Friday Evening

August 1st, 2014 at 3:43 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  Hail White Cloud 8 1 14 Breanna Manchip 9:50 pm  – The last of the showers have ended.  There could be a patch of fog overnight.   Hail reports this afternoon/evening came in from near Greenville, Morley, Delton,  Lowell and from several locations in Clinton and Ionia Counties.  Small hail fell at the Kalamazoo Airport and in downtown Lansing.  Nickel-sized hail in Greenville covered the ground.   The radar here will update automatically.  The hail pic. from Breanna Manchip is from White Cloud Friday afternoon…over 1″ in diameter.  We’ll have a chance of a shower or t-shower Saturday PM – though there will likely be fewer of them Saturday than Friday.  The lake-breeze and cooler temperatures will mean there is less of a chance of a shower within about 10 miles of Lake Michigan.   Sunday looks dry with a chance of a t-shower by late Monday and maybe early Tuesday.  It may turn out to be dry late Weds. into Thurs.  We are in an overall dry pattern, so be grateful for the rain you might get.    Check out Storm Total Rainfall to see who’s had rain today.

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.

107 Responses to “Friday Evening”

  1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    What – still no 90′s in sight! Who would have thought? Certainly not Travis, TomKap, fixxxer, the fixxxer aliases, etc, etc, etc! Who knew? Get outside and enjoy the BEST SUMMER EVER people! It looks like some more great golf weather! INCREDIBLE!

    1. matt says:

      Why dont you take your own advice and get outside and get job. Just the facts who knew

      1. matt says:

        * a job

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        You are a tool! Get a life!

        1. matt says:

          Get out of the basement

  2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Nothing but 80′s in sight for awhile. Perfect weather.

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      9th coldest July on record in Flint, rare indeed.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        +100 GAZILLION BAZILLION! It must global warming right?

      2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        July was -2.3

        June was +2.6

        1. DF (EGR) says:

          June didn’t make the top 20 warmest Junes on record, so not rare. Nice try though.

        2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          Yet June was statistically more significant… Hmmm

        3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Statistically? Perhaps. Historically? Clearly not.

        4. Bill Steffen says:

          Travis gave the numbers for Flint. For Grand Rapids, July was -4.1 and June was +1.8. Muskegon was -4.9 in July.

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Maybe on your side of the state. NWS GR has 80+ for three days then 70s for the next four.

  3. DF (EGR) says:

    Only four years have gone this far in GR without a 90° day. Only three in Lansing, all 2000 or later!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      INCREDIBLE! Who knew? I would definitely attribute this to climate change!

      1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

        Warmer in the west and cooler in the east seems to be the pattern for this year. 2012 was the exact opposite. It all depends on where the jet stream sets up.

    2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      At this point my gut feeling is we will not have a 90° in GR this summer. Of course we still have about 40 days to go where we could have one but the start of August does not look good for one.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Well, well – I made this prediction about 5 weeks ago and most people said that I was nuts! Interesting how that works!

      2. GunLakeDeb says:

        I’m OK with no 90-degree weather! After last winter, the mid-80′s have felt blisteringly hot!!

        1. I agree we do not need 90, but if we can keep the pattern we are in now through October like a couple people mentioned on here, then that would be great. Last fall was pretty mild, but then came that one word that no one want to hear ;)

        2. fixxxer says:

          What mid 80s?

        3. reality says:

          Defining mid-80s (or more) as 83+ degrees, it has been that warm (GRR) on these dates this year:

          May 8, 11, 21, 26, 30, and 31
          June 1, 7, 15, 16, 17, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30
          July 7, 20, 21, 22, 27
          August 1

          So 23.7% of the time since May 1 it has been mid-80s or warmer. Not a ton (especially July) but definitely some.

        4. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

          I have to agree with you. This summer has been perfect. :)

        5. Me :-) says:

          It’s not a real summer when there aren’t any 90 degrees days. I am curious to see what this will do to the fall. Maybe we see a warmer than average fall. That would be nice. 70′s till the end of October. Trick or Treating in shorts. It all could happen :-)

  4. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Welcome to August. While its still not official July 2014 came in at -4.1° here in GR and while it was only -2.3° at Flint the month of July was actually a small tad warmer at GR then Flint (60.4° at GR with 68.3° at Flint) could it be that in the past the Flint station was at a unusual cold spot? Anyway With July done we now look at August here is an idea of what an average August in GR might be like

    And here is what an average August in Flint should be like

    In 31 short days we shall see how this August turns out
    Right now it’s a nice warm sunny 74° at my house

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      But but I thought the temps at Flint were not to be believed!

