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Here’s some high and low temperatures from Monday. These are record high temperatures for Sept. 25th. Other high temps: 93 Traverse City, 92 Lansing, 91 Mt. Pleasant, Ionia, Jackson, Cadillac and Three Rivers, 90 Big Rapids, Benton Harbor, Charlotte, 89 Coldwater, Marshall, S. Haven and Sturgis, 88 Hillsdale, 84 Ludington. Other high temps. Monday: Las Vegas 79, Daytona Beach 88, Phoenix 89, Death Valley 92. The warmest temp. in the U.S. Monday was 99 at McAllen, Texas.
This is the 5th consecutive record high temperature for Grand Rapids. G.R. is averaging 3.3 deg. warmer than average this month. It was a quick turnaround from the cool start we had for the first 11 days of September. We have over 30 school closings/delays for Tuesday.
There’s a few people walking the pier (actually a breakwater) and sitting on the beach at S. Haven. At 12:30 pm the temperature at the S. Haven Lighthouse was 78.6° with a 4 mph wind. No wildfire smoke in the air today…so the sky is a bright blue (considering the hot air and light winds, the air looks pretty clean).
At noon, the 14 main weather stations in West Michigan were on average 2.1° cooler than yesterday at noon. There are some high clouds from G.R. to the southeast that are knocking a couple degrees off the temp. Big Rapids is the only one of the 14 stations that has a temp. warmer than yesterday at this time and that’s only by 1°. Temperatures at the airports (where weather stations are typically located) at noon ranged from 82° at Fremont and Benton Harbor to 86° at Mt. Pleasant, Grand Rapids and Ionia.
The water temp. at Reeds Lake this AM was 76°. Buoy temps. this AM (2-3 miles offshore): 70° S. Haven, Port Sheldon and Muskegon, 69° at Ludington. Waves were running around a foot.
For schools looking at making a decision as to whether to go a half-day tomorrow (Tue.) – temperatures will be similar tomorrow to what we have today. If anything a degree cooler. Winds will be a touch higher and coming from the southwest…so it will be a little cooler at Lake Michigan. The morning run of the NAM model gives G.R. a 49% chance of measurable rain Tues. night, the GFS has 22%. This is the 18th day in a row with no measurable rain in G.R. In Sept. 1979, we went the entire month of September with just a trace of rain. Rain or not, it will turn cooler. Both models give G.R. lows in the upper 40s Thurs. AM.
At noon – Hurricane Maria is barely a hurricane (75 mph peak wind). It’s 315 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras NC moving north. A saw a buoy closer to the center of the storm that reported a steady 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph. On the N. Carolina shore, gusts were 20-25 mph. Maria should bring a breezy 36 hours to the Outer Banks with some showers, but for the folks on the Outer Banks, this is relatively a minor event. After that Maria will turn ENE and head out to sea. We still have Hurricane Lee in the middle of the Atlantic and no threat to land. The Atlantic has already generated 40.25 hurricane days in 2017 – the most for a full Atlantic season since 2005.
Here’s a look at sunset Sunday evening at Grand Haven from our camera at the Bil-Mar Restaurant. We’ll have another record high temperature in the low 90s Monday PM. It’ll be the 5th day in a row above 90° in G.R. We’ve had 4 consecutive days in the mid 90s…the last time we were that warm was in early July 2012.
We have over 40 schools on our WOODTV School Closings List…most are going with a half day of classes because of the heat.
The high of 94° in G.R. was 19° warmer than Las Vegas NV, 8° warmer than Phoenix AZ and 6° warmer than Death Valley CA. Grand Rapids was also warmer than any location in Florida or Hawaii. Mt. Pleasant and Traverse City made 95° Sunday PM and that was only 4° shy of the U.S. highest temperature of 99° at McAllen and Laredo, Texas.
Here’s the 7-day rainfall forecast from the Weather Prediction Center…not much for Southern Michigan. You can see the heavy rain from Hurricane Maria off the East Coast of the U.S. The rainfall in W. Texas is overdone INHO. The Sun. PM European model gave G.R. 0.58″ rain in the next 10 days…not much.
Hard to believe…this heat wave will leave…but in 3 months I perceive…it’ll be Christmas Eve! (my poetic contribution to ArtPrize).
Look at the boats out at the Muskegon Channel.
The S. Haven beach is busy, too – lots of boats and lots of people on the beach. We’re up to 92 in G.R., setting a record high temp. for the date for the fourth day in a row. It’s 80s to low 90s statewide. The coolest temp. was at Manistique, where the south wind comes down the length of Lake Michigan. At 1 pm, the water temp. at Reeds Lake was 78. Buoy water temps: S. Haven 71.4, Port Sheldon 70.5, Muskegon 70.2 and Ludington 69.4. The mid-Lake Michigan buoy has a water temp. of 70.9. Waves were 0.7 feet at the mid-Lake Michigan buoy, the S. Haven buoy, the Muskegon buoy and the Ludington buoy. The Port Sheldon buoy reports waves at 1.0 feet. After a cool start to the month…Sept. is now averaging 2.7 deg. warmer than normal in G.R. Today is the 17th day in a row without measurable rain in G.R.
