Yesterday we had a temperature difference of 4° between our high and low. The high was 64° the low was 60°. According to my digital rain gauge we had .25 of an inch yesterday, I haven’t checked the analog gauge, it is too early to run outside at 4 am.
Today should remain dry with some sun and warmer temps before the rain moves back in tonight with our next system approaching the state.
Weather History for SW Michigan
1879: Southwest Lower Michigan is in the midst of a long spell of warm weather. Lansing rises into the 80s for seven out of the eight days from October 5th through the 12th. This includes the record high of 84 degrees on October 10th, which was preceded by a record 83 degrees on the 9th and followed by 85 degrees on the 11th.
1906: An early-season snowstorm drops 4 to 8 inches of snow from Ludington to South Haven. Temperatures plunge into the teens the next morning, killing thousands of fruit trees, enough to alter the agricultural economy of southwest Lower Michigan.
1912: A late evening tornado hit Gratiot County. Five farms sustained damage along a five-mile-long path. An elderly woman was killed and her son injured as their home was blown apart southwest of Alma.
2006: A record early season snowstorm brings up to eight inches of snow to southwest Lower Michigan. Tree damage and power outages were extensive around Hastings in Barry County as the wet, heavy snow clings to the tree branches, which still had leaves on them.
1874: A record cold snap struck Lower Michigan with Lansing plunging to 16 degrees.
1975: Record warmth occurred with highs in the 80s. The 87 degrees at Grand Rapids was a record for the date and the highest temperature for so late in the season.
1954: A tornado destroyed an empty schoolhouse at Ashley in Gratiot County. It also took the roof off one house and a porch off of another.
1899: Muskegon hits 86 degrees for their highest October temperature on record.
1944: Cold air is firmly entrenched in Lower Michigan with record lows of 23 degrees at Grand Rapids and 25 degrees at Muskegon.
1943: A snowstorm drops an inch or two of slushy snow across southwest Lower Michigan. The high temperature at Grand Rapids and Lansing is only 39 degrees.
Weather History for SE Michigan
On October 10, 1949, a three-day period of record highs in Flint ended. Temperatures ranged from 84 degrees on the 8th, 82 degrees on the 9th and 85 degrees on the 10th.
On October 11, 1949, record-high precipitation occurred, with 3.27 inches of rainfall recorded in Detroit.
On October 12, 2006, the earliest measurable snowfall occurred in Detroit, Flint and Saginaw. Detroit recorded 0.2 inches of snow, Flint received 2.3 inches of snow, and Saginaw had 0.3 inches of snow.
Also in 1995, late-season heat gave record highs to all three sites, Detroit (84 degrees), Flint (82 degrees) and Saginaw (83 degrees).
On October 13, 1909, The second earliest measurable snowfall occurred in Detroit with an amount of 0.4 inches of snow. Also on this date in 1999, Detroit received 3/4-inch hail at 11:15 am.
On October 14, 1989, Detroit and Flint share record highs on this date with 83 degrees and 82 degrees respectively.
On October 15, 1952, Saginaw reports 0.04″ rainfall. This is one of only three days where measurable rain is recorded this October, the driest on record with 0.18″ total. Also for this month, Flint had the 5th driest month on record.
On October 16, 1938, a two-day streak of 85 degrees occurred in Detroit. Both the 16th and 17th had 85 degrees as the high and these are records for both days.
- Chance of showers/storms Tonight A weakening cold front will move into the area tonight which will bring the chance for showers and a few thunderstorms. Dew points will climb into the middle 60s once again with PWAT values rising to around 1.8 inches. The best forcing will be well to the west and northwest of the region as an upper low lifts from the Northern Plains into Canada. The SPC HREF is showing MUCAPE values reaching the 500-750 J/KG range. Nothing to get too excited about but enough to produced some thunderstorms that will be forced by the front. The 4-hour max reflectivity prog from the HREF shows multiple waves of showers tonight into Thursday morning with the chance of embedded thunderstorms. Given the lack of upper support, not expecting anything severe at this point and agree with the SPC in taking the marginal risk area to the west of our area. - Precipitation chances continue Thursday and Friday Chances for showers and thunderstorms will continue from Thursday into Friday. MUCAPE values in the NAMnest rise to 1,000-2,000 J/KG during the afternoon of both days. The surface front stalls over the area on Thursday with a wave of low pressure sliding up the front on Friday. The precipitation will likely linger into Friday night before ending on Saturday. Some swaths of 1-2 inches of rain are certainly possible by Saturday morning. We are not expecting any hydro issues at this point. A brief surge of cooler air swings in behind the front on Friday night and Saturday with a taste of fall. The GFS and ECMWF take 850mb temps down to -1C and +1C for midday on Saturday respectively. This is by far the coolest air of the fall and it will be noticeable. Our highs on Saturday are in the lower to middle 50s for the most part. - Mainly dry conditions Saturday Night through next Tuesday 1000-700mb layer relative humidity values dry out from this period as compared to Today through Saturday. Mainly dry weather is expected as a ridge moves through the area both at the surface and aloft. There is a weak front moving into the area Tuesday into Tuesday night, but as for now the models keep it dry in our area. Temperatures should rebound a bit as 850mb temps climb to +11C to +12C Monday/Tuesday. We look to nudge back to above normal temperatures again early next week.