Happy July

July 1st, 2014 at 5:42 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

butterfly   July – warmest month of the year – month with the highest percent of possible sunshine – the garden is growing and starting to yield the first tasty homegrown treats – it’s the middle of the baseball and golf seasons…sports where you exercise a little, but not too much in the summer heat.  Many families take vacations in July, timed to the warm weather and long summer days – especially here in Michigan where we have so many recreational opportunities.  When I was a kid, we played baseball in the street…we went around the block to see if Mrs. Schurzer would let Chloe (the dog) out to play with us…we rode our bicycles – all over the neighborhood -  and to the drugstore to buy baseball cards with gum inside or to get a pack of Chuckles or Life Savers.  Most of the boys were in Little League and Boy Scouts.  I went to Scout Camp (Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan) four summers…driving from Wilmette, Illinois to northern Wisconsin on an old yellow school bus with no air-conditioning and no restroom.  I remember as a kid – that first summer day when my dad took me to Wrigley Field.  I saw it so many times on TV, but there I was right there, walking down Addison St.  You go through the gate and up the stairs and through the tunnel – Wow!  There was the perfectly manicured grass, the famous scoreboard above center field and the vine-covered outfield walls.  I saw Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Billy Williams, Kenny Hubbs…did you know that in 1962, Lou Brock played center field for the Cubs and his salary was $8,000 – Ernie Banks was making a whopping $55,000 (by far the most on the team) and Ron Santo $22,500.  As late as 1977, bleacher seats at Wrigley Field cost as little as 75 cents (now it can cost you $67 for a marquee game) and you could buy a Frosty Malt for a quarter from a guy with one tooth.  Up until 1985, all the bleacher seats were only sold on the day of the game.  All the games were day games – the first night game at Wrigley wasn’t until 1988.

I’m up late…still not very tired after staying at the station past 4 am for severe weather coverage.   It’s now 5:30 am and I’ve watched the morning twilight building in the northeast.  The birds are singing brightly to welcome this new month.  It’ll be a little breezy today.  West winds will keep temperatures a little cooler near the lake, which will be a bit choppy today.  We have a chance of a light shower Weds. but the rest of the week is overall dry.  A shower could sneak in Sunday, but more likely Sun. night or Monday.  It’ll be a little cooler Weds. to Fri. with temperatures back in the low-mid 70s with lower humidity.  Looks like June will come in around 1.7 deg. warmer than average for G.R. (with no 90° yet) with 5.15″ of rain (everything is green) and 59% of possible sunshine.   Today we start the 2nd half of the year.  Happy July!

Mid 70s and rather windy at Noon.  HIGH STRUCTURAL CURRENT RISK this afternoon near breakwaters…esp. at Grand Haven St. Park – DO NOT SWIM ANYWHERE NEAR THE GRAND HAVEN PIER THIS AFTERNOON!  This applies to the SOUTH SIDE of any pier/breakwater!

125 Responses to “Happy July”

  1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Cool reflections of youth, Bill – especially Wrigley. Time flies. Hard to believe we’re halfway through the year already.

    1. Brenda (Otsego) says:

      Love hearing great memories from the past. Thanks for sharing Bill.

  2. fixxxer says:

    a few place are calling for mid 60s for highs tomorrow. id say that’s a bit ridiculous for july.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Well if you say so, then it must be….

  3. SBPortage002 says:

    Well, a little over an hour into July, and just a few days until the 4th, and mother nature provided me with her own fireworks show. From about 1:15 to 1:45-2:00 area was one of the most amazing lightning shows I can remember. Constant non-stop lightning, it was awesome. Along with heavy winds and very heavy rain. I do hope everyone in the path of the storm made it through safely as I am sure it caught many of guard, given the fact that it hit overnight.

    1. Don (Battle Creek) says:

      Agreed-the storm last night displayed the most spectacular light show I have ever seen-actually had to step away from the windows at one point while looking out, it was that frequent. Luckily, I still have power on my side of town (although Emmett Township and Lakeview got hit particularly bad).

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      It seemed like a strobe light to the south!!!! We got just under 3/4″of rain.

