The air temperature at the Holland State Park weather station dipped to a chilly 49 degrees Monday afternoon, which itself is quite notable given the season. But the reading also provided the designation as the coldest location in the continental U.S. for a time.Meanwhile, I have two sets of relatives in Texas forced to fix three air conditioners in the heat.
Forty-degree weather in July, in West Michigan — only Mount Washington, N.H., rivaled Holland's figure at 50 degrees.
"That station is at the end of the pier ... so it's very exposed to the influence of the lake," said Brandon Hoving, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. "The water temperature was dropping quite a bit on Monday, dropping like a rock."
The Port Sheldon buoy recorded a water temperature of about 62 degrees Sunday, falling to about 42 degrees Monday — a 20-degree difference — as stiff winds brought cooler waters up to the surface.
Gas was $3.54.9/gallon yesterday -- Mrs. Dr. Phil got to fill up with 55¢/gal off discount coupons, technically dropping under three bucks. Today it was $3.31.9/gal for anyone.
Remember boys and girls -- weather and climate are not the same things. Local variations can and will occur. And there is no predicting gasoline prices.