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    some of my main weather interest are record events. and long range weather guessing (forecasting)

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  1. The sun is now out and the temperature is now up to 72 here. I just planted my tomato plants for this year and now will plant some of the flower plants that I have before I get any more. The good news is I do NOT have to cut the grass yet and in fact I think I will get the sprinkles out and start the watering season. There are now indications that it could become very warm later next week.
  2. I now have two outdoor temperature sensors, one is in a spot that is some times colder than the other. The overnight low at the colder one was 34 (33.7) and at the warmer one it was 37 (36.8) it looks like the official low at Grand Rapids overnight was 37. At this time it is 40 (on both) here with clear skies. It should be noted that once there is some good air movement they both are generally the same reading.
  3. Once again there is a good amount of frost here in my area. I had a overnight low of 31 and so far it looks like the official low at Grand Rapids will be 33. And that would become the 7th coldest low for any May 13th of record at GR. I also hope that this is the last frost of this spring/summer season. Last year the last frost was on May 13th and last fall the 1st frost was on September 19th. West Michigan looks to remain on the dry side for a while and if that is the case there would tend to be bigger swings in the daily temperatures with warmer highs and cooler lows. At the current time i
  4. It looks like I did not put the discussion in FOR STARTERS, AS OF THE 10TH OF MAY, AT GRAND RAPIDS, THIS IS THE DRIEST YEAR TO DATE (10TH OF MAY) SINCE 2001! GRAND RAPIDS WAS 5.19 INCHES BELOW NORMAL FOR TOTAL YEARLY PRECIPITATION, WHICH IS A LITTLE BELOW ONLY 1/2 OF NORMAL. AT MUSKEGON IT IS THE DRIEST YEAR TO DATE, SINCE 1989! MUSKEGON IS 5.78 INCHES BELOW NORMAL FOR THE YEAR. GOING TO THE MIDWEST CLIMATE CENTER, CLIMATE GROUP 8 (GRAND RAIDS, HOLLAND, SOUTH HAVE, AND KALAMAZOO) IS, FOR JANUARY THROUGH APRIL, IS THE DRIEST SINCE 1958! THE 5.84 INCH MEAN
  5. It continues to be dry here in west Michigan this is from the NWS "It continues to be cool and dry. The low here at my house was 33 and it looks like the official low at GRR will be 34. At this time it is clear and 39 here.
  6. The overnight low here was 37 so no frost last night. At Grand Rapids May now has a mean of 52.3 and that is a departure of -3.0. At Muskegon the mean is 50.2 and that is a departure of -3.9. At Holland the mean is 50.7 that is a departure of -3.7. And to the east at Lansing their mean so far this month is 51.7 good for a departure of -2.9. The current temperature here at my house is 42 with mostly cloudy skies.
  7. The month of May is now below average at most locations. And in the last 27 days there have been 22 days below average and only 5 day above average. The over night low here was 37 and at this time with cloudy skies it is 41. It has not only been cool it also has been some what dry. Officially at GRR they have reported 1.04" of rain in the last 27 days while here at my house I have only recorded 0.78" of rain fall.
  8. The official overnight low of 32 makes today the 7th coldest low for any May 7th in recorded history at Grand Rapids and the coldest May 7th low since 1947. Will let you know later how todays high plays out but it will be in the top 15 or less. And with lows forecasted in the low 30’s for the next several nights that will continue to be the case. At this time just had a brief shower and the temperature is now at 48 here. The 30 year average reading for 12noon at Grand Rapids is 61.2.
  9. Yesterdays official high at Grand Rapids of 48 was the 4th coldest maximum and it was the coldest maximum since 1906. The official over night low of 33 will be the 9th coldest low for today. At this time it is foggy here with visibility of around a ¼ mile. The current temperature here at my house is 34.
  10. So far the official high here at Grand Rapids has been just 48 if this holds until midnight this will tie for the 3rd coldest maximum for any May 6th and it would have to get to 54 to not be a top 10 coldest May 6 in recorded history. So the year of extremes continues. The current temperature of 44 is -19° for the 5PM average temperature for May 6th.
  11. At this time it is cloudy here and 47. With a blink of the eye and the new averages the snow fall departure at Grand Rapids went from -28.8" to -31.5" so that means last winters 46.1" of total snow fall was about over 2 and a half feet below the new average.
  12. The new 30 year averages are now out. This time there is also a new 15 year average to compare for more recent times. Here at Grand Rapids the annual mean went up from 49.1 to 49.3 The new annual snow fall at Grand Rapids is now 77.6" up from the old 74.9" The total precip went up from 38.27 to 39.40. While most months went up in temperature not all did as February, April and November went down. At this time it is cloudy and 45 here.
  13. I recorded just 0.07" of rain for yesterday and overnight. So all in all not much in the way of rain fall. Even with the little rain we have had this spring the grass is still nice and green at this time. If it stay dry that will not be the case. The official high for today looks to have been 62 and that was at 1AM. At this time it is cloudy here and 48. With highs for the next several days in the mid to upper 50's it will be about 10° below average. The average hH/L for today is 66/44 and by Friday it is 67/45.
  14. This is from todays NWS discussion " WHILE THIS MAY NOT BE NOTICED MY MANY, THE MJO IS 3 STANDARD DEVIATIONS FROM NORMAL AND IN QUAD 1. THIS IS A STRONG COLD SIGNAL FOR MICHIGAN. IT IS FORECAST TO PROGRESS INTO QUAD 2 BY EARLY NEXT WEEK, BUT GUESS WHAT, QUAD 2 IS COLD FOR US TOO. IT HAS BEEN MY EXPERIENCE THAT IF THE MODELS DO NOT MATCH THE MJO FORECAST, THE MODELS WILL BE WRONG. THE BOTTOM LINE IS EXPECT AT LEAST 2 WEEKS OF COLDER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THIS MEANS FROST AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE MORE THAN POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS
  15. The latest reading at GRR was 78 with a DP of 58. And yes it still is windy. Here at my house I have a temperature of 80 with a DP of 58.
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