1957: Mild and rainy weather prevails with lows in the 40s and highs in the 50s. The low of 47 degrees at Grand Rapids sets a record for the warmest low temperature for the date. Over an inch of rain falls as a cold front moves through.
2000: Record warm weather continues during a week long spell of balmy weather across Lower Michigan. The temperature hits 66 degrees at Muskegon for a record high. The low temperature at Grand Rapids is 53 degrees, setting a record for the warmest low temperature for the month of February.
1976: Temperatures soar to the upper 60s during a spell of spring-like weather during the last week of February. Record highs include 62 degrees at Muskegon and 67 at Lansing.
1998: Record warm temperatures include the high of 53 degrees at Muskegon and 54 at Grand Rapids, helping to make this the warmest February on record at those sites.
1882: March comes in like a lamb with high temperatures in the 60s. Lansing hits 64 degrees, and goes on to reach 66 degrees the next day. This continued the warmth from the previous month, which was the warmest February on record at Lansing.
1962: Bitterly cold weather begins the month with morning lows below zero and high temperatures only around 10 degrees.
2002: A strong low pressure center moves across the Ohio Valley bringing record snows to Lower Michigan. Grand Rapids has 13. 9 inches and Muskegon 10.5 inches, both set records for their snowiest March day on record.
1943: Arctic air dominates the first ten days of the month. Record cold temperatures this morning include the 10 below zero at Muskegon and the 9 below at Grand Rapids.
1983: Record highs are set across Lower Michigan with Grand Rapids hitting 72 degrees and Muskegon 69 degrees. The first week of March is incredibly balmy with six straight days of high temperatures of 60 or above at Grand Rapids.
Looking back through February records the Iran Blizzard of February 1972 was the deadliest blizzard in history. A week-long period of low temperatures and severe winter storms, lasting February 3 – 9, 1972, resulted in the deaths of approximately 4,000 people. Storms dumped more than 10 feet of snow across rural areas in northwestern, central and southern Iran.
Southern Iran received as much as 26 feet of snow, burying at least 4,000 individuals. According to contemporary reports by the newspaper Ettela’at, the city of Ardakan and outlying villages were hardest hit, with no survivors in Kakkan or Kumar. In the northwest, near the border with Turkey, the village of Sheklab and its 100 inhabitants were buried.
February is drawing to a close and spring isn’t far away as our warm temperatures indicate. Our rainfall for February is at 5.25 inches for Otsego.
The Kalamazoo river level has dropped though it is still over its banks, I will walk down there this weekend to check it out and get some more photos.
March can hold surprises weather wise as our next storm system creeps towards us. The track is still uncertain though it appears it will be a rain/snow event with most of the rain falling from I94 to the south and 3 to 6 inches of wet snow from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids and to the east. Won’t be surprised if Winter Weather Advisories go up later today.
The morning NWS statement: The developing low pressure system will move through the Southern Great Lakes region tonight and Thursday bringing both rain and snow to the area. Some scattered rain showers are expected today, but the more organized, persistent rain will show up late tonight towards Interstate 94.
Colder air will be pulled into the system on north winds Thursday and allow a mix with and change over to snow in parts of the area. Some rainfall totals may exceed an inch across Southern Lower Michigan by Friday morning. A swath of snow is beginning to look more likely from South Haven east-northeast towards Lansing. Much of the area may see a wet inch or two of snow, but in the heavier band totals of 2-4 or locally 3-5 inches look possible. Dry and colder weather is expected on Friday.
3PM update: Winter Weather Advisory for Ottawa-Kent-Ionia-Clinton-Allegan-Barry-Eaton-Ingham-Van Buren- Kalamazoo-Calhoun and Jackson Counties FROM 9 AM TO 10 PM EST THURSDAY… Looking at the latest model data it appears the heaviest snow may fall in southern Allegan County and to the east…..
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