Here’s a webcam from just east of Evanston Wy. – they report moderate snow and a temp. of 33 deg. Fort Bridger also has moderate snow and 33 deg. The warmest temp. in the state of WY at 1 pm EDT was 47 at Jackson where the sun was shining and they had a north wind at 17 mph. 4.4% of the contiguous U.S. had snow on the ground this AM.
Storm Team 8 is tracking two hurricanes and one tropical storm.
Hurricane Maria is moving northward at about 9 mph. That movement should continue for a couple days, then the storm will turn northeast and head out toward the middle Atlantic. It’s roughly 465 miles southeast of the Outer Banks of N.C. and may give the Outer Banks a couple days of brisk winds, showers and high surf. Here’s the Public Advisory on Maria. Peak winds early Sunday PM were 105 mph.
Lee has regenerated into a hurricane (see pic. above) with a pretty well-defined eye. The storm is far out in the Atlantic and no threat to land.
Tropical Storm Pilar is a bare minimum tropical storm with winds of 40 mph. It’s providing strong winds, heavy showers and high surf to the Mexican Coast. Here’s the latest Public Advisory on Pilar.
Some interesting notes on our heat wave in the thread below this one…so read on if you have a minute.
Sizzlin’ Succotash!!! This weather station at the Windswept Farms in Charlotte, Michigan and the weather station in Grandville MI recorded the warmest temperature anywhere in the United States this afternoon – maybe even all of North America! This MAWN weather station at Charlotte had a 6 pm temperature of 97.4 degrees. The Selected Cities Summary shows the hottest in the U.S. today was 97 at McAllen and Kingsville TX and at Camden AR. A 97.5 deg. reading would be rounded up to 98…so 97.4 looks pretty impressive. The Grandville weather station was 96 on Friday and 97 on Saturday. Grand Rapids and Ionia (airports) were only one degree behind with highs of 96. So G.R. and Ionia came within one single, lonely degree of being the hottest place in the U.S. on Saturday. The last time G.R. was 96 in Sept. was in 1960!
Other high temps. Saturday: 95 Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Saginaw, Alma, 94 Battle Creek, Flint, Three Rivers, 93 Benton Harbor, Holland (airport), Marshall, Alpena, Lansing and Jackson, 92 Muskegon (airport) and Fremont, 91 Big Rapids, Grayling, Houghton Lake, Pellston, Detroit, Coldwater, Sturgis and Manistee, 90 S Ste. Marie and Hillsdale, 89 Gaylord and Munising, 88 Marquette, 87 Ludington, 86 Copper Harbor, 84 Beaver Island, 82.6 S. Haven Beach, 81 Mackinac Island, 79.2 Muskegon Beach, 73 Manistique
Once again today, most of Michigan has hotter than Death Valley CA, the usual hottest place in the U.S. Death Valley had a high temp. of 89 Sat. PM…Palm Spring CA had a high of 87. Grand Rapids and Ionia were 10 deg. hotter than Phoenix, Yuma and Tucson AZ and 20 deg warmer than Los Vegas NV!
I took this pic. late Sat. PM after kayaking around Stony Lake in Oceana Co. I got a water temp. of 73 at about a 2-foot depth. Some guy caught several nice fish off the pier at the park at the northwest edge of the lake. Reeds Lake water temp. got to 77 by late PM Saturday.
From there, we went to Claybanks Township Park on Lake Michigan. Met a nice couple from Bridgeman. The park was clean, neat. Several people were camping, but that was it. We had our picnic supper there and walked down to the lake. We saw several black squirrels and a healthy-sized woodpecker while we were eating.
I took this pic. of the beautiful sunset somewhere in southern Oceana Co. We are losing daylight now at the rate of nearly 3 minutes per day/20 minutes per week. In September and March, the sun rises due east and sets due west, which can make it tough to see if you are driving west just before sunset or east just before sunrise.
Here’s the graphic forecast from the NWS in N. Indiana (they cover the Michigan counties that border Indiana. We stay hot thru Tues…then cooler air moves in…another mostly dry week for much of the area.
The top pic. is snow on the ground this AM at Yellowstone N. P. Much of the park is covered with snow this AM.
This map shows where there is snow on the ground this (Sat.) am – that represents 5% of the contiguous U.S. While I can’t confirm this…I’ll assume that’s a record amount of the U.S. with snow on the ground on any 9/23. I can look back to 2003 and most years it’s at 0.0% on 9/23.
