This Weeks Weather History

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May 20

1975: A tornado injured one person as it destroyed two mobile homes at Byron Center in Kent County.

1977: The last half of May is unusually warm. Record high temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s are set across Lower Michigan from the 16th to the 28th. This helps make it the warmest May on record at Grand Rapids.

May 21

2001: A swarm of at least 20 tornadoes descend on Lower Michigan. Fortunately, most of the tornadoes are relatively weak and only five people were injured. Damage included dozens of trees downed, barns blown over and roof and siding damage to several homes. Three homes and a golf course were heavily damaged north of Hartland in Livingston County.

2004: Severe weather causes widespread damage across southern Lower Michigan. Thunderstorm winds up to 70 mph, large hail and flash flooding occurred as a squall line moved from Benton Harbor to Ann Arbor. Hundreds of trees are knocked down and thousands lose power.

May 22

1917: Cold rain mixes with snow and temperatures rise only to the lower 40s after morning lows in the lower 30s.

1963: Snowflakes fall at Lansing as morning low temperatures in the 30s only rise to the mid and upper 40s

May 23

1966: A barn was destroyed by a tornado near Gobles in Van Buren County.

1973: A tornado destroyed three barns and damaged an industrial building in Winn in Isabella County.

May 24

1890: One person was injured as a tornado destroyed one home and a dozen barns northeast of Ithaca in Gratiot County.

May 25

1925: Lansing records its latest snow on record as snowflakes fall there with a low temperature of 32 and a high of 47 degrees.

1992: Widespread freezing temperatures do heavy damage to the fruit crop across southwest Lower Michigan. Record lows for today include the 29 degrees at Lansing, 31 at Grand Rapids and 32 at Muskegon.

2006: Two weak tornadoes caused no damage as they briefly spun up between Beebe and Breckenridge in Gratiot County.

May 26

1961: Snow flurries are observed across Lower Michigan as record cold air moves in. Temperatures fall well below freezing the next morning, wiping out much of the fruit crop.

We have a dense fog advisory for Allegan, Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties until 11:00 am.  It is fairly dense down here in the woods this morning.

We will see the sun today and things will start to heat up with temps near 80.  As we progress through the rest of the week we will see temps rise to near 90 by Sunday as we come into a warm and humid airmass – with this there will be a chance of storms through the weekend but it will not be a washout by any means.  So if you do not have the air conditioners ready I would do so….


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Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

Summer has arrived!! I will say it got pretty cold here last night- down to 44 degrees. Luckily we put everything in the garage. Tonight it is all staying out. Hopefully we have seen the last of the cold nights.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Looks like summer is here. The local forecast has 80+ highs for at least the next 12 days.


The CFS Weeklies, which have been pretty spot on, have us average to above average every week through July 4th!


Here it comes! Upper 80’s and muggy with a chance at 90. Right on track too. Remember I said May would start out hot, then a slight cool down, and then a warm finish.