After a sultry 83.7° for a high temp yesterday we have fallen to a warm 67° at 5 am this morning which is near our normal high for this time of year.
Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are possible early this morning with isolated hail and isolated damaging wind gusts possible. Showers and a few storms will persist Today into Thursday, followed by dry weather to end the week.
Currently, most of the heavier rain is present north of Big Rapids with a few sprinkles out over lake Michigan – chances of rain today are 50/50.
Weather History for SE Michigan
On April 25, 2009, A strong cold front pushed into Southeast Michigan during the afternoon hours, producing several severe thunderstorms, generally confined to the M-59 Corridor, where tree damage and power outages were most prevalent. Over 50 severe reports were recorded with most of those being wind damage and severe wind gusts as high as 70 m.p.h. There were 80,000 homes and businesses which lost power in Oakland county.
Also on April 25, 1990, the temperature rose to 87 degrees in Flint. This set the record for the high temperature in the month of April in Flint and was tied by the records set on April 16, 2002 and April 18, 2004.
On April 26 2009, it was a sunny and very warm day with a record high of 86 set at Detroit.
On April 27, 1915, the temperature in Detroit never dropped below 65 degrees. The temperature never dropped below 65 degrees the day before (April 26) as well.
On April 28, 2011, heavy rain that started on April 27 continued across Southeast Michigan. All locations received over an inch of rain during the two days, but many locations in the Saginaw Valley and Thumb had over 3 inches. Several roads in the Thumb region were closed. This rainfall helped to make it the third wettest April in Saginaw, the fourth wettest in Detroit and the fifth wettest in Flint. The wet April assisted in making the spring of 2011 the wettest in Flint history, second wettest in Detroit, and the eleventh wettest in Saginaw.
Also on April 28, 1986, an F2 tornado hit Saginaw county at 2:33 pm which cost $2.5 million in damages.
A very impressive late-season rain/snowstorm hit Southeast Michigan late on April 28th – 29th in 1909. The very intense low-pressure system moved through the region bringing Detroit 1.99″ of rain along with 3.0″ of snow, sleet and hail from thunderstorms. Easterly winds gusted up into the 40s mph much of the 29th and then late in the evening, a strong cold front brought a northwest wind gust to 54 mph. In Saginaw, they were buried under 13.0 inches of snow.
On April 30, 1962, 2 simultaneous F1 tornadoes hit Washtenaw County at 6:00pm.
On a dry weather note, the date concluded one of the driest (4th) Aprils on record in 2004 when just 0.69″ of precipitation fell (0.70″ at Flint made April 2004 the second driest on record). One has to look back nearly a century to find a drier April (0.66″-1915) in Detroit.
On May 1, 1983, the county of Monroe was hit by an F1 tornado that tore through the county at 11:55PM. It caused about $3,000 in property damage.
Weather History for SW Michigan
1976: Winter returns after summer-like weather the week before. After four days in the 80s from the 15th to the 18th, temperatures are held in the 30s today and heavy wet snowfalls. Lansing sets a record for the date with 4 inches of snow, as does Grand Rapids with 3 inches.
1915: A record three-day spell of warm weather in the 80s peaks with a high of 88 degrees at Grand Rapids and Lansing
1966: A cold rain falls across Lower Michigan, holding temperatures in the 30s. The high of 37 at Grand Rapids and 38 at Lansing are both record cold high temperatures for the date.
1964: A tornado destroyed a cottage and downed trees north of Newaygo.
1991: A restaurant was destroyed and a hardware store was unroofed as a tornado moved along the northwest edge of Hart in Oceana County.
1899: Grand Rapids sets the record high for the month of April at 90 degrees after a balmy morning low of 70 degrees.
1909: Heavy rain mixed with snow sets records across Lower Michigan. The daily total liquid-equivalent precipitation is 2.53 inches at Grand Rapids, and this includes a daily record of 2.2 inches of snow. The 1.75 inches at Lansing includes four inches of snow. Temperatures remain in the 30s all day.
1962: Several tornadoes struck southern Lower Michigan. A fire station was damaged in Lansing and a building was destroyed in Grand Ledge. Another tornado struck south of Ypsilanti destroying a barn and damaging two houses.
1966: A May Day snowstorm drops 4 inches of snow at Lansing.
-- A chance of showers today and Thursday -- Sfc analysis shows a frontal boundary extending from eastern Iowa through the central CWA. Temperatures are in the 70s south of the front and lower 50s north of there. Radar reveals the pcpn is farther north along the h8 front from northern Wisconsin to near the Straits. Short range models indicate that we could still see some showers as the h8 front moves through later today. A thunderstorm may be possible south of I-94, but severe storms are not expected. The sfc front will move south today and we`ll see cooler highs than yesterday, except in the far southeast which may flirt with 80 again. Tonight will be dry and then rain chances will increase again Thursday as a wave of low pressure rides northeast along the front. Unlike today, there`s much better upper support via a well defined short wave. The ECMWF clearly shows some deformation type showers well north of the sfc low that moves across Ohio. The NAMNest also shows this. -- Cooler through Friday, frost Friday night-- Once the sfc front moves through cooler air will flow back into the state. Highs Thursday will be in the lower 60s and the mid 50s Friday. If we can clear out Friday, we`ll likely see some frost Friday night as temperatures fall to around freezing. -- Another chance of rain Monday -- Rain chances will increase late Sunday into Monday as another cold front moves toward the state. Looks like pretty good moisture return from the Gulf. Similar to this week, next week`s cold front will hang up near the CWA and another wave is progd to develop on the front. So rain chances will linger into Wednesday. The ECMWF develops an inverted trough across the Corn Belt Wednesday which would bode well for rain chances here.