We have had a wet one overnight and rather warm for October standards. We had a high of 58.8° yesterday and the temp has fallen to only 51.8° at 5:30am this morning. Rainfall is at .44 of an inch with the tail end moving off to the east. We can expect things to dry out this morning with the rest of the day featuring cloudy skies with maybe a few peaks of the sun especially north of Grand Rapids. Temps today will continue in the low fifties dipping to the low 40s overnight.
Weekly Weather History
1869: Michigan is in the grip of an icy cold wave. The temperature falls into the teens for eight consecutive days at Lansing, where it is the coldest October on record.
1925: October feels more like December as snow and cold prevail for much of the last half of the month. Measurable snow falls for three consecutive days with high temperatures at or near freezing from October 28th to the 30th.
1988: Record cold temperatures in the teens and lower 20s close out the month. The low of 18 degrees at Grand Rapids on this day ties the record for the coldest ever recorded in October.
1917: One of the coldest Octobers on record ends on a wintry note with about an inch of snow and high temperatures only in the lower 30s.
1950: Halloween treats Lower Michigan to balmy temperatures. Grand Rapids hits 79 degrees and Lansing 77, both record highs for the date.
1950: Warm weather starts the month with temperatures around 80 degrees across Lower Michigan. Lansing sets their record high for the month of November at 81 degrees.
1976: Cold weather will rule this month across Lower Michigan. Grand Rapids sets a record low of 21 degrees to start the coldest November on record there.
1938: A record high of 77 degrees is set at Grand Rapids as a three day spell of very warm weather begins the month.
1966: A record early season snowstorm drops 6 to 12 inches of snow across southwest Lower Michigan.
1990: Heavy fog resulted in a fatal aircraft accident near Shelby, Michigan. A private plane trying to land at the local airport in the fog stalled and crashed, killing the pilot.
Living on a dead end road we don’t get a lot of trick or treaters though we do have a few kids in the neighborhood the bulk of Otsego kids stays in town. We do have the grand kids, nieces and nephews stop by then have donuts and cider at my mother-in laws. I still dress up sometimes, I have dressed up as a pig farmer in the past (don’t ask) – never to old to have fun…. My next door neighbor and myself tend to go all out for Halloween with decorations and lighting. My wife puts the ghosts and witches in the trees and the neighbor a spooky cemetery. By Thanksgiving we have all the Christmas lights up on the houses, fences and trees, looks really nice especially if there is snow on the ground.
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