Cooler air will arrive today behind a cold front. A few sprinkles are possible across central Lower Michigan, with otherwise mostly sunny skies. At Lake Michigan, dangerous waves and currents are expected at some beaches. A chilly night is ahead, with frost/freeze temperatures expected in many areas. Otherwise, dry weather is likely into the foreseeable future — at least well into next week.
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Weather History for SW Michigan
2001: A swarm of at least 20 tornadoes descends 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.
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.
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.
1890: One person was injured as a tornado destroyed one home and a dozen barns northeast of Ithaca in Gratiot County.
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 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.
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.
1907: Wet snowflakes fall at Grand Rapids and Muskegon. It is the latest snow on record at Grand Rapids.
1912: A tornado destroys barns and kills livestock near East Leroy in Calhoun County.
1960: Several farm buildings were damaged or destroyed by a tornado four miles east of Ionia.
1973: A tornado destroyed a barn and silo near Saranac in Ionia County. Another tornado did minor damage near Gun Lake in Barry County.
Weather History for SE Michigan
On May 21, 1953, an F4 tornado moved through St. Clair County at 4:21 PM. This tornado is responsible for 2 deaths and 68 injuries. It ties with an F4 tornado that formed on June 8, 1953, as the strongest tornado ever to hit St. Clair County.
Also on May 21, 2001, an F2 tornado hit Hartland and dissipated near Fenton. Other weak tornadoes hit Oakland, Lapeer, Shiawasee, and Saginaw Counties.
On May 22, 1883, a very late-season snowstorm hit Detroit with five inches of snow accumulating during the overnight hours.
On May 23, 1963, the overnight temperature dropped to 28 degrees in Flint, which is the record-low temperature for the day. Interestingly enough, the very next year, in 1964, the daytime temperature rose to 87 degrees, setting the record high temperature for the date. This high-temperature record was equaled and thus superseded in 2007
Also on May 23, 2004, severe thunderstorms rolled across all of Southeast Michigan. One storm produced a 70 mph wind gust at Detroit Metro Airport which caused damage to a building under construction and one injury. The storms dropped 1.69 inches of rain on Detroit, 1.39 inches on Flint, and 1.41 inches on Saginaw. That was the last of the heavy rainfall that pushed May of 2004 to the wettest May on record (Detroit – 8.46 inches, Flint – 8.19, Saginaw – 8.14). As a result, widespread flooding across Southeast Michigan caused over 100 million dollars in damages.
On May 24, 1925, the temperature climbed to only 44 degrees in Detroit, setting the record for the record-low maximum on this day.
Also on May 24, 1971, an F2 tornado moved through Tuscola County at 8:30 PM. This tornado is responsible for 1 injury and over $50,000 in damage. This was the strongest tornado ever to hit Tuscola County since 1950.
On May 25, 1896, an estimated F5 tornado touched down and moved northeast for about 30 miles, affecting portions of Oakland, Lapeer, and Livingston Counties. Towns affected included Thomas, Ortonville, and Oakwood just after 9:00 pm. With 47 deaths, this is the second deadliest tornado ever in Michigan trailing only the Flint-Beecher Tornado of 1953. Nine of the fatalities were in a single home in Ortonville and parts of some homes were found dozens of miles away. Twenty-two people were killed in Ortonville, ten in Oakwood, three in Thomas, four in North Oxford, and three in Whigville with others in more rural areas. Other significant tornadoes occurred in Tuscola County with one fatality, and in Mt. Clemens where two people died when 30 homes were destroyed.
On May 25, 1994, Linden reported 3-inch hail at 6:30 pm which caused $5,000,000 in crop damage.
Also on May 25, 2011, thunderstorms produced heavy rain across much of Southeast Michigan. Flint received 1.28 inches, Detroit Metro Airport had 1.67 inches and Detroit City Airport recorded 3.03 inches. This rainfall added to the already very wet spring to produce numerous flooded roads and a few flooded homes. In fact, this rainfall helped to push Flint to its 2nd wettest May and wettest Spring on record. It was the 2nd wettest spring in Detroit records.
On May 26, 1968, 2.56 inches of rainfall fell in Detroit. This is the greatest daily rainfall total for the month of May in Detroit.
On May 27, 2012, Numerous trees were downed and the awning was torn off of an I-75 rest stop located near Exit 160 as thunderstorm winds of up to 75 mph swept across parts of Saginaw and Bay counties.
On May 27, 1987, a two-day streak of temperatures at 90 degrees occurred on the 27th and 28th in Flint. Also on this date in 1994, there was a two-day streak of record lows on the 27th at 31 degrees and the 28th at 36 degrees.
Cold front moves through today with little moisture to work with. Cut POPs that were limited to begin with across the northeast forecast area. Strong cold advection this afternoon and evening on northeast winds will result in overnight lows dropping to near or below freezing across the northern interior and in the mid to upper 30s across the rest of the forecast area. We have issued a Freeze Warning for Lake, Osceola and Clare Counties and a Frost Advisory for all but the southern tier. Surface high remains across the Great Lakes region through the rest of the week with moderating temperatures but another cold night is expected with frost/freeze potential for Thursday night as well. Omega block develops then transitions to a rex block, keeping dry weather in place through early next week. It may be early June before the pattern yields a chance of measurable rain.