August

Tomorrow is the last day of July. Time sure is flying by.

August is the eighth month of the year it is seven months to have a length of 31 days. It is the last month of meteorological summer and is the month that many students return to school. On the weather front with a average mean of 71.1 it is typically the 2nd warmest month of the year. At Grand Rapids we start the month off with 14H and 30M of daylight and end the month with 13H and 13M of daylight. The average H/L on August 1st is 82.4/62.6 that falls to 78.8/58.6 on the 31st The warmest August was 77.7 in 1947 the next 4 warmest are 1900 with 76.3, 1937 with 76.0. 1959 with 75.5 and 1955 with 75.0. The coldest mean for any August was in 1992 with a mean of 65.0. The next 4 coldest are 1915 with 65.1. 1903 with 65.6. 1927 with 35.7 and 1904 with 65.9. The record hottest day is 102 set on August 6 1918. The record coldest low is 39 set on August 30, 1976 that was just 3 days after the high reached 94. On average there are 3 days with highs of 90 or better in August the most is 17 in 1947. There have been many years were it did not reach 90 in August in Grand Rapids including 2019, 2017 and 2014. On average there are 9 days of 85 or better that’s right just 9 days on average of 85 or better in August. The most is 26 days in 1947 the least number of days of 85 or better is 1 the most recent year was 2000. On average there are 2 nights when the low drops into the 40’s in August with the most being 11 in 1976. On average there is 3.55” of rain in August with the most being 8.46 in 1987 and the least being just 0.13” in 1899 there have been a total of 16 years with less than one inch of rain fall in August the last time was in 1996.

Some of the more extreme weather events to occur in August. On August 1st, 1993, a storm in Kent County had grapefruit-sized hail. 1964 on August 3rd Grand Rapids hits 100° August 6, 1918, Grand Rapids reaches 102 the record for the month. August 13, 2002, several tornadoes hit SW Michigan including one near Rockford. August 14, 1987, 3.61” of rain falls at Grand Rapids. August 16, 1979, the temperature falls to 36 at Muskegon. August 19 1939 4.22” of rain falls at Grand Rapids August 20th 2016 several tornadoes are reported near Grand Rapids no one is hurt. August 22nd 1936 temperature reached 98 at Grand Rapids. August 30th 1976 the official low falls to 39 at Grand Rapids that is the coldest reading for any day in August so far. There were reports of some frost in the area. August 31 1953 August ends on hot note when temperatures reach the upper 90’s  2009 August ends on a cold note with readings in the lows of 34 at Big Rapids, 32 at Cadillac and a very cold 28 at Leota.

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Heat wave, what heat wave? No heat waves are in sight despite the hype of 100 degrees next week! What a joke!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Breaking news>>>>>today was another below normal temp day! This despite the constant warm weather hype from on here! Incredible summer so far!