Weather History Day

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August 26

2000: Heavy rain and high winds produce scattered damage and some flooding. The roof of a bowling alley near Jackson was damaged by an apparent microburst. Roads were closed due to flooding across southern Kalamazoo County.

August 27

1948: A late season heat wave with eight straight days in the 90s at Grand Rapids is underway. Record highs are set at Lansing with 98 degrees, Grand Rapids with 95 and Muskegon with 91.

1977: Only two days after setting a record low of 43 degrees, the low temperature at Muskegon is a balmy 74 degrees, a record warm low temperature for the date.

2004: A weak tornado struck near Sherman City in Isabella County. A mobile home was slightly damaged but no one was injured.

August 28

1982: A strong cold front pushes through and temperatures tumble to 36 degrees at Lansing, setting a record low for the date.

1986: There is an autumnal chill as morning lows fall to a record low of 41 at Grand Rapids and to 36 degrees at Lansing, tying the record low set only four years before.

August 29

1863: A hard freeze ends the growing season at many interior locations. Lansing falls to 26 degrees, the coldest ever recorded in August there.

1982: Cool air from Canada continues pouring in, with a record low of 38 degrees at Muskegon and 41 degrees at Grand Rapids.

August 30

1949: A weak tornado struck just north

August 31

1993: Flash flooding hits Norton Shores in Muskegon County as slow moving thunderstorms dropped about an inch and a half of rain. Elsewhere, three people were struck by lightning in Otsego in Kalamazoo County. One suffered cardiac arrest but was not killed. The other two were treated for minor burns. The lightning strike occurred while two stranded motorists were huddled under an umbrella, watching the wrecker operator connect their vehicle. The lightning struck the umbrella and the motorists, then struck the wrecker operator, jolting him to the ground.

1953: August ends with a late season heat wave that will continue into September. Record highs of 97 are set at Grand Rapids, 96 at Lansing and 91 at Muskegon.

1975: Heavy rains on the last day of the month ensure that this will be the wettest August on record at Lansing and Muskegon. One to three inches of rain falls across the region, boosting the monthly total close to 10 inches.

2009: August ends on a cool note with a record low of 41 degrees at Muskegon. Some other readings include 34 at Big Rapids, 32 at Cadillac and 28 at Leota, in Clare County.

of Grant in Newaygo County, causing some minor damage to small buildings and crops.

1976: Grand Rapids falls to 39 degrees, the coldest ever recorded during the month of August. Scattered frost occurs in rural areas.

1984: A tornado struck about 5 miles northeast of St. Johns in Clinton County, damaging two homes, but causing no injuries.

September 1

1953: A heat wave that began in late August continued into September, with record highs of 97 degrees at Grand Rapids and 96 at Lansing. The 95 degrees at Muskegon tied the record high for the month there.

2009: September begins with temperatures more typical of October. Lows include 41 degrees at Muskegon, 36 at Ludington, Hersey and Baldwin, and 35 at Harrison. Cadillac fell to 32 degrees for the second morning in a row, and Leota in Clare County fell to 30 degrees.


A cool and pleasant 51° at 6am.  As I said earlier this month August is a month of transition to the beginning of fall.  Looking at the CFSv2 models the second half of September may see much cooler air from Canada begin to nose into Michigan.  Long range from my Aeris models are becoming consistent with temps in the 60s arriving around the 12th as the Arctic oscillation goes negative and a real cool shot maybe at the end of the month .   Of course as usual these are model guesses.  Normal temps for the first week of September are in the upper 70s with lows in the mid 50s.  By the end of the month temps drop into the 60s with night time lows into the low to mid 40s.  Average rainfall is around four inches for September in SW Michigan.  Average rain for August is around four inches which many areas have surpassed – we have had over 6.5 this month in Otsego.

The CPC guesses for the first two weeks of September show above normal rain and temps.  With the development of the El Nino this winter and guesses that the Arctic Oscillation to remain positive we may see a warmer winter than average – to early to make an accurate guess this far out but this seems to be the way the models are trending.

Today will be mostly sunny with pleasant temperatures.  Heat and humidity will build back in late Friday bringing an unsettled pattern and chances of storms through the Labor day weekend as a front meanders across the state.  The whole weekend will not be a washout but keep in mind storms can fire across the front especially in the afternoon during peak heating.


 

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INDY
INDY

I’m so excited to watch Northview play football tonight it’s a beautiful night outside loving Mother nature … INDYDOG14….

INDY
INDY

Nice to see Andy back on the blog I was getting worried you left us .. Have a good holiday weekend bud!! INDY!!

Andy W
Andy W

Oh yeah INDY always here, just haven’t posted in a while! Definitely enjoying the cooler less humid football weather! Can’t wait for Michigan vs ND on Saturday!! GO BLUE!

INDY
INDY

Yes sir go blue this is probably my favorite time of year 2 fanasty football drafts in the books high school football games and cool weather nothing better for INDY …ohhh can’t forget the sprites …Go Blue!! INDY!!

Andy W
Andy W

Oh yeah, can’t forget about the sprites!!

Mookie
Mookie

It’s funny. You can see posts from around this time of year last year. Rocky was talking about no more 90’s and snow. Indy was talking about how the leaves had changed color so soon. Somethings never change haha

INDY
INDY

And we all can’t wait to read your post during the winter like I said all summer the beat goes on.. When it’s warm in GR it’s hot in Detroit right mokkie lol!! INDY!!

