July 31st, 2014 at 4:06 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   We are in the General Thunderstorm Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center for the next 3 days.   Most of us stay dry this afternoon.  We’re downwind from a cool lake and that is helping to make the air (esp. west of US 131) more stable.  I don’t see any significant upper level disturbances for the afternoon evening.  Maranda has had another great day for her last Park Party.  July 1-30 is now 4.1 degrees cooler than average in G.R.  More on that in the thread above this one.  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 especially on Tuesday. Here’s a NASA MODIS satellite pic. of the smoke over N. Michigan from earlier this week. 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.

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.

11 Responses to “Thursday”

  1. DF (EGR) says:

    Nice, a record high and record low in one day, very cool.

    Looks like some pleasant days on the way. We really need one of the pop up storms to dump some rain.

  2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Well, it looks like my three month streak is going to come to an end. But the period of June and July is still average to slightly above for me.

    +0.8 April
    +2.8 May
    +2.6 June
    -2.2 July (so far)

    I do like this California summer we are having. Most days 75 to low 80′s lately and lots of sun. Perfect.

    Temperatures soared to 93-degrees Wednesday more than 1,800 miles northwest of Chicago at Fort Smith in Canada’s Northwest Territory. Not only was the reading more than 20-degrees above normal there, the it was warmer than any of the daytime highs recorded thus far in 2014 in Chicago. Northern Canada has had summer temps well above normal.

    July temp anomaly:

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      I would call this more like a Upper Michigan summer. And the summer they in the UP are having more like a central Alaska summer.

    2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      BTW at Palm Springs, California the mean temp is 94.1° and they have had a total of 0.27” of rain and so far ever day has been above 90° in fact only two days have been below 100° I know it’s a “dry” heat LOL
      While in ARCATA the mean temp so far is only 59.0° and the warmest and coldest day this month so far was on July 24th with the high being 74 and the low 47. Also of note that mean temp of 59 is +3 for July there! And all this cold with only a trace of rain so far this month!

  3. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    As we are now coming close to the end of one of the coldest Julys on record here in Michigan. This will be in the top 5 coldest Julys for Grand Rapids -4.1° (68.4) and right now is stands as the 10th coldest in Detroit -3.8° (70.0) with their records going back to 1874 it now the 8th coldest in “warm” Flint -2.2° (68.3°) with their records going back only to 1921 and to also the 10 coldest at Saginaw -2.6° (68.4) with Saginaw’s records going back to 1900. And for the year there have only been two months so far that have been above average and that’s May +0.7° and June +1.8° With both February and March being -9.1 and -9.0 and now July coming in around -4 this has been one cold year so far!

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      Good stuff slim.

  4. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Very cool writeup on all of Sunday’s severe weather for Eastern Michigan.

    Highlights include:

    3″ hail in Midland
    1.75″ hail for southern Oakland County
    2.67″ rain in 4 hours by Detroit

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      There’s some great photos in there.

    2. fixxxer says:

      Too bad this is a “west michigan” blog.

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        True, but those storms formed over here before going severe over there.

  5. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    Man hard to believe it will be August when we wake up in the morning, Not much of a summer for the kids this year.I love the cooler summers now that I’m older.

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