Wednesday PM

July 29th, 2014 at 11:53 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   An upper level disturbance will pass through during the early morning.  Most areas will stay dry, as the disturbance is coming thru when surface temperatures are the coolest.  This same pattern will continue into Saturday…with a few widely scattered, mainly afternoon showers and an isolated t-shower.  Rain is less likely within 10 miles of Lake Michigan.  Speaking of Lake Michigan, the water temps. are VERY cold.  You won’t believe this…I had to ask her to repeat it 3 times, but Holland St. Park reported a water temp. of 41°.  Grand Haven and Saugatuck were just 53°.  Best to try swimming in an inland lake where you won’t turn into an ice cube.

Once again, we are in the General Thunderstorm Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center.  We’ll probably see a few widely scattered showers and sprinkles develop, mainly for the midday/afternoon.  There is a slight chance of a thundershower and with it a slight chance of non-severe hail.   There was a rather significant “lake shadow” that was precipitation free.  That will likely happen again today, but the wind will not penetrate as far inland or be as strong as it was Tuesday.  We had gusts to 23 mph in G.R., Kalamazoo and Ionia on Tuesday.  Low temps. this Weds. AM:  56 G.R. and Battle Creek, 53 Kalamazoo and Muskegon, 49 Hastings, Charlotte, Hopkins, Ludington and the Kalamazoo Nature Center, 48 Cadillac, Big Rapids, Manistee, 45 Houghton Lake.   Tuesday the high temp. was 77° at the Ford Airport in G.R. and that was the warmest temperature anywhere in the area…the high was 75° in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, 71° at the Muskegon Airport and just 59° on the beach at Muskegon (the 2nd day in a row that temperatures didn’t get out of the 50s there!)  The GLERL camera at Alpena looking out on Lake Huron sure looked more like early October than the end of July.  July 1-29 is now 4.0 degrees cooler than average in G.R. with an average temperature of 68.5°.   We won’t catch 1992 or 2009 (67.1°), but we could equal or surpass 2000 at 68.6°.   We still have a whitish sky at times due to smoke from Canadian wildfires.  Including this month, ALL FIVE of the coolest Julys in G.R. have occurred since 1992!  AlsoWe continue to see periods when we have smoke in the sky from Canadian wildfires.  That was the case on Tuesday…still some, but not quite as think today (Weds.).  Here’s a NASA MODIS satellite pic. of the smoke over N. Michigan.  Smoke originating from the Arctic Circle showing deep, cool northern flow over the Great Lakes.  Only 11 severe weather reports in the whole U.S. on Tuesday – some minor wind damage in Wisconsin.  Corpus Christi tied both a record high (100 degrees) and record low (71 degrees) yesterday.   Lots of record lows this AM – Nashville, Atlanta, Talahassee…   Another day with few people at the Lake Michigan beaches…Weds. am water temps:  53 Saugatuck, 55 Hoffmaster S.P.  Check out the links below:

Here’s GRR looping radar. Links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s regional radar, the College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Check out Storm Total Precipitation (until they reset it). Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Check out the webcam at Krupp’s Resort in the U.P. Here’s the U.S. Low Temperature map. Here’s a live look at the Houghton Bridge. Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map. Here’s Closings.

ALSO:  The warmest temperature this summer in Indianapolis has been 88°.  Indy is 5.2° below average for July.   5.64 inches of rain fell near Eads, Colorado.  Pretty late in the summer for the first 100 in Austin, which occurred on Monday.  Earthquake – M6.3 – 19km SW of Juan Rodriguez Clara, Mexico.  Arctic ice-melt has been slow the past two weeks.  Mumbai, India up to at least 46.47″ of rain this month!!  (Monsoon).   There’s still an area of ice left on the south shore of Hudson Bay.  Check out the cloud-ground lightning in Albuquerque, NM.

71 Responses to “Wednesday PM”

  1. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    Could use .25″ to water the grass tomorrow. Probably not going to happen.

  2. James says:

    Bill what does the long range look like for Aug 14-15 up north? Also, does it look like we will have an early start to Fall?

    1. fixxxer says:

      It already has felt like fall most of the summer.

  3. Jack says:

    On a MUSICAL NOTE. ::: Eric Clapton honors JJ Cale with a cool ‘Breeze’
    USA TODAY ‎- 3 hours ago
    Today marks the release of Eric Clapton & Friends’ The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, a salute to the late singer/songwriter and guitarist … Might Have To get This Album or CD….I’ve Heard Samples on Line………Stay CUEDD, & RIP J J CALE….

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

      Skynyrd has a great version of “They call me the breeze.”

      1. Jack says:

        Yes sir…. I used to Love Singing That Song written By J.J. In My Karaoke ( BAR DAYS) !! Chic’s Dug it…LOL… Haven’t Been Out Singing since I quit The ” BIG” “A”lcohol….. Stay CUEDD, and Check the NEW Album out ON- LINE…….

