Independence Day Forecast – Weather History

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The mosquitoes have come out with a vengeance this past week – they love this hot and humid air mass we have in place.  We can not go outside without the Deep Wood Off covering our bodies or they will suck us dry, this is just one of the ‘pleasures’ of living in the woods.

I have been teaching one of my cats to walk with a leash, yesterday every time he would stop the mosquitoes would nearly cover him.  Luckily he has long hair they can’t get through.  He gets excited when I bring out his leash, sometimes he brings it out himself in anticipation I will take him out with it.

The fireflies are now out at night creating their own light show, they are flickering all over the place when we take our evening walk.

I forgot to post our weather history yesterday – a sign of old age and retirement, I tend to not keep track of what day it is during the week especially when I am working on home projects.

Weather History

June 30

1931: June ended on a hot note with highs in the upper 90s after morning lows in the mid 70s.

July 1

1999: A weak tornado made intermittent touchdowns during the early afternoon in Newaygo County. A few tree limbs were downed, but otherwise there were no damage reports, as the tornado remained over rural areas.

2009: The coolest July in Grand Rapids history begins with a record cool high of only 64 degrees as clouds and scattered showers prevail.

July 2

1973: A tornado struck two miles east of Leslie in Ingham County, damaging a car, mobile home and several farm buildings.

2001: Frost and freezing temperatures were observed in some locations with a 29 degree temperature recorded in Grant, Michigan in Newaygo County. The 39 degrees at Muskegon was the coldest July temperature on record there.

2008: A line of severe thunderstorms brought high winds, large hail, and some flooding from Muskegon to Grand Rapids and Lansing, south to Kalamazoo. In western Allegan County, winds estimated up to 75 mph brought down dozens of trees and snapped eight power poles. A roof was blown off a home in Kalamazoo County. Hail up to 1.75 inches in diameter caussed damage in Muskegon County.

July 3

1966: A five day heat wave peaked with temperatures in the upper 90s. The high of 99 degrees set a daily record at Lansing, the second in a row following a high of 98 degrees on the 2nd.

July 4

1911: The phrase Hot as the Fourth of July gains new meaning as temperatures soar to near 100 degrees, for Michigan’s hottest Independence Day on record.

1969: Nature’s fireworks turn violent as severe thunderstorms form in the evening and drop several tornadoes across Lower Michigan. More than 60 people are injured, most of them from a tornado that hit Flat Rock in southern Wayne County. This tornado destroyed a tile factory, carrying sheet metal over a mile. Another tornado injured eleven people about four miles east of Jackson as it damaged a dozen mobile homes.

1974: Tornadoes strike Lower Michigan during the early afternoon. One person is injured as a tornado damages several houses between Charlotte and Potterville in Eaton County. Tornadoes also damage barns and outbuildings in Huron and Tuscola Counties.

1977: A widespread severe weather outbreak hit Lower Michigan with tornadoes and downbursts. Two people were injured and almost a million dollars damage was done. A tornado injured one person and destroyed two mobile homes and one barn near Maple Ridge in Arenac County. Another person was inured by a tornado at Otisville in Genesee County as four mobile homes were destroyed there. Two homes and a camper unit were heavily damaged as a tornado moved from southern Isabella County into northern Montcalm County, ending northeast of Vestaburg.

2003: The July 4th holiday turns tragic as seven people drown in rip currents on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. A line of thunderstorms earlier in the day had produced strong winds across the middle of the lake, and the dangerous currents formed several hours later.

July 5

1921: A record high of 100 degrees at Grand Rapids contributes to July 1921 becoming the warmest month on record there with a mean temperature of 79.8 degrees.

1972: Temperatures fell to record lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s across the region. The 37 degrees at Lansing was the coldest July reading of the 20th century there.

1994: Thunderstorms with hail and heavy rain pound areas of West Michigan. The 3.56 inches of rain at Grand Rapids makes this the wettest July day on record.

1921: One person was injured by a tornado that destroyed three barns while passing north of Alma and Saint Louis in Gratiot County.

July 6

1983: Cool high pressure settles over Lower Michigan and temperatures fall to record lows. The 41 degrees at Grand Rapids is the lowest ever recorded during the month of July for the Furniture City.

2014: Severe thunderstorms roll through on the night of July 6-7th. At least four tornadoes struck from near Grand Rapids to Saint Johns. A tornado with top winds estimated at 110 mph did heavy damage in the Grand Rapids suburb of Kentwood.

We had a few cells of rain moving around southern lower Michigan yesterday, most didn’t move much.  Lake temperatures have finally reached 70° – below are the latest readings – note that the bottom temps are still quite cold.

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Scattered thunderstorms from mid afternoon through early evening could produce gusty winds, cloud to ground lightning strikes and briefly heavy downpours. The main risk area is from along and east of US-131. The combination of warm temperature and high humidity will make if fee like 90 to 95 degrees this afternoon.

Expect warm and humid conditions as our stagnant airmass lingers over the state.  A lake breeze is likely to develop and move inland during the afternoon. Thus storms look likely to develop initially from near Grand Rapids southward to Kalamazoo/Paw Paw around mid afternoon. They are then forecasted to move inland for the remainder of the afternoon/evening gradually dissipating around sunset.


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Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

What on earth?…pouring in Ada. Sunny a moment ago and now drenched 🙁

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Dew points in SE Michigan have topped 80! This extended humidity is reminding me a lot of last Summer. The air just doesn’t dry out.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

View to our East just after 3p.m. as the lake breeze ramps up the clouds. Totally clear from here to the West. And crazy hot and humid!

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Andy W
Andy W

Wonder if Rocky has his furnace going right now????


Up to 92° here at my house, Last reading at GRR was 89 so will have to see when they break the 90° mark. There are several thunderstorms on the east side of the state so far nothing on this side.

Andy W
Andy W

Well on our way to another 90 degree day!!! Already 88 in GR!! And Rocky said we would have any 90 degree days this summer!! LOL!!! Who knew?!??

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Too funny – the lies and fake news being posted on here are worse than the garbage coming from the Trump White House! Incredible!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland
Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

There has been a massive mosquito hatch here at the lake. Sprayed the lawn last night and it helped, but they are relentless.

It’s going to be another great day out. The lake water temp is like bath water. Happy Independence Day, friends.


Welcome to our 10th consecutive above average day!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Happy 4th everyone! Had our big party last night, and it was so warm and humid that once I lit the fire not a single person went anywhere near it the whole night. Mosquitoes have also gotten really bad here, but between the foggers and tiki torches I put out they were held back most of the night. Odd stat being a few days into July and the temp is running at about a +8 degrees.


First off Happy July 4th I just got back from a nice walk I enjoy walking on warm mornings like this one. I like the smell of a little humidly in the air and of course it is cooler to walk now then later in the day I did this every morning during the summer when I lived in Florida. Today and tomorrow look to be very warm before we get into a stretch of very pleasant summer weather. Both here at my house and the airport the overnight low was a warm 71 and my current temperature is a… Read more »