  4. SBPortage002 says:

    According to MLive, Berrien and Calhoun oounties had the most power outages, Calhoun with 23,700 and Berrien with 19,803. Kalaamzoo County came in third with 9,519 outages.

  5. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Welcome to July 2014. Looking back at June 2014 it was a warmer then average June here in GR with the mean temp of 70.2° witch is +1.8° above average the warmest day was 88° (so we are still waiting for our first 90° day) and the coldest low as 44° GR recorded 5.15” of rain fall witch is above the average of 3.77”
    Here in my area last night storms were no more then a garden type thundershowers I received 0.37” of total rain, But I am now getting a shower so that will add to that amount some. With that shower I have a temp of 66°

  6. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    140,000 without power in SE Mich this morning. 70 mph winds reported in Wixom.

    Had a very nice severe storm roll through around 330am. Tons of lightning, heavy wind, and heavy rain.

  7. Cliff(KZOO) says:

    Crazy storm last night came through at 130 am, pretty sure just about everyone around Climax Scotts is without power. Lots of wind damage and a quick 1.3 inches of rain. Lots of flattened corn as well, not good.

  8. Ned S. (East of Holland) says:

    It’s amazing how quickly time flies, especially as one gets older. Read an article in the Daily Caller that said NOAA has quietly reinstated July, 1936 as the hottest month in U.S. History, instead of July, 2012. Agin, it appears that the numbers and data are beig manipulated.

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      Not appears, it’s been well documented.

  9. DF (EGR) says:

    It’s amazing to me the month was only 1.8 degrees above normal, it was too hot for me. The humidity made it feel much hotter this month. We got a nice steady rain all night, better than storm damage.

    1. Ian (Jenison) says:

      It’s not even hot yet!!!

  10. Don (Battle Creek) says:

    What a morning…woke up a little before two a.m. to quite a lightning show and what I would call a “mini-hurricane” with wind-swept rain and wind gusts to 60 mph. Trees on both sides of my house swaying like crazy! 23,000 in Calhoun county without power. Still have mine, surprisingly.

    1. SBPortage002 says:

      That makes two years in a row that I have seen a big time lightning show. Last year it was back to back storms around 5-6:30 am.

  11. SBPortage002 says:

    Fantastic 4th of July weekend coming. Sunny and highs from 75-80, depending on the day.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      +100 TRILLION!

    2. DF (EGR) says:


  12. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Last nights storm was a prefect example of the Kent County/Grand Rapids bubble effect! It was also an example of out of control HYPE! All hype and no bite! Hype = outrageous. Reality = very minimal wind, moderate rain, minimal thunder and lighting!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:


    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      The mets didn’t hype it at all. In fact, their forecasts/updates were quite conservative.

      Now if you’re referring to the bloggers, then DUH. That’s what makes this blog so darned entertaining.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Excellent point!

  13. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    What a FANTASTIC temperature pattern for this week! Perfect temperatures to work outside, go golfing, hiking, biking, etc, etc, etc!!! Keep the below normal temperatures rolling! AWESOME baby!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Fantastic. Brief cool down and then temps rise back to average and above. Keep the warm temps coming. I love it.

    2. matt says:

      Whar are you talking about below average its been thrown in your face over and over you dont know what youre talking about. And still dont

    3. fixxxer says:

      Yeah well im seeing mid 90s starting next week.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Exactly the same thing you said a week ago. Guess what – still no 90′s and you are 100 % wrong again and again and again! Who knew?

        1. matt says:

          Where’s you mini-ice age? Oh that’s right it’s been hot and humid the past few days. You’ve been wrong on this blog more times then anyone. Thanks for listening.

  14. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Finished June +2.6 here. Consistent warmth all month with only 7 days cooler than average.

    This marks Flint’s 5th warm June in a row in which the month ended between a tight range of +2.2 to +2.7.

    The coolest high temp on WXYZ’s forecast is 75. Not much of a cool down.

    If a few of the extended forecasts are to be believed, the hottest air of the season may be right around the corner. We’ll see.

