Rain, Floods, Severe WX in U.P.

July 27th, 2013 at 2:54 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Marquette 1 - bark river casey hyslop   marquette 2 Tree thru house marquette 3 mackinac is. Becky Larson Sulfridge Click on the pictures to enlarge.  These are from the Marquette NWS facebook page.  The first is from   The second is a tree thru a house.  Thi third from Becky Larson Sufridge is the “mothership (shelf) cloud” as a storm came into Mackinac Is. with 58 mph winds (I believe this was the same storm that tipped the truck on the Mac. Bridge).    Look at these rainfall totals:  6.10″ McMillan (5.5″ in 12 hours!), 5.94″ Manistique5.1″ Curtis (road washouts), 4.24″ Bark River, 4.31″ Garden Corners4.1″ Hardwood, +3″ Newberry, 2.38″ S. Ste. Marie (up to 4.75″ for the month), 1.14″ Marquette.   Ojibway on Isle Royale had a HIGH temperature of 49 on Friday!  North of Lake Superior, both Upsula and Geraldton had afternoon high temperatures of 47 Friday PM.  Other cool high temperatures on Friday, along with the average high if available in ( ):  Houghton 59 (76), International Falls MN 57 (78), Duluth MN 61 (77), Ashland WI 61, Devils Lake ND 66 (81), Caribou ME 62 (76), Bangor ME 66 (82), Springfield MO 73 (90), Chicago 70 (84), Texarkana AR 74 (94), McAlester OK 79 (94), Boston 72 (82).  Grand Rapids is now at 1.9 deg. warmer than average for July and I figure we’ll end up around +0.5 deg. for the month.  All 6 of our 90-degree days came in a row from the 14th to the 19th.  Rainfall Friday:  0.32″ Grand Rapids, 0.85″ Muskegon, 0.34″ Holland, 0.04″ Battle Creek with officially just a trace at the airports in Kalamazoo and Lansing.         Also, check out the tall ship that ran aground in Ireland and the severe t-storm with 89 mph winds recorded at the NWS ASOS weather station at Albuquerque NM.     I’m on the road today…I’ll check back in Sat. late evening.  A quick note to thank the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival for sponsoring my blog this week.  I’ll be there Saturday, August 3rd for the parade and fireworks show.    Have a good weekend.   Add:  Cool mammatus pic. from the U.P.

65 Responses to “Rain, Floods, Severe WX in U.P.”

  1. INDY says:


  2. Nathan says:

    Currently in Ohio… It is very cool here.

  3. Dan says:

    great pics of those clouds! Great info as well! Cooler today but not too bad, Of course, 65 degrees in the early morning is not bad for July. However, 66 or 68 for a high ? Do we set a record for the coolest high in late July?

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      could be in the top 3 for both weekend days;

  4. YeahThatDan says:

    How cold. It is! In Canada. It looks like it will be cool in Michigan. Will we set records? I wonder if it is warm anywhere. The media won’t say anything about this cold. Brrrr! I see some sun though in the forecast. It is summer. So it will be warm again!

    1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:


    2. Clarence says:

      Dan. My son said you must be on that good stuff. He is stupid. My wife also said she wonders if an ice age is coming and agreed that the media and tv guys like Bill are not telling us the truth about why the sun is dying. Hopefully global warming is real like the weather guys say so that it beats the crap out of this cold like I want to do my pathetic son.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        The sun isn’t “dying”, but we are seeing a reduced number of sunspots, a reduction in the solar wind and changes in magnetism. It’s certainly worth paying attention to…periods of reduced sunspots have been coincident with cooling temperatures on Earth. This from NASA:

        “the sun could be on the threshold of a mini-Maunder event right now. Ongoing Solar Cycle 24 is the weakest in more than 50 years. Moreover, there is (controversial) evidence of a long-term weakening trend in the magnetic field strength of sunspots. Matt Penn and William Livingston of the National Solar Observatory predict that by the time (the max of) Solar Cycle 25 arrives, magnetic fields on the sun will be so weak that few if any sunspots will be formed. Independent lines of research involving helioseismology and surface polar fields tend to support their conclusion. (Note: Penn and Livingston were not participants at the NRC workshop.)

        “If the sun really is entering an unfamiliar phase of the solar cycle, then we must redouble our efforts to understand the sun-climate link,” notes Lika Guhathakurta of NASA’s Living with a Star Program, which helped fund the NRC study. “The report offers some good ideas for how to get started.”

