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  1. July Wow, time is sure flying by it just seems like yesterday it was the 1st day of the new year and now it is the start of July. At Grand Rapids July in most years is the warmest month of the year. That was not the case in 2009 when both June and August were warmer. In 1947, 1900, 1937 and 1959 August was warmer than July. In the case of 1947 August was much warmer that year July had a mean of just 69.1 but August had a mean of 77.1. The average 30 year mean at Grand Rapids is 72.8 with 3.86” of rain fall. The average H/L is stable at 82.8/61.7 on the 1st and 82.5/62.6 on the 31st The warmest days on average are between the 9th and the 16th with a average H/L of 83.4/62.7. The 15 year average is warmer with the average mean being 73.5 with the daily average H/L of 82.8/62.0 on the 1st and 83.6/63.2 on the 31st the warmest days are between the 15th to the 22nd with a average a H/L of 84.3/63.6. The 15 year average July rain fall is 3.84”. The warmest means for July are 79.7 in 1921. 79.2 in 2012. 78.7 in 1916. 78.1 in 1901. 77.3 in 1936. Honorable mention goes to 2011 with a mean of 77.0. The coldest means for July are 67.1 in 2009. 67.2 in 1992. 68.1 in 1950. 68.2 in 1996. And 68.4 in 2014. The driest Julys are 0.40” in 1934. 0.46” in 1934. 0.54” in 1898. 0.56” in 1951 and 0.66” in 1930. There has been a total of 13 years when less than 1” of rain fell at Grand Rapids the last time was in 1976. The wettest Julys are 1992 with 8.83”. 1950 with 8.42”. 1994 with 80.7”. 1912 with 7.47” 1917 with 6.91” honorable mention goes to 2006 with 6.90”. The record hottest day was 108 on July 13 1936 it was also 106 on July 12th that same year. A high of 104 was also recorded in 2012 and 1934 for the hottest days ever recorded at Grand Rapids. On average there are 5 days of 90 or better in July with the most being 18 in 2012 there have been 12 years of 0 days of 90 or better in July the last time was just last year. On average there are 11 days of 86 or better in July with the most 27 in 2012 and 1921. In 2009 and 2000 there were no days of 86 or better. The record low for July is 41 on July 6th 1983. For the month the mean lowest reading is a cool 49. Over the years it had gotten down into the 40’s in 75 Julys.
  2. A brief look at June 2022. At Grand Rapids the June mean was 69.2 That was a departure of just +0.3 so the month was just about average. The High for the month was 95 on the 21st and the low was 45 on the 4th there were 3 days of 90 or better 10 days of 85 or better. The coolest high was 65 on the 8th While there were 2 nights when the low stayed above 70 most nights the lows were in the 50’s and there were a few lows in the 40’s. It was a sunny and dry month with 9 clear days and 19 partly cloudy days and only 2 cloudy days. There was just 1.42” of total rain fall. At Muskegon the mean there was 67.8 for a departure of just +0.4 that too is considered “average” they recorded 2.11” of rain fall. At Holland the mean there was 68.2 for a departure of jut +0.3 also considered “average” and they had 1.72” of rain fall. Over at Lansing they reported a mean of 71.0 for a departure of +3.0 for the largest departure from average not only in west Michigan but the largest departure by a good margin in the whole state of Michigan. Lansing only recorded 1.56” of rain fall.
  3. 07/01/2022 Welcome to July. The official H/L at Grand Rapids yesterday was 89/62 there was no rain fall and there was 85% of possible sunshine. For today the average H/L is 83/62 the record high of 101 was set in 1931 the record low of 44 was in 1982. The overnight low in MBY was 71 and it is still 71 here with cloudy skies.
  4. 06/30/2022 Yesterday with a official H/L of 83/61 was one of the rare days that was exactly average. There was a official rain fall amount of 0.53” and that brought the June total to 1.42” and that means this June will now be just the 14th driest in Grand Rapids recorded history. The was 53% of possible sunshine yesterday. For today the average H/L is 83/62. The record high of 99 was in 1931 and the record low of 40 was in 1943. The overnight low in MBY was 63 and at the current time it is cloudy and 65. The next week looks to see rather typical summer weather with hit and miss showers. The days should be warm but with low DP’s the nights look to be comfortable.
  5. 06/29/2022 Finally received a good rain fall over night with 0.66” falling here in MBY. The official H/L yesterday at Grand Rapids was 83/48 there was no rain reported before midnight and there was 90% of possible sunshine. For today the average H/L is 83/61 the record high of 97 was set in 1913 and the record low of 43 was set in 1943. The overnight low here in MBY was 61 to go along with that 0.66” of rain fall and at this time it is cloudy and 63.
