Cooler and Less Humid

July 23rd, 2014 at 2:40 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

kite surfer holland beach bum joe    Cooler and less humid air  for the next several days.  The dew points were in the upper 60s yesterday and today they have dropped to the mid 50s. Temperatures reached the upper 80s yesterday.  We’ll be in the mid 70s this afternoon.   There’s a beach hazard statement out for today.   Waves are 3-5 feet from Pentwater to S. Haven this morning.  With a general north wind, the north sides of piers and breakwaters are prone to develop structural currents that move out toward open water.   So, don’t swim near the north sides of the breakwaters (like at Holland St. Park).  Small Craft Advisories will continue this afternoon.  The GFS MOS model gives G.R. highs of 75, 77 and 79 for the next 3 days.  The NAM MOS is 74, 76, 74 with the next chance of rain on Saturday.  The warmest temperature at 850 mb over the next 10 days on the GFS-plot is +18C Friday night and we go down to +7C next Monday.   Looks like for awhile, we’ll have to struggle to make 80° much less 90°.   The latest JAMSTEC model 3-month forecast for Dec. – Feb. has Michigan a little cooler than average.  Generally, it’s warmer than average in the West and cooler than average in the East.  (picture from Beach Bum Joe at ReportIt).

Rainfall last night was heaviest in the lakeshore counties and light inland:  1.65″ Grand Haven, 1.21″ Muskegon, 1.16″ Robinson Twp., 1.07″ Montague, 0.88″ W. Olive, 0.73″ Lawrence, 0.68″ Hart, 0.48″ Hudsonville and S. Haven, 0.44″ Fremont – just 0.02″ in G.R. and Battle Creek, .0.06″ Kalamazoo and only a trace in Lansing.

We’ll stay dry today and tomorrow with pleasant temperatures and low humidities.  We’ll have a good chance of at least a couple periods of showers and maybe a thundershower or two from Saturday into Monday or Tuesday.  Cool air for next week, with high temperatures in the 70s.  The European model says we’ll struggle to reach 70° next Mon./Tues. and nothing warmer than low 80s thru Aug. 1.

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104 Responses to “Cooler and Less Humid”

  1. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    The west coast bakes while we try to get there. It has been nice! When it gets hot , it storms and the heat is replaced by cooler weather. Highs are forecasted to be in the low 70s. We had some Thunder and heavy rain last night. I cannot remember another summer where we have had so much rain.

  2. INDY says:

    Bill when was the last time in a summer GR did not have a 90* degree day?? INDYY!!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      What – GR has not hit 90 degrees yet? How is this possible? Who would have thought? Could it be that GR will not 90 degrees the entire summer! AMAZING!

      1. mike says:

        We’ll take this summer and love it, out west has more than made up for it. Did you notice the blurb on the bottom of a bill post the other day about the .04 inches of rain at S.F. airport being the most since April?

    2. Jerry Hoag says:

      Here you go INDYYMAN,

      Hey INDYYMAN, to your question to when was it the last time Grand Rapids went a whole summer without hitting 90 degrees was 1951. Then that Winter we Had our Snowiest Winter ever………

  3. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Phew! Detroit ended up hitting 94 degrees yesterday!

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      94 is 11 degrees above average. Whereas just three days prior, Detroit’s high was 11 degrees below average. Then today may be 20 degrees cooler than yesterday. That’s quite a swing.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        It’s not too often Michigan sees mid 90′s

        1. Cliff(Scotts) says:

          Actually I would say 90s are common in michigan, only year that places didn’t reach 90 atleast once was back in 1951 and this year is looking possible for many west michigan stations not to as well.
          Also Flint was only 89 and +5 for the day. Quite the hot stretch that you mentioned?

        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          You’re correct, especially this year. Detroit has only hit the mid 90s once this year – yesterday. 2013 saw only six days in the mid 90s. 2012 saw 18 days and three of those were 100+. 2011 saw 11 days with one day hitting 100. I don’t feel like going back any further.

        3. DF (EGR) says:

          Number of 93°+ days in Detroit rather than anecdotal comments. Average per year (2000-2014) is 2.5 days. I wish I had stats from the 1930′s and 40′s for comparison.

          2014 = 1
          2013 = 4
          2012 = 10
          2011 = 6
          2010 = 3
          2009 = 0
          2008 = 0
          2007 = 3
          2006 = 4
          2005 = 0
          2004 = 0
          2003 = 0
          2002 = 4
          2001 = 2
          2000 = 0

        4. DF (EGR) says:

          More interesting stats from Detroit. In 1936 record highs were set consecutively July 7 through July 14, all 100° or above… now that is a HOT week, wow!!!

