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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.