Dry and pleasant weather is expected through Monday. Temperatures will be a bit cooler, especially at night, and the humidity will be significantly lower. At 11 pm, the dewpoint – a measure of the amount of humidity or moisture in the air – was 69° at Battle Creek, 64° at Grand Rapids, 52° at Big Rapids and 44° at Gaylord. Winds are northwest, so drier air will overspread all of West Michigan during the afternoon.
The Lake Michigan water temperature was 74° this (Fri.) morning at all four places that reported a water temp: Muskegon, Grand Haven, Duck Lake S.P. and Hoffmaster S.P. The lake was a bit choppy with waves of 2-4 feet. The yellow caution flags were flying at the beaches. The pic. above from late Fri AM shows a lot of people walking along the pier at S. Haven.
Temperatures will range from the low-mid 70s at Lake Michigan to near 80 inland, with low temperatures at night dipping into the 50s. Winds will be light over the weekend.
We’re now losing daylight at the rate of around 2 1/2 minutes each day. Sunrise today is at 6:46 am in G.R. and the sunset is at 8:47 pm – giving us 14 hours and 1 minute of possible sunshine. That’s down from 15 hours and 21 minutes at the Summer Solstice back on June 20.
There are still 148,666 Consumers Energy customers without power as of 11:19 am Friday. There are still 4,003 separate outages. Seventy-six percent of St. Joseph Co. is without power and 71% of Branch and Hillsdale Counties. I band of 60-70 mph winds roared across those counties. Many other areas had gusts of 40-60 mph. Some areas may not get power back until Sunday. Statewide we still have 678,649 customers without power. That’s more than all the other states combined.
Grand Rapids had 7 consecutive days with measurable rainfall from the 6th to the 12th. We’ve had a thunderstorm on 6 of the first 12 days of August. Rainfall at the Ford Airport from Aug. 1-12 was 2.27″ and that was 0.85″ above average. Heavier rain fell in the Lansing area with over 8″ Wednesday night in a couple spots. The Lansing Airport has had 4.32″ of rain this month and that’s 2.92″ above average. A Flood Warning continues for the Red Cedar River at East Lansing, which was a couple inches above flood stage.
August 1-12 was 0.8° warmer than average.
The summer fruit harvest continues. Redhaven peach harvest was underway. I bought some peaches and they are excellent this year. Apples continue to size well and were beginning to color. Bluecrop blueberry harvest in the Southwest was winding down. Fruit size and firmness was excellent. Yields have generally been very good. Some blueberry growers reported difficulty finding labor for hand harvest. Corn is rated 79% good to excellent and soybeans at 72%. A wide variety of fruits and vegetables are available at roadside stands, farm markets and your local supermarket.