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westMJim

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  1. There is a big drop off in the average temperatures over the next 6 days. The average H/L starts out at 56.1/39.1 today and by Sunday it drops to 54.0/37.5. The overnight low here at my house was 34 and there was some frost this AM the official overnight low at GRR was 37. The grass is growing by the day and I will have to cut it once again. Not sure how many more times I grass will have to be cut this fall yet. And most of the leaves are still on the trees this is one of the latest if not the latest I have seen this many leaves still in the trees this late in the fall. I moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1984 and the other years that may have been this late are 2016, 2012 and 1995. Of course before I moved here I lived in Bay City and Alpena and in Bay City the leaves would be off the trees well before Halloween and in Alpena there would be years when the trees were bare before mid October.
  2. Wow that is some nice pictures. Here on this side of the lake the winds did not get that high winds did gust up into the low 30 MPH range but even on the east side of the state that was it.
  3. So far in this rain event I have recorded 0.74" of rain fall. The mean for October at Grand Rapids is now down to 59.7 so while the month should end up well above average it will NOT be a record warm October at GR. While the official low at GRR made it down to 31 it has not gotten that cold here at my house yet as the coldest it has been is 35. So how does that official low of 31 stack up for Grand Rapids? Well it was just in 2017 when the first low of 32 and 31 happened on October 26th so while later than the long term average not so much in the last 10 to 15 years. At this time there is rain falling and a temperature of 45 here.
  4. It is foggy and 35 here at my house. I went outside and there is no frost here in my neighborhood. However, at GRR they report a temperature of 31 with freezing fog. There was yet another 0.13″ of rain fall here yesterday most of that came in a heavy lake effect rain shower.
  5. You know I wasn't even thinking of lake effect snow falls when I wrote the "big storms" part I was thinking more in like of big time November area wide wind storms such as. The November 9-10, 1975 storm caused the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior. The November 9-11, 1998 storm is discussed since it occurred on the same days in November, followed nearly the same track, and was more intense than the ‘75 storm. The storm of October 26-27 of 2010 is included as it set records for the lowest pressure over portions of the Upper Great Lakes region. Now for the part of warm Octobers leading to high seasonal snow fall that part that has been at best hit and miss for GRR.
  6. It has been a while since we have had a big time November storm. So I guess one could say we are overdue. Also while history doesn't suggest that it would happen (as past warm Octobers have not lead to heavy winter snow falls) could the warmer than average great lakes lead to heavy lake effect snows in November or December? well as always we shall see.
  7. There was another 0.10" of rain fall here yesterday and overnight. Also yesterday was just the 2nd day this month with a mean that was below average. Clouds kept the overnight low in the 40's with a low of 41 here at this time it is cloudy and 42.
  8. Not sure how much longer it will last but there is still leaves on the trees in Houghton. I am sure this is one of the latest that has happened up there in many years if not the latest of all time" https://www.mtu.edu/webcams/view/ There are more web cams if you click on the left hand side.
  9. There is a chance that could have happened here as well but clouds moved in and the temperature went up to 40 and held there the rest of the night. At this time it is 47 and partly cloudy here.
  10. There was 0.07" of rain fall here yesterday while the day started sunny it became cloudy and was cool all day long with a few showers. The overnight low both here and at the airport was 37 that 37 at GRR was the 1st time it has dropped below 40 at Grand Rapids the fall season. It was also the 1st time it dropped below 40 since May 30th and it 2nd latest date for it to drop below 40 at Grand Rapids the latest date is October 25th 2017. At this time it is cloudy and 41 both here and at the airport.
  11. Here is Grand Rapids area we had a nice thunderstorm overnight that dropped 0.45" here at my house and the official amount at GRR looks to have been 0.46" The overnight low here at my house was 56 and the official low so far at GRR looks to have been 58. At this time with partly cloudy skies it is 57 here at my house. So far this fall season the coldest official low at GRR has been just 40. The average date for the first low of 39 or lower is September 24th the latest date for a sub 40° low is October 25, 2017 This year will be at least the 2nd latest for that to happen in GRR recorded history.
