Weather History – Monster Update

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My youngest cat Monster is generally a house cat who thinks he needs to be an outdoor cat snuck outside the night before last and decided to explore the area around M89 which is detrimental to animals who try to cross it.   He got hit by a car and somehow dragged his way all the way back home which is a block north from the highway. This was his first and hopefully last exploration of the hazards of going beyond the woods which surround my neighborhood.

I took him to Bluegrass Animal Clinic in Plainwell.  Upon inspection and X-Rays, they found no broken bones though his tail is slightly disarticulated at its base.  He is badly bruised though and may lose his tail if it doesn’t heal properly.  He gets to come home today with pain killers and the loss of a lot of hair because the clinic had to shave him to inspect him.  He is a long-haired cat so it is going to take a while for it all to grow back properly.  He has used up two of his nine lives, he fell 20 feet from a tree when he was a kitten.  He is my baby and buddy so I hope all goes well with his recovery.


Weather History

June 28

1959: Hot weather prevailed with a high temperature of 92 degrees at Grand Rapids and Lansing. At Grand Rapids the low temperature was 78 degrees, second only to the 79 degree low on June 20, 1953 for the warmest low temperature on record for the month of June.

June 29

1930: Severe weather struck Lower Michigan. A tornado and downburst event destroyed a church and several barns with an intermittent path of damage from Scottville to Cadillac.

1943: Very cool summer weather prevailed with a record low temperature of 43 degrees and a record cool high temperature of 61 degrees at Grand Rapids. Another record low of 40 degrees would follow on the morning of the 30th.

1995: As much as four inches of rain within an hour left streets and basements flooded in the city of East Grand Rapids and in southeast sections of the city of Grand Rapids. Water standing two to three feet deep stranded cars along one street, but most damage was due to flooded basements.

2005: A weak tornado moved across rural areas of Newaygo County, causing no damage. The tornado was a type known as a landspout. Several photos captured its brief but impressive existence.

June 30

1931: June ended on a hot note with highs in the upper 90s after morning lows in the mid 70s.

July 1

1999: A weak tornado made intermittent touchdowns during the early afternoon in Newaygo County. A few tree limbs were downed, but otherwise there were no damage reports, as the tornado remained over rural areas.

2009: The coolest July in Grand Rapids history begins with a record cool high of only 64 degrees as clouds and scattered showers prevail.

July 2

1973: A tornado struck two miles east of Leslie in Ingham County, damaging a car, mobile home and several farm buildings.

2001: Frost and freezing temperatures were observed in some locations with a 29 degree temperature recorded in Grant, Michigan in Newaygo County. The 39 degrees at Muskegon was the coldest July temperature on record there.

2008: A line of severe thunderstorms brought high winds, large hail, and some flooding from Muskegon to Grand Rapids and Lansing, south to Kalamazoo. In western Allegan County, winds estimated up to 75 mph brought down dozens of trees and snapped eight power poles. A roof was blown off a home in Kalamazoo County. Hail up to 1.75 inches in diameter caused damage in Muskegon County.

July 3

1966: A five day heatwave peaked with temperatures in the upper 90s. The high of 99 degrees set a daily record at Lansing, the second in a row following a high of 98 degrees on the 2nd.

July 4

1911: The phrase Hot as the Fourth of July gains new meaning as temperatures soar to near 100 degrees, for Michigan’s hottest Independence Day on record.

1969: Nature’s fireworks turn violent as severe thunderstorms form in the evening and drop several tornadoes across Lower Michigan. More than 60 people are injured, most of them from a tornado that hit Flat Rock in southern Wayne County. This tornado destroyed a tile factory, carrying sheet metal over a mile. Another tornado injured eleven people about four miles east of Jackson as it damaged a dozen mobile homes.

1974: Tornadoes strike Lower Michigan during the early afternoon. One person is injured as a tornado damages several houses between Charlotte and Potterville in Eaton County. Tornadoes also damage barns and outbuildings in Huron and Tuscola Counties.

1977: A widespread severe weather outbreak hit Lower Michigan with tornadoes and downbursts. Two people were injured and almost a million dollars damage was done. A tornado injured one person and destroyed two mobile homes and one barn near Maple Ridge in Arenac County. Another person was injured by a tornado at Otisville in Genesee County as four mobile homes were destroyed there. Two homes and a camper unit were heavily damaged as a tornado moved from southern Isabella County into northern Montcalm County, ending northeast of Vestaburg.

2003: The July 4th holiday turns tragic as seven people drown in rip currents on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. A line of thunderstorms earlier in the day had produced strong winds across the middle of the lake, and the dangerous currents formed several hours later.


Above is the highest number of consecutive 90 degree days for our area.  We will see 90 or better right into next week.  It looks at this point our next best chance of rain won’t be until next Tuesday into Wednesday.


 

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Forget all this sun and heat! We rain and cooler temps and fast!

