Weather Trivia

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Animal/Weather Trivia/Myths(?)

This is a bit of info I have known since my younger days:  you can tell the temperature in the summer by the number of cricket chirps in 15 seconds.  The formula is T=c+40 where ‘c’ is the number of chirps.  The premise is the warmer it is the more the crickets chirp.  Thirty chirps in 15 seconds would equal 70°.  It is amazing that we have made up a mathematical formula to confirm this.

Frogs are said to croak even longer and louder than usual when bad weather is on the horizon. When you hear their volume increase, you can assume a storm is brewing.  The frogs in my area can neither confirm nor deny this.

It’s been said that if birds are flying high, the weather is clear. But if they’re flying closer to the ground, the air pressure of a storm system is causing them pain at higher altitudes.

When cows sense bad weather, they become restless and antsy and begin to swat flies with their tails or lie down in the pasture to save a dry spot.

When bees and butterflies disappear from the flower beds, you can expect some heavy weather coming your way.

Whether true or not we could say they are affected by (high and low) pressure changes…

Some scientists believe that toads can sense when an earthquake is about to happen. In 2009, a colony of toads abandoned its pond in L’Aquila, Italy, days before a quake hit the area. The colony went from 96 toads to almost zero over three days. Scientists concluded that shifts under the earth before the quake could have changed the chemistry of the toads’ pond.

Weather History

Sep 29, 1927
An outbreak of tornadoes from Oklahoma to Indiana caused 81
deaths and 25 million dollars damage. A tornado (possibly two
tornadoes) cut an eight-mile long path across Saint Louis MO, to
Granite City IL, killing 79 persons. The damage path at times
was a mile and a quarter in width. The storm followed a similar
path to tornadoes which struck in 1871, 1896, and 1959.
IN 1986…A week of violent weather began in Oklahoma which
culminated in one of the worst flooding events in the history of
the state. On the first day of the week early morning thunderstorms
caused more than a million dollars damage in south Oklahoma City.
Thunderstorms produced 4 to 7 inches of rain from Hobart to Ponca
City, and another round of thunderstorms that evening produced 7
to 10 inches of rain in north central and northeastern sections
of Oklahoma.

Sep 30, 1985
The low of 29 degrees established the record low for the month of
September at Dodge City.

Oct 1, 1893
The second great hurricane of the 1893 season hit the Mississippi
Delta Region drowning more than 1000 persons.
IN 1998…Heavy rain fell across the Liberal area for 24 hours with
the heaviest rain falling between 8 am and 5 pm. Five to eight inches
were reported with one unofficial report indicating 10 inches.
Streets were flooded that had never flooded before. A local
disaster was declared.

Oct 2, 1898
A hurricane struck the Georgia coast washing away Campbell Island.

Oct 3, 1912
The longest dry spell of record in the U.S. commenced as Bagdad
CA went 767 days without rain.
IN 1986…Remnants of Hurricane Paine deluged Oklahoma and
southeastern Kansas with 6 to 10 inch overnight rains. Hardy Oklahoma
was drenched with 21.79 inches. Heavy rain between September 26th and
October 4th caused 350 million dollars damage in Oklahoma.

Oct 4, 1777
The battle of Germantown was fought in a morning fog that grew more
dense with the smoke of battle, causing great confusion. Americans
firing at each other contributed to the loss of the battle.

Oct 5, 1638
The journal of John Winthrop recorded that a mighty tempest struck
eastern New England. This second severe hurricane in three years
blew down many trees in mile long streaks.

Below is the September wrap up – the mm for Lansing is due to seven day of missing data early in the month.

Of course the weather didn’t agree with yesterdays forecast – I saw one peek of blue sky yesterday before the clouds covered it back up.  Today’s guess is for partly cloudy skies with highs in the low to mid 50s.  Tonight the temps will drop into the low 40s south and frost and freeze advisories in central and northern Michigan will be in place where temps will drop into the 30s

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The clouds have now rolled in with a temperature of 54


Finally, clear blue skies here. The low here at my house was 44 and the official low was 47 at the airport. That official low of 47 is the coldest low so far this fall and the coldest low since May 21st Yesterday the H/L was 65/51 with 0.68” of rain fall. So far the total at GRR this month is 2.45” For today the average H/L is now down to 65/46. The record high is 87 set in 1951. The record low is 30 set in 1965. The warmest minimum is 65 set in 2013 and the record coldest… Read more »


September 2019 was very warm across the area and most of Michigan. It was not a much above average the more north one went. Here is the September 2019 mean and the ranking across the major reporting locations. Grand Rapids 66.4° 8th warmest. Muskegon 66.4° 5th warmest. Kalamazoo 68.7° 2nd warmest. Lansing too much missing data. Detroit 68.6° 8th warmest. Flint 66.6° 5th warmest. Saginaw 65.4° 12th warmest. Alpena 60.2° 18th warmest. Sault Ste Marie 29.4° 17th warmest. And Marquette 57.4° but there it was just the 63rd warmest on record.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Get ready for the below normal temp streak! What a year! 7 out of the first 9 months GR has seen below normal temps! An absolutely incredible stat!


And go figure, GR is once again the coldest temperature reporting location in West Michigan versus its average. Starting to wonder if GR is not a very reliable location for temperature reporting.


Must be a conspiracy.


We now stand at 24 days in a row without a below average day (if you round up or down the daily departure as talked about previously)! I’m thinking that finally gets broken today. What a run!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

I wonder if there any correlation between animal behavior and the weather. It’s pretty cool, nonetheless.