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Increasingly Hot Temperatures and Lack of Precipitation Pose a Threat on Newly Planted Trees

Increasingly Hot Temperatures and Lack of Precipitation Pose a Threat on Newly Planted Trees

Nothing has a greater impact on new tree survival than adequate watering. In the past two years the City of Grand Rapids has planted over 1,600 trees which are in need of watering this summer. The City is working hard to keep up with its current watering practices and will continue to make improvements, but as the temperature continues to rise so does the need for more watering to help keep these trees healthy.

August & Summer 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

August & Summer 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

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Temperatures in August averaged 71.8°F, 1.0°F above average but 3.1°F cooler than last year (74.9°F).  Seventeen days were warmer than usual, twelve were cooler, and two were average.  The highest temperature occurred on August 1 with 90°F while the lowest temperature occurred on August 22 with 53°F.  The summer season (June, July and August) averaged 72.7°F, 2.1°F above average, making it the tenth warmest summer on record, but 0.6°F cooler than last summer (73.2°F).

Precipitation was above average last month with 4.42”, 0.83” more than usual and 2.68” more than last year (1.74”).  There were eleven days with measurable precipitation, which is two days more than usual (9).  Summer precipitation was well above average with 14.63”, 3.49” more than usual and 0.19” more than last summer (14.44”).