Dog Days of Summer

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Another year, another footstep towards eternity, another birthday.  As one gets into retirement in their 60s they realize their mortality and wonder how they made it through the rebel years of their teens and 20s.  We understood our mistakes and hopefully learned from them bettering ourselves and became decent law-abiding human beings.

Luckily I made good choices in regards to putting away money to afford an early retirement two years ago, now I have jumped through the federal hoops of medicare the past couple months and am set for life such as it is.

To the youngsters out there – listen to your parents and grandparents – we went through the same things you are going through, made stupid mistakes and learned valuable life lessons.  Of course, if you were like my dad he provided little information on these things, it was sink or swim.  If you got into trouble you had to find your own way out.


Enough rambling, let’s get on with the weather:

The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius, which Hellenistic astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They are now taken to be the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Various computations of the dog days have placed their start anywhere from 3 July to 15 August and lasting for anywhere from 30 to 61 days.  Both the ancient Greeks and Romans noticed that the star Sirius — the dog star, Canis major in the Orion constellation — began to rise with the sun not long after the summer solstice. While this is often the hottest time of the summer, and publications like the Farmer’s Almanac placed the dog days as occurring between July 3 and Aug. 11 each year, even though Sirius doesn’t rise and set with the sun until mid-August now which I have always considered the dog days.


I have 50° at 6:30 this morning with expectations of another dry comfortable day.  Lots of sun is on the way and life is good.

Forecast Discussion:

-- Mainly dry and mild through Saturday --

No changes to the forecast thinking through most of the day on
Saturday. We expect some cumulus development this afternoon to go
along with some high clouds as a weak upper short wave moves through
the area. Broad scale subsidence rules over the region, negating any
real effects the short wave tries to bring in. A dry atmosphere will
keep the chance of rain down to near zero with this wave.

Once this short wave moves through today, ridging in the upper
levels and the surface will bring mostly sunny skies and warming
temperatures through Saturday.

-- Multiple chances of storms Saturday night through Tuesday --

The next chance of rain for the area will begin Saturday night. The
upper ridge to our west will gradually get flattened by an incoming
trough from the Pacific NW. This will create a somewhat zonal flow
that will bring a series of short waves through the area.

The first short wave will arrive toward sunset Saturday evening. A
bit of warm and moist advection ahead of this wave will help to
bring the chances of showers and storms. This period of rain chances
looks to last into Sunday morning before ending as the short wave
moves east of the area.

The next cluster of storms looks to make a run at the area sometime
centered around the late Sunday night through Monday time frame. It
appears that a MCS develops well west of the area Sunday evening
with a low level jet ramping up, before diminishing as it approaches
early Monday morning. Then, for areas that can avoid the morning
convection, or destabilize again, will likely see a few more storms
Monday afternoon as the cold front with this upper wave moves in. A
lot of uncertainty with regard to storm development, so will keep it
simple for now.

-- Warm and dry mid-week next week --

Right now, it looks like the cold front approaching on Monday,
should be clearing the area early on Tuesday. This would sweep out
the warmer and more moist air mass. We should be in a quiet area
with the front/warmth/moisture well south, and the upper cold pool
staying north of the area. This would bring fair conditions and
seasonable temperatures for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Jack Edwards
Jack Edwards

Well well well…Anyone Ready For ThE Celstial SHOW of The Year…..
Check it out HERE!
https://news.yahoo.com/perseid-meteor-shower-peak-next-031302269.html

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

Beautiful night out there tonight. The moon is huge! I got some photos of it.

Jack Edwards
Jack Edwards

Hey MV give me a call

Jack Edwards
Jack Edwards

Hey…..hApPy Birthday MV.
This ” BUD” is for YOU!
I personally LOVE the DOG Dazze of Summer.

INDY
INDY

Very nice outside chalk up a nother below average day in Grand Rapids I would take this weather all summer long forget the heat still don’t understand how some bloggers on here are in love with it sweating no thank you!! INDY …

Jack Edwards
Jack Edwards

UJ LOVES IT HOT HOT!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Happy birthday, Michael. Thank you for all of your work on this site.

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MV!!

*SS*
*SS*

Happy Birthday MV….

Slim

I almost forgot….HAPPY BIRTHDAY MV
Slim

Sherry
Sherry

Happy Birthday!!!

INDY
INDY

Happy birthday MV thanks for having a very nice weather blog for all of us weather nuts have a super day. ….INDY

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

I’ve never liked the “dog days” of August. Besides being generally uncomfortable and hot, most of the family including myself get the worst allergy’s of the year around this time. I noticed the goldenrod ready to explode, and that usually sets them off. Even on cooler days the windows can’t be left open or it’s nonstop sneezing. Downright miserable when you add heat to it.

Slim

So far this year the start of August has been more like the start of September.
Slim

Slim

Another cool night the low here was 53 so no air needed. In fact after all 31 days of July reaching 80 or better at Grand Rapids it has not yet reached 80 here in Grand Rapids in August.
Slim