Cool, Damp SundayJuly 28th, 2013 at 2:11 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Saturday was by far the coolest July 27th for the Continental U.S. since satellite IR temperature data started in 1979. Sunday was the coolest July day in G.R. since the relatively chilly July of 2009. We drove my mother back to Illinois yesterday (Sat.). We hit the usual big back-ups driving thru Chicago. We filled up before we left at Sam’s Club for $3.58 and that was the cheapest gas we saw the whole trip. It was down to $3.56 at Sam’s Club on Sunday – we drove their and back on a tank of gas. Usually, gas is cheapest in at the bigger stations in northern Indiana, but not so yesterday. The first station we passed in Chicago was at $4.59! That’s a buck a gallon higher than what I paid here in G.R. Mom did a lot of shopping while she was up here last week – everything from groceries (a little cheaper here, plus we can carry them in for her in Illinois) to earrings. I got some shopping done too, from groceries to my occasional contribution to the Rick Vuyst retirement fund at Flowerland (I clip coupons and they have had $5 off coupons to Flowerland in the paper).
9:50 PM Sunday This has been an unusually chilly and damp Sunday. The high of 67 in Grand Rapids was 15 degrees cooler than average. We’ll continue to see a few light showers and sprinkles through the night. By daybreak, all that should be left are a few pockets of drizzle and sprinkles. We should go partly sunny for Monday afternoon, esp. in areas west and southwest of G.R. The lowest high temperature ever in G.R. in the month of July was 58 on 7/15/1987. Second place goes to 7/13/1964 with 59. The lowest high temperature for any 7/28 was 61 in 1981. Today’s high of 67 made it the 3rd coolest July 28th ever in G.R. 1 PM temperatures: 53 Beaver Is, 50 and rain at Houghton, 48 rain and a 17 mph north wind at Copper Harbor! We had 6 days in the 90s from July 14th thru the 19th, then 4 days with highs in the 80s, then four days with highs in the 70s and now one with a high in the 60s. High temperatures Saturday ranged from 77 at Jackson to 72 in G.R. to 67 in Muskegon to 64 in Fremont and Cadillac. Other cool highs from Saturday: 58 Beaver Is., 54 Ironwood, 53 Copper Harbor and Watton in the U.P. The month of July is now 1.5 deg. warmer than average in G.R. and we’ll probably end up around 0.5 deg. warmer than average…so pretty close to average. August looks to be near average. I don’t see a lot of super-hot days (over 90 deg.) the rest of this summer. From Chicago NWS: “Chicago’s low and high Saturday were 55 and 65F. The average was 14F below normal. This morning low was 54F at O’Hare. Turns out this was the coolest July weekend EVER in Rockford, IL and tied for the 2nd coolest July weekend in Chicago.
Week’s Weather: Chilly and damp into Monday AM…brighter Monday afternoon, still a chance of a morning sprinkle, but most of the day dry…low 70s much of the afternoon. We could reach low to even mid 80s into Tue. – Weds. Showers/t-showers late Weds. into early Thurs. and again Friday PM to early Saturday. The best bet now is that the rain will be over before the Coast Guard Parade kicks off at 11: 45 AM Sat. and it’ll be dry for the fireworks Sat. night. Both the Weds. night and Friday PM/night rains could be mostly 1/4 to 1/2″.
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