High pressure will provide dry weather today, but clouds will linger especially from Grand Rapids to the south and east. Rain will redevelop late tonight and continue Thursday as low pressure tracks through the Ohio Valley Region. Dry weather returns for Friday, but another system brings rain or mixed snow and rain on Saturday. Below normal temperatures are expected next week.
1954: Heavy rain and high winds occur as a cold front moves through. Grand Rapids measures 2.82 inches of rain for their wettest March day on record. Flooding of streams is widespread and winds gusting over 70 mph causes roof damage and uproots trees.
1974: Grand Rapids falls to one below zero for its latest subzero reading on record.
1934: A record snowstorm began across southeast Lower Michigan with around a foot of snow falling at Jackson, Lansing and Battle Creek. Snow totals dropped off quickly to the northwest with Grand Rapids getting only about an inch.
1993: Dense fog caused a fatal airplane crash at Ludington. The pilot was trying to land in near zero visibility and collided with trees and terrain on his second approach to the airport. The pilot was seriously injured and his wife, the only passenger, was killed.
1991: A tornado outbreak hits the Midwest, wreaking havoc from Iowa to Ohio. In Michigan, at least 15 tornadoes strike. Eighteen people were injured in Calhoun County as eight homes were destroyed there.
One of the largest in outbreaks in Michigan history. Fifteen tornadoes touched down across the state, including 4 F3, 3 F2, 3 F1, and 5 F0 tornadoes. These tornadoes resulted in 18 injuries and over 40 million dollars in damage. March 27, 1991, in Michigan was characterized by unseasonably warm and humid conditions, with several rounds of rain and thunderstorms. A warm front had passed northward through the Lower Peninsula of Michigan by 7am, placing Michigan in southerly flow, allowing temperatures to reach into the mid-60s by the afternoon, with dew points approaching 60 degrees, from the Ohio border to the Straits of Mackinac.
1904: Heavy rain and temperatures in the 50s during the last week of March combined with the melting of a deep snowpack to cause some of the worst flooding on record along the Grand and Kalamazoo Rivers. About half the city of Grand Rapids is underwater as the river reaches an all-time record crest of 19.6 feet, which was 2 feet higher than the previous record and 4.6 feet above flood stage. Water covered half of the city and flood waters reached 2,500 houses and 14,000 people. Many people suffered from hunger and exposure. Several factories and between 200 and 300 business were flooded. Loses totaled $1,800,000. Lansing has the worst flood in 135 years of record. Battle Creek is also inundated by floodwaters.
1920: One of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history strikes from Wisconsin to Georgia, killing more than 150 people. In Michigan, at least a dozen people were killed and hundreds of homes were either damaged or destroyed. The worst hit areas in Michigan included Saint Johns in Clinton County, Maple Grove and Orangeville in Barry County, and Fenton in Genesee County.
1910: Temperatures peak in the upper 70s to lower 80s during one of the warmest months of March on record across Lower Michigan. The high of 82 degrees sets a record for the warmest ever recorded in March at Grand Rapids.
1954: A snowstorm drops from 5 to 10 inches of snow across southern Lower Michigan. Kalamazoo records 8 inches of snow and Grand Rapids a record 7.5 inches.
1977: A tornado struck four miles north of Hart in Oceana County, injuring three people as it destroyed four trailers and damaged a business
1923: March goes out like a cold lion with record lows in the single numbers and lake effect snow showers.
2006: A tornado hits a few miles east of Jackson, taking down hundreds of trees and causing minor structural damage in the town of Leoni.
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