Today and tomorrow will feel more like early spring rather than winter with temperatures in the 50s for southwest Michigan. Chances of rain move in for later this afternoon and continue through Friday night before the passage of a cold front which will drop our temperatures back closer to normal by February standards.
1925: A four-day warm spell with highs over 50 degrees across southwest Lower Michigan peaks with a record high of 60 degrees at Grand Rapids.
On February 8, 1900, the daytime temperature rose to 63 degrees in Saginaw, which is 34 degrees above average.
U.S.A and Global Events for February 8th:
1956: From February 1-8, heavy snow fell over the Panhandle of Texas. Snowfall amounts include 43 inches in Vega, 24 inches in Hereford, and 14 inches in Amarillo. The storm caused 23 deaths and numerous injuries. It snowed continuously for 92 hours in some locations.
1968: The highest 1-day snow at the Savannah Airport in South Carolina occurred on this date when 3.6 inches of snow fell. Records began in 1871.
1989: Mammoth traffic jams in the Los Angeles area as freak snow struck California. The snow was reported from the beaches of Malibu to the desert around Palm Springs.
The Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio 09 Feb 1989, Thu • Page 3
2005: Snow falls on the Jordanian capital and surrounding regions, blocking roads and closing schools. Parts of northern Iran and Tehran were paralyzed after being hit by several days of record snowfall, with dozens of flights canceled and critical roads also cut off.
2013: A nor’easter produced heavy snowfall over the New England states. In Boston, Massachusetts, total snowfall reached 24.9 inches, the fifth-highest total ever recorded in the city. New York City officially recorded 11.4 inches of snow at Central Park, and Portland, Maine, set a record of 31.9 inches. Hamden, Connecticut, recorded the highest snowfall of the storm at 40 inches.
- Unseasonably Warm; Showers Late This Afternoon/Tonight It will be unseasonably mild today with high temperatures reaching the mid to upper 50s in a strengthening southerly flow warm air advection regime. However we will most likely fall short of record high temps given extensive cloud cover. It is also noted that record highs for most climo sites are into the lower 60s. It is unlikely that high temps will be that mild today. The 00Z HREF and consensus blend of most higher res guidance suggests that light rain showers will gradually move in from the west late this afternoon and more so for this evening. We have added mention of isolated convection to the forecast for this evening given steep mid level lapse rates. Potential for a few thunderstorms this evening is supported by the 00Z HREF. Our convective potential is mitigated by weak instability and timing. Timing for convection is more favorable off to our west across southern WI/northern IL. Nevertheless we expect at least isolated evening convection across portions of our area. It still looks we have a better chance for some record high temps Friday with the help of some sun in the wake of the departing shortwave. Record high temps Friday are also several degrees lower than today. The relatively best chc for some record high temps will be inland from Lake MI and mainly near to east of US-131. - Chances for Rain and Snow This Weekend into Next Week There are a few chances for precipitation this weekend into next week. The first is for Friday night into Saturday with a shortwave trough advecting through the area. There is a decent amount of frontogenesis both the in the low and mid levels as the front moves through early Saturday morning. Precipitation will largely be rain, but areas along US-10 could see some light snow, but chances are lower for precipitation in this region (around 20 percent). Farther south there could be an isolated rumble of thunder as there could be enough instability. - Temperatures Trend Back to Normal Behind the front we move more into northwest flow allowing for various shortwaves to track in from the north. This will also bring cooler, more seasonable air with highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s. That being said, any precipitation that is seen next week looks to be in the form of snow. A low pressure system tracks south of the area Monday with the precipitation shield clipping the area at this time. A shift north would increase chances, while a shift south would decrease and potentially eliminate any chances for accumulating snow. There is a decent spread in the ensemble members that show this with a large spread in snowfall amounts.