MondaySeptember 9th, 2013 at 1:32 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
7 PM CDT…back from Chicago. The train coming home was packed…no one standing, but every seat taken. The car was totally quiet. I counted 4 people in the car reading newspapers, one reading a book and EVERYONE ELSE on their phones. Some were texting…some playing games. No one interacting with the seatmates. I remember taking the train from Glenview IL to the University of Wisc. at Madison (early 1970s). One year I stayed at the university until Christmas Eve. On the train home that day, some (hippee-type) guy had a guitar and it wasn’t long before he was playing the guitar and people started singing. There were some Christmas carols and other songs. The kids on the train were having a ball and everyone (and it was a mixed crowd age-wise and ethnically) was interacting. Daughter #1 met us at the train station as we arrived in downtown Chicago and we walked to Berghoff’s for a late lunch. Mom and I split a dinner of wiener schnitzel with potatoes, vegetable medley (inc. asparagus) and sides of red cabbage and creamed spinach. We went to see Buckingham Fountain and I ran (literally) to get in the spray of the fountain. I figured no one knew me down there and it was euphoric and refreshing. I was soaked, but dried off quickly in the warm wind. We saw “The Bean” and watched the little kids play in the fountain. During the morning we went to a church service at St. Joseph’s Church. My grandparents got married in that church in 1915. They had all the kids there from St. Joseph’s School at the service. I attended that school from 1956-65. The pews in the church are the same pews that were there when I was a kid…I remember they had little “snaps” where men could hang their hats. All the men wore hats back then. The church does not have air conditioning and looks pretty much the same as it has since the 1930s. It’s hot down here. Chicago had a high of 94. Farther west, Moline IL as 99 and Quincy reached a record-tying 100. The hot bubble is over us and we couldn’t even pop a cumulus cloud today. We looked out over Lake Michigan and saw a handful of boats. It was cooler over the water. The Harrison Crib (Chicago’s water intake) three miles out in the lake showed a temperature of 75, while downtown was 94. Quite variable rainfall in W. Michigan this AM. Check out Storm Total Rainfall before they reset it.
Earlier I wrote: We brought my mother Michigan fruit, a pie, muffins, blackberry cider and some other yummy things from Michigan. We stopped at Grand Mere S.P. on the way down and I went swimming. I was surprised by the rather large waves (around 3 feet) considering the surface wind was light northeast, the rather steep drop off from shore (it was 5-6 feet deep close to shore) and the rocky bottom where the waves were breaking (kind of hard on the feet). I didn’t bring the thermometer, but it felt like about 68 degrees…not bad for Sept. The overnight run of the GFS gives G.R. mid 80s today (Mon.)…upper 80s tomorrow…a few showers early Weds. with the cool front…then a high of 65 on Friday and a low of 38 Saturday AM.
For Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. Here’s WOOD-TV looping Radar. Check out regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Check out Storm Total Rainfall (until they reset it). Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the WOOD lightning tracker and U.S. lightning, the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures. Here’s storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan.