Weds. AM

July 17th, 2013 at 2:35 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

modis lake michigan   This is the MODIS Lake Michigan satellite picture from Tues. PM.  Click on the picture or click here to enlarge.   Just looking at this pic. you can tell within about 10 degrees which way the prevailing wind was blowing (SW to NE).  There are a couple of thunderstorms over Green Bay, the storms were relatively short-lived and produced a gust to 51 mph at Appleton and 47 mph at Green Bay (along with 0.68″ of rain).  There was no rain in the “lake shadow” here in West Michigan.   The high temperature reached 95 on Tuesday at Munising in the U.P. and at Traverse City.  Both of these locations get a couple degrees of downslope warming with a south wind.   After 3 days with highs of 91-95-93, Grand Rapids is +1.8 degrees for the month.  The Muskegon Airport has had highs of 89-90-92-89 and they are +1.6 degrees above average for July.   Muskegon’s average temperature for July 2013 is now at 72.5 degrees.  That compares to 77.6 degrees for July 2012, when there was only one day in Muskegon that failed to reach 82.   OK,  Interesting fact of the day!   You can try this one out on your friends.  They’ll never get it.  In the Lower 48 states…which state was the only state…the only one out of 48, that did NOT have at least one place report a high temperature of 90 or higher…just one state…which state was it?   A)   New Mexico!   The highest temperature in Alaska was 84…that isn’t unusual, but the place that got it, Annette, was unusual.  Other cool temps. from the Southern High Plains:  69 Midland TX, 72 Childress and Amarillo TX and Gage OK, 75 Garden City KS.    Another odd one…the high/low at Quillayute, Washington on the coast was 91/49.  That’s an amazingly large temperature spread for them in a single day.  The low of 49 was 2 degrees below average and the high of 91 was 23 degrees warmer than average (but still not a daily record high).   On Monday, Redford MI had 3.6″ of rain in an hour…there was a tornado near Winslow AZ and four people were injured by lightning at the Grand Canyon.

Finally, a really cool lightning picture from Pittsburgh.

20 Responses to “Weds. AM”

  1. Skot says:

    hmmm…wheres bigdaddyBC on the high southern temp?

  2. Cort S. says:

    There’s that upper-level low, parked right over New Mexico:

    http://weather.rap.ucar.edu/upper/upaCNTR_250.gif

    It was very interesting watching its progression (or I should say, retrogression) over the past few days. It moved from E to W since Friday, from West Virginia to New Mexico. It touched off rain and storms in Oklahoma which moved to the south, then later to the west, then northwest. It was basically an upside-down low-pressure system.

  3. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Phew it’s hot! You don’t see that very often, but the further north you went yesterday, the warmer it got.

    Right now, it looks like most of northern Michigan has a good shot at beating the extreme heat of July 2012. Flint too ;)

    1. INDY says:

      Just think Winter Is Coming, Snow…….Stay Tuned…..INDYY..

      1. Mike (Mattawan) says:

        don’t remind me

      2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        lol I’ll be sure to bring up summer in the dead of winter then ;)

      3. Jack says:

        Dang, Indy. That there is a Swear Word !! I hate Winter…. Stay Cued..

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Not uncommon.

    3. Bill Steffen says:

      No weather station in Michigan will beat the heat of 2012. The last week of July will be cooler than average.

  4. Tyce says:

    Round Lake by Green Lake (Caledonia, MI) water temperature was 84 at my dock yesterday (about 3 feet down).

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I talked to our mechanic on Monday – he was heading out for some bass fishing on Gun Lake and I asked what the water temp was (the serious fishermen know this kind of stuff) and he said it was 87 degrees. With all the heat, I’m sure it’s over 90 by now :-( In other words – not even refreshing….

  5. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Lake Michigan water temps have had a crazy fast climb we usually don’t see in July. The water temperatures are now several degrees above the long-term average for this time of year and almost as warm as 2012 levels.

    http://coastwatch.glerl.noaa.gov/statistic/gif/avgtemps-m_1992-2012.gif

    http://coastwatch.glerl.noaa.gov/statistic/avg-sst.php?lk=m&yr=0

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Fascinating how sometimes the temp is above average but at other times it’s below average.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      One windy day will change the top couple inches of water.

    3. Bill Steffen says:

      Wind makes a big difference in water temperature…both pushing warmer surface water to one side of the lake or the other and stirring up cooler water from below the surface.

  6. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    I am going crazy over winter right now…

  7. Slimjim says:

    Here in Branson the car temp got up to 94 there was a heavy thunderstorm at 5PM (6 Michigan time) last nigh we want to Yhe Price is Right show here. My wife got ‘picked’ to go up on stage and spin the wheel. One of the people spun a 95 and of course my wife could not beat that but she did get a T shirt. Tonight we are going to see a Beatles tribute band. Then off to KC tommarow.
    Slimjim

  8. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    You know the drill. It is another great summer day. Stay hydrated and get outside and enjoy the weather. I will be heading to the links in a few hours!

    1. Nathan says:

      The links?

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        The links = golf course.

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