Yesterday we reached a record 61.5° in Otsego. We had the slider and windows open to enjoy some fresh air. We have breezy conditions this morning with 48° at 5 am. We even had a couple of thunderstorms move through overnight.
The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado was spotted last night just south of Madison between Evansville and Edgerton, marking the first time a tornado touched down in the state during February.
Some warmth will remain today with high temperatures in the 50s across Southern Lower Michigan. A cold frontal passage tonight will bring in cooler air going forward. Highs by Sunday will be back in the 30s for the most part. We are expecting mainly dry conditions from today through the weekend.
1875: The temperature tumbles to 32 degrees below zero at Lansing and 20 below at Detroit during one of the coldest months on record in Lower Michigan. The mean temperature for the entire month at Lansing is 4.7 degrees, the coldest month ever recorded there.
1934: The coldest temperature ever recorded in Michigan occurred at Vanderbilt, with a low of 51 degrees below zero.
On February 9, 2018 a full day of snow, including a period of 1″ per hour rates, led to accumulations ranging from 4 to 9 inches across Southeast Michigan. The heaviest snow fell between the Ohio border and M59. Peak measurements of 9.0″ were taken near the towns of Adrian and Milan.
Also on February 9, 2016, prolonged moderate to heavy snow resulted in significant accumulations in the Thumb. Locations south of Interstate 69 received only 1 to 6 inches, with the lowest amounts closest to Detroit and the Ohio border. However, Sebewaing, Port Hope, and Cass City all measured a foot. The big winner was Deford in Tuscola County where 14 inches fell.
Also on February 9, 2010, a strong low-pressure system passed through the Ohio River Valley and dropped the largest snowfall totals of the 2009-10 season across southeast Michigan during the afternoon and evening hours of the 9th and the early morning hours of the 10th. Most locations received between 5 and 10 inches with the highest amounts observed along the Ohio border, and between Flint and Saginaw, where up to a foot was reported. Some of the higher snowfall reports included Saginaw with 12.4 inches, Burt with 10.5 inches, Samaria with 10.0 inches, and Ann Arbor and Flint received 9.4 inches.
Also on February 9, 2001, a storm produced widespread two-day rainfall amounts from one to two and a half inches across all of Southeast Michigan. With substantial snowmelt thanks to one to two feet of snow on the ground, runoff production was quite large. Numerous rivers flooded over the following few days, and basement and road flooding were widespread. Unfortunately, there were three deaths as a result of the flooding in Monroe County.
Also on February 9, 1977, this day marked the last day of a streak of 45 days (December 26, 1976-February 9, 1977) of temperatures at or below 32 degrees in southeastern Michigan.
1870: President Ulysses S. Grant signed a law “to provide for taking meteorological observations at the military stations in the interior of the continent.” A petition submitted by Increase A Lapham to Congressman Halbert E Paine in December 1869 began this process. Click HERE for more information.
1899: One of the most significant cold outbreaks to ever impact the United States occurred early to mid-February. From the 8th-11th, the statewide average temperature across Iowa was 14.6 degrees below zero, making it the coldest four-day stretch on record in the state. On the 8th, Sioux City experienced its coldest day on record, with a daily average temperature of 24 degrees below zero. Then on the 11th, they reached their second-coldest temperature on record with a low of minus 31. Overall the coldest readings were obtained on the morning of the 9th when reported low temperatures included -21 at Keokuk, -23 at Des Moines, -33 at New Hampton, -35 at Le Mars, -38 at Estherville, and -40 at Sibley. The cold across the middle of the country was so extreme and persistent that ice floes down the Mississippi River into the deep south, emerging into the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans on February 17th. This has happened only one other time: February 13, 1784. The temperature dropped to 63 degrees below zero at Norway House, Manitoba, Canada setting the province’s low-temperature record.
1994: A devastating ice storm struck Mississippi, Louisiana, and extreme northwest Alabama. Freezing rain began falling over northern Mississippi during the early morning hours and continued until midday on the 10th. Ice accumulates 3 to 6 inches thick on exposed objects in the affected area. Due to the weight of the ice, power lines, trees, and tree limbs were down. Nearly one million people were without power after the storm, some for a month. Click HERE for more information from the NWS Office in Jackson, Mississippi.
- Unseasonably Mild Today; Tranquil Weather Through The Weekend Record or near record high temperatures are forecast today mainly near to east of the US-131 corridor as a result of continued southwest winds and some sunshine. High temperatures will reach well into the 50s across much of our area and may reach the lower 60s across our south to se fcst area. Please see the climate section below for record high temperatures for this date. A couple of upper level disturbance will bring a small chance of rain showers tonight. Some wet snow flakes may mix in with pcpn very late tonight as thermal profiles cool. It will be partly sunny on Saturday in the wake of this weak upper level system and west to northwest winds will advect a cooler and drier airmass into our area. High temps Saturday will reach the upper 30s to middle 40s. - No major systems to affect the area through Thursday No major systems look to affect Lower Michigan from Saturday night through Thursday. The upper pattern features zonal flow much of the time and there are just no consequential systems that are generated in the models during that time frame. Surface ridging should provide dry conditions from Saturday night through Monday. A trough will be in place aloft Tuesday and Wednesday with a weak low at the surface. The GFS keeps us mainly dry and feel that is the most likely outcome. North to northwest flow will be in place on Wednesday with cold enough air for lake effect snow generation. Cannot rule out some light snow showers on Wednesday and our forecast will have low chances for snow showers both Tuesday and Wednesday, but again largely expecting dry conditions. A better chance for precipitation shows up on Thursday in the GFS, however the ECWMF is dry. We will continue chance pops (30-50 percent) for some light snow but given the model disparity confidence is lower than normal. Bottom line...mainly dry weather with a couple chances for some light snow. - Temperatures near normals for this time of year With regard to temperatures...we move back to normal after a few days of well above normal. Highs throughout the longer term...Sunday through Thursday are generally in the 30s. Lows will be in the 20s. Normal highs are around 30 and normal lows around 20 for this time of year so we will be close to those numbers. All in all a fairly benign weather pattern for Southwest Lower Michigan.