Will we see our first 70° next week? At this time the best chance will come Monday. If we do not reach 70 on Monday we will be in the running for the latest first 70° at Grand Rapids. In 1950 it did not reach 70 or better until May 3rd that year. Over the last 40 years the average first 70° is March 30th In the time there have only been 3 years when the first 70° day came after April 20th (today’s date) they are 4/27/2013 when the high reached 71° and the next 3 days came in at 64°,73° and 78° in 1984 the first date was not until 4/26 when the high reach 83° with highs reaching 78 and 70 after that. And in 1993 when the first date was April 24th when the high reach 73° a reading of 71 came a few days later. Going back further for 70 years the average first 70° day is April 2nd Since 1948 the years that did not reach 70 on or before April 20th are 1. 1950 May 3rd 2. 1951 April 30th 3. 1970 April 25th 4. 1975 April 29th 5. 1984 April 26th 6. 1993 April 24th 7. 2013 April 27th so in the last 70 years there have only been 7 Aprils that did not reach 70° or more by today. Note that May 3rd 1950 is the latest first 70° day in Grand Rapids history. The last time it has been 70 or better here in Grand Rapids was October 22 last year.
We were in the Bay City area the weekend of April 15th to the 15th and here is a short summery of our trip up the Linwood, MI. When we got up there on Friday afternoon it was raining and some what windy the temperature (from my cars outside reading) was 37° the wind was out of the NE. We visited some family in Bay City for the dinner and then drove back up to Linwood for the night. Still just rain heavy at times. Over night the wind had picked up and by Saturday morning the wind (at MBS some 20 miles inland from the bay) was a reported 32 MPH with gust of 45 MPH at the house in Linwood (about a half mile from the Bay) the wind was just roaring while no trees were blown down a lot of large limbs were. The rain turned to sleet just after 8 AM and was coming down hard and boy did it hurt to walk outside in that. By 10 AM the ground and roads were covered in sleet and grapple and or small hail. And the wind continued to just roar. By 1 PM the temperature (on my car) was down to 29° and by now it was just freezing rain and some sleet. The steady NE winds with the long fetch of open water over Lake Huron and the Saginaw Bay pushed water inland and there was flooding along the Saginaw River and the Kawkawlin River and on the bay shore at Killarney Beach and Linwood Beach. While the flooding was wide spread it was not as bad as the blizzard of March 1973
By 6 PM it was more like a freezing mist with off and on heaver rain mixed in. I went out side at 10PM the winds were still strong but it was just cloudy at that time the car was covered with ice on the east facing side. The driveway was just a sheet of ice. When I woke up at 7AM on Sunday there had been some snow that had fallen and that was a good thing as now you could walk on the driveway. By 11 AM it there was heavy snow falling with visibilities at Linwood at less that 0.25 miles. While this was a major storm by April standards it was not as bad as it could have been. If there was more freezing rain with that wind it would have been much worse with a lot of trees down and power outages.
We started out back home in that heavy snow. I usually take US 10 to Midland and from there M 20 to Mount Pleasant and a back road to M 46 and M 46 to US 131 but yesterday I took I 75 to I 69 to I 96 instead. I think this was a good choice.
In closing this week.
With the weather getting nicer and soon warmer there is a chance that in the upcoming days fewer comments will be posted on here unless there is a major severe weather outbreak, or a major heat wave or frost in June, July or August. So enjoy the back and forth that is happening with the “cold first 2/3rds of April vs the gee it a average April that has been going on the past few days. Weather like sports is based on records and to me that is the fun part of watching weather. Be it hot, cold, dry, wet or stormy. I will just bring up the facts no matter what way they go. If I am bias it would lead towards warm as I do not like the cold. I know we have a few who post on here with a cold bias and one or two that lean more towards the warm side. No matter what side you lean towards your views will be welcome here but could be open for debate. There is no “right” side to be on and no “wrong” side to be on. I think that MJ would say the same thing.
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