INDY
INDY

Currently 82* degrees out at thee YARDofBRICKS NE of GR cracking a cold sprite today will be feel right in some shade… Maybe a shot of hot damn ….INDY

Slim

According to Bill Stiffen June 2020 had 87% sunshine. There is not a good record for the percentage of sunshine records. As far as I can find the highest sunshine for Grand Rapids for June is 81.7% in 1963
Slim

Mookie
Mookie

False. It says 82% on NWS. Would still be the record though I think!

Slim

I reread Bill’s post (or I should say I read it) the first time I just looked at the chart and did not read below where that 87% was as of June 21st. You are right that according to the NWS June had 82% not sure if that is a record or not. I have that 81.7% in 1963 as the record. So we will still call this the sunniest June at Grand Rapids unless someone can find a year with more. Note I am not sure of that 1963 record as it comes from WZZM when they had their… Read more »

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

Yeah…CH13 is calling this our “sunniest” June, per the NWS, through 1905. I’m a believer…our days are nothing but full sun…perfect 🙂

Slim

The record number of 90° days for July at Grand Rapids is 18 set in 2012, 1921 and 1901. Last year GR had 7 and in 2018 there were 8. If one drops the bar down to 88 the record is 24 in 1921, 21 in 1916 and 1901 and 20 in 2012.
Slim

Sherry
Sherry

Awww, sorry to hear about Monster. So glad he found his way home and you were able to get him the care he needs. Sending kitty hugs and purrs for a speedy recovery.

Mookie
Mookie

The best news about this heat wave is that it will be dry with rather low humidity. This means our lakes are going to experience severe evaporation. Let’s hope we see big declines in lake levels!

Slim

Welcome to July. Here is a summery for June 2020. At Grand Rapids the mean for June was 69.6 that is a departure of +4.2 the high for the month was 93 on the 9th (that tied the record for that date) the low for the month was 42 on the 14th there were 3 days of 90 or better. At Muskegon the mean was 69.0 that is a departure of +2.7 the high for the month was 97 on the 9th that was a new record for the date. The low was 42 on the 14th there were 4… Read more »

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Slim, the Summer of 1988 had a lot of days over 90 degrees. Can you find out the longest streak of days over 90 for that year? All I remember is just day after day after day of heat.

Slim

In the summer of 1988 June had a string of 4 days June 19th to the 22nd July had strings of 5 days July 4th to the 9th then July 13th to the 17th August had strings of 4 days August 1 to the 4th and 7 days August 11th to the 17th for the summer there were 37 days of 90 or better at Grand Rapids and that is the record for any year. Next is 34 in the summer of 1931 then 32 in the summer of 2012 and 31 in the summer of 1921 All other summers… Read more »

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Thanks Slim! It was dry that year, everything was crisp and brown. Graduation year so I lived at the beach for most of the Summer.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

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Slim

I hope everything goes well with Monster. I have a girl cat and we had to take her to the vet a few weeks ago she did not eat for 4 days and it turns out she had some thing stuck in her lower intestine. The vets got it out and she is now back to herself.
Slim

INDY
INDY

Biggest heat wave ever coming??? Lol let me know when we start picking off record high temps!!! Currently We had a low of 65* degrees overnight not bad sleeping with a fan on!! With the humidity running low dose it really feel that bad outside?? It is Summer right? Have a super Hump day …INDY

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

If by biggest you mean longest, yes it is quite possible. Look at MV’s chart above, then look at the forecast. If it plays out there is a good chance it will be record breaking.

Mookie
Mookie

Always downplaying the heat and over-hyping the cold and snow. The shtick is up!

Mookie
Mookie

Lake Michigan temps are already well above average and climbing fast the next 2 weeks.

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Mookie
Mookie

Biggest heat wave upcoming in many years and no Indy or Rocky in sight!

INDY
INDY

Lol Rocky’s last weather report was back in May before the covid19 got in his head , I’m a 4 season blogger one of the few on this page hot try though! INDY…

Mookie
Mookie

Both of you must be on vacation. Very few, if any, posts lately. Hmmmm

INDY
INDY

No just boring weather what’s there to post about?? Lol….Cold Sprites will Taste right today that’s for sure!! Let me know when we break a record high temperature durring our biggest heat wave ever!! Yawning…INDY

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Hope your cat heals up! We’ve had a few outdoor ones over the years, but they never last to long by our busy roads.

As for the weather, this is going to be tough for some to swallow, but this is a heat wave coming. Direct quote from Bills Blog “ this is going to be a long heat-wave, likely the longest since 2012”.. yuck.

Andy W
Andy W

Hey Michael, glad to hear Monster is coming home today. We have our nearly 18 year old cat Pablo at home, he generally just lays around all day and really likes to just be indoors thankfully!

INDY
INDY

Hey Andy I hope your enjoying Summer with the heat wave coming im off to the store get more sprites and ice probably some ice cream to INDY is always prepared for the next big Weather event …..Have a super 4th of July stay cool INDY …

Andy W
Andy W

Hey INDY! Hope you have a great 4th weekend! We’ll probably be near the Lake or pool all weekend! Stay cool!