Gradual Warming Trend

July 17th, 2014 at 2:07 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

muskegon glerl sunset - reddish   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.

31 Responses to “Gradual Warming Trend”

  1. Jack says:

    First, A bit of Weather History from G.R. NWS ::: On July 17 in Southwest Lower Michigan…

    A small, short-lived tornado was observed lifting small debris at the Clare County airport north of Harrison.
    A widespread severe weather outbreak struck West Michigan. Dozens of trees were downed by winds gusting between 60 and 70 mph. A camper was injured by a falling tree at a campground in Dorr, Allegan County. Two inch diameter hail fell at Marne in Ottawa County.
    The high of 67 degrees at Grand Rapids is a record cool high temperature for the date, and contributes to July, 2009 becoming the coolest July on record. The highest temperature for the entire month is only 84 degrees, the lowest monthly maximum temperature for any July on record. SO ?? This Just for U FIXXXER !!! LOL….stay CUEDD…….. ;-)

    1. Scott says:

      Please look up the definition of CUED, and then stop saying it.

      1. Jack says:

        I know the definition. And I’m Gonna say it AGAIN. STAY CUED,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Thank- You. !!! :-)

    2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      This July is now looking very much like July of 2009 and in fact the warmest it has gotten so far this month is only 83°

  2. Jack says:

    2nd, Beautiful SUNSET Picture !! & Happy Thirsty, Throw-Back, THERAPUTIC THURSDAY!! ………STAY cueDD….. ;-)

    1. Dan (Byron Center) says:

      Love the terminology Jack! Thirsty, Throw-back and Therapeutic huh? Do you think the Zep tune, Good Times, Bad Times fits here? Looking forward to this stretch of weather! Looks like it’s going picture perfect until at least Sunday evening! Now, we enjoy some beach weather!

  3. pat says:

    correct me if I am wrong what has been the worst weekday this summer I am thinking that Tuesdays are right there

  4. TomKap (Michigan & Fuller - GR) says:

    At least we can count on one moron to avoid this thread.

  5. paul m says:

    South America vortex is coming next week with heat and humidity!

    1. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

      LOVE this!!!!!! I think we have a new weather term to use!

  6. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    TomKap – put this in your pipe and smoke it! I love it!

  7. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    If GR does not hit 90 degrees next week (which is unlikely), it won’t happen this year! Mark it down!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      We don’t need to hit 90 dip—-.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Wow a little testy this AM! Take a pill and go back into your underground fox hole! Get a grip!

        1. matt says:

          AdHa ha fixer owned you. Right to the basement you go. Go get a job instead of mooching off your mom.

      2. BranchCountyBob says:

        Hey Fixxxer how is your wife and my kids doing? Find a job yet or you waiting till winter arrives to shovel the sidewalks again at the apartment complex. You are such an asset to society.

  8. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    This sure has been a nice summer so far and I’m definitely enjoying the looks of the upcoming forecast . Sun clear skies and low 80′s during the day and low – mid 60′s at night , I’ll take it. ( maybe mix in a thunderstorm next week = perfect )

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      +100 TRILLION!

  9. fixxxer says:

    This summer is terrible. No warm nights or mornings. No heat waves and too much rain. Hope this isnt the new standard. Pretty sickening to run your furnace in july.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Maybe the polar- vortex has found a new home in your yard , idk Fixxer but I sure didn’t need to run heat. Try and look to the bright side and think of all the money you have saved so-far without needing your A/ C , just a thought.

    2. BranchCountyBob says:

      You’re terrible…please jump off the end of the South Haven pier.

    3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Furnace? Put on a sweater.

      1. Mike Geukes says:

        Never heard of anybody running their furnace in July.

  10. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    We are right in the middle of one of the best summers ever! Keep it rolling!

  11. INDY says:

    Maybe A job would be greatttttt!! Bill thanks for another classic taste of Fall day!!! INDYY!!

  12. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    We are off to a sunny but cool start today. The temps this here at this time is 57° with full sunshine. With July now at the half way mark GR has yet to reach 90° this summer and in fact the warmest it has been this month so far is only 83° and GR has had 6 HDD so far. As has been stated this is looking more and more like July of 2009 and if one believes in analog years (I will point out that no two years are exactly alike) but if the pattern follows 2009 then the rest of the year could continue to be below average temp wise with some up and downs as we head into late fall and winter. My guess right now is for a pleasant start to fall and then a colder then average winter but I would expect more ups and downs then last winter. Now if I had my way it would stay just about where we now are ALL year. But that will not happen around here.

  13. fred says:

    there should be a law preventing 28 year old men from living in their parents basements.

    1. Jack says:

      Apple don’t Fall to far From The Tree…….fred !!! Stay CUEDD….

      1. matt says:

        Sure doesn’t. Go to rehab.

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

          Hey Matt, were you born a as a natural hole or did you have to work at it?

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