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        You’re catching on.

        1. DF (EGR) says:


    2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Whoops major type error on that mean temp for Grand Rapids. That should read 68.4° at Grand Rapids and 68.3° at Flint. Sorry about the type error.

  5. Hopefully some rain comes soon. So far in my area at least the lake shadow has been winning out and I have not gotten anything so far this week. I know downtown got lucky with some rain a couple days ago. If I get no rain today it’s back to time to put out the sprinkler

    1. It’s time to put out the spinkler*

      1. DF (EGR) says:

        I just turned mine on… the grass is really brown here in the city.

  6. I honestly hope this weather pattern we are in continues through August. What’s would be Interesting is if we can hold this pattern into September and October. I would love 70′s during the fall with those nice crisp cool nights. Although, I do not want it to mild because that may delay the fall colors which I look foreward to every year. Then comes art prize Downtown which is a lot of fun as well. Ill probably see you down there again Bill when live on tv!

  7. Jeff (Richland) says:

    Pretty boring weather lately. Could use some rain, looks like we have some good chances this coming week. I’m good without any 90′s though.

  8. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    These temps are absolutely PERFECT, we just need some storms now my grass is starting to get brown so we are in need of some good hard rain.

    1. Jack says:

      Hey, Swat-zoo…..SPIN :: A Hard Rains Gonna Fall {Live at Town Hall 1963 … – YouTube
      CLASSIC OLD DYLAN , enjoy..& Stay CUEDD….. YARDofDUCKS.!! Webs UP ? With The FDModel ?

  9. Sandi says:

    Sure hope it stays dry for Pops concert tonight at Cannonsburg.

    1. Jack says:

      Yeah, Music of The Eagles Tonight ? I Think….. ;-)

    2. Jack says:

      I hate that I’m RIGHT All The TIME. :: Grand Rapids Symphony: Picnic Pops: Music of the Eagles
      LOL…..Stay EAGLES CueDDD……

      1. Bruno (Northview H.S.) says:

        Love “The Picnic Pops” !! You are right Jack.. Music of the Eagles tonight :) Can’t wait. Bringing the rain ponchos (Detroit Tiger ones, of course :) ) just in case.

    3. Jack says:

      Thanks For staying CUEDD……CUE :: Eagles – Take It To The Limit (Live at The Capital Centre 1977 …
      ENJOY, :-)

  10. Eileen says:

    Getting dark and thundering off to my east.

    1. Eileen (Hesperia) says:

      Somehow it didn’t show Eileen (Hesperia). Plus my comment is awaiting moderation???

      1. Eileen (Hesperia) says:

        Now my comment is gone. Just wanted to say that it’s getting dark and thundering to my east.

        1. Shirley says:

          I see your comment

  11. Jack says:

    Weather HISTORY for Today, From G.R. NWS :: On August 1 in Southwest Lower Michigan…

    A tornado moves from northern Kalamazoo County into Barry County, damaging several farms in and near Hickory Corners.
    What turns out to be the hottest August on record starts off on a decidedly cool note with record lows of 48 degrees at Grand Rapids and 43 degrees at Muskegon.
    A severe storm in Kent County produced grapefruit-sized hail in Cannon Township, northeast of Grand Rapids.
    A tornado struck north of Tustin in Osceola County. The tornado left a damage path six miles long, with dozens of large trees down and some roof damage to homes. One house had its attached garage destroyed. A weaker tornado also hit near Grant in Newaygo County, toppling a tree. Stay CUEDD…. & HAPPY ” FRY”day !!!