        I’d rather put our efforts into understanding the sun-climate link, rather than forcing the poor and middle class to buy carcinogen-filled light bulbs.

        1. big Daddy BC says:

          So what do you think’s coming out of the tailpipe of that Tahoe of yours, Bill? LOL You sure do try to sell that rhetoric.

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          Don’t have a Tahoe…yet another piece of misinformation from you. Check this out:

          Coldest summer at the North Pole since records began in 1958: http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.uk.php

          Antarctic ice extent now at a daily record. There has never been more ice on any July 28 in the satellite era: http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/antarctic.sea.ice.interactive.html

          July 1-28 Global temperature anomaly -0.115C Continental U.S. temperature anomaly -0.262.

  5. Dan says:

    A decade in the making? Seems to me, 2009 was cool! I’ll have to look those numbers up .

  6. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    The coldest maximum temp for GR are 68 for today (Saturday) set in 1915 (with 69° being in 2nd place (2004) and 71° being in 3rd place) the record for tomorrow (Sunday) is a very cool 61° set in 1981 with 65° and 70 being 2nd and 3rd. So while we may or may not have the coldest maximum temps this weekend it will none the less be on the cold side for this time of the year! BTW the coldest minimum temps are 47° for July 27th and 46° for the 28th and anything below 49° would be in the top three.

  7. Dan says:

    Thanks, Slim! Great info!

  8. Barb says:

    Thanks, Bill, for the rainfall update. The cool weather keeps our energy bills down at least.

  9. Daniel G says:

    Loks like the Seney Swamp is full of water for the time being. Also looks like no major forest fires in the UP now too. Good rain for the North Country!
    Looks like we recieved 3/8ths of an inch last night here on the east side of Myers Lake. Blahhh.

    1. Daniel G says:

      Lotta ‘looks like’ there. Sorry….my English teacher woulda berated me for that…

  10. YeahThatDan says:

    On another note. The Tigers! Look to roar again. I heard, the eat em up Tigers guy is dead. Sad! We need a new eat em up Tigers guy. Maybe one who does the weather? Yes! That would be something. Any other news today? I see there are some raindrops outside. Will we see fall soon? It is still July! That means I think the beach will be open for now. But for how long! I think until the end of August. But who knows!

  11. Dan says:

    Cool blog! We’ve got it all here! Rain, clouds, wind, cool temps. What else could we need? The colorful blog posters, yes! Thanks all!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Keep the below average temperatures and the wind coming!

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        A day or two of below average temps and then back to normal or a little above. Fantastic. Keep it coming. I love it

  12. Michael g (se gr) says:

    Drove through a heavy rain storm with some lightning and 30-40 mph winds between Lansing and Flint. Storm has almost caught up with us again here near Saginaw.

  13. Zach says:

    New mesodiscussion for the eastern lower peninusla… http://mesodiscussion.com/view/20131539/

    1. INDY says:

      Theee Spot has blogged stay tuned…..INDYY

      1. Clarence says:

        Can I ask you why you always sign your name after everything? Not a big deal but I think it is because you think you are a writer or something like an author and that we should recognize your name. No one does though even tho I guess you are always on here pretending to be like one. Do you work in weather or do you have lots of free time to always post things that make you look like you are? Maybe they pay you to post here because you don’t have work. If so I am sorry and didnt meant to think you don’t work like it seems.

  14. Paul says:

    These temps are great! Feels like late September and that means Spartan and Wolverine football is right around the corner…

    1. Barb says:

      Oh boy (lack of enthusiasm meant here)

  15. Nathan says:

    Nice storm here in Findlay Ohio

  16. Jack says:

    Off Topic, Sorta…… R.I.P. J J CALE…… CUE, ” They Call Me The BREEZE “. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aCOMU6qpJI. :-(

  17. DF (SE Mich) says:

    1/4″ hail in A2 at the moment. Finally a storm. Still not reportable citeria…

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Now 1/2″.

    2. Jack says:

      Hope The Tiger Game Doesn’t Rained Out….. Staying Cued…Go Tigers!! Enjoy, Your Storm D.F.

  18. Dan says:

    Break out the jackets and sweatshirts! It’s 62 degrees at 5:45 pm on July 27th. We reached our high much earlier in the day. Is it a record?

