For the first time (it seems) in weeks, the 8-14 day temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting average temperatures for Michigan. This is for the period June 23 – 29. The cool air relative to average retreats to the west. The South and Southeast stay hot. So far this month of June is 2.3 deg. cooler than average. Since May 1, Grand Rapids has had just 42.5% of possible sunshine compared to an average of 58.3%. We’ve still only reached 80 twice this year.
Unfortunately, CPC thinks the wet pattern will continue across much of the northern U.S., including the water-logged Great Lakes.
Here’s high temperatures through midweek. High temperatures will be a little below average through midweek. Not the best if you want to go swimming in Lake Michigan, but these are comfortable temperatures and we’re saving money on air conditioning.
Fortunately, we’ve turned the wind down. Here’s some wind gusts around or shortly after midnight Friday night. The winds were not thunderstorm related. In fact, much of West Michigan hasn’t had a thunderstorm since June 1 – it’s seldom you go half a month in June without lightning and thunder.
Quick note – I’ll be a guest on the Frontlines of Freedom Radio Network today (Sun. 6/16) to talk about my father in WWII. It’s on in Grand Rapids from 8-10 pm on WOOD (AM 1300 and FM 106.9). It’s also on radio stations in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Detroit and Zeeland – a total of 190 radio stations all across the country. Find a station near you at the link.