Happy JulyJuly 1st, 2014 at 5:42 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
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!