Weds. AMJuly 17th, 2013 at 2:35 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.