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Building Blocks of Grand Rapids

Building Blocks of Grand Rapids

August 11, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Meet in the lobby of the Amway Grand Hotel


Dr. Mary Jane Dockeray will lead a tour through downtown Grand Rapids, beginning at the Amway Grand Hotel lobby and continuing through downtown to the main library. Learn the geologic history contained in the walls of familiar landmarks. Search for fossilized snails in the floor of the Amway Grand, find rocks from around the globe in one place and discover where the "rapids" in the Grand River ended up. Observe the remains of glacial movement that carved our city from the Grand River valley. Pace will be slow to moderate, comfortable walking shoes recommended. A magnifying glass would be helpful to closely examine Indiana Bedford Limestone and granite from around the world used in downtown structures.

$3 per participant. RSVP at 745-6240.

Visit http://blandfordnaturecenter.org for additional information.

July 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

July 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids

Temperatures in July averaged 77.0°F, 5.6°F above average, and 1.5°F warmer than last year (75.5°F), making it the fifth warmest on record and the warmest since 1936 (77.3°F).  Twenty-seven days were warmer than usual while only four were cooler.  The highest temperature occurred on July 20 with 97°F, the warmest temperature since July 31, 2007 (97°F).  The lowest temperatures occurred on July 7 and 14 with 58°F.

Precipitation was well above average last month with 6.87”, 3.31” more than usual and 2.21” more than last year (4.66”), making it the eighth wettest on record and the wettest since 2006 (6.90”).  There were nine days with measurable precipitation, which is exactly average (9).

There was 81.4% of the possible sunshine last month, 6.5% more than usual and 6.6% more than last year (74.8%), making it the seventh sunniest on record and the sunniest since 1990 (86.4%).  There were ten clear days – two

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.

Marsh Madness at Blandford Nature Center

Marsh Madness at Blandford Nature Center

Thursday, July 14, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us after supper on Thursday night from 6:30 - 8 PM. The Blandford marsh is a habitat haven for many different creatures and as the sun goes down, they come alive. We will dip for some of the smaller creatures living in the water and visit the Timpson Tower to get a bird's-eye view. What a great way to spend a summer evening.

$3 per person, please RSVP 735-6240.

Visit http://blandfordnaturecenter.org for additional information.

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).

July events at Blandford Nature Center

July events at Blandford Nature Center

Babies at Blandford

Saturday, July 9, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Get your little ones outside and learning about wildlife. See live animals, take a walk or stroller ride along the trails, and listen to a story about animals.
Open to infant - 3 yrs old, with one adult per little one.

$3 per adult, kids are free. Must have 1 adult per child.

 

Marsh Madness

Thursday, July 14, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The marsh is a habitat haven for many different creatures at the nature center and as the sun goes down, they come alive. We will dip for some of the smaller creatures living in the water and visit the Timpson Tower to get a bird's-eye view.

$3 per person, please RSVP 735-6240.

 

Post Harvest Food Handling