Football Frenzy – high school football kicks off tonight. It’s all cameras on deck for the Frenzy. We’re planning on covering 20 games this evening and 19 games tomorrow evening. Highlight games tonight: W. Ottawa/Mona Shores, Lowell/Walled Lake Western and Portage/Battle Creek Lakeview. Watch the highlights at 10 pm on WXSP and at 11 pm on WOOD TV8. We’ll also have cut-ins throughout the evening on WOOD. Pic. is what the moon looked like last night. We’ll have a nearly full moon the next couple nights. The full moon is technically Saturday at 2:35 pm and the full moon of August is most often called the Sturgeon Moon. Here’s the names and times of the full moons of 2015. Next month we have the Harvest Moon, plus a lunar eclipse! Here’s this week’s Sky at a Glance, where you can check the location of planets and other cool things to see in our nighttime sky. Here’s the list of Space Station Flyovers for West Michigan. You can also get the latest on West Michigan astronomical events from the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Assn. Check out www.spaceweather.com for details on auroras, the number of sunspots, asteroid approaches and more. Here’s a link to a map that shows where the space station is right now (takes a little while to open the page). Here’s another tracking map with the position of the sun. Nearly full moon hangin’ over the Windy City. Grand Rapids is now 1 degree cooler than average for the month of August. Michigan was the coolest of the Lower 48 states on Weds. Last 4 days G.R. has had 19% of possible sunshine. Three of the last 7 days have had highs in the 60s. Last 7 days have been 5.4 deg. cooler than average.
The overnight models are more bullish on rain for Saturday. the NAM model gives G.R. a 27% chance of rain Fri. night and a 70% chance of rain on Sat. The GFS has a 29% chance of rain late Fri., a 59% chc. of rain Fri. night and an 80% chance of rain on Saturday.
It’s been a cool start to the day – here’s current Michigan temps, Michigan webcams and the latest Lake Michigan water temps. (Reeds Lake in East G.R. last check had a water temp. of 70). Here’s yesterday’s U.S. high temps. – including a hot 102 at Laredo TX, Chadron NE and Imperial NE. On the cool side – the high was only 62 in Cleveland, 68 in Columbus OH, Elkins WV and Pittsburgh PA. Buffalo managed only 69. The past two days, Grand Marais (beach) in the U.P. has had high temps. of 54 and 53. Once again the warmest temp. in the U.S. was at Death Valley CA (115), while Togo MN dipped to a frosty 32.
View of Tropical Storm Erika from the Hurricane Hunters Aircraft near sunset Weds. Here’s the latest projected path of Erika, which should come close to Florida. 4.76″ of rain near Homestead, Florida. Hurricane Ignacio heading toward Hawaii. Aurora last night in Wisconsin – nearly full moon makes it harder to see. the kp-index is at a 5 as I write this. 1.31″ of rain in 1 hr at Mount Rushmore, SD. Look at the cool, wet weather coming for Washington State – great news for fire fighters.