        5. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          Mid 90′s are even more rare than I thought.

          6 years since 2000 without even one of those days.

          And that’s 93. We hit 94.

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:


        1. fixxxer says:

          Your a moron.

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          More brilliant weather commentary from the whining fixxxer himself! Who knew?

        3. Dan (Byron Center) says:

          fixxxer It’s you’re, not your. Do actually know the definition of the word moron?

    2. DF (EGR) says:

      A lot of hype for a only 6° above average day in Detroit.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        Easily the hottest high temperature of 2014 so far and maybe it will stand for the rest of the year as well. Hottest temperature in over a year.

        Relative to average, middle summer days are never going to be that impressive compared to some wacky days we see in other seasons.

        1. Cliff(Scotts) says:

          Looks like your streak is coming to a end for Flint,Detroit,Oxford?

  4. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Stayed dry here last night. The humidity has exited the area and it feels great this morning. I already miss waking up to daylight, though.

  5. Sandi says:

    Nothing, nadda last night here in NE GR. Time to turn on sprinkler system I guess. Cooler air this morning is a blessing.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      +100 Million Gazillion!

  6. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    This could be the best July ever! All stations in WEST MI will end up with well below average monthly temperatures! Imagine that! Many days with highs in the 70′s!! Keep it coming!

  7. DF (EGR) says:

    Well, this will be a pretty rare July for lower Michigan in my opinion as one without a true heat wave. Monday ranged from normal to only 2° above normal at lower Michigan climate stations. Tuesday was slightly higher at 5° to 6° above normal. Pretty typical summer weather to have one hotter day here and there, we should have more.

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:


      In August 2013, Detroit did not have one day over 89. Same with June 2013.

      The hottest Detroit got in July 2009 was 86 degrees.

      We hit 94 yesterday.

      Rare? Not even close.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        You are delusional and getting worse by the day! Seek help quickly!

      2. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

        Ok… I’m just curious. Why do you go crazy over any period of hot weather yet hardly comment when it’s cool? You must really like hot temps (which I don’t) or you’re just trying to be annoying enough to get back at some of the cold weather lovers on here… :) It was almost a record high though (it had to beat 95).

      3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Why did you only point out three individual months over a five-year period?

        1. yooper4021 says:

          Statistical sampling (in Flint)

        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          I figured because July and September of last year had many days in the 90s.

        3. DF (EGR) says:

          LOL! The best in the smug “Huh” to start every troll post.

      4. DF (EGR) says:

        You should have stopped at huh if you are confused about heat waves. One day of 94° and a meager 6° above normal is no heat wave. Try reading again next time. Very rare to not have a heat wave in July.

  8. fixxxer says:

    This has been a horrid summer. Feels more like fall.

    1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      Kinda seems like Summer is over already.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      The best summer ever is in progress! Enjoy people!

      1. yooper4021 says:

        Especially for my electric and water bills!

  9. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Bill keep the good news coming about next winter! Nice model showing a colder than average winter for MI, which could very well lead to more SNOW!!!!!

  10. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Enjoy this weather everyone because in the west there are numerous Red Flag Warnings and temperatures well above average. And in my opinion it is not cool at all. It is actually too warm for outdoor tennis and running. Hopefully we actually get into a stable cool pattern and do away with the scattered ‘near 90′ days.

  11. on the grand says:

    OK, what happened last evening, the garage had ankle deep water and the lower screen room was like a wading pool. Everything got washed away, the dirt, the mulch, and the flowers all uprooted. The place is a riot and soaking wet.

  12. Well yesterday I didn’t quite make 90 in the Byron Center area. I recorded 89 as an official high here. I did make 90 though back in June so I have made 90 only 1 time this summer

    As for rainfall, it has been plentiful. I am at 4.47″ of rain for the month so far to this date. Once again it looks like we move into another wet pattern. 30% chance of a shower on Friday, With more showers and possible a few thunderstorms Saturday through Monday and likely even beyond. Intellicast has rain everyday starting mainly Saturday up to the last day of July.

