It seems it was just yesterday when we were looking forward to longer days with warm sunshine. Well we are now about to turn the calendar to August. Stepping back and looking and how some others look at our weather the following is from an English travel site.
“August is delectably warm in Michigan with mostly sunny days and dry conditions across the state. The average temperatures in the state are in the zone of 50°F (10°C) to 82°F (27.8°C)
The precipitation is to the tune of 3″ (76.2mm) to 4″ (101.6mm), and mostly in the form of thunderstorms and occasional showers. The growing season is at a high with frost-free soil, moderate rainfall, and temperate conditions.
Light summer clothing is suitable during the day, but cover the lower body during the evenings. The fishing season is in full swing, and the hunting season is at its peak in the temperate weather. There is rarely a lovely time as August to set sail on one of the schooners and get away from the city lights. Bike an urban trail on a fine Sunday morning for an experience of nature in the city. August is a highly desirable time to visit Michigan but be prepared to spend more on accommodations.”
Here is some averages and a brief look as some past weather here in Grand Rapids.
At Grand Rapids the monthly mean is 71.1 The warmest August at Grand Rapids was in 1947 with a mean of 77.2 The coolest August was in 1992 with a mean of 65.0° Last year the mean was 72.0. The new 30 year average H/L starts out at 82.4/62.6 on the 1st falling to 78.8/58.6 by the 31st (the new 15 year average is 83.5/63.1 on the 1st falling to 79.3/58.8 by the 31st) The record high is 102 set on August 6th 1918 the last time it has reached 100 in August was on August 3rd 1964. The record low is a cold 39 on August 30th 1976. July and August are the only two months that it has not gotten down to 32 here at Grand Rapids just shows you how short our summers really are. The coolest maximum temperature here at Grand Rapids in August is 60 set on August 25th 1940. The warmest minimum was 79 on August 1st 2006.
This July will go down in the history books as a near average July here at Grand Rapids with just today to go there will be at least 11 days when the high did not reach 80° The 11 days with highs in the 70’s include 4 days with high of 75 or lower. The coolest high for the month is 73 and the warmest was 89 that was reached 4 times. The last time there were no days of 90 or better in July was in 2014. In the last 30 years there have only been 5 years without officially reaching 90 at Grand Rapids. As for days of 89 or better this year we have had 4 the average number in the last 30 for July is 5 with the most being 20 in 2012 and the least in 2009, 2000 and 1996. As for 88° days this year GR had 6 the average is 7, for 87 the 30-year average is 8 this year we will end up with 6. The average number of July days at 86 or better is 10 GR will end up this year with 7 and the average number of days in July at Grand Rapids of 85 or better is 12 and this year GR will end up with 12. So mostly we had a near average July.