Time to step away from the classroom and take a look at our weekly weather history feature:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is best viewed with a computer or tablet – it looks ‘alright’ on a phone but many of the features look different than they do on a large screen. This is one of the problems with trying to program a site for different devices and browsers.
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