  15. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    GR is way below average for their the yearly temperature average! Imagine that! It must be global warming or is it now called “climate change”? Keep the below average temperatures coming month after month!!! I love it!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Wow 3 months in a row of above average temps. Just the FACTS. Keep them coming. I love it. Who knew? Bring it.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Thank you for your comment, however you had better check your facts! Your so called facts are 100% wrong! Other than that it is good information! Better luck the next time!

        1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Now I know how you must feel since you are wrong most of the time. Thanks for listening.

        2. matt says:

          Wheres your mine ice age….no where to be found like your brain. You must be the most picked on kid in your school

  16. kevin. w says:

    I went out last night to watch the storms and got all set up and check the radar on my phone and watch all the energy go to the storms in Illinois and southern Michigan. It first showed alot of wind energy of 85 m.p.h and jet max of 110 but couldn’t bring that wind down with the storms. The SPC was right on both storm complexes on splitting the energy one going north and the other south (Illinois). Looks like some very nice weather coming with comfortable days, good sleeping weather at night. I did look at the longer range (not sure if it means much) but shows a similar set up in about two weeks with three days of upper 80s then crashing back down into the upper 70s. The Euro/Canadian still show July temperatures only about a 1 degree above average but wetter as well. Still no signs of intense heat (upper 90s) for the next 4 weeks, but above average temps. for the fall with below precip. Well heading to the western Upper Peninsula Wednesday for two weeks then up into Canada for awhile through August. I’ll try and blog when I can but I usually get scattered wifi in Canada especially around the Canadian rockies. Have a good day everyone. :)

  17. INDY says:

    930pm it’s dark daylight is going away fast!!! Winter is coming!! Happy July!! INDYY!!!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Bring it! I will enjoy the rest of summer, then let’s just get hammered with COLD and SNOW this Fall and WINTER and Spring! ROCK n ROLL lives on and on!

  18. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    By the time the first week of July is over we will be way under the July temperature average! INCREDIBLE!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Looks like temps go to average and above after this BRIEF cooldown. Imagine that. Just incredible. Who knew? I love it.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:


        1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Welcome. Thanks for paying attention and caring enough to comment. Fantastic. I love it.

  19. Jeff (Richland) says:

    .95″ of rain here

  20. kevin. w says:

    You guys need to get out and see the real world. Take a long trip or something instead of being on the computer. Its funny I left the blog up to see how much bashing was going to happen. Yep same old people on here that can’t graduate kindergarten class. I’m heading out to the U.P. and then to the north country of Canada and probably won’t be on here much the next 6-8 weeks or more. Heck if I make to the western parts of Canada I might just check out Alaska. I haven’t been there in 5 years and its the most beautiful state out there. Hope everybody can enjoy themselves on here, I for one probably won’t be on here to much. I still think its funny how I leave my page up and bashing going on. :)

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      The almighty kevin has spoken! Everyone bow down! This is the same person that kept sounding the hype alarm about the impending flooding that was imminent due to all of our winter snow pack! As usual he was wrong! This is the same person that wanted the SPC and the NWS to put out alerts and warnings three days ahead of last nights storm! Wow! What a joke! Good riddance!

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        Actually, he was right about last nights storms. At least he is informative andd uses actual facts. Something you should try sometime. Once a little twit always a little twit. I love it. Who knew? Thanks for listening.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          You are entirely welcome!

      2. Cort S. says:

        The Muskegon River basin had the flood we were worried about this spring. The Grand River basin narrowly avoided those heavy rains which caused that flood.

        Last night was described as the storm of the year by some living along I-94, and it was even worse a little farther south. Your view of West Michigan is far too myopic.

        You used to be a fairly reasonable person in 2011. What happened?

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Thanks for asking, however I am a very reasonable person!

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      I think it is funny how arrogant you are!

      1. matt says:

        Says the clown that said there’s a mini-ice age. We have two days of cool weather, and then back up into the 80′s. Your weather predictions are laughable at best.

    3. fixxxer says:

      Have fun in cold country.

  21. fred says:

    Good comments Kevin.

