We have had two very cold periods in both April and May. Both seen near record cold maximum. During this time Mookie stated the following on
May 9, 2020 8:06 pm
“Definitely overhyped and the forecasts were way too cold! We’ve seen plenty of record highs the past year. Way more than record lows.”
So, to see if that is true or not I decided I would look at all of 2019 and 2020 to date to see just how many records we set in that time frame. I also added to the list any top 3 events that were set. All events are as recorded at Grand Rapids.
2019 Record highs. The only new record high recorded 2019 was 61 recorded on December 26th 2019. On January 7th a high of 51 came in at 2nd place. In the year 2019 one record high and one 2nd place.
2020 So far, the year 2020 a new record high of 50 was set on February 2nd So far this year there have been two events that have came in the 2nd spot. On January 9th, the high of 49 was the 2nd warmest high for that date and on February 3rd just after midnight a reading of 50 was recorded for another 2nd place day. So, for 2020 one new record high and two in 2nd place.
2019 record warmest minimums. On February 3rd the low of 38 set a new record for the warmest minimum for that date. The next day the low of 36 was good for the 2nd warmest low on that date. Then on October 1st the low of 69 set a new record warmest minimum for that dated. So for 2019 there were 2 record low minimums and one in 2nd place
2020 so far, the only record warmest minimum was on February happened on the 2nd with a low of 33 that was good for a new record warmest low for that date.
2019 There were no new record lows on 1019 but on January 30th a low of -8 was good for the 3rd coldest low for that date.
2020 on April 22 the low of 24 set a record low for that date.
2019 On March 5th the high of 19 was the 3rd coldest maximum for that date. On April 14th the high of 37 was the 3rd coldest and on April 29th the high of 46 was the 3rd coldest high for that date.
2020 April 15 seen the 3rd coldest high of 36 and on April 21st the high of 42 was the 3rd coldest on record. And here in May on May 8th the high of 44 was the 2nd coldest high for that date.
Total record highs 2. total 2nd place 3. total 3 place 0.
Total record warmest minimum 3. Total 2nd place 1. Total 3 place 0.
Total record lows 1. 2nd place 0. 3rd place 1
Total record coldest maximums 0. Total in 2nd place 1. Total in 3rd place 5
Summery since January 1 2019 there has been 2 record highs and 1 record low. So in reality there have not been way more record highs then lows. Now that may or may not change for the rest of this year. BTW with a mean of 48.5° 2019 was warmer than average but it come in as only the 47th warmest year on record here at Grand Rapids. 2019 with 51.37” of rain/melted snow was the wettest year on record at Grand Rapids and 3 new daily rain fall records were recorded.
At this time Grand Rapids is still waiting for its first 80° Last year we did not have our 1st one until June 7th the last time Grand Rapids reached 80 or better was back on September 30th last year. That means it has been 229 days since the last time it has reached 80 here at Grand Rapids.
I now have my tomato plants in and I also have planted my flowers that I have. In years past I bought plants already growing but this year I started my plants from seed. I also cut the grass yesterday for the 2nd time this season and with the rain the grass is nice and green.