Lakeshore Advisories – Weather History

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First up – I have all the coding and updates completed here and we should be good to go for the next year or so – there are a few broken graphic links on the other pages due to outside sites moving their data to other servers which I will get to eventually.  The missing GRERL cams are due to broken feeds, not my fault…

The Michigan Weather Center is a non profit and a one man band as far as the design and coding go.  We have no large building with a Doppler radar out back, I let the NWS take care of this as we fund this with our tax dollars.  I fund this site out of pocket which amounts to several hundred dollars for the server, physical site and some of the features such as the radar on the front page.  I have been putting out stacks of business cards at local establishments around the Allegan County area which has helped visitor growth of about 30% a week over the past month.  Two thirds of the people who come here are using mobile devices.

If anyone wants to help fund this site donations would be appreciated you can email me if you wish to do so.  If you have a local business in SW Michigan and would like to donate I would be happy to put up your logo and a link to your site.  Any advertising I put up I want to keep local to Michigan businesses.


Our winter weather advisory continues until 7pm tonight.  I don’t expect much more than an inch or so, just enough to slick up the side roads.  We have trace amounts of snow in the Otsego/Plainwell area, enough to cover the ground.  The temp at 6:45am is 23°.  We will stay in the 20s to below freezing through Friday with off and on snow showers.


Weather History

January 6

1999: Heavy snow piles up on top of the snow dropped during the blizzard a few days earlier. Another 9 inches of snow at Muskegon brings the snow total on the ground to 30 inches, with snow drifts several feet high. This will be the snowiest January on record at Grand Rapids with 46.8 inches of snow and Lansing with 34.6 inches.

2014: A three day seige of heavy snow and extreme cold begins. Frequent white out conditions and temperatures hovering near zero make travel hazardous and at times almost impossible. The phrase ‘polar vortex’ enters the weather lexicon during this time.

January 7

1942: Record cold high temperatures occur as arctic high pressure prevails. The high temperature is only 4 degrees at Grand Rapids and 6 at Muskegon. At Lansing, the thermometer struggles to reach the zero mark during the day, with a frigid northwest wind making it feel even colder

1988: An arctic blast brings several days of sub zero cold to Lower Michigan, including record lows this morning of 15 below zero at Grand Rapids and 11 below at Muskegon.

January 8

1880: Temperatures remain above freezing for the fifth consecutive day during the warmest January on record at Lansing.

1965: Temperatures soar to record highs of 59 degrees at Grand Rapids and Lansing and 55 degrees at Muskegon. A cold front moves through and temperatures will only reach the 20s the next day.

January 9

1930: A snowstorm drops from 4 to 8 inches of snow across southwest Lower Michigan.

1977: Record cold prevails during one of the most severe winters in Michigan history. Records include the 17 below zero at Lansing, 14 below at Grand Rapids and 8 below at Muskegon.

2015: Temperatures in the single numbers and lake effect snow showers create icy roads resulting in a 193 car pileup on Interstate 94 and both east and westbound lanes are shut down between Battle Creek and Galesburg.

January 10

1982: Extreme arctic outbreak brings record cold temperatures and massive lake effect snow totals. Muskegon has their snowiest calendar day on record with 22 inches. This contributes to the all-time record monthly snowfall of 102.4 inches (8 and a half feet!) at Muskegon for January 1982.

January 11

1890: Temperatures reach a record high of 63 degrees at Lansing during one of the warmest January’s on record.

1979: Arctic air and a deep snow cover combine to drop the temperature to a record low of 21 below zero at Grand Rapids.

January 12

1912: Muskegon sets their all-time record low for the month of January at 21 degrees below zero during their coldest month on record.

1918: Record cold is experienced at Lansing with 18 degrees below zero and Grand Rapids at 14 below during one of the coldest winters on record.

2005: On January 12, 2005, dense fog blanketed lower Michigan. Numerous highway accidents near Lansing killed two people and damaged almost 200 vehicles. At least 37 people were injured. One pileup involved 50 vehicles and necessitated the closure of 12 miles of Interstate 96 between Okemos and Webberville.


 

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Get ready, we will be getting hammered with cold and snow well into March or April this year! I love it!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Well you were wrong about December and at least the first half of January, so obviously everyone is a bit skeptical of anything you may wishcast.

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

We are still in a BELOW normal snowfall pattern. Well into if not the whole month of January .. Old man winter is taking this winter off… Sun is getting higher in the sky with every day that passes .. I am seeing a pattern here of this so called winter. BELOW NORMAL IN SNOWFALL and ABOVE normal temps .. Our coldest part of the winter is now .. Average highs will be going up from here in the next couple weeks … Facts !!!! Lol !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Oh yeah, and NO polar vortex .. Great times !!!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Imagine that!

INDY
INDY

I recall saying the pattern change to cold weather and snow would be coming back around the 10th of January from Bill Steffens then the wishcast, Bills to old and wood tv 8 is cold biased ect ect..come out! I have to say Bill was right again….INDY!

Mookie
Mookie

Except above average temps are continuing. You also said the same thing would happen around Christmas and then you said polar vortex January 1st.

INDY
INDY

I still have my shorts out for mid November..lol…INDY!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

You know it Indy! You are 100% correct! Keep up the good work!

INDY
INDY

Currently 18* degrees feels like 7* out at thee YARDofBRICKS Baby it’s cold outside! INDY!!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

great winter evening and a sign of things to come!

Andy W
Andy W

Eh….not really….

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Andy W
Andy W

More upper 30’s to around 40 next week!

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INDY
INDY

All warm temps come to a end .. The everyday warm count will have to start over soon..lol..INDY!

Andy W
Andy W

Looks like it’s starting back up Sunday again!

INDY
INDY

Currently 22* degree feels like 9* degrees with moderate snow falling out at thee YARDofBRICKS….Stay warm INDY!

INDY
INDY

Currently 23* degrees feels like 11* degrees with light snow falling nice Winter day out at thee YARDofBRICKS enjoy the snow…INDY!

Slim

Wow, I know that the NWS was not expecting a lot of snow but come on a WWA for the trace of snow that we have gotten? Yes there are snow flurries flying around at this time but that is it. There is just a trace of snow on the ground and on roof tops and the driveway and road are snow free and in fact are now just dry. Grand Rapids snow fall totals. For the season 18.6” since December 1st 4.2” January 2019 1.0”
The current temperature here with a flurry or two is 23.2°
Slim

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Yeah, doesn’t make much sense. It would be like if during the Summer they issued a heat advisory when the temp is 75.

Mookie
Mookie

0.1″ of snow yesterday and the winter lovers are going crazy this morning before it melts in a few days LOL

I guess that’s a snow drought for you.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Another WWA, another tenth of an inch of snow. What a snow drought! Even when it’s a little cooler, even the lake effect amounts to almost nothing. Welcome to what will be day #30 in a row ABOVE AVERAGE! Looking at the 10 day forecast, we may be making a run at 40 days in a row. Incredible!

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Facts !

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

It looks awesome outside and who wouldn’t love fresh snow in January?

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

It is very nice to some accumulating fresh snow!!! Hopefully a sign of things to come as winter gets cranked up later this month lasting well into March!!!