  22. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    Crazy storm. We never lost power (it flickered once) but that storm was intense. Heard up to 1/3 of my county is out of power. No storm damage here… hardly even a small branch broken. Guess the really bad winds passed by to the north. Lots of good rain for the garden (which is partially knocked over).

  23. INDY says:


  24. Kevin (Marshall) says:

    Ready for some quiet weather for a change.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Less rain and dreary weather i hope.

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Go outside. It is a beautiful day.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          +100 Billion! I am off to the golf course! It is an absolutely INCREDIBLE day outside! Get outside and enjoy summer in MI people! The only season better than summer is WINTER of course!

  25. Well that was quite the storm last night! I was in Decatur when the thunderstorm came through. I have NEVER seen a storm like that before, and that will go down as one of the most severe and intense thunderstorms I have ever went through. The tree damage in Decatur is incredible. I had to turn around more than a dozen times due to fallen trees over roadways and lines down. I ended up getting tons of branches caught underkneth my car so I pulled off to get rid of those. A kind Van Buren County Sheriff pulled up to assist me in doing so. Its going to take a lot to beat that storm. Absolutely incredible.

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      I have see. Pictures! Unbelievable! I am actually glad we didn’t get a storm like that here in West Michigan, too much clean up and I wouldn’t want to be without power for a few days! Got some nice across the sky lightning though! :)

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:


    2. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Very cool Kyle! Where is that anyways? Sounds like you had a fun/scary time. Thanks for the report.

      1. It is in Decatur (South of I-94 in Van Buren County).

        1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          Okay, so the cell that went through Chicago. It’s nice to see that it wasn’t affected by the lake.

        2. Yep it wasn’t affected. I am not sure what the winds were in Chicago but Id say it intensified as it moved towards Michigan and NW Indiana

  26. I have a few pics of some damage. Ill work to share those on here when I get the chance.

  27. pat says:

    staying at the harbor house inn 11 and 12 any idea on the weather for that weekend

  28. Anyone have any recommendations on good places to watch 4th of July fireworks? Byron Center does not put on there own display (They do that during Byron Days in late July or early August). I’ve been to the fireworks and Dorr and Green Lake. While the Dorr ones were good, Green Lake you couldn’t tell the difference between people launching there own and the main display. If you have any recommendations let me know! Thanks!

    1. fixxxer says:


    2. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:


      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        EGR is a decent show, and fairly easy to get away from afterward. Bring your mosquito spray though.

    3. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

      Grand Haven’s display is amazing, but the traffic getting out after is a pain. Find a good place to park near 31, and walk, and it makes life MUCH easier.

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        I agree. Did it one time years ago. Got a great spot to park, the show was amazing, but getting out of town took over an hour.

    4. GunLakeDeb says:

      Gun Lake Casino on Friday, And Gun Lake on Saturday.

    5. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:


  29. fred says:

    so odd……nice to see cell wasn’t effected by the lake and yet the people of decauter are suffering. Some serious inner reflection might be in order here. Perhaps some tempering of the storm infused hysteria?

  30. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    That storm last night was amazing! There was so much lightning! I am just glad I was not caught outside because it was a dangerous amount of lightning to say the least! Im also very fortunate to have kept my lights on, its sounds like people to my south got much stronger winds than I did. One thing is for sure: it will take a lot to beat the intensity of that storm! Does anyone by any chance have a link to a lightning tracker for around 1:00am last night? Im curious to see how much lightning the tracker picked up.

  31. Barb says:

    Not even a drop of rain unfortunately up north in Cheboygan area. Disappointing. Not much I hear at home either in SE GR.

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Plenty of rain, very little action.

  32. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Sure is hot and humid again today. Mid 80′s with bright sunshine. No complaints here.

    1. matt says:

      Right, it’s awesome weather. But hey we are below average according to the winter nut.

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        Has it ever occurred to you that it can’t be that great to be the mirror image of the one you profess to dislike so much?

        1. matt says:

          Nope. Thanks for asking though.

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      82 here with a dew point in the 50s. Fantastic summer day.

    3. fixxxer says:

      Hows that 67 gonna feel tomorrow travis?

