WeekendSeptember 8th, 2013 at 3:19 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Lake Michigan sunset – by Tom DeVette. Saturday, I was up relatively early, updated the blog and headed to emcee the Tails and Trails fundraiser for the Harbor Humane Society at Kirk Park. I did the countdown and started the dogs and owners on their walk. About 90-seconds later, it started raining (we had rain for the event last year). Fortunately, the rain lasted about 3 minutes. We had a raffle with a $1,000 prize, a $500 prize and about 2 dozen other prizes. I bought 25 tickets, so I didn’t want to pull out the winning entries. One man who works at Steelcase sold 1,000 tickets and quite a few of the winners were Steelcase employees. I found a most delightful girl from Jeffers Elementary to draw out the winners. One woman won 3 prizes (she said, “I bought a lot of tickets”). The $500 winner was drawn and she said that she wouldn’t take the $$ and that the money should go back to the Humane Society. Everyone cheered. At that point, I’m thinking…I better not win, I’m going to have to give the money back. I decided that if I won, I’d ask for just $100 so I could take my wife out for a nice dinner. I didn’t win. The winner was a V.P. of Steelcase and the people from Steelcase there at the event thought there was a good chance that he would donate a sizeable proportion of his winnings back to the Humane Society. They had a bounce tent, free frisbees and other free stuff from vendors and free hot dogs at the end of the event. I have two cats, both of which came from the Kent Co. Shelter. They are wonderful pets and I’d recommend the pet experience to those who are contemplating getting a dog or cat.
After the event concluded, I decided to walk to Lake Michigan. It was one of those days where you couldn’t tell where the lake ended and the sky began. A soft haze covered the horizon. There were about a dozen sailboats out on the water, catching a healthy breeze. A couple of them were so far out that they could only be seen when they turned so as the sail reflected the dim sunlight. Several women were painting with their easels firm in the breeze. I talked with several people, including a couple who read the blog. There is an area for dogs on the beach at the south end of the park. I walked up the stairs to the lookout. On top of the dune there is a grave. It reads aged 5 years, 5 months, 3 days. There is no name and no other information given. After I finished the trail there, I went down to the Pigeon River pier at Port Sheldon at the Consumers Energy plant. My daughter 3 was a security guard there part-time for a couple summers and I enjoyed coming out to walk pier with her. I had intended to kayak, but it had started sprinkling, so I decided to walk and make phone calls. I called my mother and confirmed my visit this week. Gayle and I will drive to Chicago after church. One of the bands my brother plays in has a fundraiser to play this afternoon in Chicago. My brother works for Parker. My 94-year old mother is going along. If we get down there earlier enough, we’ll stop in. My mother asked for some Michigan fruit, so we’re bringing some down. We’ll probably go into downtown Chicago on Monday, then head up to Lake Geneva WI to take the boat ride around the lake on Tuesday. Also, daughter 2, who has been a BIG Tim McGraw fan since his first album (she liked a song called Memory Lane) got to be in the first row at the concert at the Allegan Co. Fair and got within a couple feet of him. I bet she’s seen Tim live 20 times. She’s 32 and I remember driving up with her to Traverse City to see Tim when she was learning how to drive a car (17 years ago). Back home I watched Michigan beat Notre Dame. My niece is in the Michigan Marching Band. I think the crowd of 115,109 set an NCAA record. The Texas-BYU game in Utah was delayed a bit because of lightning.
The NAM model prints out 0.04″ of rain on Monday. The other models are dry then. The NAM gives G.R. 89 on Monday, a low of 75 Monday night and a high of 90 on Tues. The GFS plot has 85 on Monday and 89 on Tues. with 0.18″ of rain late Tues. night. The European has 0.12″ Weds. AM (so the European is a few hours slower with the front than the GFS). The European has 2 PM temperatures of 82.7 on Mon. and 91.4 on Tues. You figure the high temperature could be 4 deg. warmer than that…so the Euro. is around 95 for a high at the G.R. airport. The wind is wsw and that will keep temperatures cooler near the lake. The European as an 850mb temperature of 22C Tues. AM (very warm for Sept. and that would be at least low 90s if the sun is out). However, it takes the 850 mb temperature down to 1.2C on Friday with a 2 PM temp. of 61. So, definitely cooler for the Friday night football games.
They had 1/2″ of rain Saturday in Green Bay and Milwaukee; even some power lines down near Green Bay. Less than a tenth of an inch in West Michigan, however. 1.06″ of rain fell at S. Ste. Marie. Austin Texas had 1.03′ of rain and Brownsville had 0.94″. Wind gusts from Saturday storms hit 72 mph near Buffalo SD and 59 mph at Sheridan WY. Large hail fell SE of Rapid City SD. And a mudslide closed part of Highway 1 in California.