  4. Jack says:

    Awesome Picture from Saginaw Bay Fisherman HERE :: Psssst,,,,,,The Walleye are Hitting HARD..-/-:-:-:-:-:-:: Stay Fish CUEDDD.

  5. Jack says:

    Check it out :::::: Sharknado 2: The Second One Official Trailer #1 (2014) – Syfy …
    LOL….Could This Happen in MICHIGAN ???? LOL….stay SHARK CUEDDD………. ;-)

  6. Skot says:

    “Including this month, ALL FIVE of the coolest Julys in G.R. have occurred since 1992″……So Big Guy, Does this Prove your Philosophy of, Global Cooling” ?

    1. mike says:

      Yup, forget the rest of the world, GR is cool so that is the only place that matters.

  7. Skot says:

    Hey Jackson,
    Found the perfect “Fixxxer” song. Cue this West Michigan !!!!!

    1. Jack says:

      GREAT SONG, SKOT!! Love The Alman Brothers. Stay ” Soulshine” CUEDDD..”. ;-)

  8. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Yet another cool July morning here with a temp now of 53° Here in GR we were one of the warmer areas in the state of Michigan yesterday, with a high of 77° and that was warmer then even Flint (73°). There were several locations in Michigan were the temps never got any warmer then the 60’s.
    So far July is now running -4.1° for July, And now Flint is down to -2.1° BUT the mean is 68.5° at both stations.

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      Two days in a row twice as cold as the one hot “rare” day.

    2. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      It definitely felt warm yesterday, but probably because we were so used to the cool weather. Even 77 is still a good 5 degree below average for this time of year. Not sure how much longer this pattern will last but maybe the Autumn harvest season will come early this year. Bill is still siding with that early snow too ;) (I know, its still July)

      1. Teresa says:

        I doubt there will be an early harvest this year. The cool weather is keeping the crops from maturing like they should.

        1. Steve (N. Moline) says:

          Well … my sweet corn is right on schedule, and I have tomatoes ripening about 2 weeks earlier than they normally do. I’m puzzled, but guess the cool weather did not slow them down any.

  9. fixxxer says:

    Ive already written this soo called summer off.

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      You did?

  10. fred says:

    sitting at the kitchen table in shorts and a t-shirt with a cup of coffee watching the birds on the feeders and remembering how much better this is than the past winter. and simply thankful for that.

    1. Hudsonville Barn Cat says:

      I take it you haven’t heard about the blizzard that’s hitting us on Thursday night…

  11. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    How high is it going to get this year?

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      This is definitely going to mess with the Volvo Ocean Race this coming fall… They can’t go nearly as far south as the old days where the real wind is.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      I am sure that this is being caused by global warming! Right?

      1. matt says:

        Still no job, and living in your basement. Stop being a mooching and get a job.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Still no life and a loser! Imagine that!

        2. matt says:

          Whats the matter your mom hide your zebra cakes

        3. matt says:

          Whats the matter your mom hide your zebra cakes

  12. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Fill up on gas today, I heard it’s going back up into the 3.50′s today.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      $3.19 up at the corner now. Crazy it dropped almost $0.80 in the past week and a half, but I figured there’s no way it can stay that way for long.

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:

        Yep it was to be expected, we usually do not go anymore than two weeks without a rise in the gas prices, and it’s always just the Great Lakes region, all the other stations in the country continue to fall.

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      That’s messed up because I just heard this afternoon the price of a barrel of oil just dropped to near $100 a barrel.

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:

        And that’s usually what happens, once they report gas prices or the price per barrel going down, the prices for gas shoot right back up, it never makes sense to me.

  13. DF (EGR) says:

    Holly molly look at the Lake Michigan lake wide temperature fall!

    That is the coldest for this date since stats accumulation began back in 1994.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      How is this possible? Travis said that this summer we are having above average temperatures! Um!

    2. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

      Check out the Lake Superior water temps: More than 10C colder than 2012 for the current date.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        It could end up being a great winter for lake effect SNOW!!!

        1. matt says:

          Can’t wait to read about your fake ski trips, fake road trips, and fake hikes. Everyone knows you live still live at home.

        2. DF (EGR) says:

          Maybe not since it might freeze early. We’ll see.

        3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Good point DF! I appreciate your weather related comments :)

        4. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

          With water temperatures running below average, that’s actually not too good for lake effect because then the water takes a shorter time to cool. Still, Fall temps will play a big role in how much we get.

  14. fred says:

    absolute downpour in standale!!!!!
    but gosh….no derecho……sorry to disappoint.

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      Dang it, near miss…… We need rain!

  15. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    This could go down as the best year of weather in the history of west MI! Keep those below average temps rocking and rolling! The mini ice age is evolving!

