This Weeks Weather History

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Time to step away from the classroom and take a look at our weekly weather history feature:

April 14

1953: It is a cold morning across Lower Michigan. Record low temperatures include the 20 degrees at Muskegon and the 21 degrees at Grand Rapids.

April 15

1943: Temperatures plunge into the teens as snowflakes swirl in the arctic winds. Record lows include 16 degrees at Muskegon and 18 degrees at Grand Rapids.

2002: A four day stretch of record warm weather peaks across Lower Michigan with Grand Rapids hitting 86 degrees and Lansing 84.

2018: A late season winter storm brought up to 4 inches of snow, 2 inches of sleet and almost half an inch of icing along with strong winds across Lower Michigan from the 14th to the 17th. Almost half a million people lost power.

April 16

1961: From 6 to 12 inches of snow falls across southwest Lower Michigan. The storm drops 12.2 inches at Grand Rapids, the heaviest April snowfall on record there.

April 17

1875: Extreme late season cold sets records across Lower Michigan. Detroit falls to 10 degrees on this date and 8 degrees on the 18th. Lansing bottoms out at an incredible zero degrees.

1922: Heavy rain from a slow moving thunderstorm causes some street flooding in Grand Rapids. The daily total of 2.94 inches at Grand Rapids is a record for April.

April 18

1880: A tornado struck Chester, in Eaton County where barns were destroyed and livestock was killed. A quarter-mile wide swath of trees was leveled in a forest by the tornado.

April 19

1957: Less than a week after record low temperatures in the teens, high temperatures are pushing 80 degrees across Lower Michigan. Muskegon went from 19 degrees on the 15th to a high of 79 on this date, a rise of 60 degrees in four days.

April 20

1966: A tornado killed livestock and damaged a barn and garage in Morley in Mecosta County. Another tornado hit Peach Ridge in Kent County, damaging a steel tower.


I put down the first lawn fertilizer of the season yesterday.  Yup, it is that time of year to get out the lawn and garden implements.  It feels good to get outside without having to bundle up.  Lots of stuff to do out there with all the wind we have had this year bringing down branches and twigs.  I opened up my small fish pond last week which for me is the official opening of spring lawn and grounds care.

Today is my mothers (Mary) 83rd birthday, she is 20 years older than me.  She hasn’t been doing well the past few months so we have her in an assistive living center in Allegan – luckily my daughter works there and can an eye on her.


Our chances of rain and storms increase today with the best chances from Grand Rapids to the north.  Thursday will be the day of lots of rain for most of the area with embedded thunderstorms – below are the SPC forecasts:  we are in the general outlook area….


In case you haven’t noticed I have been working on the site – the forecast page has changed with blog post archive at the top and forecasts below. I have been adding pages also.

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Getting some good rumbles of thunder hear. No rain yet.

Andy W
Andy W

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=42.9664&lon=-85.6719#.XLeoBhYpCEc

Well it’s up to 62 now, which beats the NWS forecast again, LOL! This is after Rocky said:

Rocky (Rockford)
It is the overall long term pattern= below normal temps! Face the facts! The nws predicted a high of 61 today! Ya right!

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April 17, 2019 2:25 pm

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Great call by the nws! They are rocking!

Andy W
Andy W

Warm weather Rocky, is a lot better than cold weather Rocky!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Lol, bring on the 70’s!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Wow the seasonal snowfall for GR is now up to 81.3 inches! Way above normal! What a winter! The accumulating snow should be done for the year, so bring on the 70’s and sunny! Forget this cool, cloudy, windy and temps in the 50’s stuff!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

And wow, the seasonal snowfall over here towards the lake is way below normal, what of it? All depends on location around here. And temps are in the 60s everywhere as well, so no need to complain about that!

Mookie
Mookie

That long-term CPC is a thing of beauty! Above average temps! Will 2019 be our 5th straight warm year in a row?

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Hey Slim, stat question for you if you get time. Going back “long term”, I’ll let you decide how many years would define long term, how many months have been below and how many above average? I’m guessing anything in the 3 or 4 year range will have more above than below.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Just another cool, cloudy, breezy Spring day! Clearly we are still entrenched in a long term below normal temp pattern! Facts really do matter!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Well that’s what you said yesterday as well and the sun was out most of the day and somehow the temp ended up being above average.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

It is the overall long term pattern= below normal temps! Face the facts! The nws predicted a high of 61 today! Ya right!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Yes I think it is time you face the facts because long term would be the past several years, and that has been above average. Short term, as in the past several months, yes it has been below. As for today’s high, well the day has 9 hours left yet so we don’t know that. We do know the overnight low was 42, which is also above average.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

You are wrong as usual! Incredible!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

No, wrong would be you laughing at the NWS predicted high of 61 when it is currently 62 in GR. Even higher here at 65. Give it up.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

You are wrong Barry, face it!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

What part am I wrong about? Yesterday being sunny and above normal? Nope. Recent months being below normal? Nope. Overnight low of 42? Nope. Over 60 in GR today? Nope. Past few years having more months above normal temps than below normal temps? Nope. The only one getting things wrong here would be you. I can supply links to all the above claims if you wish. But I supposed they are all wrong in your mind as well.

Slim

Barry, I will do some checking on the number of months above and below over the last few years. Hint my guess over the last 5 years more above average months then below. But will give a complete number tomorrow
Slim

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Thanks Slim. Maybe we can put this disagreement to a rest then.

INDY
INDY

Rocky your better off getting out your golf clubs now then beating a old horse..Lol! INDY!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Yes I think it is time to move on to some nice warm
Spring weather and golf! Bring it!

INDY
INDY

Now we are all on the same page here let’s see who will keep talking about cold weather lol…INDY..

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Great point and I think we know the answer!!!!

Mookie
Mookie

Saturday and Sunday… lots of sun and highs in the mid to upper 60’s. I love it!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

I would hope so by now! The average high temp is up to the low 60’s by this weekend, so finally a little above normal and this is after a good 3 month pattern with below normal temps!! Incredible!

Slim

It is cloudy and 42° here this morning. Yesterday was a very nice spring day, there are many spring flowers in bloom here in my yard and the grass is turning greener by the day and it will soon be time for the first cut of the year. With all of the rain (and snow) we have gotten once the cutting season starts it will be a 2 or 3 times a week thing for a while. Also note there looks like there could be a change to warmer temperatures in a couple of weeks but hey we are almost… Read more »

Slim

Happy Birthday to your Mom.
Slim

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*SS

Happy Birthday to your Mom. We were out moving strawberry plants.