Weds. PM

August 6th, 2014 at 11:36 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

muskegon glerl   We have partly cloudy skies, a nice cumulus field here in G.R. that you can see on the satellite loop.  At 2 pm, there is one thundershower east of South Bend drifting southeast.   The drier air is slowly coming south.  At 2 pm, the dewpoint in G.R. was down to 56 (it was 62 at 11 am).  The dewpoint is still 64 at S. Haven, but 45 at Fremont.  The low temperature in G.R., Muskegon and Holland last night was 60, but in the drier air up north it was cooler.  Pellston and Gaylord reached 45 and Spincich Lake in the U.P. was down to 39.  The picture here is around 11 am at the Muskegon Beach.  The wind there was ENE at 6 mph.  Note how calm Lake Michigan is in the picture.   I’m watching the wind field.  At 11 am, the wind is east at 6 mph in G.R., east at 8 mph at the Regional Airport in Holland, but NW at 5 mph at the S. Haven Airport.  There is a small chance that a lake-breeze could develop (only close to Lake Michigan) and that could lead to a pop up shower in the higher dewpoint air along the southern lakeshore.  It’s not likely, but these are the little things to watch out for.  As I expected, the morning NAM has backed off the rain for Thurs. night Friday and we should stay generally dry through Sunday.  Again, only 1/10th inch of rain since 7/15 officially in G.R., while Hudsonville had 0.84″ yesterday and small hail fell in Jamestown.

Hurricane Iselle is down to a Category 1 storm and will be only a tropical storm when it passes the south tip of the Big Island of Hawaii later tonight into tomorrow morning.  It’ll have more impact on the Big Island than the other islands, but gusts to 50-60 are possible on the Big Island and 40 mph elsewhere.  There will be some heavy rain and local flooding.  Hurricane Julio is following Iselle.  It will also be a Tropical Storm as it passes far enough north to do much more than provide a few heavy showers and 40 mph wind gusts over the weekend.  It’s hard to get a decent hurricane in Hawaii – the water is only marginally warm enough for that.  Hurricane Iniki in 1992 was an exception.  That storm went due west, then raced north over Kauai.  That didn’t leave much time for weakening.  Bertha is just a post-tropical depression, well off the coast of New England heading so a point south of Ireland and then into N. France.

From Ed, the gas guru:  Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 3:30PM:  “With financial markets showing weakness, energy prices are starting to slip, too, and we are in no danger of a price hike this week. “

34 Responses to “Weds. PM”

  1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    In the central part of Michigan there is a nice swath of mild temperatures. While only 5 days into August GR is at +1.4° (73.4°) Flint is +1.7° (71.7°) Saginaw is +1.5° (71.7°) of course these locations have had little rain so far this month but other areas are already running below average for the month such as Lansing -1.0 (70.0°) Detroit -1.3° (71.9°) not a lot of rain there though. Gaylord almost average -0.5° (64.8°) Alpena -1.6° (65.4°) dry there as well. Up in the UP temps are running well below average so far in August Marquette -3.5° (61.6°) Houghton -3.7° (61.7°) it should be noted that rain all has been spotty in the north as well.
    Right now here at my house its lots of sun and the temp here is a nice and mild 78°

  2. After getting 0.40″ of rain yesterday, I woke up this morning and looked outside to see my lawn is already looking better and does not have that brown look to it. It i starting to green up slowly again

  3. Jack says:

    EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2014
    Aug 05, 2014
    by Bruce McClure in Tonight » Astronomy Essentials, Space
    Don’t wait until August 11, 12 and 13 to watch the Perseids in 2014. The supermoon will be in the way. Start watching for meteors now!

    Reports from NASA’s All-Sky Fireball Network indicate that Perseid meteor activity is increasing, as it does every year at this time. This shower rises gradually to its peak – this year, on the moon-drenched mornings of August 11, 12 and 13 – as Earth moves more deeply into the stream of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle. said:

    On the night of August 3-4, NASA cameras recorded more than a dozen Perseid fireballs over the USA. Counts are high even though the shower’s peak is still more than a week away. To see for yourself, get away from city lights and look up during the dark hours before sunrise. You can also hear the Perseids on Space Weather Radio.

    You want to do your meteor-watching earlier than usual in 2014 because the full supermoon – largest supermoon this year – comes on August 10, and its light will interfere with your meteor count during the peak nights. Start watching now. Remember, you’ll catch more meteors after midnight than before. The predawn hours are ideal. And be sure to go to a dark sky! As in every year, two meteor showers converge around now to give us what we in the N. Hemisphere consider, in most years, our best meteor displays. The Perseids are best for the N. Hemisphere, and the Delta Aquarids are best for the S. Hemisphere, so there’s something for everyone. Click here for more about the Delta Aquarid meteor shower. Click here for more about the Perseid meteor shower.

    Here’s a custom sunrise/sunset calendar. Set your location, and be sure to click the box for moonrise/set times. You want to watch meteors on a night when there’s a window of dark sky – no moon – between moonset and sunrise. At the Perseids’ peak (around August 12), meteor rates will be higher, but there will be more moon in the sky, and it’ll drown many meteors in its glare. On the other hand, the Perseids are known to produce more fireballs than any other annual shower, and a fireball in the light of a bright supermoon will be a beautiful sight. Happy Viewing……. & PEACE……. ;-)

  4. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Big day for space travel today as the first spacecraft in history reaches a comet:

    All goes well, they are planning on landing on the comet in a couple months. Sounds like movie sci-fi stuff!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Landing on it for what purpose?

