Wednesday PMJuly 29th, 2014 at 11:53 pm by Bill Steffen 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! Also: We 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.