Cooler Air On The WaySeptember 12th, 2013 at 2:54 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
This is my (94-year-old) mother’s first attempt to take a picture with my iphone. Click on the pic. to enlarge (link works). I’m trying to decide if she did that on purpose. We’re at the Chicago Botanic Garden for a few hours of “why can’t my garden look 1/10th as nice as these gardens”. It’s really a beautiful place and I can get in free because I’m a member of the Meijer Gardens and the reciprocal agreement with other gardens is a real plus. My mother has been a member of the Chicago Botanic Garden for many years. Afterward, we went to Baker Square, where you get a free piece of pie on Weds. and you get an extra 10% off if a senior citizen pays the bill. I’ll have to hang out in front of the place when I retire and offer myself out as a rent-a-senior. Before dinner, we went to the local supermarket and I noted how many of the fruits and vegetables were labeled “fresh from Michigan” (apples, peaches, berries, tomatoes to name a few). It’s nice to know that they think that “Michigan” is a promotable brand.
The heat wave is going to break with some more typical September weather on the way. Then it warms up again (though not 94) for the second half of next week. The overnight run of the NAM (caribou) model gives G.R. a high of 78 today, a low of 44 Fri. am, a high of 61 on Friday, a low of 39 Sat. am and a high of 66 on Sat. The European isn’t quite as cool, with about 64 or 65 Fri. PM and about 42 Sat. am. We could get a spotty light shower today with the secondary push of cooler air, but rain amounts would be quite light. Also, a dangerous flash flood situation near Boulder, Colorado after 6.65″ of rain. There has been at least one fatality. Record heat continues in Australia with 95 degree readings at Alice Springs and Rockhampton. A record low was set at Cape Hooper, Canada with a low of 21.
More severe t-storms today from Washington D.C. to Maine, with the main threat being wind damage. There’s a Beach Hazards Statement for the Lake Michigan shore from noon today to late Friday as a fresh breeze kicks in as the cooler air arrives. Another picture of the severe flooding going on near Boulder, Colorado. Officially, Boulder has had 4.54″ of rain. Just SE of Boulder they are up to 8.1″ in 48 hours. 21 years ago today, Hurricane Iniki hit Hawaii (mostly the island of Kauai). There were only 6 fatalities, but 1400 homes were destroyed and twice that many severely damaged. Total damage in Hawaii was 1.8 billion dollars (in 1992 dollars). There were 11 Central Pacific Ocean tropical storms that year, plus Hurricane Andrew in S. Florida. Contrast that to the lack of tropical activity this year and last. The low temperature on Tues. was 77 in G.R. and that is the warmest low temperature ever in G.R. in September. Frost Advisories and Freeze Warnings for Minnesota. Tues. and Weds. high temperatures in G.R. 94-88. Tues. and Weds. high temps. in Las Vegas NV 85-82. Death Valley, California had 0.23″ of rain on Monday. That was more than their average rainfall for the entire month of Sept. Cooler air is coming….late morning and it’s 53 and raining at Houghton. More western storm pics.