7th Coolest July Since 1895 in MichiganAugust 13th, 2014 at 3:44 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the images to enlarge. The images (from NCDC) show the average July temperature ranking by state for the U.S. for the last 120 years. The image on the right is rainfall rankings for July. Michigan had the 7th coolest July since 1895. For Grand Rapids, it was the 5th coolest July. ALL FIVE of the coolest Julys ever in G.R. have come since 1992. Only one of the top five warmest Julys has come since 1955. There were two states that had their coolest July ever, Indiana and Arkansas. There were 13 states that had a top ten coolest July. Six western states had a top 10 warmest July. Overall the U.S. was 0.3° cooler than average in July. This was the coolest July since 2009. Two states had a top ten driest July (S. Dakota and Alabama) and three states had a top ten wettest July (Maine, Massachusetts and N. Hampshire). Three notable events in West Michigan in July were 1) The tornadoes of July 6 (including a strong EF-1 in Southern Kent Co. 2) The dramatic upwelling of cold water at the end of the month, which sent the water temperature down to 41° at Holland St. Park (that thread on my blog got a link on Drudge Report) and 3) the lack of a 90-degree day through the end of July. Grand Rapids is now 0.3° cooler than average for August. At 4 am it’s already down to 47° and 46° in Manistee. There are a couple spots with patchy fog. The north-northwest winds have cooled the surface water along the Michigan shore, with nearshore buoys showing water temps. in the upper 40s this morning.
Also, there is STILL a little bit of ice left floating near the south shore of Hudson Bay (in mid-August). No “Northwest Passage” this late summer. In fact, temperatures have been at or below average above 80° latitude every day since the middle of May. Because of the slower summer ice melt, the Arctic icecap extent is the greatest of any August 13th in the last 10 years. Here’s a comparison of the Arctic icecap this week compared to 7 years ago. The Antarctic ice extent continues to set daily maximum records. The extent is significantly higher than one year ago and well over two standard deviations from average. Parts of Antarctic had all-time record cold in June and July.
WOW! CHECK THIS OUT: A snowpile that’s still 59-feet high in August in Winnipeg, Canada! Jim Berezowsky, Winnipeg’s manager of streets maintenance, says… this year, he’s seeing more snow than usual. “It is significantly higher than in years past,” Berezowsky told CTV’s Canada AM on Friday. “We didn’t receive the extreme heat that we usually do.”