot:  126 Death Valley CA (low temperature there was 98), 113  Las Vegas NV (the low temperature was 91) and Needles CA (where the low was 95).  It was 108 in Phoenix AZ, 112 in Red Bluff CA, 119 Bullhead City AZ.  Also hot:  94 in Boston, 91 in New York City, 88 at Mosinee on James Bay, Canada and a very warm 88 at Churchill – on the west side of Hudson Bay.  Churchill had a high of 89 on June 30, 86 on July 1 and 88 yesterday.  The average high temperature is only 58. They were 8.6 deg. warmer than average in June.

My wife and I went to Steffens’ Orchard in Alpine Twp. (no relation to me) to ;pick some cherries.  We also get them from a stand on Four Mile Rd. just west of the English Hills Golf Course.  Gayle made a cherry pie and I went out to trim trees and fill the bird feeders.  In the evening we went to south parking lot of the Green Ridge Shopping Center to see fireworks.  There were hundreds of cars there.  A few people had fireworks to shoot off, so we saw those.  We also could see the fireworks from East G.R. (which really looked like a great show) and downtown G.R.  We saw at least half a dozen sky lanterns pass by.  It was the right temperature, light wind, we’ve had some rain, so there was less chance of the fireworks starting fires.  Back to work today…watch me at 5, 6, 10 and 11 for the updated weekend forecast.   July 5th and 6th were our two hottest days of the hot July last year with highs of 101 and 104.  Thru July 5th, we had 15 days that were 90-degrees or better…this year, G.R., Lansing and Jackson are still waiting for our first 90-degree temperature.

30 Responses to “Friday, July 5”

  1. Dan says:

    Going to be warm and sunny!

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

    Ha! “No fireworks there”. Made me laugh.
    Yeah, I guess TEN INCHES of rain might dampen things up.

  3. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    Not missing the 90 deg + here.

  4. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Pleasant day at the beach north of Holland yesterday. Water was cold but bearable, probably low 60′s. Air temp was at the high for the day of 70* when we left around 7:30 last night.

  5. Steve B says:

    Hey Bill, is ‘tree tripping’ some kind of Scandinavian tradition? Kind of like cow tipping is in the States?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      HA! I fixed it (it should be “trim”).

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          Yup…I still have at least half a dozen Moody Blues albums in the basement…and I see a number of their entire albums are on YouTube.

  6. BlueMoon says:

    I was up at Greenridge last night also. The EGR show looked much better than the downtown show

  7. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Yesterday was not a bad day at all for the 4th of July here in GR with a high temp in the upper 70’s and generally partly cloudy. Today its already a nice and warm 78° here. While the next week looks warm and at times somewhat humid it dose not look to be hot. In fact for Michigan there dose not appear to be a 90° in the next couple of weeks. Still looks like west Michigan may only see 2 or 3 90° days this summer (if that) but as always that is subject to change.
    I should see several 90° days on our vacation (between July 14 and 23) as we are going to Branson, MO (we have never been there not sure if we will like it or not) then to Kansans City where we will see the Tigers play the Royals and then up to Lancaster, WI to see some family. Anyway I’m sure we will see several days well into the 90’s on our trip.
    SlimJim

  8. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Bring on the heat!

    I’ve had a low chance of storms/rain every day this week, but it’s been great weather.

    Off to go play 18.

  9. GunLakeDeb says:

    From my vantage point on Gun Lake looking north, I could see about a dozen different displays; but the Gun Lake Casino had the best one!

  10. Jack says:

    Speaking of CHERRIES, Bill…… CUE this OLDIE ::::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARdlyyP8f4A. ;-)

    1. fixxxer says:

      Do you have youtube on speed dial or what?

      1. Jack says:

        I’ll Go with….What ? ;-)

      2. Jack says:

        FIXXXER ….” SPEED KILLS”…… Spin::::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMzoqpyUbhg Lol….. ;-)

      1. Jack says:

        Lol…Nice Bill.. Thanks, I was Literaly DROOLING, Over Those CHERRY Coupes !!! Would Love To Own One of Those !!! Maybe, Someday ! God Bless, and Stay Cued My Friend ! Perfect Weather by The Way, Keep it Coming Broher( old D. J.) ….. ;-)

      2. Jack says:

        Whoops .. *r*..

  11. Barb says:

    Gorgeous up here today. Kayaking on the big lake was fun albeit a little choppy.

  12. fixxxer says:

    Finally some sun. Not a bad day.

  13. Cliff (Scotts) says:

    Getting all the rain down in West Virginia, been muggy down here this past week and rained at least everyday by mount hope. Ready to be back home next week, to many mountains not enough fields.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      The rain is very limited up here, but I’m sure you already knew that. Starting to get hot and humid as well.

  14. Brad says:

    I didn’t notice if this was mentioned on the blog, but the 129F reading at Death Valley the other day was the warmest temperature ever recorded on earth in June. WOW. In other news, I just noticed that Dr. Michael E. Mann was recently named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Kudos, Dr. Mann!

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      That’s why it’s called Death Valley. I can’t believe people are actually going there to experience record heat. I’m enjoying the lack of that here, so far this summer.

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      Here’s a list of AMS Fellows: http://www.ametsoc.org/memdir/fellowslist/get_listoffellows.cfm Getting the award long before Michael (of “use Mike’s TRICK to HIDE THE DECLINE” Climategate fame) Mann were Dr. William Gray, who correctly predicted the rise in global temperature in the 80s and 90s and the leveling off of global temperature in the 2000s. He’s a catastrophic global warming skeptic. So is Dr. Roger Pelkie – he’s a Fellow of the AMS…and we have Joe D’Aleo of WeatherBell (Joe Bastardi’s partner)…and we have Dr. John Christy (not only a global warming skeptic…but…also a Christian (gasp!). Next we have Dr. Neil Frank, former director of the National Hurricane Center and we have John Nielsen-Gammon, the State Climatologist of Texas, who said: “There is no evidence that climate change contributed to the lack of rainfall, because rainfall has risen over the past century in the state.” Bet the NSA and IRS are looking for him! We have Joel Myers, CEO of AccuWeather and…here’s the kicker…also a FELLOW of the AMS – our very own Craig James (Woods)! He made fellow more than a decade before Mr. Mann (of the now discredited hockey stick).

      There are now 3 weather stations in Death Valley. One of them reached 129 – which, if is verified, would tie for the hottest temperature ever in California in the month of June. Volcano on the Salton Sea reached 129 on June 23, 1902 (111 years ago!). There are 10 times more weather stations now than there were in the 1930s…yet 24 of the 50 states STILL – 76 years later – have all-time record high temperatures from the 1930s.

      1. Brad says:

        Craig Woods…Dr. Michael E. Mann…peas in a pod, eh?

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          Craig is also a Distinguished Alumni of Penn State. Craig is also a believer in Mann-made global warming.

  15. Jack says:

    Lots of Boomers Here (N.E.G.R.) Tonight, and Tons of Lightning (bugs) as Well. Lol… ;-) . I am SOOOOOO READY, 4 Real Boooooooooomers, and Real Lightning to Light up Theeeeee Sky ! Stay Cued ….YE ALL !! ;-)

  16. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Alright guys, enough with the mortars for the night. My kids have woke up crying twice now.

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