  12. I am getting the yard ready for the winter season. Yesterday I kind of cleaned up the garage and put the cover on the outside part of the AC this is by far the latest that I have done that. I also have dug up the gladiolus and will get them ready for winter storage. Today I will dig up the elephant ear plants. It was a very good year for my elephant ears and they grew up to almost 5 feet tall. I have plants in pots that I will keep as long as possible. I will also cut the grass again today. The grass is still growing very good almost like it would in the spring. One thing so far this year no raking the leaves yet. Not sure when that will happen. It might be a while yet at the coldest it has gotten here at my house is 39. While we wait for that first 32° It was just in 2016 when the first low of 32 did not happen until November 12th. At this time it is clear and 59 here.
  13. It is sunny and 71 here at my house right now. That last official reading for GRR was 70. It was just last year that the record high of 80 was set for Grand Rapids. It has been a record setting warm October so far and much of the area is still on course for one of the warmest Octobers on record. Here is where we stand as of this morning. Grand Rapids the mean so far is 63.3 and that is a departure of +9.3. At Holland the mean is 65.0 for a departure of +10.9. At Muskegon the mean is 64.3 for a departure of +10.0. At Lansing the mean is 64.1 for a departure of +10.6. To the east at Flint the mean is 64.1 for a departure of +11.9 at Saginaw the mean of 63.5 is good for a departure of +10.2 UP north at Alpena their mean of 60.0 is good for a departure of +10.2. At the Sault their mean of 61.2 is a departure of +12.2 and at Marquette their mean of 57.4 is a departure of +11.2. The only location that has gotten down to 32 so far is Marquette where the low so far this month is 32.
  14. With clear skies the overnight low so far here has been 40. The overnight low so far at GRR is 41. Officially that is the coldest low so far this fall season the last time it has gotten this cold at GRR was on June 22 when the low was also 41. It is also the 1st time since June 21st to the 23rd that it has gotten into the 40's 3 nights in a row. The current temperature here is that 40 with clear skies.
  15. The overnight low here at my house was 39.9 and of course that is the coldest low so far this fall season. The official overnight low so far at GRR is 44. This latest date for that 44 low the old record was on October 8th 2016 and while not official the low here at my house of 39.9 (40) is the 2nd latest for that to happen but will update that when GRR officially reaches 40. At this time it is clear here and 41.
  16. That is very common with clear skies. While the air temperature is in the mid 30's the top of the car and windshield can get colder and thus the ice and frost and there could have been frost on the roofs as well.
  17. One of the issues I have with CoCoRahs is that the rain fall reports are mostly due in at 7AM (in the fall and winter I am many times late as I do not get up all the time before 8 or even 9 AM) while the official end of the day reports are taken at 12 midnight. And of course it is hard to match the two up. My report for today is 0.12" At this time it is clear and 52 here at my house. So far this month all 14 days have been much warmer than average and at Grand Rapids the last 19 days in a row have been above average. And in that time there have been 15 days over 70 with one day reaching 80. The have been 8 days with lows of 60 or better and the coldest it has been this fall season so far is just 47.
  18. Fun facts. It is now October 14th and so far this fall season at Grand Rapids the coldest it has been is 47. This is the latest it has gone without reaching 46, 45 and 44 (October 8, 2016) 43, 42 (October 11, 1931) and 41 (October 13, 1934) the next milestone would be 40 the latest for that is October 24th 1914.The latest first 39 low is October 24th 2017. The average 1st 32 low is October 13th the latest is November 14th 1918. and for the latest hard freeze (28) is November 29th 1948.