    1. Jack says:

      Brrrrrrrrr…..It’s COLD, COLD, COLD…..Cue::::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVrUamDpPYw. Turn it UP!!!

      1. Barb says:

        It will be back to normal soon enough, drama queens.

  19. Michael (Berrien county) says:

    Went for a walk this afternoon….. around 60 degrees out, with a stiff wind blowing. Even having a sweater on, I was still cold. Looks like some lake effect rain on the way tomorrow. I think this is a 1st for July!!

  20. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Below average temps – Rock On!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Average to a little above average temps next week. Keep it rolling into winter I love it. Fantastic. Rock on.

  21. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    We are heading into a great summer weather pattern. Look for a lot of below average temperatures and no more horrible 90 degree plus temps.

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      We are heading into a fantastic summer time pattern. Average to a little bit above average. Rock on. I love it. Fantastic. Get used to it.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Thanks for the very positive feedback. It is appreciated!

    2. kevin. w says:

      Rock on :)

      1. kevin. w says:


    3. kevin. w says:


      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        ROCK ON and on and on baby!

  22. Jack says:

    BOOM!!!!!!! Welcome Back MIGGY!!!!!!! :-)

  23. Dan says:

    Yes, how about Miggy? The rest of the Tigers aren’t looking too shabby either. 8-0 early in this one! Raining lightly here. It is cool outside. Are you sure we are still in July? Feels like October!

    1. Jack says:

      It Maybe, Cool in Detroit ,Weather Wise. BUT The Tiger Bats Are ” HOT”!!!! And Mad MAX, Will Get # 15 Victory!!!!! Speaking of October , Our Tigers Will Still Be Playing Baseball, Then I’m Sure !! Stay Cued… And Put another Log on The Fire !! Brrrrrrrrrr…… ;-)

  24. Clarence says:

    Dan seems to care more about guys like miggy who take steroids or eat other animal parts to play good instead of taking care of family members or other people. I read that miggy beat up his dumb girlfriend because she didnt cook for him or something like that. He seems like a jerk even though she probably didnt serve his needs or something like that. We all have jobs to do and can’t stop doing them.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:


    2. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

      I’m thinking Clar is the Fixxxer type who likes to look at his own typing and wait for the reaction. I think the only thing HE cares about is seeing what we respond to his opinions and rants.
      Personally, I fell for this once before, and this will be my last response to his nonsense. I suggest everyone else do the same. The blog is better without his type of nonsense.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Clar is fixxxer people!

    3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      I am the egg man koo koo kjoob…..

  25. INDY says:

    CLARENCE fake as a cake…..INDYY

    1. Jack says:

      LOL…Speaking of CAKE, Cue, The Average White Band…..”Cut The CAKE”:::::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvmpfTQTbZY

  26. YeahThatDan says:

    Mad Max. Wow! What a game. Go Tigers! I think. This is a very special team. With Mad Max! And Miggy. Of course. I wonder if they will go to the World Series! And win. This time. Wow what a weekend! I love. This weather!

  27. Dan says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more Tim! They must have sad lives. I’m going to do my best to not get caught up. This is a great blog and we have many great posters here. LER instead of LES, just a few months away from LES!

  28. Dan says:

    53 degrees currently! Although, it feels cooler than that because of the winds. We will get summer back right? Welcome, Fall?!

  29. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    September will be warmer than it is now. Light rain and 53 temp wise at this time here. Crazy temp spin we have been on for the last 2 weeks. I had a 1/4 inch of rain Fri. Go Tigers!

  30. Jon says:

    Glad to know your a science denier Bill. No sense siding with the 97% of scientist who say climate change is real. Stick with that 3%. By the way did you see how the north pole is pretty much a lake now? Yeah, stick with the 3% Bill.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      That “survey” you refer to was not done by a pollster or objective journalist…it was concocted by a rabid, global-warming activist and climate profiteer. The survey started with a particular conclusion and worked backwards with great effort fudge the bogus high number. Dr. Tol deconstructs the nonsense: http://www.populartechnology.net/2013/06/the-statistical-destruction-of-97.html Here’s an entire group of NASA scientists who don’t buy into the climate hype: http://www.livescience.com/19643-nasa-astronauts-letter-global-warming.html and more: http://www.petitionproject.org/

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