Snowfall Totals – Weather History

A balmy 14° this morning at 7am in Otsego with a feels like temp of 8°.  Yesterday our high was 24° with trace amounts of snow.  The big story are the snowfall amounts along the lakeshore counties shown below from the NWS.

Snow will pick up in intensity this afternoon and continue both tonight and into Thursday morning. The heaviest snow by far will be from Muskegon County up the shoreline through Oceana and Mason Counties including Muskegon, Whitehall, Pentwater, Hart, Scottville and Ludington. 3-5 inches of snow is forecast in these areas, with some isolated 6 inch amounts possible. Outside of the lakeshore counties, 1 to 2 inch amounts will spread across Central Lower Michigan with an inch or less in other areas of Southwest Lower Michigan.


Weather History

November 10

1975: A powerful storm brought high winds across Lower Michigan, toppling trees and power lines. A tornado was spun up by the storm, damaging mobile homes and a barn in Allegan County. The Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior during the storm, with a crew of 29 men. There were no survivors. The ore carrier left Superior, Wisconsin on November 9 loaded with 26,116 tons of taconite pellets. The cargo was to be delivered to Detroit, but the ship ran into winds of at least 60 mph and high waves and foundered at about 730 pm north of Whitefish Point.

1998: A November storm lashes the Great Lakes with wind gusts up to 90 mph. Over 167,000 homes were without power and cleanup efforts were extensive as many homes and businesses suffered roof and siding damage and thousands of trees were blown down. The high winds literally blew much of the water out of Saginaw Bay, with the water level dropping several feet and large sections of the Bay becoming dry land for a time. A waterspout on Lake Michigan briefly moved inland near Muskegon, but rapidly dissipated and caused no damage.

November 11

1911: A tornado outbreak strikes the Midwest, killing more than a dozen people. Nine people are killed as a violent tornado hits Janesville, Wisconsin. Within an hour, survivors of the storm were digging out in near-blizzard conditions with zero degree temperatures. In Michigan, a tornado kills two people and injures 21 others as it destroys five factories and 21 homes in the northern part of Owosso in Shiawassee County. Another tornado hits southeast of Battle Creek in Calhoun County, leveling barns and taking the roofs off homes. A tornado near Kingsland in Eaton County kills cattle and horses.

1940: The Armistice Day storm strikes with hurricane force winds, producing blizzard conditions across Minnesota and mountainous waves on Lake Michigan, where five vessels are lost, claiming 66 lives.

1995: A strong cold front passage is followed by high winds and lake effect snow. From three to seven inches of snow fell across Ottawa and Kent Counties in a six hour period. The heavy snowfall combined with high winds caused widespread power outages due to tree limbs falling and lines breaking. In South Haven a garage roof was destroyed by a falling tree. Power outages affected more than 50,000 people.

November 12

1873: Winter arrives early with 5 inches of snow at Lansing, followed by a string of record lows in the single digits, including a 1 degree reading on the morning of the 13th.

November 13

1986: High temperatures are held in the upper teens to lower 20s as arctic air pours into Lower Michigan. The high of 19 degrees at Grand Rapids is a record for the date and the coldest high temperature for so early in the season.

November 14

1908: Heavy snow falls across western Lower Michigan with a total of 16 inches at Muskegon, a record total for any November day.

November 15

1933: Michigan is in the grip of a four day cold snap. The low of 10 degrees at Grand Rapids only rises to 18 degrees during the afternoon as lake effect snow showers swirl around and an icy northwest wind makes it feel even colder.

November 16

1959: A vast area of arctic high pressure brings record cold to much of the continental United States. High temperatures only reach the teens across much of Lower Michigan followed by record lows in the single digits on the morning of the 17th.


 

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INDY
INDY

21* degrees out at thee YARDofBRICKS NE GR another below average day cold! Just the facts no wet dream thoughts about a warm December coming no wet dream thoughts about the weather a year ago being the same . ..Babby it’s cold outside thats a fact …….INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Keep it coming!

INDY
INDY

Wednesday Night Snow PArty
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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Facts – last year GR ended up with above normal snowfall and so far this year we are above normal! What a great winter pattern!

Slim

Looks like the high in Grand Rapids so far has been just 23 so if it stays below 25 this will be the 2nd coldest maximum for this date with just 19 in 1986 being colder the high was 25 in 1940 and 1911.
Slim

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Absolutely incredible cold!

Slim

While this November should not end up being a top snowy one here in Grand Rapids that said here is some fun facts for past top snowy Novembers and that years Christmas snow depth. I did this for another site that I post on. This was in response to how much snow was on the ground on what that person thought were snowy Novembers in 1989, 1951, 1911, 1880 and I am not sure where they came up with this one (or it was a miss print) 1842 Here are some of the snowiest November’s at Grand Rapids with that… Read more »

Slim

Winter temperatures and snow fall predictions are nothing more than just a guess. So that being said today WOOD TV 8 came out with their guess for the winter in west Michigan. They think that this winter will be a lot like last winter in being a “back loaded” winter so after this cold mid December their thinking is that it will warm up and stay mild well into December (maybe the start of January) Here are some of the snow fall guesses that each person has made. • Emily Schuitema predicts: 87 inches of snow in Kalamazoo, 83 inches… Read more »

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Of course you would predict below normal snowfall for GR. I have never seen an above normal snowfall prediction from you for GR!

Andy W
Andy W

Of course Rocky would predict above normal snowfall for GR. I have never seen a below normal prediction from you in GR!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Let me give that some thought! You are wrong – get your facts straight. About 6 or 7 years ago I predicted GR would be below normal and it was! Facts never lie – certain politicians need to realize that!

Andy W
Andy W

Haha!! If anyone believes that, I’ve got some oceanfront property in Arizona to sell you!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Rock on Andy!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

This year has been remarkably similar to last year since the beginning of September so I would not be surprised at all to see another mild and snowless December. October cooled down almost the same time as last year, and our first decent snowfall was almost exactly the same day as last year. Great thing is all the snow will quickly melt away!

Slim

Lake Michigan and its clouds kept west Michigan much warmer then areas to our east as lows here were mostly in the mid to upper teens off to our east they fell below 10 and even below zero at several locations. In SE Michigan a low of -6 was reported at Ann Arbor and it was down to at least +1 at Flint. Most locations in SE Michigan were below +10.
Slim

INDY
INDY

Yes lk Michigan plays a big roll in our weather all year around ….Good and Bad…INDY

Slim

Good Morning! With a H/L of 24/16 Grand Rapids did set a new record for the coldest maximum for November 12th While the low of 16 fell just short of the record of 15° set in 1986 and 1911 it did tie 1976 for 2nd coldest low. It looks like the overnight low at the airport was 15 and here at my house the overnight low was 16. For today the average H/L at Grand Rapids is 49/34 the record high is 70 set in 1989 and the record low is 10 set in 1986. The record snow fall for… Read more »

INDY
INDY

No kidding a wet and cold Fall that’s for sure our furnace has been running since September…Love it …Have a warm Wednesday INDY

Slim

I wonder how Mookie is enjoying his/her vacation is south Florida.
Slim

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Clearly we will be seeing above normal snowfall this season! Mark it down!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Nice snow map! Our below normal temp pattern is still rocking! This will be 9 out of the last 11 months! Talk about a clear cut entrenched pattern! Incredible!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Globally speaking, four out of the last five months have been the warmest on record. So there’s that.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Then we are living in a great spot! I love it!