  6. This morning the coldest low I can find for lower Michigan for today (June 28) was 36 at Grayling. Most of the other cold spots in Michigan were in the low 40's. It looks like the official overnight low for today at Grand Rapids was 48 and that would be the 2nd coldest low for any June 28 at Grand Rapids. The overnight low here at my house was 49.
  7. 06/28/2022 As can happen with dry air and dry conditions ,Yesterday was a very cool day for late June. The official H/L was 73/52. The high of 73 was the 6th coolest for the date and the low of 52 was the 8th coolest for the date. The official overnight low at Grand Rapids looks to have been 48 and for June 28th that ties for the 2nd coolest low for today. That ties 1923 and 1930 for the 2nd coolest low the record low of 43 was set in 1992. For today the average H/L is 82/61 the record high of 97 was set in 1931 and 2012 and that record low of 43 was set in 1992.
  8. The official total rain fall at Grand Rapids so far this month is 0.89" In recorded history there have only been 4 years when June had less that one inch of rain fall at GR 1988, 1959, 1984 and 1908.
  9. 06/27/2022 The official H/L yesterday at Grand Rapids was 80/65 once again there was no rain fall and there was 87% of possible sunshine. The overnight low in MBY was a cool 52 and at the current time with clear skies it is 59. For today the average H/L is 82/61 the record high of 97 was set in 1933 and 1944 the record low of 45 was set in 1902 and 1905. The big weather-related event this week continues to be how dry it has become. Today will start the week off on the cool note with highs in the low 70’s There have only been 15 years when the high has not reached 75 at Grand Rapids on this date.
  10. 06/26/2022 The official H/L at Grand Rapids yesterday was 86/63 and while there was some rain fall it was not much as just officially only 0.04” fell and here at my house just 0.03” fell. There was less sunshine then the past few days as there was just 44% of possible sunshine. To the east where there was more sun it reached 90 at Lansing. And to the west where there was less sun it the highs were in the low 80’s at Holland and Muskegon. The overnight low both in MBY and the official low so far at Grand Rapids was 70. At this time it is 70 here with mostly cloudy skies. For today the average H/L at Grand Rapids is 81/61 the record high for today is just 94 set in 1941 and the record low is 43 set in 1902. The up coming week looks to still be dry with a cool start on Monday and then becoming warm again with how dry it has become it can get rather cool and then very warm. Think 1988.
  11. 6/25/2022 The official H/L at Grand Rapids yesterday was 89/56 there was no rain and there was 100% of possible sunshine. The overnight low both in MBY and at the NWS office was 63. At the current time there is some high clouds and a temperature of 73. For today the average H/L at Grand Rapids is 82/61 the record high of 97 was set in 1988 and the record low of 41 was set in 1986. After a very warm day today there is a chance of some rain overnight but just a 50% chance. The there should be several days of near average temperatures but it still looks to be dry.
  12. 6/24/2022 The official H/L yesterday at Grand Rapids was 82/58 there was no rain fall and there was once again 100% of possible sunshine. There has been little rain 0.85” so far at Grand Rapids the average as of this date is 3.04” Since 1890 there have only been 4 years when June had less than one inch of total rain fall. The lack of rain and the sunny and very warm days have made the grass in the area turn brown. The overnight low in MBY was 58 and at this time it is still 58. For today the average H/L is 81/61 the record high of 96 was set in 1901 and again in 2009 (it should be noted that 2009 had the coolest July on record at Grand Rapids) the record low of 41 was set in 1961. The next week looks to stary mostly dry (there is a chance of rain on Saturday night) and it looks to stay very warm to at times hot.
  13. Yesterday was another very sunny day with 100% of possible sunshine. It is now becoming rather dry as so far this June has only had 0.85” of rain fall and that is well below the average of 2.85” by this date. Muskegon, Holland and Lansing have had more rain fall but they too are below average for June. And the thunderstorm drought also continues at Grand Rapids. The official H/L yesterday was 86/67 and there was no rain fall. The overnight low in MBY was 57. The official overnight low at GRR was 58. At the current time it is clear and 62 here. For today the average H/L is 81/60 the record high is 98 set in 1923 and the record low is 38 set in 1918. Last year the H/L was a cool 72/48 and there was 0.09” of rain fall. The rest of this week and the start of next week look to be dry with typical late June early July temperatures
  14. The official H/L at Grand Rapids yesterday was 95/68 that was the 2nd hottest reading for any June 21 at Grand Rapids. Once again there was no rain fall and there was 96% of possible sunshine. At Lansing their high of 98 tied 1988 for the record for the date. The overnight low here at my house was 71 at the airport the low so far was 74. For today the average H/L is 81/60 the record high of 97 was set in 1894 and 1923 the record low of 39 was set in 1922.
