Cool RulesJuly 28th, 2014 at 10:42 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Picture Monday from the South Haven GLERL camera (from NOAA Coastwatch) showing the waves breaking over the pier (breakwater). Get this…the afternoon HIGH temperature at the Muskegon Lighthouse Monday was 53.2°. The wind there at 3 pm was NNW at 23 mph. The South Haven beach reported an afternoon high temp. of 57.4°. Grand Rapids had a high temp. Monday afternoon of 71° – warmest spot around. I got to only 68° at my house, Kalamazoo reached 69°. Holland’s Regional Airport (which seems to read cooler with a NW wind and warmer with a SW wind) had a high of only 65°. Grand Rapids is -3.8° for the month, Holland -4.3°, Muskegon -4.4°, Ludington -6.5° and Manistee -7.0°. The average temperature for the month in Manistee thru 7/28 is 62.4° and they have had 12 mornings with temps. in the 40s. The waves at the mid-Lake Michigan buoy peaked at 8.3 feet Monday morning. Steady winds were as high as 26.8 mph at the buoy. Cold air coming over relatively (important word) warm water makes bigger waves than warm air going over cold water. We’ll see a lot of days this week with afternoon temperatures in the 70s. In the middle is the 6-10 day temperature forecast from the Climate Prediction Center for August 3-7 and it looks cool. Same for the NAEFS model on the right for August 5-11. Click on the pictures to enlarge.
I’m doing a rather different schedule. I am off this week Monday and Tuesday…I worked last Sat. and Sun. This Saturday I’ll be at the Coast Guard Festival all day Saturday (note – park on the east side of US 31 and leave east out Mercury Dr. – quickest way to get out of town after the fireworks). Then I’ll work Sunday. Kyle is then off for 2 weeks (getting married!), so you’ll see a lot of Terri, Matt and I. Our new meteorologist, Ellen Bacca will arrive in town Sept. 15th, right before Art Prize. I also want to thank my wonderful wife for a fantastic dinner tonight, including tomatoes, zucchini and squash from our garden – salmon, corn-on-the-cob (from Meijer – excellent), potatoes and homemade non-fat biscuits with honey. I got the front lawn cut and started on the back, but a wheel on the mower broke and fell off. I’ll take it to Hofacker’s in the morning – it’s 20+ years old, maybe time for a new one – but this one (Airens) has pretty much always started on the first pull – I’ve had my money’s worth. We may head to Holland for the American Legion Band Concert Tues. evening in Kollen Park – I’ll make a point of waving at the Boatwerks skycam. I’ve got a gift certificate to a Holland restaurant that we might use tomorrow
Also: RUN, RICK RUN! Calving glaciers can be dangerous. Magnitude-4.0 earthquake strikes near Medford, Oklahoma. Storm topples Mexico/U.S. border fence in Arizona. Tornado spotted at DSGpark in Commerce City, Colo. Tornado seen from Denver. Waco, TX, recorded 100 F for the first time this summer Monday PM – late in the summer for the first 100 there. Cool pic. of 3,000 acre fire near Yosemite in CA. Lightning in Las Vegas. Tornado near Boston Monday PM. Great Lightning pic. from Carlisle PA. Video of the tornado in Gray TN. Rare July thunderstorm at Los Angeles CA on Sunday. Los Angeles received 0.14″ of rain Sunday, the most rain recorded on any single day in July since July 12, 1992. One person was killed and 14 injured in lightning strike(s) at Los Angeles beach. Wildfire near Yosemite National Park. However, wildfires so far this year have been the fewest acres in over 10 years. Tornado count also very low in 2014. Developers To Clear 850,000 Sq M Of Virgin Forests On UNESCO Nature Reserve For 700-Foot Wind Turbines in central Europe. Second summer in a row with constant colder than average temperatures in the Arctic (data from Danish Meteorological Institute). Arctic ice extent highest for this date in the last 10 years. Antarctic icecap much greater than average and setting daily records. NASA RSS Antarctic temperature plot since 1980 shows slight cooling. Lightning in the Arizona desert. Lightning seen from a plane near Phoenix – gust to 61 mph on the north side of Phoenix.