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Poor Denver.

    2. matt says:

      Can’t wait to read about your fake ski trips, fake road trips, and fake hikes. Everyone knows you live still live at home..

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Fake trips? What in the world are you talking about? You are using fake names!! What a concept you loser! Last year I skiied and snowmobiled for 16 straight weeks! It was AMAZING! Imagine that baby! Get a life!

        1. matt says:

          Everyone knows you lie about your trips in the winter. Go get a summer job its not too late that way you dont have to wear hand me downs. Did your mom hide your zebra cakes

  16. Steven(Cadillac) says:

    Just broke 70 degrees here for the day

  17. Kevin (Marshall) says:

    One rumble of thunder and just a trace of rain just south of Marshall.

  18. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Was walking out in Meijer Gardens when it began to rain. Was definitely unexpected for sure!

  19. Jerry Hoag says:

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    1. Jerry Hoag says:

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      1. Jerry Hoag says:

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  21. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    This is probably not the right place to ask but does anyone know what is going on in Mattawan on Red Arrow? The road is shut down and there are TONS of police cars and the SEAT team is on scene. Its not on any news stations or online!

    1. Jack says:

      Here ya Go MIKE :: Man barricaded near Mattawan’s Cask & Keg, Red Arrow Highway closed
      The Kalamazoo Gazette ‎- 1 hour ago
      Red Arrow Highway is closed in both directions between 24th Street and just west of the cemetery.
      More news for red arrow highway latest news
      Stay CUEDD…

    2. Mike (Mattawan) says:

      SWAT team not SEAT team and thanks, Jack

  22. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    What a perfect summer night! Below average temps, low humidity, and sunshine! I don’t know how we could be having a better summer! Simlpy INCREDIBLE! Who knew?

    1. matt says:

      Who knew school starts soon and you can lie to the kids on the playground about what you did over the summer like those ski trips you take

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

        Matt, you’re truly a jerk.

        1. kevin. w says:

          Wow really I think Matt hits the nail on the head pretty accurately. But I’m just ignoring the B.S.

  23. Jack says:

    Weather History from GR NWS…. On July 30 in Southwest Lower Michigan…

    Offshore winds negate the cooling effect of Lake Michigan as Muskegon hits 99 degrees for its all-time record high temperature. Temperatures are actually a bit lower inland as Grand Rapids is 96 degrees and Lansing 92 degrees.
    Two squall lines preceding a cold front produced widespread severe weather with high winds and hail. Severe crop damage from hail occurred across much of Kent County.
    A tornado struck about three miles north of Clare at 3:17 a.m. A barn collapsed and the roof of a carport was blown into a stand of trees. Several other trees were either snapped off or uprooted. Happy Wasted Wednesday ALL….. Stay CUEDD. ;-) . & Go Tigers ….How about a VICTORY 2-NITE…in Motown !!! ???. ;-)

  24. Jack says:

    Hey BILL & ALL, FYI. Even though The Sky Last Night was ” Partly Cloudy” I was able To See Several Meteors ( 6) .ONE was Very Very BRIGHT !! Hopefully The Sky will Cooperate Better TONIGHT, For OUR Viewing Pleasure !!! SEE HERE : We have a couple of meteor showers of note coming up.  The first is the Southern Delta Aquarids which will peak on the 30th.  The radiant point for these meteors will rise around midnight in the southeast.  Their numbers and their brightness are not very great.  The Perseid meteor shower will have the misfortune to coincide with the full moon on August 12th and 13th, drowning out all but the brightest meteors.  However the Perseids have a long run up to their peak, so their numbers will grow after the moon sets until the moon sets in morning twilight.  The Perseid radiant is circumpolar for Northern Michigan, meaning it never sets, so some Perseid meteors can always be seen at night.  Their radiant will be in the northeastern sky in the evening. KEEP LOOKING & GOD BLESS U ALL !!! Whoops almost Forgot….. ” STAY CUEDDDDDD”,,,,.,.,,.,.,…”,.,., ;-)

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      What time were you seeing them Jack. It looks really good for tonight as of now.

      1. Jack says:

        Between 12:30 am and 1:30am, or there ahhbouts….cool Nights equals ” NO SKEETERS” as a BOUNS !!

        1. Brian (Grandville) says:

          Being in the right place at the right tome pays off. Just saw a good one.

  25. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Looks like we’ll finish July over 4* below normal in GR. Love it!

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      It’s very pleasant weather out there, just ask fixxxer.

  26. Kaela says:

    Dang! I am getting married on August 9 & my future husband’s family wants to visit Lake Michigan in the days following the wedding… Here’s hoping the water will be much warmer then!! Also beginning to get curious about the weather… Wondering if I should invest in a cuter umbrella for pictures ;)

    All in all I am loving the comfortable temperatures and break on A/C! It’s been a great summer

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