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        The forecasted low temp is 63, not 67.

  33. Jack says:

    PHOTO of Day,,, From ” Aurora Borealis ” Home Page , HERE : http://www.softservenews.com/photos/large/375613_10151634670607284_824575548_n.jpg. Stay CUEDDD & Go TIGERS!!!

  34. Jack Martin says:

    Really cool Bill, Those were legends and pioneers of the game. I grew up close to Wrigley Field. Harwood Hts, IL. So during the summer, me and my best friend would hop on the bus and train to addison. Used to catch the baseballs out there on Waveland Avenue and chase the ball players for autographs . At that time, it was in the early and mid 90′s! Sammy Sosa was always good for his fans. Today I am friends with many of the guys from that era. Last night was quite impressive with the storms blowing in and I surely look forward to some rest !

  35. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Hey Darren, go Tigers!

  36. fixxxer says:

    Oh wow now 65 for a high tomorrow. What a crock.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Considering we’ve been above average (except for five days) for the past m9nth, we’re due for a day or two cooler than average. You know it can’t be “warm” every day.

      1. SBPortage002 says:

        65 maybe at the lakeshore, but I doubt inland.

  37. BOB says:

    It’s a lot better than it was 6 months ago! lol!

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      It sure is now. I would’ve taken 6 months ago over yesterday though.

      1. SBPortage002 says:

        0 degrees for a high over 80s and humid???? Really??? Whatever.

        1. Brian(Grandville) says:

          That’s right. The cold just doesn’t bother me like the heat does.

        2. SBPortage002 says:

          OK we agree to disagree. I like neither but if given a choice I will take hot over cold anyday.

        3. Brian(Grandville) says:


  38. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Tomorrow looks to be the only cool day IMHO, 70′s both Thursday and Friday, and Friday (the 4th) looks fantastic! :)

  39. Jack says:

    RICK PORCELLO !!!!!!

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      25 shut out innings in a row, and back to back complete game shut outs. Hasn’t been done since Morris in the 80′s!

      1. SBPortage002 says:

        Leyland would not have let him finish either game. Nice to see a complete game shutout.

        1. Brian(Grandville) says:

          Exactly, love it. Would like to see more stolen bases again, like they did early in the season.

      2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        Yes what’ a performance( s ) .and it had to be against my A’s…Sometimes you just have to tip your hat…! Well I’m heading out to Denver Colorado tomorrow for my 4th interview / stay with a friend for the week , and hopefully see a few storms while there. Hope everyone has a happy 4th and nice weather for all..! :)

        1. Thanks and happy 4th to you Darren!

        2. SBPortage002 says:

          Looking like maybe another playoff matchup? Maybe.

        3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Good luck with the interview, Darren

  40. A couple day cool stretch it looks like. Ill take one but then its enough. Liking the low 80′s to follow afterwards. We have had 6 month of cold, so its time to be warm/hot. Summer only lasts so long.

  41. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

    Loving these cooler temps & low humidity! Today was beautiful. I would like to order a whole summer of days like today.

  42. I have noticed this year that the hot temps don’t bother me like other years because I know what we came out of during the winter so its a big treat.

  43. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

    Bill- love the stories! I enjoy reading them. I remember playing baseball in the street those were the days. We would play outside all day.

    1. Jack says:

      +1……….. :-)

  44. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Has anybody seen the trailer for into the storm, coming out in August? Looks very intense but also looks like a great movie! :) if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, go to youtube and type in into the storm trailer.

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Yes I saw that trailer! It looks extremely intense actually… Not sure if I can handle it lol

    2. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

      Whoa! intense is putting it mildly. I was screaming just watching the trailer. Looks like a great movie!

    3. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Yes Nathan and Sandy very intense!! This looks just as good as the movie Twister! :)

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:

        And Sandy lets go more extreme and say it is extremely intense!

        1. fixxxer says:

          too much bad cgi in that trailer.

        2. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          Everyone on Bills blog should go together lol

    4. Mike (Mattawan) says:

      Wow im gonna have to go see that now!

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