Can We Make 90°?

July 20th, 2014 at 1:30 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

muskegon glerl 2  Lots of muskegon glerlboats at the beach in Muskegon Saturday afternoon.  The water temp. at Muskegon St. Park was just 58° Sat. AM, but I’ll bet the channel was warmer.  The overnight NAM model gives G.R. highs of 83/85/88 over the next 3 days.  The overnight GFS model gives G.R. 83/87/90.  I side at least with the higher GFS numbers (I’m not waiting up for the European).   It looks like we get a t-storm Tuesday night (lingering shower at daybreak Weds.?) with the next front and then two nice days for Thurs./Fri.  – another great Park Party coming up in Muskegon and the weather will be spectacular for the G.R. Symphony Picnic Pops Thurs. and Fri. night at Cannonsburg Ski Area.  We may see a couple showers or a t-shower next Saturday.  If we don’t make 90° on Tuesday, it looks like that’s the last chance in July.  Monday and Tuesday should be great days to head to the beach, pool or water park.  Right now it doesn’t look like severe weather for us Tuesday night, but I’ll update that later today.  Happy Sunday!

Also:  Chicago has only had 2 days this month warmer than average…through Saturday, they’ve had 12 days in a row at or below average…here’s high temps. from yesterdayTyphoon Matmo will come close to the northern tip of TaiwanLatest CFSv2 model forecast for the winter looks cool over much of the U.S. east of the Rockies.  Downtown L.A. receives a trace of rain, breaking an 86-day rain-free streak and tying the daily record.  The heat is diminishing in the Pacific NW, but wildfires still a big problem.   The Carlton Fire has burned over 215,000 acres.  Spokane had 12 days in a row of 90-degree heat – average high for them is 84.   AMAZING photo of red sprites above thunderstorm in NMLots of Saharan dust over the Central and Eastern Atlantic Ocean – will prevent early season hurricanes in this area.  Tupelo, MS recorded 4.61″ of rainfall Friday.  High of just 69ºF Friday in Memphis, TN shattered its all-time record for coldest high temperature ever in July.  Look at the eye of Typhoon Rammasun as it was moving into S. China.    Haikou in N Hainan, China reported a wind gust to 101 mph and over 7″ of rain.  Port Arthur, Texas received 6.90 inches of rain Friday.  July 1-18 2014 is the coldest first 18 days in July that Indianapolis has had since 1960.  McAlester, OK reached only 67 degrees on Thurs, breaking their record for the date for the lowest max. temp. by 15 degrees!  Great shot of lightning over LondonFlooding after 6″ of rain in Austin TX.

44 Responses to “Can We Make 90°?”

  1. Jack says:

    First, I Hope We Do Reach 90 This Week. Also a little Weather History for this Date From NWS G.R. ;;;;; On July 20 in Southwest Lower Michigan…

    Severe thunderstorms produced golf ball-sized hail and damaging winds across West Michigan. In Kent, Ionia and Montcalm Counties, dozens of trees were felled and some crops were wiped out by the hail and high winds.
    A tornado with peak winds around 100 mph struck near Battle Creek. It left an 8 mile long damage path and tore a garage from a house. Three outbuildings and a barn were also destroyed. Hundreds of trees were uprooted or broken off. The tornado width was nearly one half mile wide where the most severe damage occurred. Happy SUNDAY, To You 2 BILL!! :-)

  2. Jack says:

    QUESTION, What causes The Red ” SPRITES “. .?? They are as Bright Red as INDY’S Eyes after a All NIGHTER of SPRITES & Lites !! LOL….Stay CueDD

  3. kevin. w says:

    Hoping to make it through British Columbia today and see the Alaskan border by around 8 tonight. Haven’t had much of chance to look at the weather back in the states for a week so no idea of what Michigan has headed its way. I did see Bill’s write up about making it to 90 but have no thoughts on that. I did talk to an older couple at a restaurant about the winter they had in Alberta and all they said was that there enjoying the summer weather now and “we don’t talk about winter during the warm months.” I thought that was pretty good as there winters are probably 8 months long. Have a good Sunday everyone and talk to you probably in about a week or so. :)

  4. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Yet another beautiful day for us in Mi with the sun coming out and warm temps for all. We are in a ” see text ” attm from the SPC on Tuesday although I could see them bumping that up to a slight risk for some , depending on the upper level wind fields as we might see some capping inversion. Hope all enjoy this gorgeous Sunday..!

  5. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Get outside and enjoy this FANTASTIC summer weather! I will be spending most of my day outside! Latter people and remember ROCK n Roll will never die! I love it!

  6. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    This July is now very much taking the same shape as some of the cooler July’s in the past such as July of 2009 and other cool July’s in the recent past include 1996, 1992, 1971, 1958 and I am sure there have been others as well. We now have to see if GR can reach 90° or better yet this summer. If we do not reach it on Tuesday this week I would have to increase the odds that we will not do it this summer. On the good side is every thing is nice and green this summer and they cooling bills have been kept way down. Now if only we can find a way to keep the heating bills down this winter. Here is some information Sprites I copied and pasted the information as I do not know how long the before the web page updates.

    “Inhabiting the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere alongside noctilucent clouds, meteors, and some auroras, sprites are a true space weather phenomenon. Some researchers believe they are linked to cosmic rays: subatomic particles from deep space striking the top of Earth’s atmosphere produce secondary electrons that, in turn, could provide the spark that triggers sprites.
    Although sprites have been seen for at least a century, most scientists did not believe they existed until after 1989 when sprites were photographed by cameras onboard the space shuttle. Now “sprite chasers” regularly photograph the upward bolts from their own homes. Give it a try!”


    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      I believe INDYY knew sprites existed prior to 1989.