A solid snow cover is reported at the Logan Pass Parking Lot in Glacier N.P. Back in 2009, a scientist speculated that because of “global warming” the glaciers in Glacier Nat. Park could be gone by 2020 – he may have to push that date back a few months.
This pic. was June 2, 2017 taken by a crew that was clearing a road of snow. On the far left you can see some pretty big drifts remaining at the Logan Pass Visitor’s Center. Last year was a big year for snow in the park and throughout much of the West. Here’s pics. of very heavy snow near Glacier N.P. last February.
Here’s the Sat. AM Arctic snow cover map – note the amount of snow on the ground already in Siberia. There is a correlation between early snow cover in Siberia and cold/snowy winters in the Great Lakes and Northeast U.S. (I just sent in my $$ for my snowplow service for the winter).
Grand Rapids and Traverse City MI reached 95 degrees on Friday. That was 9° warmer than Death Valley CA (2nd day in a row we’ve been warmer than the usual hottest spot in the U.S.), 19° hotter than Las Vegas NV and 42° warmer than Salt Lake City. The 95° reading was a record high temp. for Sept. 22 and also (for the 2nd day in a row), the hottest temp. so late in the season. G.R. and TVC were warmer than any weather station in Florida or Hawaii. We were only 5° shy of the warmest temp. in the U.S., which was a sizzling 100° at Hill City KS. I saw that Squaw Valley CA had a high/low of 36/23 on Fri. Other cool high temps. out West: 37 Dillon MT, 38 Great Falls and Lewistown MT, 40 at Cody WY, 42 at Ely NV, 48 at Idaho Falls (fans were in winter coats at the Boise State/Virginia football game Fri. evening) and 52 at Bend OR. I don’t have the climate books at home, but I think this was the first time we’ve had back-to-back 95-degree days since 2012. BTW, the weather station at Mt. Pleasant had a high of 96 on Fri. – that weather station appears to me to be reading a couple degrees too high right now. That may be related to the drought – any of the mets. at CMU notice that? It was a little cooler at the Lake Michigan shore, where the high temp. was 79.2 at the Muskegon Beach. The water temp. of Reeds Lake was still up at 75 at 3 am Sat.
Record highs were set at all the reporting stations in N. Lower MI on Friday. Look at the outflow boundary from the N. Michigan t-storms Friday.
A significant part of the Western U.S. mountains woke up to snow on the ground Fri. AM. 3.5% of the contiguous U.S. had a snow cover Friday. From 2003 thru 2016, the average snow cover in the contiguous U.S. was 0.3% and no year was higher than 2.0%. Look at the snow in the Sierras.
Also: Here’s a graphic that shows what FEMA is doing to help Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Earthquake rescue teams from the U.S. are in Mexico City still working on finding survivors. “Lee” has regenerated into a Tropical Storm far out in the central Atlantic and no threat to land.
Maria is east of the Bahamas and moving north. It should move mainly between the U.S. and Bermuda, but possible close enough to bring a windy, rainy day to E. North Carolina. As I write this, it’s still a Category 3 storm, but should weaken very slowly as it moves north. Here’s a month of tropical activity in 52 seconds. Dam failure still possible in Puerto Rico. Video of the dam failure. Jose producing big waves off Nantucket (why were they out in the boat in a Tropical Storm?). Flooding in Puerto Rico.
Two e-quakes of magnitude 5.6 and 5.8 occurred off the coast of N. California – no tsunami was generated. Possible volcano in Indonesia? 96-year-old ranger. Nice example of a thunderstorm anvil – moving out ahead of the storm.
I took this picture south of Crockery Lake Fri. PM. The leaves on many trees are turning brown and falling off a little early because of the drought. Today (Sat.) will be the 16th day without any rain in G.R. and we’ve had just 32% of average rainfall in G.R. since June 29. The overnight GFS model run has the chance of rain for G.R. at 1% today, 4% Sunday, 8% Monday, 18% Tuesday, 56% Wednesday, 41% Thursday and 45% on Friday…we stay in the warm air for the first half of the week…then it gives G.R. a high of 77 on Weds., 68 on Thurs. and 58 next Friday.
I took the picture above just south of Crockery Lake. Looking southeast you could see some cumulonimbus and towering cumulus clouds. These showers/t-showers were about 100 miles away.
This is a snippet from the G.R. radar storm total precipitation map. Forget the light blue…you can see there was rain in Hillsdale, SW Jackson and a couple of dots in E. Calhoun County. The only rainfall total I saw was 0.09″ in Hillsdale County. The Hillsdale Airport does not report rainfall, but I saw their visibility dropped from 10 miles to 1.75 miles (that would be because of rain) and the temp. dropped from 90 at 4:35 pm to 82 at 5:15 pm. The showers and storms were “pulse” – meaning they pop up, move very little, then die off while another shower erupts nearby. This happened today when it was hottest and all the showers and storms were gone by mid-evening as temperatures cooled.
