7th Coolest July Since 1895 in Michigan

August 13th, 2014 at 3:44 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

July 2014 temperature u.s.   July 2014 Rainfall U.S.  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.”

 

 

26 Responses to “7th Coolest July Since 1895 in Michigan”

  1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    More facts about cold and snow! Imagine that! Keep it coming!

    1. matt says:

      Right chi chi

  2. DF (EGR) says:

    I can see my breath this morning… These next few mornings will be in striking distance of top 3 record lows. I can’t even remember when we talked about a close record high.

    It looks like a nice warm up next week, but there are some serious high temp forecast variations out there at this point.

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    No 90′s in sight! Who knew?

    1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,

      1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

        Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,

        1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

          Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        That is the spirit! Keep up the good work!

        1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

          Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,Rocky Knew,

  4. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    That snow pile is an eye sore. What a mess!

  5. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    You guys were cold yesterday! I hit 79 degrees and actually had an above average day.

    Perfect weather!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      LOL!

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      Flint is 2° cooler than average for August and Flint will go deeper in the whole the rest of this week.

  6. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The “mini ice age” is just getting revved up! Keep it coming!

    1. Tom says:

      Can’t wait until Rocky is back in school!!!!

      1. matt says:

        @tom +million.

  7. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    DF (EGR) says:
    August 13, 2014 at 8:06 am
    I can see my breath this morning… These next few mornings will be in striking distance of top 3 record lows. I can’t even remember when we talked about a close record high.
    It looks like a nice warm up next week, but there are some serious high temp forecast variations out there at this point.

    Well DF, the best I can tell the last time GR has had a high temp in the top 3 was on December 1st 2013 GR came in 2nd place with a high of 61° on that day (the record for December 1st is 65° set in 1970) The last time I can find a record high was back in 2012 GR set a record high on back to back days on the 3rd and 4th when GR hit 65° on both days. There were quite a few days with high temps in the top 3 spots in 2010, 2012 and 2013. But I have not seen any recorded as of yet in 2014.
    SlimJim

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      Nice. No wonder I couldn’t remember.

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      Looks about the same to me other than the write up is out of date. It’s cool they added the Antarctic historical graph now. Antarctic continues to set records and Arctic is recovering it seems, highest in the last five years anyway.

    1. Jack says:

      BURRR….No Thanks ! Fish LOVE IT, I’m Sure. ;-)

      1. Hey DF, it seems this time of year we have a temp crash on Lake Michigan.

        2012 and 2013 did the around this time of year. I wonder why:

        2012: http://uglos.mtu.edu/show_pic.php?station=45029&meas=WTMP1&uom=E&time_diff=-4&time_label=EDT

        2013: http://uglos.mtu.edu/show_pic.php?station=45029&meas=WTMP1&uom=E&time_diff=-4&time_label=EDT

        1. DF (EGR) says:

          The wind picks up finally and it crashes.

      2. I know but it the past 3 years it crashes around the same date. I thought it was interesting

        1. Barry in Zeeland says:

          That is odd Kyle. Must be something to coincide with my birthday every year? Nice find.

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