Slim

You hit that one on the nail Indy. If you know what I mean.
Slim

INDY
INDY

All the trees are getting a yellow glo to them the green is going away fast and so is summer!! INDY!!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

That’s odd. Here’s a pic I just snapped out back, only one color on the trees:

http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=NuVqmzAy%2FKzkj44b99ZcKYh4l5k2TGxc#.W4gKZd8pChB

INDY
INDY

The Zland dome in effect …..Lol!! INDYDOG14!!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Well, I post proof. Let’s see your beautiful vividly colored trees. Everyone here would surely enjoy them.

Slim

There is some yellow showing on some of the trees in my yard but no red on any of the Maples yet. Way too early for much color and the color we do have is more related to stress than color change. BTW early color change mild winter.
Slim

*SS*
*SS*

Our wild cherry are really turning and losing lots of leaves… but they usually do any way. LOL!!!

Andy W
Andy W

I like how Slim is talking! MILD WINTER!!! Bill has already said that too!! BRING IT!!

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

I see your pic and I can tell you some of the trees here have some red leaves already.. I know I am not that far from Zeeland. I am betting they turn colors early this year.

INDY
INDY

And some think Rocky is s toll on here!! Lol? Maybe I am color blind! Have a nice weekend Sandy! INDY!!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Trolls don’t back up their posts with proof when they run their mouth. Non-trolls back up what they are saying with visual proof and stats. Pretty simple to understand.

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

Beautiful time of year.

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)
Mookie
Mookie

That’s great news for warm winter lovers! The Farmer’s Almanac has posted “Harsh, brutal” winter predictions for the past few years, and we’ve gotten nothing but wimpy winters lately. I think they do it to try to sell more papers and clicks. Their strategy worked perfect for you 😉

INDY
INDY

No need to pay for a copy you can look it up on line now ahh days .. It’s easy… iNDY

Slim

It sure was COLD in parts of the UP last night! Here are some reported lows Doe Lake 30° Wetmore and High Bridge 33° Ewin 34° Senery and Gwinn 35°
Slim

Mookie
Mookie

UP? That’s more than 8 hours away. We’re closer to the weather in Tennessee and New York.

Slim

Really?? New York (Up state) yes. Tennessee who are you kidding???
slim

Mookie
Mookie

Yep, you can get to the Tennessee border in less than 8 hours from GR. Have you never made that drive?

Slim

Made that trip probably more times than you have. Been to the UP as well. As for the type of weather New York is closer to the type of weather here in Lower Michigan then either the UP or Tennessee.
slim

Slim

BTW the distance to Doe Lake in the UP from GR is 372 Miles the distance from GR to White House, Tennessee is 521.
Slim

Mookie
Mookie

And yet Tennessee is a shorter drive. Not sure why you were so shocked by that if you’ve driven it??

Slim

I guess I am not just sure what your point is. It can be a faster drive but it is not a shorter drive. Of course the weather in Tennessee is warmer then it is here and in the UP it is colder then here. But the last time I checked 520 miles is longer then 372 miles.
Slim

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

Thanks for the FACTS concerning MICHIGAN weather! Keep up the great work!

INDY
INDY

Wow ….any reports of frost? INDY!

Mookie
Mookie

It sure looks HOT and HUMID again starting Sunday. Lows 68-70 with highs in the mid 80’s for multiple days. That sure is humid!

Slim

As for the first part of September it looks to be warm but not all that bad. The predicted highs in the low to mid 80’s will make for a very nice first week of met fall. BTW for the first 3 days of September for the 1st the record high is 97° the coldest maximum is just 59 and the record low is 40. For the 2nd the record high is 98 the coldest maximum is a cool 53 and the record low is 37. and for the 3rd the record high is 95 the coldest maximum is 58… Read more »

Slim

This mornings official low of 52° at GRR is the coldest it has been since June 6th. Here at my house I bottomed out at a cool 49°. Yes this August has been a very warm one by Michigan standards. The current mean for the month is 74.0° today will be below average and Friday will be near average so we will have to see where we end up at. It looks like we should be in the top 15.
Slim

INDY
INDY

Had to turn the heat on in the truck this morning kids where cold lol! I said this is nothing wait another month from now!! Interesting if we ever hit 90* the rest of summer … It’s going to be a great night for high school football get out and enjoy it.. ohhhh and the Farmers almanac is calling for a very bad winter in the great lks this year ….Bring it on!! INDYDOG14!!

Slim

It sure feels cool after how warm it has been.
Slim

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

The 90’s are a thing of past this summer despite the constant false hype about pending heat waves!

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

I sure can remember the cold mornings when we camped. Turning the heat on sometimes. Otherwise grab the fishing poles and head to the lake.

Slim

Same here. Seems back in the day heat was more needed when camping then air. Remember one night in the UP we woke up to frost on the ground in late August. But dont tell Mookie as you know he/she thinks the UP is not part of Michigan.
Slim

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

I’m in Cleveland. The top story on the morning local news is the heat wave. Last three days were 92°. They’ve had 17 days over 90° this year. They average 8 days.

Much cooler today, cloudy. Feels nice. Back to 90° this weekend.

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Enjoy the next couple days. More above normal temps with heat and humidity will be back by the weekend and most of next week..