1989: Grand Rapids picks up seven inches of snow, bringing accumulations during a three day storm to over a foot.
2013: A squall line of severe thunderstorms moved through Lower Michigan during the afternoon bringing widespread wind damage. Hundreds of trees were knocked down and thousands lost power from downbursts and brief tonadoes along the line of storms.
1958: Record high temperatures are set all across Lower Michigan as a southerly flow of air pushes afternoon high temperatures to around 70 degrees. At Muskegon, the temperature hits a record 71 degrees for the second day in a row.
2014: Arctic air prevails with high temperatures in the teens and heavy lake effect snow. Nearly 10 inches of snow falls at Grand Rapids, contributing to a record November total of 31 inches.
1930: Record late season warmth was across Lower Michigan with highs of 74 degrees at Grand Rapids and Lansing.
1869: More than a foot of snow fell at Lansing, setting a record for the most ever recorded during the month of November.
2000: An intense lake effect snow squall dropped almost a foot of snow on Grand Rapids, setting a record for the most snow in a November day there.
1880: Bitterly cold conditions prevail across Lower Michigan. It’s the coldest November day on record at Lansing with a high of only 12 degrees. The low of four below zero is the earliest subzero temperature on record there.
1913: Record warmth prevails across Lower Michigan with high temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s. The 70 degree reading at Grand Rapids is a late season record.
1866: Seven inches of snow piles up in Lansing as temperatures plunge to the single digits.
1963: President John Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The weather in Lower Michigan is unusually warm with morning lows around 50 degrees and afternoon highs in the 60s. The month ends up being one of the warmest Novembers on record.
1931: A record late warm spell peaks on this date with a high of 70 degrees at Grand Rapids setting a record for the warmest temperature so late in the season. It is the warmest November on record at Grand Rapids and Muskegon.
Once again you can see the variability of weather in Michigan through the ages – warm summer-like days with temps in the 70s or cold air dumping copious amounts of snow sometimes both on the same day. I remember a day in the 1970s driving to work in the morning with temps in the 60s by midday a strong cold front moved through bringing heavy snow. One of my friends rode his motorcycle in which he regretted by quitting time….
No snow for our area as our temps will be in the 40s today under cloudy skies once again. Tomorrow we will see temps slightly above normal with rain and wind. Gaylord will be in the low 40s while Grand Rapids to the south will see temps in the low 50s. Rainfall amounts will be highest north and west of Grand Rapids. You can check out rainfall totals and predicted winds in the point forecasts for your area on the Michigan Weather Forecast Page.