Warm WeekendJuly 12th, 2013 at 10:56 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Today is the anniversary of the hottest temperature ever in G.R. (and Michigan). On July 13, 1936, Grand Rapids topped out at 108 degrees. Newaygo recorded a scorching 111. It’ll be mostly sunny and warm this weekend…mid 80s this Saturday and upper 80s to near 90 on Sunday. It will be up to 10 degrees cooler near Lake Michigan. This will be the 11th consecutive day with a high temperature in the 80s. Here’s the latest Lake Michigan beach water temperatures, and satellite estimated water temperatures for the lake. With mostly clear skies, it’ll be a great night to view the moon, Saturday and deep space objects through the powerful telescopes of the Veen Observatory on Kissing Rock Road near Lowell. There is a nominal charge. Here’s more information and directions. Here’s more on what you can see now in our mid-July sky and here’s when you can see the International Space Station cross our Michigan skies. Our average high/low temperature is now 83/62. Grand Rapids is +0.2 degree warmer than average through the first 12 days of July. Rainfall has been light over most (but not all) of the area, with just 0.51″ officially in G.R. That’s 13% of the average amount we see in July. Today (Saturday) is the 11th consecutive day with high temperatures in the 80s. For the 2nd straight year, we have had a relatively low tornado count in the U.S. Michigan has had 8 tornadoes this year (average is 17). Wisconsin has had just five tornadoes this year and all five had been relatively weak (EF0 or EF1). The greatest number of tornadoes has shifted west back into Tornado Alley this year. The most tornadoes for 2013 so far: 56 Texas, 54 Oklahoma, 52 Kansas, 49 Nebraska. Ten states have not had a tornado this year: AK, AZ, HI, NM, NV, RI, VT, UT, WV, NH.