Coolest Morning Since June 19th

July 24th, 2013 at 4:59 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

muskegon glerl sunset   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.

23 Responses to “Coolest Morning Since June 19th”

  1. Brenda says:

    Love the cool weather, though :)

  2. Travis kzoo says:

    hey bill i dident get a chance to get on the computer sunday night but we drove into that storm on i94. there was no hail but it was really windy and a lot of lighting and heavy rain.when i got home my rain gauge said it was 1.53 inches from that storm.

  3. INDY says:

    Wow Travis will miss thee heat…..Feels like fall outside bring on Football….INDDY////

    1. Cliff (Scotts) says:

      Indy, this is a sign of global warming. We are going into a extreme cold spell lol

  4. kevin. w says:

    Hey Bill I’ve noticed that on most of the models the polar vortex is setting up shop in its normal “winter” spot. I see that the models want to keep us in an unusual northwest flow at least for the next 3 weeks. By that time will be almost to mid August and these type of patterns are very hard to break out of. I also heard on the Today show that the hurricane season is going to get crankin up starting next week and could be very active. The forecaster on the show said that we could be looking at an early cool fall pattern in the east as there has been no signs of the “Bermuda high” this year as its been much farther in the eastern Atlantic allowing these fronts/troughs to come in. Any thoughts Bill, thanks.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Hum, If we are now in a “typical” winter pattern that could mean that come next winter we could be in a “typical” summer pattern in mid winter!!! If so that would be great.

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      I’m a little gun-shy on talking about cold in winter in July, esp. since we started slow last winter…but I did say on the air last week in the 95-degree heat that 1) there was a possibility (not a sure thing, but any means) that we may have seen our last 90-degree day of the summer) and 2) that I was predicting November (or even late October) snow. I’ve noticed (and so has the METSUL group of meteorologists in Brazil (the best in the S. Hemisphere IMHO), that the S. Hemisphere often precedes the N. Hemisphere. They noted that this cold shot now in S. America is the coldest since 1975…1975 was right before the cold winters that we had in the eastern U.S. from 1976-79. I’ve told people that a neutral pattern to weak El Nino can be very cold for the Eastern U.S. (not always, but it can be) and just because they hear the words “El Nino” doesn’t mean we’re going to have a warm winter. I so no reason at this point to expect a late and slow start to winter like last year. If anything, I’d guess early.

  5. wackyred-allendale,mi says:

    This weather is just right too bad it’s not like this year round. Tell your Mom Hi from Allendale, and have a safe trip home.

  6. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    fixxxer (aka Rodney) is a mindless racist.

    1. I fail to see how comments like this further the discussion.

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        Just ignore it if you want less.

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        fixxxer makes more worthless comments on this blog than anyone!

      3. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        He (Rocky) never adds anything of substance to the blog, usually just says the same thing over and over. Just be thankful he said something different for a change

    2. Mike M. says:

      Weren’t you the one that wanted to lynch the multi-racial George Zimmerman?

      1. Mike M. says:

        Sorry, my comment was directed at Racist Rocky, not Righteous Rodey.

  7. Dan says:

    Yes, time for Football! I can’t wait for Football season ! I also love the season of Fall . I wonder if we will be talking about a cooler than average Fall? I am hopeful that by Late August the Tigers will have the AL central locked up!

  8. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Record low maximum in Maquette. They can keep the pain up there :) . It is perfect out.

    647 PM EDT TUE JUL 23 2013




    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      The records there only go back to 1961. But still a record low maximum just shows you how fast it can get cold around here.

  9. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    While it was in the low 50’s at the airport here at my house I had a low of 47° this AM. Even now with the window open and my shorts on it feels very cool in the house. (I know why not just shut the window) Right now its as sunny 67° here.
    While I do not like to make very long range predictions I will make one anyway. Based on current information I will forecast that the fist snowfall here in Michigan could occur in late October this year. And that we could have a extended period of warmer then average temps in mid winter temps in mid winter next year. How is that for a long range “guess”? BTW the next several weeks look to be on the cool side. We could be in for a nice long period of “don’t have to” weather that is don’t have to have the air on nor don’t have to have the heat on.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      LOL!! I LOVE “don’t have to” weather!!

      I don’t know about other folks, but we got just over an inch of rain from the recent storms – but it came so fast and so furious, that I’m not sure it soaked into the ground very well?? My lawn still looks like it needs sprinkling…

      Still happy for the rain, though :-)

  10. Brian(Grandville) says:

    70* at noon feels much better than 90*noon.

  11. Dan says:

    Snow in late October? I know, it is a long way off. However, it could happen. It is just as likely that we will have another slow start to Winter. Talking snow and Winter in July? WOW! Winter Weather Junkie? Yes!

  12. scott says:

    Hey Bill, as I recall, the summer of 90, or 91 (after the blazing hot summer of 89′) had a similiar cool pattern and it felt like early autumn all month. I know it’s hard on lakefront tourism, but I like it.

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