Weds. PMAugust 6th, 2014 at 11:36 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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. “