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Response, NWS GR, NOAA (NCEI)

There has been some discussion as to “why” Grand Rapids has been cooler compared to average in the last couple of years. One comparison is between Grand Rapids and Lansing. I know that Lansing in the past has been cooler than they are now. It looks like they moved the sensor location from a “colder […]

The Week ahead in the Past

  This week I will look at some off the wall weather events in the past. September 9th 1921 – A dying tropical depression unloaded 38.2 inches of rain upon the town of Thrall in southeastern Texas killing 224 persons. 36.4 inches fell in 18 hours. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel) 1944 – The “”Great Atlantic Hurricane”” […]

Is a Warm Dry winter on the Way?

Will the winter of 2023/24 be a warm and dry one?. Here in Michigan during a strong El Nino the trend is for a warmer and dryer winter season. It also should be noted that the Atlantic Ocean surface water temperature is also warmer than average at this time. The global weather system is complex, […]

Sudden End to Hot Summer

The SW Michian weather history has this for August 17. August 17 1988: It is the last hot day of the hot and dry summer of 1988. Record highs were set at Grand Rapids with 98 degrees, Lansing with 95, and Muskegon with 93. Thirteen of the first seventeen days of August had highs over […]

Late Summer Recap

We now have just 3 weeks of meteorological summer left so I will look at how this summer has played out so far. Here is where west Michigan stands so far as to how many days, we have had of highs 90 or better. At Grand Rapids so far there have been 9 days in […]

Fair Time

When I was young one of the big events in August and early September was going to Michigan fairs. I have not been to a fair in a long time but here is a list of some of the fairs in Michigan in August. Northwestern Michigan Fair & 4-H Competition Sun, Aug 6 – Sat, Aug 12 […]

The 8th Month

  On Tuesday we will flip the calendar over to August. August is the eighth month of the year it is one of seven months to have 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 an average mean […]

Put in Bay and More

My oldest son, his wife, my wife and me took a trip to Put in Bay, Ohio. Put in Bay is the name of the village on South Bass Island that it part of several Islands in lake Erie. Here is a link for some more information on South Bass Island https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Bass_Island There are two […]

Mid Summer

Halfway point of summer! Today is the halfway point of Meteorological Summer. At Grand Rapids the sunrise/set time today is 6:18 AM/9:21 PM. The current 30-year average for today is 83.4/62.7 for the 15-year average it is a warmer 84.3/63.5. Starting on July 22nd we start the slow downward trend and head towards winter. At […]

The Great Heat Wave

This  week is the 87th  anniversary of the greatest heat wave in Michigan history. At Grand Rapids the heat wave started on July 7th with a high of 98 and 11 of the next 12 days had highs of 90 or better and there were 6 days of 100 or better including the all time […]