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The wife and I went for our first course of fall shots yesterday, Shingrix (shingles) and flu, The next one in a month or so will be the second Shingrix, RSV, and for COVID.  We older folks need to keep up with these things.  Most people should at least get their flu and COVID shots.  If you are retired Medicare will pay for these.

Temperatures will be a bit cooler than normal today with mainly cloudy skies which should clear out as the day progresses towards evening.  This weekend looks to be pleasant with sunny and dry conditions with temperatures in the 70s.

U.S.A and Global Events for September 8th

1900: A Category 4 storm made landfall in Galveston, Texas on this day in 1900. This hurricane killed between 6,000 and 12,000 individuals, making it the deadliest US Atlantic hurricane on record. The highest point in the city of Galveston was less than nine feet above sea level. The hurricane brought a storm surge of over 15 feet, which overwhelmed the entire island. Click HERE for more information from the History Channel.

Sep 8, 1900 Hurricane Galveston - NWS Houston

1925: In September 1925, South Carolina was in the middle of one of the most widespread and disastrous droughts in the state’s history. The NWS Co-op station in Calhoun Falls reported 11 days above 100°F with a maximum temperature of 111°F on this day. Click HERE for a tweet by the assistant state climatologist of South Carolina.

1998: A severe thunderstorm developed over the southern end of the Las Vegas Valley in Nevada. The storm moved north bringing damaging winds and heavy rain mainly across the eastern half of the metro area. Henderson Executive Airport recorded wind gusts of 80 mph. Air traffic control personnel temporarily evacuated the airport tower. Approximately 15 homes and trailers in Moapa were severely damaged by thunderstorm winds estimated at 80 to 90 mph.

2012: Severe storms impacted the New York City area, forcing a delay of the United States Open. A tornado hit a beach club in Queens, and another brought damage to Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York. Click HERE for more information from the New York Times.

Grand Rapids Forecast

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Forecast Discussion

--Cooler temps ahead to start the weekend--

The positively tiled upper level trough and lack of upper level
flow over land will allow low level moisture to dominate the
skies. Expect light to calm winds and cloudy skies with possible
drizzle this morning into the afternoon.
 The upper level trough will finally exit this afternoon and the
ridge builds overhead and brings cooler northerly flow tonight
into tomorrow morning.
 That flow will bring cold air advection that, with decoupling at
the sfc should allow for temperatures north of I 96 to drop into
the low 40s, with areas at and north of US 10 in the mid to upper
30s. There is a frost/freeze potential in that area that may need

- Dry weather continues through the weekend -

We will be underneath an upper col that is the result of an upper
trough to the south and a polar jet to the north. At the surface
this will manifest as broad high pressure across the western Great
Lakes with light northeasterly flow over Lower Michigan. Normally
this would be a dry pattern, but given the weakness of the flow, we
should be able to maintain dewpoints in the 50s.

- Precipitation chances continue for Monday through Wednesday -

Model guidance is consistent with an upper trough dropping southward
over the western Great Lakes. A large majority of ensemble members
bring precipitation and QPF values among members also have climbed
with the last couple of model cycles. Precipitable water values
could approach 1.5 inches, which would be in the 75-90 percentile
range based on local sounding climatologies. So, although rainfall
could be efficient, we do not yet perceive a significant risk for
impactful accumulations. Thunderstorms will be possible during this
time and would be most likely to occur in the vicinity of the
lakeshore and/or south of I-96.
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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

We are really locked into to our overall cool pattern and no change in sight! Get ready for lows in the 40’s baby! Rock n roll lives forever!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Vaccines rock and who wouldn’t get vaccinated? Vaccines are a great example of science at its best!


The official H/L yesterday at Grand Rapids was 73/60 there was a reported 0.01” of rain fall. The sun was out 14% of the possible time. The highest wind speed was 14 MPH out of the NW. At the current time it is cloudy and 59 here in MBY. For today the average H/L is 77/56. The record high of 95 was set in 1897, 1922 and 1960. The record low of 36 was set in 1951. The record rain fall amount of 2.27” fell in 1989. Last year the H/L was 82/55.


Michael… I applaud and wife for protecting yourselves. My Dr. Said this strain seems to be hitting those over 65, but said Covid is weird and could change at any time. We will get our flu shots in October. We wait until.then so it’s efficiency lasts a little longer. I had the flu n college and Dr asked if I get my shot. I said no I thought it was for old people. Have gotten my shot since then. Busy weekend in Allegan county…Funny Car nationals and 131 and I believe a balloon fest in Wayland. Should have nice weather… Read more »