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Hot Summer Days in Grand Rapids

Hot Summer Days in Grand Rapids

It certainly feels like it’s been a hot summer so far in West Michigan and here’s what I’ve come up with: 

85° Days

On Tuesday, July 26 the temperature again reached 85°F, the 34th day this summer we’ve reached that mark, three days more than the average number of days (31) during an ENTIRE summer.

It also marked the eleventh consecutive 85°F day, the longest stretch since 2005 (July 31-August 10).

Last year:  47 days - 2010

Most:  68 days – 1921

Least:  8 days – 1915

 

90° Days

So far we’ve reached 90°F ten times this summer, one day more than the average (9) for an entire summer.

We made 90°F or higher on five consecutive days from July 18-21, the longest stretch since 2007 (July 30-August 3).

Last year:  10 days - 2010

Most:  37 days – 1988

Least

Is Grand Rapids a walkable City?

Is Grand Rapids a walkable City?

Earlier today I was reading an article on AOL that published the “Most Walkable Cities” and believe it or not, Grand Rapids, MI was NOT one of these cities out of 50 different locations. I took the time to look through the entire list for Michigan and found that in comparison to an 89% rating for New York, which was #1, Grand Rapids came in with a 54%.

I guess when I look back on the article, it does mention “large cities”, so apparently that is why Detroit was #31 on the list while we did not even get a nod.

I also went back into that site just now too and by putting in the name of our city, I came up with a “Very Walkable” 89% for Grand Rapids, MI. That makes me feel better because I think walking in the downtown area of our city is just great. Let me know what your thoughts are on this.

Single Stream Recycling Now Available at Drop-Off Stations

Single Stream Recycling Now Available at Drop-Off Stations

News Release:  (Grand Rapids, MI) – Kent County now offers single stream recycling at all three county-operated recycling drop-off stations. Previously single stream recycling was available only to those with curbside recycling service.

Single stream recycling allows users to mix paper, plastic bottles, metal cans and glass jars together in one drop-off bin with a separate bin for flattened corrugated cardboard.

The three recycling stations, in Rockford, Grand Rapids and Kentwood, are for residents who do not have access to curbside recycling, missed their recycling day or have too much recycling to put at the curb. Residents of surrounding areas who work or travel in Kent County are also invited to use the stations.

“By converting all these containers to single stream recycling, we hope that more people will be encouraged to recycle.

June 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

June 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids

Temperatures in June averaged 69.1°F, 2.0°F above average, but 0.1°F cooler than last year (69.2°F).  Thirteen days were warmer than usual, thirteen were cooler and four were average.  The highest temperature occurred on June 7 with 94°F while the lowest temperature occurred on June 12 with 49°F.

Precipitation was slightly below average last month with 3.34”, 0.33” less than usual and 4.70” less than last year (8.04”).  There were nine days with measurable precipitation, which is one day less than average (10). 

There was 63.4% of the possible sunshine last month, 2.3% more than usual and 4.2% more than last year (59.2%).  There were seven clear days – exactly average (7), eighteen partly cloudy days – seven more than usual (11), and five cloudy days – seven fewer than average (12).

Weed Hotline

Weed Hotline

Do you have an annyoing neighbor in need of a reminder about yard eyesores ? Property owners in the City of Grand Rapids are required to maintain yards and lots.  Tall grass/weeds, rubbish in piles or bags, dying trees, broken items discarded openly, and items of value stored on porches or in yards can lend an air of decay to our communities.  While most property owners willingly work to keep their properties neat and clean, some will need to be reminded that we all want our neighborhoods to reflect our pride in our city.  Contact the Code Compliance Division, (616) 456-3053, M-F, 8-11 a.m. or 1-3:30 p.m., if you see any of the above infractions.
  
For other common concerns, in the winter, residents have 24 hours to clear snow from sidewalks. Complaints regarding snow removal should be directed to the Engineering Department's Sidewalk Division by calling (616) 456-3243 or report a complaint online.
 

Are You Prepared for an Emergency in a Wilderness or Remote Environment?

Are You Prepared for an Emergency in a Wilderness or Remote Environment?

The American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids introduces its newly revised Wilderness and Remote First Aid course, which is designed for scouts, outdoor enthusiasts and people who work in remote wilderness environments.

The American Red Cross course is based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines with enhanced content to meet OSHA's Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Programs. The courses offer flexibility for organizations and their instructors to adapt the training to varying environments, from camps and parks, to remote occupational settings.

The 16-hour Wilderness and Remote First Aid course gives people the hands-on skills needed to respond in an emergency when help may be delayed. The course includes training on:

May 2011 and Spring 2011 Weather Stats

May 2011 and Spring 2011 Weather Stats

Grand Rapids (WZZM)-

Temperatures in May averaged 60.0°F, 1.9°F below average and 1.7°F cooler than last year (61.7°F).  Seventeen days were warmer than usual, thirteen were cooler and one was average.  The highest temperature occurred on May 30 with 89°F while the lowest temperature occurred on May 5 with 33°F.  Temperatures for the spring season averaged 46.8°F, 0.5°F above average but 5.4°F cooler than last spring (52.2°F).

Precipitation was above average last month with 4.54”, 1.19” more than usual and 0.74” more than last year (3.80”).  There were fifteen days with measurable precipitation, which is four days more than average (11).  Spring precipitation was well above average with 15.74”, 6.32” more than usual and 6.96” more than last spring (8.78”), making it the third wettest on record after 1976 (16.37”) and 2004 (16.12”).

Snowfall was exactly average last month with 0.0”; spring snowfall amounted to 3.1”, 8.