WeekendJuly 20th, 2013 at 12:54 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
We have a few showers/t-showers that have developed in W. Montcalm and Mecosta Counties east to Saginaw Bay. Satellite view here. There will be a chance of a shower/t-shower this PM, mainly east of US 131 and north of I-96. At midday, temperatures are in the low-mid 80s. Dew points have dropped quite a bit. Yesterday, dew points were in the low 70s. At noon, the dew point was 55 in G.R., 54 at Holland. The higher dew points to the southeast will go down some this afternoon (at noon the dew point is still 65 in Marshall and 67 in Coldwater). Rainfall was sparse over much of the area, and highest along I-94 (1.86″ Marshall, 1.75″ Battle Creek, 1.70″ Albion, 1.6″ Hanover (Jackson Co.) and 1.35″ at Bellevue. Much of the area had strong winds (G. 59 Kalamazoo, 54 G.R. Airport, 51 mph downtown G.R. There was a swath of scattered wind damage across S. Ottawa and S. Kent Co. and along I-94. We had 6 consecutive days over 90 degrees and 6 nights with lows of 70 or higher. Including today, G.R. will be 3.8 deg. warmer than average for July with generally average temps. for much of the rest of this month. Rainfall has been variable. Grand Rapids has had 1.45″ of rain this month, or 38% of the total average for July. Battle Creek has had 3.61″ of rain this month or 107% of the total July average. The water temperature of Lake Michigan this AM was 78 in Grand Haven and 79 in Saugatuck. Here’s current conditions and a satellite pic of Michigan.