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Meteorological Winter/December

You may hate it or love it but either way we  have now entered meteorological winter. Of course, the months of December, January and February on average are the coldest months of the year here in west Michigan. In most winters they are the months with the most snow fall. Records have been kept here […]

some 1st and lasts

Here is where Grand Rapids now stands on some 1st and last so far this fall/winter season.  On the 1st side GR has already reached the 1st 32° low back on October 23rd that was later than average but by just 2 days. The first hard freeze of 28 or lower was reached on October […]

Mid Month Summary

With clear skies the temperature fell to 23 here in MBY and that is the current reading here as well. We are now just past mid-month so it is time to take a mid-month summary. At Grand Rapids the 1st 16 days have a mean of 44.9 that is +2.7 above average. The high for […]

Gales of November

Today is Veterans Day so please take a moment to say thanks to all of our vets. They have been called many things – “November Gales”, “White Hurricanes”, and “Freshwater Furies.” Whatever you call them, they are powerful Great Lakes storms, sometimes with hurricane-force winds, that feed off the relatively warm Great Lakes water. Since the […]

Time Change and Some Weather History

I know a lot of people do not like the time change but none the less tonight is the night we change the time to what I like to call “Winter Time” so don’t forget to change clocks that do not change by themselves one hour back. MV does a weather history post each week. […]

Halloween and November history

  First off, I will take a look at the weather history for Halloween. At Grand Rapids the average high/low for Halloween is 54/38. The record high of 79 was set in 1950, it has reached 70 or better in 10 years, the last time was in 1981. The coldest maximum of 32 was set […]

Warm Winter Comming?

Past El Nino Winters at GR This winter season looks to have a strong to very strong El Nino event. That should give us a winter with less snowfall and mild temperatures. Since 1950 there has been a total of 26 El Nino winter seasons. 11 were weak ones, 7 moderate ones, 5 strong ones […]

Earliest Snow Falls

We are now deep enough into October when in the past there have been some years when Grand Rapids had its first measurable snow fall. Here are some of the years of those early snow falls that occurred during  October 12 thru the 20th Note that since 1950 several of the years of early October […]

Record warm October Start

The end of September was warm with highs of 70 and 79 on the 29th and 30th.  October had the warmest start to any October at Grand Rapids and for much of Michigan. It was the 1st time that the 1st 4 days of October all had highs of 80 or better. Several record highs […]


The average mean temperature for October at Grand Rapids is 51.5 the record warmest October was in 1900 with a mean of 59.1. That October had 4 days in a row with highs in the mid 80’s. The record coldest October was in 1925 with a mean of 42.9. That October had 4 days in […]