  12. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Kind of slow weather wise. I see a certain person is still casting out and trolling for comments to jump on and bash. You would think one would become bored with doing it every single day of the week. Surely there is more than ONE weather related link that can be found and posted here.
    Anyways, been a lot better at work this summer than the past couple. Could tell the dew point was up again today though as the temp was nearing 100 again. also, after going quite again a couple weeks ago, the sun has really increased in activity again as the sunspot number is now well above 100 again. Incoming CME will give us at least a chance of Northern Lights tonight, more likely Saturday night. We’re overdue for a good show.
    One final note, we we’re out walking in the fields behind our house the other day, and the corn stalks have to be over 10 foot tall. I’m just over 6 foot, and I felt like a midget out there. Haven’t seen corn that tall in a long time. Should make for some great corn mazes this fall!

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      You have to admit one link is better than none by his stalkers ;)

      I’ve been getting michigan corn from the farmers market for 2 weeks and it is delicious! The rain came at the right time for corn but we need more now.

      1. Jack says:

        Fulton Street Market ? DF? Working on a Farm for 3 Years and Selling our Crops at The Farmers Market , Was The Best Job I have EVER HAD. Hard Work, but I Enjoyed IT. Working GOD’S Great Earth, by Hand was So ENJOYABLE… Maybe I’ll cya Down there Sometime Soon.

        1. DF (EGR) says:

          Of course :) Love it.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Yes fixxxer and matt keep saying the same thing and keep bashing :) They never have a relevant weather related comment! Who would have thought? Also the almighty Barry speaks so please all bow down to his wishes? Wow!

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        So is constantly repeating yourself and posting the same thing everyday a good thing or a bad thing?

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          ROCK ON Mark – Bring it on!

      2. matt says:

        Can’t wait to read about your fake ski trips this winter. Just the facts thanks for listening.

  13. What great weather to start August! Love it outside right now

    Just snapped this picture in the field by my house. Got a butterfly to stay still long enough for a nice shot:

    1. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

      Nice photo!

    2. Eileen (Hesperia) says:

      Beautiful pic Kyle – thanks for sharing :)

    3. Jack says:

      Very Nice, Thanks Kyle.

  14. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    <<<>>>This could be the best year of weather in the history of Grand Rapids! Mark it down and keep the below normal temperatures Rocking!!

    1. MichiganWon says:

      Rocky is an absolute idiot, period. Boy you sure do know bow to make friends here don’t you Rock. Don’t you have anything better to do than attempt to antagonize people all day everyday? You bring absolutely no value or credibility. You’re such a waste of space here. Wow are you pathetic.

      1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

        Well Put, I would add a few choice words to it. But I’ll hold my thoughts for NOW. $hit is getting old Quick.

        1. Jack says:

          Yeah Rad…” No $hit “……. ;-) . Lol…. ;-) . Stay CUEDD… ;-)

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Your ignorance is unlimited! Thanks for listening!

        1. matt says:

          MichiganWon is right. Thanks for showing your ignorance. Go play with your tinker toys kid.

      3. maggie says:

        you sure do know “bow” to make friends…….

    2. yooper4021 says:

      It still amazes me why people get so wound up about a post on a weather blog, but yet rarely post anything about the weather themselves.

      Geez guys…crack a cold one, and enjoy the weekend.

      1. DF (EGR) says:


      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Because they are tools and don’t know how to take a little humor! Imagine that!

  15. Shirley says:

    Looks like the rain is coming towards me in Belding “I think” lol

  16. Bill just said Grand Rapids is in the rain shadow so no rain here. Guess its time to fire up the sprinkler

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      It’s terrible… I didn’t believe in the bubble when on the east side but I’m starting to consider it.

      1. Yeah my lawn really needs it. Today was our best shot at rain until next week. The middle of next week they are lowering our rain chances. Best shot is next Tuesday but thats only a 50% chance. Ohh well not much we can do I guess.

      2. Brian(Grandville) says:

        That’s right. You have to experience it to believe it.

        1. Jack says:

          BELIEVE…TUNE HERE, Brian my friend , :-) . SPIN : Russ Taff – I Still Believe – YouTube
          ► 4:31► 4:31
 Enjoy. & God Bless YE !! :-)

      3. fixxxer says:

        Df its a very real thing.

  17. Jeff Northern Ionia County says:

    Wow, It appears they just keep rebuilding/ getting bigger where there at. Not really moving much. Hoping it slides a little into Ionia county I neeed some rain BAD.

