Gradual Warming TrendJuly 17th, 2014 at 2:07 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click the picture to enlarge (or click here). That’s sunset last night from the Muskegon GLERL beach camera (from NOAA Coastwatch). There is still a lot of twilight on these July evenings, but we have already lost 20 minutes of daylight since the Summer Solstice back on June 21. We are at our warmest average temperatures of the year at 83/62 for G.R. This morning’s record low for the date is 48° in G.R. and we may get close to that. Yesterday’s high temperature of 71° in Grand Rapids was a record low maximum temperature for July 16 (the previous record of 74° was the warmest record low maximum of any day of the year in G.R.). We slowly warm a few degrees each day with inland temps. in the mid 70s this afternoon, upper 70s to 80° on Friday and low-mid 80s over the weekend. The humidity will gradually creep up as well. However, it looks like we’ll be back to a little cooler than average for the last week of July.
Low temperatures Thurs. AM: 51° G.R. (missed record by 3°) and Holland, 50° Muskegon, 49° Battle Creek, 47° Hastings, Belding, Fennville, 46° Big Rapids, Fremont, Marshall, S. Haven, Kalamazoo, Mendon, 45° Reed City, 43° Cadillac, 42° Baldwin and Houghton Lake, 40° Leota (Clare Co.), Mio, Pellston, Newberry, Engadine and Moran, 39° Grayling, 37° Roscommon, Rexton and Stambaugh, 35° Stonington, 33° Doe Lake, 32° Spincich Lake (this is the 3rd time since June 15th that Spincich Lake has been down to freezing with frost). The weather looks basically dry thru the weekend with a slow warming trend. Here’s U.S. low temps. last night (84 in Key West and 87 in Phoenix).
It’s been hot and dry in the Pacific NW. The high temp of 106°F in Wenatchee, WA Weds. set a record for the date and is the hottest reading there since August 1, 2009. Wildfire in Central Washington has closed U.S. 2 and forced some evaculations. Picture at link shows the fire and snow on the ground in the mountains. Aerial view of waterspout off Freeport TX. 3.90 inches of rain fell in 6 hours near Rocky Ford, Colorado. Hail covers Colorado amusement park. 38 fatalities, more than 26,000 homes damaged after Typhoon Rammasun slams Philippines. Waterspout off Venice, FL. ”Soybean conditions are the highest recorded in July since 1994.” — USDA. Flooding in Central China. Check out the U.S. high temp. map from Weds…105° in Central Washington, low 60s in Western Kansas.