  13. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    While not rare mid 90° days in Michigan are not all that common DF has a list of 93 or above days for Detroit above from 2000 until 2014 here is a list of the days (during the summer months of June, July and August) in the 1930’s in Detroit
    1930 June 0 July 7 August 6 total 13
    1931 June 3 July 6 august 3 total 12
    1932 June 0 July 2 august 2 total 4
    1933 June 8 July 6 august 0 total 14
    1934 June 5 July 7 august 1 total 12
    1935 June 0 July 2 August 2 total 4
    1936 June 0 July 8 August 6 total 14 (8 were 100+)
    1937 June 0 July 2 August 0 total 2
    1938 June 0 July 0 August 0 total 0
    1939 June 0 July 2 August 0 total 0
    So in Detroit the average number of 93+ days in the 1930’s was 7.5
    Maybe that is why so many people complain about the few warm days we do get around here. It should be noted that days where the temp never gets above +10° are also rather rare here in lower Michigan!

    1. yooper4021 says:

      Excellent work Slim. What a hot stretch of years (1930-36)!

    2. DF (EGR) says:

      Thanks slim!

  14. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    It really has been a nice summer so far and it looks like the mild temps will continue through the end of July , I’m curious to see what August will bare. I really do hope we can real – in a storm or two before this summer is over and something with a little bite and not all bark like usual.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      * reel

  15. Jeff (Richland) says:

    .04″ of rain here last night, barely enough to wet the ground. I hope we get rain soon, grass is browning, and I am not looking forward to having to water. I know we have had a lot of rain this summer so far but we have been dry lately and need a good rain to moisten up the top layer of the ground.

    1. Wow the NE part of that storm complex must have died before it got to you. It stayed mainly west of U.S. 131. I got 0.20″ of rain here. Ill take it as I know more rain is coming this weekend.

  16. fixxxer says:

    Most of the nation is baking while we sit in the low 70s. Pure craptastic michigan.

    1. Cliff(Scotts) says:

      What a lonely world you love in buddy!

    2. yooper4021 says:

      Let it go….let it go…

      1. DF (EGR) says:

        … the never bothered the fixxxxxx anyway.

        Oh wait…

        1. DF (EGR) says:

          the cold*, whoops

        2. yooper4021 says:

          LOL…I’m glad someone has a sense of humor around here!

    3. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Yes , because baking in the heat sounds so pleasant fixx….These mid 70′s and low 80′s are just horrible , what are we to do.

  17. Cliff(Scotts) says:

    Anyone have any predictions on this hurricane season for the Atlantic coast?

  18. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Lots of bickering again today, I would expect more of this on days like the past couple summers when it was over 100 degrees. That was enough to make anyone miserable.
    Anyhoop, just a touch under 1 inch of rain last night. Hard to tell how accurate that is though with the wind whipping everything around for a while. Wind gusts easily hit 60 mph, probably a bit more judging by the size branches and debris littered around the yard. By far the most cleanup we’ve had to do here since we moved in 10 years ago. The lightning was amazing, but as I mentioned last night, hardly even a rumble of thunder. Much better feeling air today. I’ll take dew points under 60 any day.

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      We just got to watch the lightning show from here in town. It looked impressive. I’m glad it wasn’t any worse than that.

    2. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Anyone have a radar estimated rainfall link from last night? I looked around a little, but can’t find the one that’s sometimes used here.

  19. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Heard Bill mention on the radio that we had a decent November snow following the summer with very few 90 degree days. Big Snow in November….talking about this in July!

  20. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    fixxxer always has something positive to say here on Bill’s blog saud nobody ever!

  21. Dan (Byron Center) says:


  22. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Can you say “PERFECT”? As in a perfect weather day! Keep em rolling!

  23. Barry in Zeeland says:

    2 year anniversary today:

    Had we been in the line of fire we probably would not be on Bill’s Blog today.

  24. Jerry Hoag says:

    Man last night was a total bust for Grand Rapids!!!!! The wind picked up for a bit around 1045pm then got some rain, but the storms fell totally apart but took at total 90 degree drop to the south……They hit the good ole Brick Wall of 1-31 and went due south and didn’t give us the light show that all of the lake shore Counties got, luck folks….

  25. Jerry Hoag says:

    Hey INDYYMAN, to your question to when was it the last time Grand Rapids went a whole summer without hitting 90 degrees was 1951. Then that Winter we Had our Snowiest Winter ever………

  26. Jerry Hoag says:

    I believe Holland, Airport, has hit 90+ 2 times this Summer already!!!!! While we sit here with only 89 as being our Highest temp for the Summer so far……..Will this be the highest temp for Grand Rapids this 2014 year???!!!!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:


      1. matt says:

        yes you have no job, and you live in your mother’s basement.

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

          Matt, the repeating parrot is back!

  27. INDY says:

    Wow 1951 was the last time we hit 90* well looks like 2014 will be the next year!!! Drinking more sprites tonight then ever 7 days in a row now all started in Detroit watching the Tigers lose to Clever land!! INDYY!!

