Weekend Rain and Colder for the Second Half of Next Week

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Sunset at South Haven Thursday Evening 10 24

We captured this nice sunset pic. from our South Haven camera Thursday evening. Waves were back down to 1-2 feet and they should stay low through Saturday.

East Grand Rapids Thursday late PM

The sailboats were out on Reeds Lake late afternoon Thursday. The water temp. of Reeds Lake is at 55°. The water temps. at the Lake Michigan buoys are running from 51.3° at the mid-lake buoy to 57.0° at South Haven. That’s plenty warm enough to give us some decent lake-effect snow if the cold air (and other favorable parameters) develop before the lake cools down. Despite the wind and rain, the fall colors are looking pretty good in West Michigan.

Fall colors are peaking across much of the Midwest and Great Lakes. Viewer Austin Hamilton sent this picture from Chariton, Iowa. Imagine how these trees would look in sunshine with blue sky in the background.

Thunder Bay Island

This is Thunder Bay Island Thursday. This would be a nice scene to paint, or maybe create a jigsaw puzzle from this scene.

So far, the average temperature for October is 0.4° warmer than average. We have not had any days that deviated more than 9° from average.
We’ve had 4.10″ of rain in G.R. this month. That’s 1.69″ above average-to- date. We’ve had measurable rain on 13 of the first 24 days of the month and two more days with sprinkles. For the year, Grand Rapids has had 41.71″ of precipitation and that’s 10.20″ above average-to-date. We’ve had 4 days this month when we’ve had wind gusts of 40 mph or higher in Grand Rapids and 6 days with +40 mph wind gusts in Holland.

Sunset at Muskegon Thursday evening 10 24 19

Sunshine has totaled 45%. Average for October is 44%. Friday we get 10 hours and 37 minutes of possible daylight. We continue to lose daylight at the rate of about 2 1/2 minutes each day. We go down to just 9 hours at the Winter Solstice on Dec. 21.

High Temperatures Thursday

What stands out is the heat in California. They were getting downsloping east-northeast winds and there were some record high temps. The warmest spots in the U.S. Thursday were Santee and Miramar CA at 102° and the coldest in the contiguous U.S. was -2° at Pikes Peak CO. Los Angeles had a high of 98° and San Diego 94°. San Francisco and Oakland reached 89°. Eureka CA had a record high temp. of 81°. That was 20° warmer than average. However their low temp. of 46° was exactly average.

It was also hot in S. Texas (94° at McAllen and Laredo) and in Florida (93° in Fort Myers and 92° in Tampa. It’s interesting to see the contrast of temperatures across Texas…afternoon highs of 94° at McAllen and Laredo..and just 37° in Amarillo. At 11 pm CDT, Friona TX had a temp. of 19° and a wind chill factor of 8°. Grand Rapids hasn’t been colder than 32° this fall so far.

Temperature drop of 23° in an hour at Laredo, Texas

WOW! Look at what happened when the cold front went thru Laredo, Texas. At 9 pm, they were 80° with a variable wind at 3 mph. At 10 pm, they were 57° – a drop of 23° in one hour. The wind kicked up to 29 mph wiht a gust to 40 mph and it was raining.

It’s been quite windy in parts of California. Of course, that greatly increases the fire danger. Pattern shift across N Hemisphere should bring much colder weather into parts of United States and Europe next week. Fall colors in Pennsylvania.

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