Dormant Fish & Weather History

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Currently 27° here in Otsego and the plant life is dead with the exception of a few hardy mums which live in my wife’s flower gardens.  I pulled up what was left of my tomato plants yesterday, we had a good crop this year, I am going to miss them.  Home grown are much better than store bought in my opinion.  After the first killing frost the NWS doesn’t put out the frost and freeze warnings as it officially ends the growing season.

Here at my house when the water temperature in my fish pond drops to below 50° it is time to clean it and the pump which aerates it and cover the whole thing for the winter months.  The fish float at the bottom and go dormant.  When I uncover it in the spring they magically come back to life and are ready to eat.  We also have frogs which live in there when it is warm, they disappear when the weather gets cold.  The worse thing about uncovering the pond in the spring is that we always have several stupid moles which made a wrong turn during the winter floating in there.

We used to keep Koi in the pond which grew up to around 12 inches, some had the bad habit of jumping out and dieing.  Before I bought a generator if power went out during storms they would die because they need clean water to thrive.  We keep gold fish in there now which grow up to the same size and can exist in pretty much any water conditions.

We have a 60 gallon aquarium inside where we keep gold fish because they are easier to take care of.  We used to have more exotic fish in there but there life spans weren’t as long as the gold fish.  The average life span of a pet goldfish is five to 10 years. In the wild, they can live as long as 25 years. In fact, the oldest goldfish ever recorded was 43 years old.  They are essentially a breed of carp and are related to Koi.  They largest fish I ever caught was a 35 inch  carp in School Section Lake east of Martin.


Weather History

Now it is time for our weekly Michigan weather history:

October 21

1974: It is one of the coldest mornings on record in western Lower Michigan with temperatures falling into the teens. Grand Rapids falls to 18 degrees, the lowest October temperature on record.

October 22

1953: An extended October warm spell culminates with record highs around 80 degrees. At Grand Rapids, it is the third consecutive day with record high temperatures.

October 23

1955: A cold front moving into warm and humid air results in severe thunderstorms across southwest Lower Michigan. High winds and hail caused considerable damage to windows, roofs, automobiles and trees as a severe storm passed about 15 miles south of Grand Rapids.

1959: A tornado struck near Evart in Osceola County around 4 PM, with only minor tree damage.

1963: Michigan is in the midst of a spell of record warm weather. Lansing reaches 80 degrees or higher on five consecutive days from the 22nd to the 26th.

October 24

1967: A tornado injures four people as it destroys a trailer in Monterey Township, Allegan County.

2001: A squall line moves across southern Lower Michigan producing widespread wind damage and several tornadoes. The town of Schoolcraft in Kalamazoo County is hit by winds estimated up to 100 mph, causing extensive tree damage and some structural damage. The town of Marshall in Calhoun County also sustains some damage to homes as winds gust between 60 and 80 mph.

October 25

1962: Snow accumulates an inch or two across southwest Lower Michigan as an October cold snap continues. Low temperatures fall into the 20s at most locations for four straight days from the 24th to the 27th.

October 26

1869: Several inches of snow pile up across southwest Lower Michigan. The 5.5 inches at Lansing is a record for early season snowfall and the high temperature there only reaches 34 degrees.

2008: Thunderstorms combine with a cool air mass to bring some hail to Lower Michigan. Small hail covered the ground in a few locations.

October 27

1967: The heaviest October snowstorm on record strikes southwest Lower Michigan with widespread amounts greater than 6 inches. A total of 8.4 inches at Grand Rapids is almost double the amount of the next greatest October snowstorm.


Not seeing much in the way of an active weather pattern for our area in the near term.  We will see cool temps with partly cloudy skies today.  Mostly cloudy skies will return tomorrow and last through early next week with perhaps a few areas of drizzle – no storm systems are in sight until late next week.

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23* degrees out at thee YARDofBRICKS last night again cold for this time of the month I would give any of my gas bills for electric bills over a year. People can control there air conditioning hard to turn your heat off when it’s below 32* degrees common Sense in a house hold especially if you have kids! I’m still looking for them above normal temps we are supposed to have all the way to mid November what was posted weeks ago lol! INDYDOG14!! Stay warm have a good Wednesday blogers! INDYDOG14!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

There is no sign of any above normal temps – just a ton of cold!

Andy W
Andy W

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Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

We’ve rarely ever had a gas bill over $100. The average in Winter is $60 to $80. For electric, we average $160 during the Winter, and this past Summer we were topping $300 electric bills. Of course we do have a wood burner, but it doesn’t go on till temps stay below 25 or we would have to have the windows open because it’s to hot. Bottom line, close to $3000 a year on electric, $500 or less for gas. Not even in the same ball park.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Slim, the statement was made yesterday about having the highest heat bill ever for October yesterday. I’m guessing we stand right in the middle, around exactly average, for this Month as compared to past years. Any stats you could provide to enlighten us would be great. If I had to pick, I’d say there’s probably as many that are warmer than this one as there are cooler.

Slim

So far Grand Rapids is at 300 Heating Degree Days that is +4 HDD for the month so far. With 7 more days to go I would estimate that we could end up the month with around 420 to 450 HDD while colder then several more recent October’s it would not be a record for the month in fact 2002/03 and 2006/07 and 2009/10 were much colder and had higher HDD. As for the cost of the heating I am not sure what propane cost is now so $$ amount it could be higher if you heat with propane with… Read more »

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Thanks Slim! You are a bottomless source of weather stats! We did have our air on for the first week or so in October. And at least for us, electric bills are far more expensive than any gas bills we have ever received.

Sherry L York
Sherry L York

Low of 26.4 here last night. This is the 3rd hard freeze here so far and we still have a fair amount of green leaves still on the trees.

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

A low of 29 here with frost. We have just about finished cleaning up our garden flowers. Tomatoes were pulled last week. I have to agree there is nothing like a home grown tomato.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

This incredible stretch of below normal temps will last at least the rest of the month! Wow and keep this rock and roll party cranking baby!

Slim

With clear skies here the overnight low temperature was 26.2° with a moderate amount of frost. As is the case many times with clear skies and calm winds the temperature here at my house was several degrees cooler then at the airport. At the airport the low so far is 29 and the current reading there is 30°. One item of note is that while this is the 3rd hard freeze here in the last 6 days there are still a ton of leaves on the trees here. Some with moderate color and still many that are still green. And… Read more »