July 6th, 2013 at 1:13 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

max scherzer   100 degrees thermometer  610day july 11-15 With a title like that, you’re probably thinking I’m writing about Max Scherzer and what his record will be in a week.  I hope that’s right.  Actually, I’m comparing the number of 90-degree days thru July 6 in Grand Rapids in 2012 and 2013.  Last year, July 6th was not only the 15th 90-degree day of the year, it was also the warmest day that Grand Rapids had since 1936.  Click here to read about the heat wave of ’36 – the hottest weather Michigan (and over much of the Midwest east of the Rockies) has ever had.   The thermometer hit 104 in G.R. last year on 7/6.  Other high temperatures that day:  104 Kalamazoo, 103 Battle Creek, Lansing and Coldwater, 102 Regional Airport in Holland and Three Rivers, 101 Hudsonville, Rockford and GVSU in downtown G.R., 100 at WOOD (Heritage Hill), Calvin College, Sturgis, Jackson  and Allendale, 99 at the Muskegon Airport, 98 Boatwerks on Lake Macatawa and at GVSU in Muskegon, 93 Grand Haven, 86 on the beach at Muskegon.   Another interesting aspect to the heat of July 6, 2012 was the lack of wind.  Here’s the average wind speed midnight-midnight on July 6, 2012:  Grand Rapids 4.7 mph, Muskegon 3.8 mph, Kalamazoo 3.7 mph, Holland 3.0 mph and Lansing 2.5 mph.  On the day with the hottest temperatures since 1936, with the air conditions running on max and near-record electricity need, the wind turbines were the winners of American Idle.   Wind turbines are and will be a part of our energy future, but there are times when the wind isn’t blowin’ and the sun isn’t shinin’.    Finally, I have the 6-10 day temperature outlook on the right.  It’s got us in the light blue, showing a little better chance of (slightly) below average temperatures from July 11 – 15.  We are currently at our highest average temperatures (hi 83, lo 62).  As of today, we have lost 8 minutes of daylight since the Solstice back on 6/21.

23 Responses to “15-0”

  1. Jack says:

    Bill, Max is Currently 13-0!! And Has 1 More Start Next Monday, before the All Star Break. So, He can Make it 14-0. Not 15-0, Just Sayin……. Stay cued.. ;-)

  2. Brad says:

    Here’s to those inflated temperature readings of the 1930s!

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Yeah, and Elvis is at the Burger King in Kalamazoo.

      1. SBPortage002 says:

        Elvis at the Burger King would be even more of a newsworthy sighting now since that Burger King has been torn down.

    2. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

      Didn’t everyone use the glass thermometers with red dye back then? Where’s Mr. James we’ll ask him. Lol

    3. michael g (SE GR) says:

      When is that catastrophic drought and those 100+* temps you were promising expected to arrive Brad? Getting tired of waiting.

      1. Brad says:

        It’s out west.

        1. michael g (SE GR) says:

          Oooohhhhh. Well that’s easy then. Watch out for blizzards and subzero temps FREQUENTLY next winter*.


    4. dano (Norton Shores) says:

      Brad, guess records for you did not start until 1979. Everything before that just doesn’t count?

  3. Dan says:

    Mad Max is on great streak! Looks like J V has got his mo Jo back too! Go Tigers! Take care of Cleveland! Looks like a nice day ahead for today! Keep it rolling Bill.

    1. Jack says:

      Hail…YES, Dan The Man The TIGER FAN!!!!!! Currently Tigers LEAD…4-0 !!!!!! Dan, whats Your Thoughts on The PHANTOM CAM ???? Staying Cued….My Friend !!!! ;-)

    2. Jack says:

      DDDDDDDDDDDDD – update- DDDDDDDDDDDDDD……… TIGERS WIN !!! 9-4. !!!!!!! DDDDDDDDDDDDAN!!!!!!!! :-)

      1. Dan says:

        Yes, tigers open another can on the Indians ! Sanchez looked ok! They’ll need down through the later 2nd half of this season! I like the phantom cam, Jack. Keep it rolling Tigers! Time for them to get way out in front of their division!

  4. Dan says:

    Wow! Brad seems to have found a new purpose for posting on the blog. The weather has been absolutely fantastic! Any chance we get into a few 90 degree days in a row?

    1. SBPortage002 says:

      It has been pleasant with temps in the 80s. I am happy with that. It would not break my heart if we don’t have a single 90 this summer.

  5. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Already 80 out. Wouldn’t be surprised to see 90 somewhere in west Michigan today.

  6. Dan says:

    Our weather is a bit of a contrast temperature wise from last summer! That said, it has been nice outside! I will take this all summer long. It nice to have the heat sometimes too! I saw 90 forecasted for Monday. We shall see!

  7. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    I already hit 90 a couple times!

    And I’m very close to very hot summer 2012 temps, so we must be getting a lot more mid to upper 80′s. Consistent warmth.

    Departures from average:

    +5.0 May
    +2.2 June
    +0.9 July so far

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Too funny!

  8. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Keep the below average temperatures rolling!

  9. Clarence says:

    I’m really mad to see that we are talking about baseball and all the steroid users like max Scherzer. My son always talks about how much better he is than Lebron james. My son has the brain of my wife but thankfully not the looks. On a good note, the weathered really perfect and I can continue grilling grand river fish each day in the nice sun that bill promised us

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Grand river fish eh.

  10. Dan says:

    All baseball players are not steroid users, Clarence. I would guess that Max is not, simply because of what he has been through! I could be wrong about Max. Peralta will have to serve his time for this.

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