Wedneday – We Need RainAugust 21st, 2013 at 3:41 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the picture to enlarge. This is the first snow of the season for northern Alaska. Barrow had a high temperature of just 33 on Tuesday. Check out the Barrow, Alaska webcam. Tuesday was the warmest day in a month in G.R. and the first time we’ve reached 85 degrees in Grand Rapids since July 22. During the 4 weeks (28 days) from July 23rd through August 19th, we had only one day that was warmer than average. Rainfall has been quite variable this month. Parts of Kalamazoo County have had over 5” of rain in August, while areas north of Grand Rapids (like Sparta) have had less than 1/4”. Grand Rapids has only had one day this month when we’ve seen lightning (August 7th). It’s been a sunny month so far, with 86% sunshine (though I think the sun measuring tool reads a little high on certain days) and it’s been a calm month. The average wind speed this month has been only 5.7 mph. The fastest gust has been just 28 mph on 8/1. The pattern looks warmer than average through next week, with a good chance of hitting 90-degrees early next week. The first week of September looks a little warmer than average, but cooler air should move in during the second week of September. The overnight run of the NAM model gave G.R. no rain Weds. night/Thurs. The GFS plot gives G.R. just 0.06″. The European run prints out 0.15″ of rain for G.R. early Thurs. AM, then the next rain is a thunderstorm early next Tues. AM.