Yesterday we reached 48° with mostly sunny skies which is warm by February standard. We have a similar day in store today. Dry conditions continue through Thursday. Mostly cloudy skies will be present at least through the morning hours today, with more clouds expected for Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures during this time will gradually warm with highs likely in the 50s Thursday. The next chance for rain holds off until late Thursday afternoon.
1895: Lower Michigan is in the midst of a week long siege of arctic air. High temperatures struggle through the single numbers while morning lows fall well below zero. Lansing falls to 14 below zero on this date after lows of 24 below on the 4th and 20 below on the 5th. Grand Rapids hits 9 below after falling to 16 below on the 5th.
1938: The weight of ice and water carried away the west side of the Rogue river dam at Childsdale.The Souffrow bridge near North Belmont was closed to traffic as its footing had been swept away by the river. Several houses along the east bank of the Grand River were flooded.
2008: Near blizzard conditions occur across part of Lower Michigan with snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour. More than a foot of snow fell north of Interstate 96 to Route 10. Further south, a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain occurred from Kalamazoo to Jackson. The storm drops more than 8 inches of snow at Grand Rapids, contributing to the snowiest February on record with 41.6 inches.
2019: An ice jam on the Grand River in Portland caused flooding along Water Street in downtown Portland, where about 50 people were evacuated from their homes. The ice jam shifted and thickened a couple of days later, causing additional flooding. Many businesses along Kent Street were flooded, and people along Canal and Market streets were evacuated. The ice jam held for more than three weeks before finally melting and shifting downstream. Some homes on Water Street experienced continuous flooding for most of this three-week period.
On February 6, 2008, a hit most of Southeast Michigan. Widespread amounts ranged from 6 inches across central Livingston, Oakland and Macomb Counties to greater than 10 inches for all of the Flint (11.3 inches at Bishop Airport), Tri-Cities (12.0 inches at Tri-Cities Airport), and Thumb regions. Areas across the southern Saginaw River Valley were dumped with 16 to 18 inches of snow from southwest Saginaw to Birch Run to Vassar.
U.S.A and Global Events for February 6th:
1958: The Munich air disaster occurred when British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany. On the plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed the “Busby Babes,” along with supporters and journalists. Twenty of the 44 on the aircraft died at the scene. The injured, some unconscious, were taken to the Rechts der Isar Hospital in Munich, where three more died, resulting in 23 fatalities with 21 survivors. Click HERE for more information from the BBC.
1978: A massive nor’easter buried the northeastern U.S. Storm totals’ cities, including 18 inches in New York City, 16 inches at Philadelphia, and 14 inches in Baltimore. The Boston MA area received 25 to 30 inches in “The Great New England Blizzard.” The mayor outlawed travel in the city for an entire week. Click HERE for more information on the History Channel. Click HERE for more photos from CBSNews.
2010: On February 5-6, a severe nor’easter, commonly referred to as Snowmageddon, impacted the east coast from North Carolina to New York. Some snowfall amounts include; 32.9 inches at Washington Dulles International Airport; 28.5 inches at the Philadelphia International Airport; 21.1 inches at the Pittsburgh International Airport; 18.2 in Atlantic City; and Trace in Central Park.
2020: The Esperanza Base, the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, 63°23′S, reached 18.3°C (64.94°F), on February 6th, 2020. The 18.3°C sets a new, all-time high temperature for the continent of Antarctica. The previous record was 17.5°C in 2015, also at Esperanza. Please Note: A verification process needs to be done before certifying as a new record.
- Low clouds and fog expected again this morning and tomorrow The back door cold front spurred on the westward spread of another round of overnight low clouds. The biggest question today is as upper level high clouds move in from the west and the low clouds move from the east, where and when clearing will occur. The HREF cloud ceilings seem to be doing a decent job compared with current satellite. The best clearing and warming for us should be around Jackson this afternoon. Low clouds should persist through most of the morning and into early afternoon. Those clouds will limit the spread of early morning patchy fog. While there remains possible fog right around sunrise, any reduced visibilities will improve by mid morning. Clouds will linger into early afternoon before finally starting to clear out. There should be some sunshine but not as prevalent as the last few days. The sunniest region could be along the US 127 corridor as dry air filters in behind the front from the east. Another round of low clouds with patchy fog will greet the region Wednesday morning. High pressure moving eastward should allow for warm air advection and warmer temperatures Wednesday. - Rain Returns Late Thursday Afternoon into Friday Not much has changed in the extended. It does look like western portions of the area could see rain move in during the late afternoon with the initial round of positive vorticiy advection, otherwise Thursday evening into Friday morning looks to be the best chance (60 to 80 percent) for rain. This is due to the added support from the upper level jet and the low level convergence from warm air advection along with the low level jet. The low level jet will also cause some breezy conditions with southwest winds gusting to around 30 mph on Thursday and 35 mph on Friday. Total rainfall amounts look to be a quarter of an inch or less. - Colder Temperatures, Chances For Rain and Light Snow Into Next Week Saturday is trending drier with the next round of precipitation chances (30 to 40 percent) moving in Sunday night with a round of positive vorticiy advection within a shortwave trough. With this trough we`ll see temperatures decrease with 925mb temperatures falling below 0C and 850mb temperatures cold enough for dendrites to develop. Before this colder air works in precipitation will likely be rain and then transition to snow Monday. With the northwest flow, we`ll continue the slight chances (20 to 30 percent) for snow into Tuesday. At this time any accumulations look light.