Coolest Morning Since June 19thJuly 24th, 2013 at 4:59 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
This is sunset in Muskegon Tues. evening from the Muskegon GLERL camera. Click the picture to enlarge. Note the perfectly clear sky. This is clear, clean Canadian air. With the brisk wind yesterday behind the cold front, this air hasn’t had much time for the sun to warm it up, so we have the coolest morning over much of W. Michigan since June 19th. Overnight low temperatures: 51 Grand Rapids, 50 Lansing, Kalamazoo, 42 Baldwin and Hart, 41 Ludington and Manistee, 39 Cadillac, 38 Kalkaska and Atlanta. In the U.P. it was 36 at Garden Corners and Stonington, 35 at Doe Lake and 33 at Spincich Lake. With those temperatures taken at the 5-foot level, it’s possible there was scattered frost in a couple spots in the U.P. this morning. Look at how much of the U.S. is in the Top 10% coldest for the date compared to average. Here’s current conditions (on the map the number in the upper left is temperature, lower left is dew point, station i.d. is lower right and air pressure is upper right. The sky condition is the amount of the circle in the middle that is filled (most stations are clear this a.m) and the wind plot is toward the circle in the middle. It’ll be a nice day today, some sun and temperatures up into the low-mid 70s. No 90s UFN, that’s for sure. The European has a chance of showers Friday into very early Saturday, then some relatively chilly air could keep high temperatures as cool as the low 70s this weekend. The Lake Michigan water temperatures have taken a dive: 58 at Ludington and Mears, 52 at Muskegon and S. Haven. G. Haven (sheltered by the breakwater) still had 74 early this AM, but I bet that drops today, too. The rip current-breakwater current risk will be lower today than yesterday. Here’s a very nice, short PowerPoint on the danger of rip currents, including a couple slides showing how the current develops along the breakwater at Grand Haven St. Park. This PowerPoint is very well done and anyone who swims in the Great Lakes or ocean should take a look at the link and forward it to your friends. Thanks to Bob Dukesherer and the NWS for putting this Slide Show together…very well done. It should be mandatory viewing for every middle/high school student, especially those in lakeshore communities. Here’s this week’s Michigan Agricultural Report, mostly good news. Here’s rainfall statistics for the last 2-weeks, 4-weeks and since 4/1 for Michigan weather stations (a few stations may not be right, like Allegan).
Some interesting weather news this AM: Quite variable rainfall in W. Michigan this July. Battle Creek has had 4.59″ and Muskegon only 0.63″. East of Detroit, they’ve had 14″ of rain this month!! Here’s a summary of the damage reports from the Sunday night storms (gusts to 60 mph in parts of Kalamazoo Co.). We had gust to +40 mph, 1″ diameter hail and 2″ of rain in an hour from storms in SE Michigan on Tues. Nearly 40,000 customers (and climbing) without power in Tulsa area after 70-100 mph t-storm winds. Radar loop of the storms. The Tulsa Airport measured a gust to 76 mph (hurricane force). Winds were measured at 77 mph at Eufaula OK, 75 at Blackmore OK, 73 mph at Burbank and 66 mph at Hectorville, Wynona and Foraker OK. Numerous trees and power lines were toppled and heavy rain caused flooding. Barnsdall reported 6.93″ of rain and Avant had 5.17″. From 7/1-7/23 Wichita, KS has had 3.63″ of rain, the most in this time period since 2005. Here’s national severe weather reports from Tue., including gusts to 80-100 mph at Pretty Prairie KS, 82 mph at Fairburn SD, and 75 mph at Hutchinson KS, when they also reported hail up to 4″ in diameter!! The tropics are relatively quiet. July 1981-2012 global average for tropical storms is 8 — 5 of which become hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes so far July 2013 has 4TS, 2HUR, 1MAJ…lots of dry air in the tropics limiting tropical storm development. There is a Tropical Depression west of the Cape Verde Islands. Here’s high/low temperature records around the world. Note the record and near record low temperatures in the Great Lakes region and also in S. America, where parts of southern Brazil have had their coldest tempeatures since 1975. On the other side of the coin, the newborn Prince of the United Kingdom as born on the hottest day of the summer. Here’s a nice lightning strike in London. The high was 92 on Monday at the Heathrow Airport in London. Global temperature cooler than average for July, with both Poles quite cold…The Great Lakes to New England and much of the Western U.S. warm. The North Pole area (north of 80 deg. latitude) had a relatively warm winter in 2012-13. That’s been followed by the coolest Apr. 15-July 15 since records began in 1958. Philadelphia had 3.05″ of rain on Tuesday. Fort Lauderdale, Florida added another 1.3″ of rain. They have now had an all-time record 14.53″ of rain in Fort Lauderdale this July.
I’m off Tues. to Thurs. My mother is visiting from Illinois. We had a nice dinner here at home last night with friends Glenn and Suzanne (Suzanne was born in Austria) and Peter and Jan Chan, the parents of Peter Chan, Jr. that used to do the weather on Channel 17 here in town (Peter Jr. is living in New Hampshire right now, he is not on TV). I have a picture of me and Peter Jr. when he was 10 and I was 27. I’ve got to find that and put it on the blog sometime. We had a clear shot to watch the full moon come up from our porch.