The keyword for today and tomorrow are warm. We also have the chance of storms coming into the picture which seems appropriate with the Skywarn sessions around the area this week. I will be bringing my brother this year to the session in Shelbyville. He is a well known musician in the Grand Rapids area who also has an interest in the weather and wants to become a spotter.
Below are the SPC graphics for Thursday which has the slight risk for storms covering the lower half of the lower peninsula. We have a 15% chance of severe weather within 25 miles of any point in the risk area. The main threat will be damaging winds with an isolated tornado. I have said in earlier postings we could see a stormy spring this year…
Today the severe weather will be in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and western Tennessee.
Weather History for Southwest Michigan
1901: An ice storm across southwest Lower Michigan caused thousands of dollars in damage, and paralyzed telephone, telegraph, news wires and railroads. Streams were swollen as rain fell onto frozen ground, resulting in many washouts and accidents. Similar conditions were also reported for St. Joseph, Grand Haven, Ionia, Coldwater and Kalamazoo.
1993: A snowstorm drops 6 to 8 inches of snow across southwest Lower Michigan. Record daily snowfall includes 6.2 inches at Grand Rapids and 6.4 inches at Muskegon.
1948: Arctic air prevails with high temperatures in the teens and low temperatures near zero. Muskegon sets a record low of 2 degrees.
1976: A tornado outbreak struck from Michigan to Alabama. At least four tornadoes hit Michigan with nine people injured. Two tornadoes hit Jackson County, with damage to several homes and businesses. One person was injured in Ottawa County as a tornado moved from north of Holland to north of Hudsonville.
1990: A spell of record warm weather continues across Lower Michigan with temperatures in the 70s. Lansing hits 74 degrees during a string of four straight days in the 70s.
1993: The Superstorm of 1993 dumps three to four feet of snow across the Appalachians and draws down record cold arctic air across Lower Michigan. High temperatures struggle to reach the lower 20s with gusty winds making it feel even colder.
1904: A snowstorm drops up to a foot of snow across Lower Michigan with record daily snowfall of 10.5 inches at Grand Rapids, 10 inches at Lansing and 8.0 inches at Muskegon. This snow would contribute to some of the worst floods on record in southwest Lower Michigan when it melts off during the last week of the month.
1912: Cold and snow continue during a very wintry month. Lansing sets a daily snowfall record with 11.5 inches and Grand Rapids with 5.2 inches. Lansing falls to one degree below zero the next morning.
1990: Four days of record warmth culminates with highs of 77 degrees at Lansing, 75 at Grand Rapids and 72 at Muskegon.
1945: The warmest March on record in southwest Lower Michigan produces record high temperatures in the 70s.
Below are the NAM guesses for storm formation and wind speeds for Thursdays storms. Stay tuned…..
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