We start out today with our usual weather history dialog:
1926: A snowstorm drops 5 to 9 inches of snow across southern Lower Michigan. Lansing sets a record snow total for the day of 8.5 inches.
2014: Persistent cold weather and frequent snows during January and February result in a deep snow cover that persists through much of March. At Grand Rapids, the snow depth reaches 24 inches on this date, second only to the record of 25 inches set after the blizzard of late January, 1978.
1978: Record lows of 21 below zero at Lansing and 15 below at Grand Rapids contribute to this being the coldest February on record at Grand Rapids and the coldest of the 20th century at Lansing. The temperature never gets above freezing during the entire month at Lansing.
2016: Winds gusts to 70 mph in Grand Rapids and 66 mph in Jackson as a strong low pressure center moved across the Great Lakes. Lower Michigan was on the warm side of the storm with record highs around 60 degrees.
1898: A snowstorm dumps over a foot of snow on parts of Lower Michigan on the 20th to the 21st. Grand Rapids has 11 inches from this storm and almost 30 inches for the month of February.
1951: Ice jam flooding along the Grand River in Portland damages several buildings and forces the evacuation of some neighborhoods near the river.
2015: This is the coldest morning of one of the coldest months on record at Grand Rapids as the temperature falls to a record cold 13 degrees below zero. The monthly mean temperature of 13.3 degrees makes this the coldest February on record and the fourth coldest month ever.
1986: Lake Michigan water levels are near record highs. Coastal flooding and erosion is a concern during winter storms along the shore.
1930: Record warmth prevails with highs in the upper 60s across much of southern Lower Michigan. At Grand Rapids, highs are in the upper 50s or 60s every day from the 19th to the 25th.
2000: Warm air surges into Lower Michigan with temperatures reaching the 60s. Grand Rapids sets a record high of 63 degrees and Muskegon hits 60 degrees.
1989: Temperatures fall below zero as a late season blast of arctic air moves in. Grand Rapids falls to a record 9 below and Muskegon hits 2 below, just missing the record of 3 below set in 1924.
Yesterday we had a high of 61° and 3.88 inches of rain according to my weather station which resides out in the back yard. Currently there is some freezing drizzle passing through the area. Yesterday I hit a puddle going down M89 which darn near knocked me off the road. The ground is saturated, there are large areas of standing water out in the fields and the Kalamazoo River is over its banks.
Grand Rapids is reporting 3.26 inches of rain, Battle Creek 4.12, Muskegon 2.25. The flood warning in effect expires tomorrow at 1pm.
The area of precipitation that has been over our area since Monday afternoon will finally exit the area this morning. The precipitation will change to freezing rain, sleet and snow on the back edge for around two hours at any one location. Some minor accumulations of snow are possible mostly west of Grand Rapids.
A large high pressure system will track east across Michigan tonight into Thursday. This will bring partly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures. A wave on the front to our south will track northeast toward Indiana and Ohio on Friday bringing some light precipitation to the area. That will likely start as light freezing rain and sleet then change to rain during the day. Precipitation amounts are expect to be light. Another high pressure system moves across the area Saturday but then a stronger storm moves into the Great Lakes Sunday with more precipitation.
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