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