  15. The official H/L at Grand Rapids yesterday was 87/63 there was no rain fall and there was 73% of possible sunshine. The state high yesterday was way up in the UP at both Houghton and Iron Mountain where the high reached 98. At Houghton that 98 was the 2nd warmest ever reported in the month of June there. Here at my house the overnight low was 61 the official overnight low at GRR was 68. At the current time it is clear and 73 here and 75 at GRR. For today the average H/L is 81/60 the record high of 98 was recorded in 1988 and the record low of 40 was in 1969.
  16. Yesterday was a great summer day with lots of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. The official H/L at Grand Rapids was 80/51 there was no rain fall and 82% of possible sunshine. The overnight low here in MBY was mild 65 at the current time with clear skies it is 67 here at my house. For today the average H/L is 80/60 the record high of 102 was in 1953 and the record low of 41 was in 1970. This week still looks to be on the hot to very warm side with highs in the mid to upper 80’s on most days with mid 90’s possible on Tuesday.
  17. Happy Father’s Day! The official H/L at Grand Rapids yesterday was 76/52 there was no rain and there was 97% of possible sunshine. The overnight low in MBY was 50 and the official overnight low looks to be 51 at GRR. At the current time it is clear and 52 here. For today the average H/L is 81/59 the record high is 98 set in 1853 and the record low of 45 was set in 1926 and 1945. Last year the H/L was 76/63. Today should be the last cool day for a while with highs next week mostly in the upper 80’s to low 90’s
  18. The official H/L at Grand Rapids yesterday was 89/70 there was no rain fall and there was 84% of possible sunshine. That low of 70 tied 1919, 1994 and 2018 for the warmest minimum for the date. It was also very windy with wind guest at Grand Rapids as high as 44 MPH. The overnight low in MBY was 62 and the official overnight low looks to have been 64. At this time it is clear and 63 here at my house. For today the average H/L is 80/59 the record high of 95 was set in 1992 and 1994. The record low of 40 was set in 1980.
  19. There were several new records set yesterday. The official high/low yesterday at Grand Rapids was 94/77. The low of 77 was the 3rd warmest minimum the warmest for the month of June. The record warmest minimum for June is 79 on June 20th, 1953 with 78 the 2nd warmest on June 28th 1958 and June 30th 2018. A new record high of 95 was set a Lansing and a new record high of 92 was set at Muskegon. At Holland the high/low was 93/80 that 80 is a new record low for the dated and ties June 20th 1953 for the warmest minimum for June. The overnight low here at my house was 69 and there was 0.28” of rain fall. For today the average H/L is 80/59 the record high is 96 in 1952 and the record low is 39 in 1917 and again in 1947. At the current time I have a temperature of 69 with cloudy skies.
  20. I had to be over by the airport and on my SUV the temperature there was 92 just like the official reading for Grand Rapids. But here at my house the temperature jumped up to 94 and that is what I have on my outdoor reading here as well
  21. Here are some 2 PM temperature readings along with the dp and heat index for some locations in lower Michigan. Grand Rapids 90 DP 71 heat index 96. Muskegon 86 dp 70 heat index 91. Holland temp 88 DP 71 heat index 94. Lansing 92 DP 74 heat index 102. Kalamazoo 92 DP 70 heat index 98. Detroit 96 DP 72 heat index 105. Flint 92 DP 74 heat index 102 Saginaw 93 DP 70 heat index 99. Traverse City 92 DP 72 heat index 100. Gaylord 90 DP 71 heat index 96. Alpena is the cool spot with a temperature of just 73 and a DP of 63. In the UP temperatures are mostly in the 70's and 60's but are much warmer in the far west at Iron Mountain where it is 88 with a DP of 67 and a heat index of 91. Here at my house I have a temperature of 94 with a DP of 75
  22. The official H/L at Grand Rapids yesterday was 90/66 that was the 1st official 90 reading at Grand Rapids for this year. There was no rain fall and 63% of possible sunshine. The Dew Point both officially and here in MBY reached 79 (79.5 here at my house) the overnight low at Grand Rapids was just 78 and if it stays above 76 until midnight that would be a new record highest minimum. Here in MBY the low was a cooler 75. At the current time it is 79 here with a dew point of 73. For today the record high is 97 set in 1894 in more recent times it reached 93 in 1994. The record low is 43 set in 1999. Last year it was a pleasant 79/58. A new record high of 93 was set yesterday at Muskegon. With a lower dew point there better chance of it getting warmer today than yesterday and we are off to a warmer start.
  23. The current temperature here MBY is 90 with a dew point of 79.5 for a very humid day. According to my weather station that is a heat index of 108.
  24. At the 1PM reading some temperatures around lower Michigan. Grand Rapids 80 with a dew point of 72. Lansing 75 with a dew point of 68. Detroit 78 with a dew point of 61 Here at my house 81 with a dew point of 79. It is much warmer at Kalamazoo with a temperature of 90 and a dew point of 77.
  25. While Grand Rapids did get some rain (mostly less than 0.25") and a few light thunderstorms. The bigger storms were either to our west, north, east or south.
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