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  • May Review
    May 2015 weather review for Grand Rapids
    Despite several rounds of cool temperatures the month of May will be remembered as warm and dry. The average low temperature for Grand Rapids was 50.45° which is 2.66° above average. The high temperatures were also warmer than normal. The...
  • June
    June 2015 weather preview for Grand Rapids
    June begins the start of the summer season. The typical high temperature warms from 74.6° on the 1st to 82.5° on the 30th. Low temperatures take a similar rise going from 53.2° to 61.2°.You know summer has arrived, since snow has...
  • May
    May 2015 weather preview for Grand Rapids
    During May, West Michigan finishes the spring season and prepares for summer. The typical high temperature warms from 65° on the 1st to 74° on the 31st. Low temperatures take a similar rise going from 43° to 53°.We don’t...
  • Meteogram for Dulles Airport, VA on Apr. 25, 2015
    The wet-bulb effect, sleet at 51 degrees and more
    On the evening of Apr. 24, 2015, high altitude clouds started to advance towards the Washington, DC area. Beneath these clouds, the air mass was very dry, with ground-level dew points in the teens and twenties (Fig. 1). In fact, there was a very...
  • April Preview
    April 2015 weather preview for Grand Rapids
    During April, West Michigan is in the heart of the spring season. The typical high temperature warms from 52° on the 1st to 64° on the 30th. Overnight low temperatures take a 10° rise going from 32° to 43°.We typically see more...
  • March Preview
    March 2015 weather preview for Grand Rapids
    During March, West Michigan typically turns the corner putting winter in the rear view mirror. As we set our sites on spring, the typical high temperature warms from 38.0° on the 1st to 51.2° on the 31st. Overnight low temperatures take a...
  • January Review
    January 2015 weather review for Grand Rapids
    January 2015 will be remembered for the record cold temperatures.The average low temperature for Grand Rapids was 14.55° which is 3.54° below average. The high temperatures were also colder than normal. The average high was 27.84°...
  • December Update
    December 2014 starts out warm, dry and sunny
    The month of December is half over, and so far Grand Rapids has been warm, dry and sunny. This is a far cry from the November record snowfall and extreme cold. So far, the average low temperature is 26.53° which is 0.77° above average. The...
  • December
    December 2014 weather preview for Grand Rapids
    December is the month when winter typically kicks into high gear for West Michigan. The Winter Solstice is on December 21st at 6:11 PM. This is when we have the least amount of potential daylight; only 9 hours of sunshine are possible. I say ...
  • Meteogram for Albany, NY early on Nov. 26, 2014
    Chicken Little reports that the sky is falling and weather data agree
    Henny Penny (a.k.a. Chicken Little or Chicken Licken, Fig. 1) was correct when she announced that the sky was falling! However, it wasn’t falling quite in the same way as reported in the fabled version. No acorns here!As noted in a recent...
  • October Review
    October 2014 weather review for Grand Rapids
    October 2014 will be remembered the large temperature swings and rainfall. Temperatures for the first month of autumn displayed the typical swings reminiscent of the changing season. The most notable swing occurred near the end of the month when...
  • November Preview
    November 2014 weather preview for Grand Rapids
    November is typically the month where we turn the corner from fall to winter in West Michigan. Just as we go back to Standard time on the second of the month, we also go back to the days of heavy sweaters, snow shovels and going to and coming home...
  • Forecast weather map - Nov. 1, 2014
    Roller coaster temperature ride expected to continue
    The weather pattern has been fairly progressive across the U.S. throughout October. This has meant that weather systems have marched across the country from west to east, with periodic rises in temperature followed by corresponding falls. Call it...
  • October Update
    October 2014 weather update
    The month of October is half over, and right on schedule temperatures flirted with freezing as readings dipped into the low 30s. Even with the cool air the low temperatures for the month are a bit above average. The average low temperature was 44...
  • September Review
    September 2014 weather review for Grand Rapids
    September 2014 will be remembered as chilly and dry. While we observed above average temperatures near the beginning and end of the month, the cool weather during the middle tipped the scale to make a chilly September. The average low temperature...
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