  19. The winter of 2006/07 was a mixed bag. Not much snow on the east side but near or just above average on the west side of the state and up north. In SE Michigan the official total snow fall the the winter was 30.3 at Detroit. 41.0 at Flint 29.1" at Saginaw. On the west side of the state Grand Rapids 83.3" Muskegon 86.8"
  20. That was one unusual snow event. Some other snow fall totals for that day Grand Rapids 2.0” Lansing 1.5” here is the NWS weather history write up for that day. First SE Michigan “On October 12, 2006, the earliest measurable snowfall occurred in Detroit, Flint and Saginaw. Detroit recorded 0.2 inches of snow, Flint received 2.3 inches of snow, and Saginaw had 0.3 inches of snow.” And SW Michigan “2006: A record early season snowstorm brings up to eight inches of snow to southwest Lower Michigan. Tree damage and power outages were extensive around Hastings in Barry County as the wet, heavy snow clings to the tree branches, which still had leaves on them.”
  21. Here at my house I recorded 0.57" of rain fall yesterday and overnight. In the area yesterday was another very warm (for October) day. At Grand Rapids the high of 80 was the 3rd warmest for the date but in a 5 way tie with 2011, 2010, 1993 and 1973. The low of 63 was the 2nd warmest minimum for the date with a tie with 1954 and 1928. At Holland the high of 81 was the 4th warmest for the date and the low of 64 was the 4th warmest. At Muskegon the high of 79 was the 4th warmest and the low of 65 set a new record for the warmest minimum for the date. To the east at Lansing the high of 81 was the 6th warmest and the low of 66 is now the new record warmest minimum for the date. At this time there is a light mist falling and it is 61 here at my house.
  22. Had wind, rain and a good amount of lightning and some thunder here about earlier not really severe but it was one of the better storms of this year. It dropped just 0.24" of rain. At this time it is cloudy here and now it is down to 64. At the airport it is down to 63 and wind gust of 47 MPH was reported there.
  23. With temperatures up near 80 and dew points in the upper 60's it is indeed a warm and somewhat humid day for October. The current temperature here at my house is 80 and I have a dew point of 70. The official high for Grand Rapids looks to be 79 so that will be a tie for the 4 warmest reading for the date. The record is 85 in 1928 and in 2nd place is 82 in 1938 a high of 80 happened in 2011 and 2010, 1973 and 1893 a high of 79 was reported in 1962 and 1943. My AC just kicked on so yes it must be warm out as it is set to 77. I will report tomorrow on the official high for today and if we set any new record warm minimums.
  24. There is a good chance that today will be the warmest day for the rest of 2021 that said. New records for the warmest minimums were set at Grand Rapids and Muskegon for yesterday October 10th the low at Grand Rapids of 64 yesterday set a new record for the warmest minimum for the date at Muskegon their low of 65 also set a new record. At Holland their low of 67 is the new 2nd warmest minimum for the date 70 in 1949 is the record. At Lansing their low of 64 is the new 3rd place warmest minimum their record is 67 in 1879 and in 2nd place is 65 in 2018. After new record warmest minimums were set for October 10 the over night lows for today have been even warmer. At Muskegon the overnight low was just 72 If it stays above 63 until midnight today would set a new record. At Holland the overnight low has been 69 (it was in the low 70’s most of the night) it would have to stay above 67 until midnight for a new record there for today. Here at my house and at GRR the overnight low has been 67 It would have to stay above 65 until midnight for a new record minimum to be set here. At this time with clear skies it is 69 here.
  25. It has been a very warm start to October this year. After 9 days the mean at Grand Rapids is 65.6 that is a departure of +9.9 and that is the smallest departure from average in the area. At Muskegon the mean is 66.4 and that is a departure of +10.4 and at Holland the mean is 67.5 and that is a departure of +11.7 that mean is more typical of June. To the east at Lansing the mean is 65.8 and that is a departure of +10.8. We will have to see how the rest of the month plays out. The record warmest October mean (whole month) at Grand Rapids is 59.1 at Holland 61.1 at Muskegon 58.5 and at Lansing 58.4. I recorded 0.06" of rain fall overnight. At this time it is partly cloudy and 68 here with a dew point of 65.
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