Yesterday I posted average snow fall for the U.S., tomorrow I will post snow fall amounts for the world – you may be surprised where the largest amounts fall which greatly surpass those in the U.S..
First we have our weekly weather history for Michigan:
2006: A snow and ice storm strikes southwest Lower Michigan. From 6 to 12 inches of snow falls from Muskegon to Ludington, while an ice storm causes power outages and treacherous travel conditions from Kalamazoo to Lansing
1976: One of the coldest winters of the 20th century gets off to an early start, continuing the persistently cold pattern that began during the autumn. Temperatures plunge to record lows of 11 degrees below zero at Grand Rapids and 2 below zero at Muskegon.
1982: Low temperatures on this day are only in the mid 50s across southwest Lower Michigan, the warmest on record for December. The afternoon temperatures are in the mid and upper 60s. Muskegon hits 64 degrees, a record high for the month of December there.
1998: An extended spell of warm weather occurs in early December with highs in the 50s and 60s the first six days of the month. Record highs are set on this date with 64 degrees at Grand Rapids and 66 degrees at Lansing.
2002: Arctic air and fresh snow cover combine to drop the temperature to 18 below zero at Lansing, setting a record for early season cold.
1886: A record cold snap continues across Lower Michigan. Lansing falls to 13 degrees below zero, as the temperature hits zero or below on first five days of the month there.
1941: Three days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Lower Michigan is basking in record warm early December weather. Record highs include the 60 degrees at Muskegon, 63 degrees at Grand Rapids and 64 degrees at Lansing.
2009: A narrow band of heavy snow across central Ottawa and Kent Counties drops over a foot of snow from Allendale to Comstock Park. Up to 15 inches falls in northern sections of Grand Rapids.
2001: This is one of the warmest December days on record in Lower Michigan. Grand Rapids and Lansing set record highs of 69 degrees. Holland and Flint both hit 70 degrees.
1958: Arctic air settles into Lower Michigan during one of the coldest Decembers on record. High temperatures are only in the teens on this date. More than two feet of lake effect snow piles up at Muskegon during the first half of the month.
1909: A snowstorm drops from 5 to 8 inches of snow across southwest Lower Michigan.
1972: Record cold weather prevails across southwest Lower Michigan with high temperatures only in the mid teens and morning lows below zero.
Yesterday we had a few peeks of the sun – during the morning we had a few light snow showers which put down a very light dusting which amounted to a trace here in Otsego. A disturbance moving through the Great Lakes today will bring mainly cloudy skies and the threat of some snow showers. Most locations will see no accumulation, but some spots across Central Lower Michigan could see a dusting to around a half inch. Highs today will top out in the middle 30s in most locations. It will be brisk today with west winds shifting to the northwest at 15 to 25 mph.
Next week and beyond we are looking at an active pattern change with a deep trough, a storm system, a punch of cold air, and a period of healthy lake effect snow. It would be nice to have some snow on the ground for Christmas to help set off the lights set up over our towns and cities.
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