Noon EDT temps: Grand Rapids MI 90, Honolulu HI 77, Yuma AZ 68, Las Vegas NV 61, Palm Springs CA 68, New Smyrna Beach FL 75 (raining). Other noon temps: 89 Holland (airport), S. Haven (airport), 88 Ionia, Mt. Pleasant, Traverse City, 87 Battle Creek, Benton Harbor (airport), 86 Kalamazoo and Cadillac, 83 at St. James on Beaver Island (SSW wind coming down the length of the island), 80 Mackinac Island. Pic. is the Muskegon Channel – one boat – someone had the day off). It is cooler at the beach…temp. shortly after noon was 77.0 at S. Haven Beach and 76.5 at the Muskegon Beach. High school football games involving Forest Hills Central, Northview, Rockford and Grand Haven are pushed back to 7:30 p.m. Friday because of the high temperatures.
Strong t-storms moving across the U.P. at midday – 1″ diameter hail at Keweenaw Bay and Laurium, nickel-sized hail at Gay and Michigamme, dime-sized hail at Calumet and Redridge, 1/2″ hail at Champion – tree down near Ironwood and power line down at Marenisco. Gusts to 46 mph at Freda and 41 mph at Ontonagon. This is day 15 in a row without a drop of rain in Grand Rapids. Rainfall yesterday totaled 2.87″ at Dewitt and 2.54″ at Richland.
The water temp. this AM at Reeds Lake is up to 76. At 12:30, here’s buoy temps: S. Haven 70.5 (waves 6″), Port Sheldon 69.5, Muskegon 68.4, Ludington 68.0.
Today is the Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. The official time that fall arrives is 4:02 pm. At that moment, the sun would be directly overhead at solar noon over the Equator. The word “equinox” means “equal night”. On both the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, ever point on Earth gets 12 hours of possible sunshine. Well, not exactly…we do get a few minutes extra because of two things. First, the sunlight bends a little as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere. Second, we don’t define sunrise and sunset from the middle of the sun. Sunrise occurs when the first second of sunlight appears over a totally flat horizon. Sunset is the second the last tip of the sun disappears from a totally flat horizon. Today the sun will “set” at the North Pole (not to appear until the Spring Equinox next March) and it will rise at the South Pole and stay above the horizon for the next 6 months. It’s a good day to check out the webcam at the South Pole. Check out the current temperatures at the South Pole. The South Pole is significantly colder than the North Pole. That’s because it’s a continent and the Pole is at a relatively high elevation of 9,301 feet above sea level. Most of that 9,301 feet is ice. The warmest temperature ever recorded at the South Pole was +9.9F and the coldest was -117.0F. It’s an interesting place – there are no mosquitoes, no snakes, no plants..you can’t get dirty because there’s no dirt…just ice and snow and sky. The United States South Pole Station has been manned since 1956. Image from NASA – click to enlarge.
Also: Another earthquake just off the coast of Mexico. Hurricane season isn’t over. The west edge of Tropical Storm Jose is battering eastern MA. At 3 am, Nantucket Island reported a north wind at 36 mph, gusting to 47 mph. Trees down in the Boston Area and coastal flooding. Jose is the 7th longest-lived tropical cyclone in the Atlantic in the satellite era (since 1967). Frost and temps. below freezing this AM in Scotland. Early snow in Yosemite N.P.
This is the 8-14 Day Temperature Outlook for Sept. 25 – Oct. 5 from the Weather Prediction Center. Michigan is “in the blue” and that means there is a good chance that temperatures will be cooler than average. The average high/low for that period is 66/47. This will be a big chance from the unseasonably warm weather we have here now.
Grand Rapids had a high temperature of 95 degrees on Thursday. That was higher than ANY high temperature in the state of Florida…it was 13 deg. warmer than the high in Las Vegas NV and (drum roll) it was 7 deg. warmer than the high in Death Valley CA (often the hottest place in the U.S.
This is the Lake Express Ferry heading out of the Muskegon Channel at 4:50 pm headed toward Milwaukee. Temperatures were a bit cooler at Lake Michigan. The high temp. was 76.8 at the Muskegon Beach and 82.0 at the South Haven Lighthouse.
This is the Chicago GLERL camera at the water intake, which is about 2.75 miles east of downtown Chicago out in the lake. The weather station there had a high temp. Thurs. of 88.0 at 2 pm. When that occurred the wind was southeast and the humidity was 39.7%. The next hour the wind was due east (coming over a lot more water) and the temp. had dropped to 80.6…the humidity had gone back up to 60.4%