2000: Heavy rain and high winds produce scattered damage and some flooding. The roof of a bowling alley near Jackson was damaged by an apparent microburst. Roads were closed due to flooding across southern Kalamazoo County.
1948: A late season heat wave with eight straight days in the 90s at Grand Rapids is underway. Record highs are set at Lansing with 98 degrees, Grand Rapids with 95 and Muskegon with 91.
1977: Only two days after setting a record low of 43 degrees, the low temperature at Muskegon is a balmy 74 degrees, a record warm low temperature for the date.
2004: A weak tornado struck near Sherman City in Isabella County. A mobile home was slightly damaged but no one was injured.
1982: A strong cold front pushes through and temperatures tumble to 36 degrees at Lansing, setting a record low for the date.
1986: There is an autumnal chill as morning lows fall to a record low of 41 at Grand Rapids and to 36 degrees at Lansing, tying the record low set only four years before.
1863: A hard freeze ends the growing season at many interior locations. Lansing falls to 26 degrees, the coldest ever recorded in August there.
1982: Cool air from Canada continues pouring in, with a record low of 38 degrees at Muskegon and 41 degrees at Grand Rapids.
1949: A weak tornado struck just north
1993: Flash flooding hits Norton Shores in Muskegon County as slow moving thunderstorms dropped about an inch and a half of rain. Elsewhere, three people were struck by lightning in Otsego in Kalamazoo County. One suffered cardiac arrest but was not killed. The other two were treated for minor burns. The lightning strike occurred while two stranded motorists were huddled under an umbrella, watching the wrecker operator connect their vehicle. The lightning struck the umbrella and the motorists, then struck the wrecker operator, jolting him to the ground.
1953: August ends with a late season heat wave that will continue into September. Record highs of 97 are set at Grand Rapids, 96 at Lansing and 91 at Muskegon.
1975: Heavy rains on the last day of the month ensure that this will be the wettest August on record at Lansing and Muskegon. One to three inches of rain falls across the region, boosting the monthly total close to 10 inches.
2009: August ends on a cool note with a record low of 41 degrees at Muskegon. Some other readings include 34 at Big Rapids, 32 at Cadillac and 28 at Leota, in Clare County.
of Grant in Newaygo County, causing some minor damage to small buildings and crops.
1976: Grand Rapids falls to 39 degrees, the coldest ever recorded during the month of August. Scattered frost occurs in rural areas.
1984: A tornado struck about 5 miles northeast of St. Johns in Clinton County, damaging two homes, but causing no injuries.
1953: A heat wave that began in late August continued into September, with record highs of 97 degrees at Grand Rapids and 96 at Lansing. The 95 degrees at Muskegon tied the record high for the month there.
2009: September begins with temperatures more typical of October. Lows include 41 degrees at Muskegon, 36 at Ludington, Hersey and Baldwin, and 35 at Harrison. Cadillac fell to 32 degrees for the second morning in a row, and Leota in Clare County fell to 30 degrees.
A cool and pleasant 51° at 6am. As I said earlier this month August is a month of transition to the beginning of fall. Looking at the CFSv2 models the second half of September may see much cooler air from Canada begin to nose into Michigan. Long range from my Aeris models are becoming consistent with temps in the 60s arriving around the 12th as the Arctic oscillation goes negative and a real cool shot maybe at the end of the month . Of course as usual these are model guesses. Normal temps for the first week of September are in the upper 70s with lows in the mid 50s. By the end of the month temps drop into the 60s with night time lows into the low to mid 40s. Average rainfall is around four inches for September in SW Michigan. Average rain for August is around four inches which many areas have surpassed – we have had over 6.5 this month in Otsego.
The CPC guesses for the first two weeks of September show above normal rain and temps. With the development of the El Nino this winter and guesses that the Arctic Oscillation to remain positive we may see a warmer winter than average – to early to make an accurate guess this far out but this seems to be the way the models are trending.
Today will be mostly sunny with pleasant temperatures. Heat and humidity will build back in late Friday bringing an unsettled pattern and chances of storms through the Labor day weekend as a front meanders across the state. The whole weekend will not be a washout but keep in mind storms can fire across the front especially in the afternoon during peak heating.
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