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A steamy St. Patrick’s Day, flooding and heavy snow

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A steamy St. Patrick’s Day, flooding and heavy snow top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on March 17.

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1943 - Heavy rains and melting snow result in flooding across southwest Lower Michigan. Childsdale Dam on the Rogue River gave way. Several families were evacuated from Comstock Park near Grand Rapids.

1973 - A record snowstorm dumps over a foot of snow across southern Lower Michigan. Jackson is buried under 19 inches of snow and Lansing has a record 16.5 inches. Grand Rapids also receives record snow, but only 7.5 inches. Detroit received 9.9 inches, Flint had 13.7 and Saginaw was buried under 21.3 inches. This storm stands as the 3rd heaviest snowfall in Saginaw history and the 4th heaviest in Flint history.

1989 - Strong northerly winds ushered snow and arctic cold into the north central U.S. Winds gusted to 58 mph at Sidney and Scottsbluff, NE. In Michigan, Cadillac received 12 inches of snow, and International Falls, MN reported a record low of -22°. (The National Weather Summary)(Storm Data)

2012 – This was a very warm St. Patrick’s Day across the state as numerous cities observe both record warm minimum temperatures and record highs. Record warm lows include Grand Rapids 54°, Muskegon 58°, Lansing 55°, Houghton Lake 45°, Marquette 44°, and Sault Ste. Marie 43°. Record highs include Grand Rapids 78°, Muskegon 77°, Lansing 78°, Alpena 81°, Detroit 75°, Flint 79°, Houghton Lake 7, Marquette 75°, and Sault Ste. Marie 65°.

This will be a sunny but chilly holiday. See the slideshow on the top of this story for more St. Patrick’s Day weather.

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