We had our first accumulating snow for November yesterday – half an inch here in Otsego. The snow began at 10:30 am and lasted to around noon before it turned to rain with a bit of sleet mixed in. Our high temp for yesterday rose to 39° after a low of 22°. We had a taste of winter as the snow-covered the ground for about three hours before it all melted away. No snow for today in SW Michigan as the temp is starting out at 41° this morning and will stay in the 40s for a wet miserable day if you are outside in it.
Tomorrow will be dry and will be good for those who want to deep fry or roast your turkey outdoors. It will be mostly cloudy with high temps in the 40s. My wife and I will be having baked chicken and mashed potatoes. We are dining alone this year due to Covid, some of the family got the bug so we are all huddled in place this year. On the plus side, we won’t have to prepare dinner for 18 this year which can be quite an undertaking for two people to achieve. I bought a huge red oak dinner table years ago which stretches out to around eight feet with all the leaves in it which accommodates the tribe when everyone is over for dinner.
1866: Seven inches of snow piles up in Lansing as temperatures plunge to the single digits.
1963: President John Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas. I was in elementary school when this happened, it was a sad day when the news came over the PA system and classes were dismissed for the day early. The weather in Lower Michigan is unusually warm with morning lows around 50 degrees and afternoon highs in the 60s. The month ends up being one of the warmest Novembers on record.
1931: A record late warm spell peaks on this date with a high of 70 degrees at Grand Rapids setting a record for the warmest temperature so late in the season. It is the warmest November on record at Grand Rapids and Muskegon.
1950: A massive storm moves through the northeast United States, producing blizzard conditions and record low pressure, and drawing extremely cold arctic air south across Michigan. The bitterly cold air results in high temperatures only around 10 degrees, with record lows down to nine below zero at Grand Rapids.
1950: The temperature plunges to an incredible 14 below zero at Muskegon, for the coldest November temperature on record. Grand Rapids hits 10 below for their November record low.
2004: A snowstorm drops between 3 and 10 inches of snow across southwest Lower Michigan. Grand Rapids has a daily record snowfall of 9.7 inches.
1896: Record warm temperatures in the 60s occur across Lower Michigan. The warmth does not last long, though. A sharp cold front is followed by plunging temperatures for the end of the month. The high of 64 degrees at Lansing is followed by a low of 18 degrees on the next day, and a low of 8 degrees on November 30th.
1949: Lansing falls to 5 below zero, the lowest November temperature on record there.
1930: What a difference a week makes. After record highs in the 70s only a week before, temperatures plunge to record low levels with high temperatures only around 15 degrees during the day.
1989: Severe weather strikes Lower Michigan with downburst winds and tornadoes. A tornado did a quarter-million dollars of damage as it cut a six mile path south of Portland in Ionia County. Another tornado caused minor damage over a three mile long path south of Durand in Shiawassee County.
1955: Bitterly cold arctic air is firmly entrenched across Lower Michigan. The high temperature at Lansing is only 15 degrees, after a morning low of 6. Meanwhile, a foot of lake effect snow piles up at Muskegon.
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