They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me
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90? 90!

The official weather temperatures are not always the same as we imagine it or what some local thermometer is saying. As I've reported earlier, we've flirted with 90°F temps in West Michigan, but neither Grand Rapids nor Kalamazoo actually officially hit 90°. Until now.

I thought we'd hit 90° on Friday 17 July 2015 (DW) (LJ), but that was just our thermometers here in Allendale and not the official GR or Kzoo reports.

Monday night's forecast, pointed out that there were 90s in Michigan on Monday. 91° in Sault Ste. Marie and Alpena, 90° in Marquette. Those are all in northern Michigan. But the forecast 90s here didn't materialize.

Tuesday, though, we finally did it. Holland reported 91°F -- they may have hit 90° earlier. And Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo both hit 90°.

For Kalamazoo, it had been 326 days since the last temps of 90° or higher -- that would be 5 September 2014.

For Grand Rapids, it was even longer. 683 days or 13 September 2013. That was way back when I was in the hospital for The Year Without A Summer. Hard to believe that Grand Rapids never hit 90° all last summer, but then both last year and this year Lake Michigan had almost frozen over -- and the cold lake water has moderated the temperatures here in West Michigan.

Remember, kids, climate and weather are not the same thing. And that climate change involves churning which will give highs and lows.

Dr. Phil
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Tags: weather, west michigan
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