      1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

        Good question.

      2. Jack says:

        Hey fix & Rad : This May answer your Question…… What are the mission’s objectives?
        Rosetta’s prime objective is to help understand the origin and evolution of the Solar System. The comet’s composition reflects the composition of the pre-solar nebula out of which the Sun and the planets of the Solar System formed, more than 4.6 billion years ago. Therefore, an in-depth analysis of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by Rosetta and its lander will provide essential information to understand how the Solar System formed.

        There is convincing evidence that comets played a key role in the evolution of the planets, because cometary impacts are known to have been much more common in the early Solar System than today. Comets, for example, probably brought much of the water in today’s oceans. They could even have provided the complex organic molecules that may have played a crucial role in the evolution of life on Earth. Stay CUEDD & GO TIGERS !!

      3. Jack says:

        I might add I do NOT !!! Believe in Evolution …..I do believe in The Big Bang Theory ! ” GOD SAID BANG AND IT WAS DONE ” !!!!!! Amen….

        1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

          Way over my Head :}

        2. Jack says:

          Lol….”Literally “….. Mine 2!!!!!

      4. Cort S. says:

        1. Awesomeness

        2. Knowledge

        3. Advancement

        4. Prosperity

        5. Awesomeness

        1. Jack says:

          Hey CORT : Your Comments , made Me Think of ” Number5″ Input CLIP :: Lol…stay CUEDD SIR!!, ;-)

  5. Jack says:

    Weather History from NWS GR ::: On August 6 in Southwest Lower Michigan…

    Southwest Lower Michigan was in the grip of an extreme heat wave. Both Grand Rapids and Lansing set their highest temperature on record for the month of August at 102 degrees. At Lansing, it also ties the record for their all-time highest temperature.
    A tornado injured one person in Hastings and another tornado caused minor damage near Norvell in Jackson County.
    A small tornado downed trees and did minor damage to an outbuilding at Hamiliton in Allegan County.

  6. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    If anyone out there does not like the weather that we are having today they might as well go live underground with fixxxer!

    1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      I’s A Lot better than WINTER!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Well that is debatable :)

  7. PB says:

    Why would the 3rd Congressional District re-nominate and essentially re-elect an idiot like this?

    I am conservative, but this guy is what’s wrong with the GOP right now.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      That’s a big part of the problem. That being, the GOP isn’t getting the smartest and brightest people in the party any more. They are all going into business, and investment to make money, because that’s what they are good at. They are saying the hell with politics, we just want to go make bank. That’s why the party isn’t as strong as it used to be. But then if you look at the other side……well…..ya.

    2. Jack says:

      Hmmmm,,, CUE:: The Byrds – I wanna grow up to be a politician – YouTube
      Stay CUEDD 4 another DET. Tiger VICTORY!!

    3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Oh boy, here we go with the political BS! I am an Independent and I beleive that the entire political system is broken and corrupt! All lobbying should be illegal and all negative advertising should be outlawed! I do not trust either party and all that they care about is getting re-elected and making as much money as they can squeeze out of the system! Totally corrupt!

      1. Barb says:

        For once, I actually agree with you to a large extent but not totally. There are some honest politicians. BTW–we’d all look better to the rest of the country and the world if we learned to spell correctly and use proper grammar.

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Except here, of course. It is bad form to correct one’s spelling and grammar on a blog. It’s unnecessary and only makes you appear snooty and self-important.

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

      Hoekstra and Ellis are what’s wrong with the GOP. We do not need Democrat Lite.

  8. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Sunny and nice weather ahead , sounds good to me. ( although some precip would help here ). The weather forecast looks to be a bit docile for the next 8- 10 days , not to much to follow but there is a silver lining and that would be Football is back..!! Ahhh yes. :)

    1. Jack says:

      FOOTBALL Goldie Hawn Style HERE ::: Wildcats (1986) Ending Song – YouTube
      Heeehhhhheeeee….stay ” FOOTBALL” CUEDDD. ;-)

  9. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Absolutely a beautiful day today. Could really use some rain, but a day like this doesn’t come too often, so I enjoyed it without the rain! :)

  10. Barb says:

    Mackinac Island was fantastic today!

  11. Jack says:

    HEADS UP BILL & BLOOGERS ,,, For THE ISS Flyover TONIGHT ::: Wed Aug 6, 9:59 PM 6 min 57° 10 above WSW 11 above NE  
    Happy VIEWING !! Should Be a DANDY!!, LOOK UP & ENJOY!!

  12. Tyce (Green Lake/Caledonia) says:

    “From Ed, the gas guru: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 3:30PM: “With financial markets showing weakness, energy prices are starting to slip, too, and we are in no danger of a price hike this week. “

    40 hours later Speedway hikes the price…

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Yeah…Speedway always has the ultimate say around here….However, I got gas at 9 pm at Sam’s Club and they were still $3.31. There have been a couple times that Speedway moved and someone else didn’t (usually Meijer) and Speedway had to quickly back down.

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