  18. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Some pretty awesome looking storm clouds rolling in right now.

  19. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Bring on the COLD and SNOW!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Your a moron and everyone knows your game. Did you cry today when it hit 85?

  20. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Very warm today at the zoo for sure. Looking forward to some possible thunderstorms.

    1. Well bill said people farther than 10 miles from Lake Michigan has a chance, but Grand Rapids is well farther inland than 10 miles but isn’t expected to get rain, so I am confused. Doubtful we get much by the sounds of it

  21. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I am heading up the the Little River Casino for some gambling and then golf on Saturday! It doesn’t get better than that! The BEST SUMMER EVER lives on! Get outside and enjoy it people!

    1. matt says:

      Right sure you’re old enough to get into the Casino.

      1. fixxxer says:

        His fisher price casino.

        1. matt says:

          @fixxxer ha ha ha ha ha

  22. Kevin (Marshall) says:

    Appears some areas north of Lansing has seen over 4″ of rain this afternoon.

  23. fixxxer says:

    Thats all it does is rain this summer. We seriously need a dry spell and some nice warm weather. More than a few days. Shame summer is almost done. Shortest season we have here.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      It’s three months, just like every other season.

  24. maggie says:

    storm just blew into lowell. lots of rain and hail

  25. Shirley says:

    I hear thunder

  26. Amazing, Lowell is a nice downpour with hail and the Airport can’t seem to find a drop! Wierd how mother nature works!

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      The airport found 0.04″ two days ago where EGR and I think you found 0.0″… that makes 0.06″ in the last 16 days… That is pain.

      1. It is! This week I have gotten 0.0″ of rain and it looks like none is coming anytime soon within the next few days. Hopefully we can get something soon. Because people around GR defiantly do not need a high water bill for having to water the yard!

        1. I know the term “Lake Shadow” has been used many times and has been around a very long time, but I can’t remember a time when it was in effect for this long. Not much we can do about it but I hope it breaks soon!

  27. Toni says:

    In a post yesterday you mentioned we’re more than 2″ above average for rain since June … then why, oh why, is my garden so dry? I try for a xeriscape as much as possible and have purposely chosen plants that are pretty tolerant of all weather conditions … but even the ones that usually are the most okay with being dry are looking parched. Is it all the wind we’ve had? Or …? I just don’t get it. I find myself hoping for a couple days straight of steady rain and it just doesn’t look like we’re going to get any.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Because we’ve only had 1/10th inch of rain in the last 1/2 month (in G.R. officially – other spots have had more).

  28. Jack says:

    Some Times I Read the comments on Here, and Just START Whistling This HERE Old theme SONG: ;-) . Heeeeheeee, stay CuedDD & Breakout The ” Popcorn , know what I Mean ?? ;-)

    1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      Indy = Otis

      1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:


  29. Jack says:

    Latest Forecast = in 61 minutes, the Aurora will be Active. Hmmm, You Viewing tonight BARRY ??

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Checked a couple times, nothing yet. Pretty hazy sky tonight.

      1. Jack says:

        OK Thanks, Oh BTW we got 2 Five Minute ISS Flyovers Saturday AM & PM ::: Sat Aug 2, 3:42 AM 5 min 25° 11 above NW 11 above ENE  
        Sat Aug 2, 5:19 AM 6 min 74° 10 above WNW 10 above SE  
        Sat Aug 2, 10:02 PM 5 min 21° 11 above S 10 above E  
        As All WAYS, SKIES PERMITTING of Course…… ;-)

  30. Jack says:

    The Space Environment Center’s Neural Net Program estimates that . . .

    in 7 minutes, the Geomagnetic Activity level (Kp number) will be 3.33 — Active.
    in 25 minutes, the Geomagnetic Activity level (Kp number) will be 3.33 — Active.
    in 39 minutes, the Geomagnetic Activity level (Kp number) will be 3.33 — Active.
    in 53 minutes, the Geomagnetic Activity level (Kp number) will be 3.33 — Active.

  31. Mr. Negative says:

    ADA – two rumbles of thunder….must have been from Lowell -

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