  28. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Tigers busting this game open! 6-0 in the 4Th. AJ just knocked in three on a double.

  29. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    I know, it’s early. We have to get through our bull.pen. I’m telling you when we hit like this, we are tough to beat! Go Tigers!

  30. INDY says:

    Hey anybody see previews of the new movie coming out In To The Storm?? Looks good!!!! INDYY!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Too much cgi.

    2. Jack says:

      Yeah, But It Didn’t Really ” Jerk My Bobber” !! I’ll Wait for The Flick to Come On TV…… IMHO, stay CUEDDD… YARDofBRICKS!! ;-)

  31. fixxxer says:

    Like the sunny weather but it feels more like spetember than july. I sure hope this winter and into next year are milder.

  32. INDY says:

    Tigers are giving this game away today!! Not good!! INDYY!!

  33. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    That is the best 8 day July forecast that I have ever seen! Virtually every day with the high temp in the 70′s. AWESOME!

  34. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    No fixxxer – this is not a copy and paste! Every day the new long range temp outlook gets better and better! When will it end? I love it!

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      That is some serious blue. I’ll take it.

  35. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Yes 7-4 now Tiger lead. We need another run or two to salt this one away! KC won today so we need this win!

  36. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Pull Sanchez out now PLEASE!

  37. INDY says:

    Brad A. has a lot to learn and it shows bad coaching kills wins!!! Shanchez should have been pulled when the score was 7-3!! INDYY!!

  38. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Muguel Cabrera! 3 run shot! Loving that HR.

  39. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    That would be Miguel

  40. Jack says:

    Photo of Day Aurora Borealis Home Page HERE ::: From LAKE MICHIGAN !! Beautiful ….& TIGERS WIN 11-5 !!! Stay CUEDDDDDDD…. ;-)

  41. Daniel G says:

    Come on Bill, you’re getting stuff out of the American Spectator? According to them the world is flat and Ted Cruz is God.

  42. michael g (SE GR) says:

    I can’t think of many nice things to say about fix, but I do love the way he embraces his stupidity.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:


      1. MichiganWon says:

        Rocky, as I said the other day, please go make a friend. It’s painfully obvious all you do is come here to get a rise out of people. How pathetically sad and lonely must you be? Please stop accusing people of not bringing anything of value to the blog when you post the same non informative thing day after day. Lastly, this last post of yours sounds like a 5 year old throwing out numbers at the playground.

      2. MichiganWon says:

        Rocky, as I said the other day, please go make a friend. It’s painfully obvious all you do is come here to get a rise out of people. How pathetically sad and lonely must you be? Please stop accusing people of not bringing anything of value to the blog when you post the same non informative thing day after day. Lastly, this last post of yours sounds like a 5 year old throwing out numbers at the playground.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Thanks for listening! Stop in again sometime and share some of your profound wisdom.

        2. MichiganWon says:

          How about now, and you’re an absolute idiot.

  43. Fant says:

    Cool weather endlessly in sight,fantastic I love it.

  44. DF (EGR) says:

    Lake Michigan water temp finally made it to 2009 levels. Just in time for it to get all mixed up again.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Bet surface temps dropped like a rock today.

  45. Mike[Kalamazoo county] says:

    Hope we get a good shot of rain this weekend. At this moment corn crop looks like the best ever in my area.A vast majority of the corn belt and south eastern states are looking at a record crop as well just a few more timely rains.

  46. Brian(Grandville) says:

    After 2 above average days, G.R. now sits at -3.8 for the month. I love the cool crisp air. Should be a couple of fantastic days ahead, with mild days, cool nights, and low humidity.

  47. Looks and feels like fall out there this evening. Just snapped this pic at 8:35 this evening here in Byron Center.

    1. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

      Looks like what we were seeing here too. Today was beautiful outside.

    2. Jack says:

      Very Nice,Kyle. I wish I had a decent Camera. I just got back from a Nice after Dinner Walk. And Show Some Breathtaking Cloud Formations . ALIVE with Vivid Pinks, Orange, and PURPLES, What a MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE !! Simply, CREATED By The Hand of ALMIGHTY GOD!! I Hope Everyone Got To ENJOY, His painting of The Sky Today !! Keep LOOKING UP !! He IS Coming Back SOON. :-)

    3. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Yeah today was an amazing day to enjoy the outdoors for sure. Best I’ve done in camp all year too, so the cool weather is helping.

  48. DF (EGR) says:

    Predictions for the low tonight are getting close to top 3 lowest temps for the day. It will be interesting to see how cold it gets.

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