Chance of Storms – Weather History

The SPC has moved the slight risk of storms further north than they were yesterday with the rest of the state in the marginal risk area.  We have some rain crossing lake Michigan at 4:30am, not expecting anything severe from these.  After these move through I suspect the sun will come back out and we will have another hot and humid day with the possibility of a popup storm later this evening (40%).  The best chances of severe weather will be north of US 10.

Thursday and Friday will be pleasant with highs in the upper 70s to 80° then the hot moist air moves back in possibly bringing us the warmest conditions of the summer.


Weather History

July 7

1991: Tornadoes strike across southern Lower Michigan. A tornado damaged about 20 homes near Highland in Oakland County. More damage occurred near Okemos in Ingham County and a home and some outbuildings were damaged as a tornado moved northeast of Rockford in Kent County. A tornado also briefly touched down northwest of Plainwell in Allegan County but did no damage.

1988: Lower Michigan is in the midst of another heat wave as the hot and dry summer of 1988 continues. Temperatures peak at 100 degrees on the 6th at Lansing andGrand Rapids, followed by a record high of 98 degrees on the 7th at Grand Rapids.

July 8

1885: A tornado damages several farms in and near Allegan, Michigan.

1936: The greatest heat wave on record gets underway across Michigan. Grand Rapids will see high temperatures at or above 100 degrees on six of the next seven days, including an all-time record high of 108 degrees on the 13th. Lansing will peak at 101 degrees on the 14th.

1951: Severe thunderstorms strike West Michigan with dozens of trees knocked down. Some of the trees block roads and damage cars and buildings

1984: Record low temperatures are set as cool air from Canada dominates the Great Lakes region. Grand Rapids falls to 46 degrees and Muskegon to 45.

July 9

1956: Cloudy and cool weather prevails with a record low maximum temperature of 64 degrees at Grand Rapids.

July 10

1895: Record cold temperatures occur on the second consecutive day at Lansing. The low of 39 degrees follows a low of 42 degrees on July 9th.

1897: A ten day heat wave, one of the most intense on record, peaked with highs near 100 degrees across the region. At Lansing, it was the third straight day with highs of 100 degrees, unprecedented in the record books.

1996: Cool weather prevails with Muskegon setting a record low temperature of 44 degrees.

July 11

1945: Muskegon falls to 40 degrees, setting a record low for the date. This is also the second coldest temperature for the month of July at Muskegon, just a degree warmer than the 39 degrees on July 2, 2001.

1957: Thunderstorms struck West Michigan with heavy rain and high winds. There was widespread flooding of streets, with some road washouts. The 3.19 inches of rain at Lansing made this the wettest July day of the 20th century there. Many trees were blown over by thunderstorm winds and lightning struck a TV antenna in Grand Rapids, burning out the transmission line.

1967: A tornado damaged a trailer, garage and silo about two miles west of Ferry in Oceana County.

July 12

1966: A tornado destroyed a barn at Coopersville in Ottawa County.

1978: Cool weather prevails with low temperatures in the 40s. Muskegon falls to 45 degrees, for a record low for the date.

July 13

1912: A tornado strikes downtown Grand Rapids at 4:10 AM. Several buildings are damaged and nine people are injured.

1936: The Dust Bowl summer of 1936 produces the hottest day on record across the state of Michigan. Grand Rapids hits 108 degrees, its highest temperature ever, with Mio, Michigan setting the state record of 112 degrees. At Grand Rapids, six out of the seven days from July 8th to July 14th were above 100 degrees.

1964: Clouds, rain and a cool northeast wind holds the high temperatures in the upper 50s to mid 60s across West Michigan. The high of 59 degrees at Grand Rapids is only the second time in over a hundred years of record that the temperature did not reach 60 degrees on a July day.


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Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

It sure is hot and humid today. The air was thick this morning and worse now. It is suppose to be really nice the next couple of days.

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

Finally…a mild summer day. For 2019 the “summer days” count is now at one. Today’s temp in 1936 was 102?…then we are a bit chilly.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Dew points back in the mid 70’s. The air feels just crazy thick.

Slim

Here is something amazing. At Anchorage, AK the departure for July stands at +12.0 and they have had 41 days in a row of above average temperatures. Also 58 of the last 59 days have been warmer then average. Now that is something to have a string that long that far north.
Slim

Mookie
Mookie

And they also broke an all-time max temperature record. Just like a lot of Europe.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

That’s incredible! There won’t be any cold air to come down with a North wind then.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Wow, the more I look at the forecasts for next week the happier I am that we will be where temps are in the 50s and 60s. Over 90 every day next week!?

Slim

Did get a light shower here but not much rain as just 0.01″ fell here at my house the current temperature here is 73 with some sun and cloudys.
Slim

Slim

Today will be the 16th day in a row of highs of 80 or better at Grand Rapids. Last year there was a string of 25 days in a row of 80 or better will have to see how Thursday and Friday end up to see if GR can match that string. St this time GR is at +4.3 for July, Lansing is at +3.9° Muskegon is at +4.7, Kalamazoo is at +5.4 So it has been a very warm start to July 2019
Slim

Mookie
Mookie

GR is at 73% possible sunshine through the first 9 days of July. Sunny and warm!

Slim

I am sure you seen the departures for Anchorage and they now have had 41 days in a row of above average mean temperatures
Slim

INDY
INDY

Hopefully we get some severe storms our best chances are always when we get dropped or they move a risk area away from us ..we will be tracking all day the IWS weather page will be a rocking hopefully..INDY!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

The severe weather threat has moved way up north. We could use some rain, though.