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

        Good one! :-)

  7. Barry in Zeeland says:

    I do find it odd GR has not hit 90 yet while we have had 3 or 4 here already. At least Tuesday I have the day off so I don’t have to worry about melting at work. Feels great this morning though!

    Also, Bill, have you ever witnessed the red sprites in person? Just curious, seems like it would be pretty cool to see. Don’t know much about them, maybe they’re to fast to see with the naked eye?

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      I would guess that Bill has not seen a sprite or most people for that matter as you would need to be above the clouds to witness this phenomenon ( ie plane or space station ) unless I’m mistaken . I haven’t heard them called red sprites before but I guess that would make sense do to the color they sometimes omit . There is a good documentary that is currently on Netflcks.

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        I would guess it could be possible to see if one had the right equipment and conditions were such that your view was not impeded , but all the photos I’ve seen have been from a plane or our space station. I’m sure with today’s tech someone has seen this from earth , I haven’t looked on the net to check this.

    2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      I find it very odd that Zeeland has had 3 or 4 90° days while GR, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Jackson and Lansing have yet to reach 90° yet this year.

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        No complaints here.

    3. Bill Steffen says:

      Nope – I’ve never see sprites.

  8. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    I’ve had only one day above average all month. This has been the most pleasant July in a few years for sure. It looks to go above average for only two or three days and then right back to the relatively cool pattern with highs at to below average.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I agree. Its been very comfortable.

  9. fixxxer says:

    Id say this summer is worse than 2009.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      All depends on your point of view Eeyore.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      BREAKING NEWS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>One of the best summers ever is in progress! ENJOY!

  10. Trisha says:

    Wednesday weather?? Planning an outside 70th bday party for my father on Wednesday with a start time at 6:30pm.. Chances for a dry party??? ;)

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      First…Happy Birthday to your father! I think you’ll be OK at 6:30 pm. The front comes thru in the early AM and we’ll see partial clearing and a north wind after that. Temperatures will be in the low-mid 70s at 6:30 and it should be partly sunny (I assume you’re in West Michigan). Hope it’s an awesome party!

  11. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    fixxxer shut up or move. All you ever do is complain. If you check the records you may find 2009 was cooler!
    Really what about the last 3 days? Has been VERY nice! I have a suggestion for you fixxxxer go outside and enjoy this awesome day!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      +1000 GAZILLION!

  12. michael g (SE GR) says:

    While this year might be toasty warm in Flint, here in GR it’s been historically chilly! Around the 94th percentile.

    NWS Grand Rapids ‏@NWSGrandRapids · 3h
    Year to date, Grand Rapids is ranked 8th coolest on record (avg temp) going back to 1892 at 42.7 degrees. #wmiwx

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      G.R. Is running -4.6 for the month. A couple days of slightly above average temps isn’t gonna move that too much. Then back to below average temps again.

  13. Intellicast is going with 91 Degrees here in Byron Center for Tuesday. That will defiantly be a hot day. But Wednesday after the front goes through it drops to 78 degrees so it looks as though this hot stretch will be shorter lived.

    It does look as though towards the end of the month we will have temps in the mid 70′s so no really warm air in the immediate future after this hot stretch.

  14. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Another below average temp day! INCREDIBLE! Check this out! It could not get any better than this! Bring it!

    1. Johny D says:

      I’ll take it!

  15. Jack says:

    GOOD Evening BILL ::: When You spoke about,,, Those Lazy,Hazy, Days of Summer this Evening on Your Weather Segment on TV8 !! My Lady and I started Singing This OLD Favorite of Our’s and Your’s Respectfuly CUE:: Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer Nat King Cole – YouTube
    ► 2:35► 2:35 Ps. I’m Going for a HIGH of 93 on TUESDAY !! Thanks, BILL. And STAY CUEDD. :-) . :-)

  16. SW Kent says:

    I cannot remember a better summer than this one.
    The lawns are dark green, the lakes are at nice levels, and for the most part, we have had very few days of dew points over 70 degrees.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I couldn’t agree more. What’s most impressive are the river levels this time of year.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Surprise, surprise – I actually agree with the famous SW Kent! Imagine that! This is simply INCREDIBLE weather! Keep it rolling! I love it!

      1. Paul m says:

        Your like a just don’t go away.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Just the facts!

  17. Today was a perfect day! Lots of sun, not super hot, and a very nice sunset! I could take a summer full of days like today

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Now only if we could find a way to have a whole year of days like today.

  18. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    There have been several recent July’s that have been very similar to this one 2009, 1996 and 1992 come to mind. We will have to wait and see how this July stacks up but it will be very close to the 3 above.

    BTW the January after the cool July’s above were 1. 1993 some what warmer then average (+1.3°) with less snow then average (11.0”) 2. 1997 colder then average (-2.3°) and much more snow then average with 45.6” and in 3. January of 2010 the temp was almost average (+0.7°) and that January GR only recorded 9.3” of snow fall.

  19. Barb says:

    Interesting that up here in the north land the western sky is quite hazy and almost looks stormy, so there are not really colorful sunsets.

  20. Moderate Risk area for Minnesota tomorrow. Looks to be some big storms out there. NWS says there could be “DAMAGING WINDS…SOME WITH SPEEDS TO HURRICANE-FORCE” Yikes!

    Bill, I love the sunset on the Port Sheldon Buoy Cam! It was spectacular!

  21. Jack says:

    Can We Make 90degrees ??? YES WE CAN!!!!!!! Stay CUEDD……..

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:


  22. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    What a perfect day , sun a nice bike ride and a swim in the river , well almost perfect as I crashed my mountain – bike ….lol

    1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      Swim in the Grand River? Not me! Too many nice clean lakes around to swim in the Mighty Grand !

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