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A very cold day and the tri-state tornado

A very cold day and the tri-state tornado 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 18.

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Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

1925 - The Tri-State Tornado kills 695 people and injures over 2,000 along its 219 mile-long damage path through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. It is by far the worst tornado in United States history. The weather in Lower Michigan is relatively tranquil with highs in the 50s and rain changing to snow during the night. You can read an account if the tornado here: 1925 Tri-State Tornado See the attached video for more on this historic tornado

1939 – This is a very cold day across Michigan with high temperatures only reaching the teens. Records include Grand Rapids and Muskegon observe a high of 17°, Lansing 18°, Alpena 10°, Flint 20°, and Houghton Lake 14°.

1959 - The overnight temperature dropped to in Flint, setting the record for the lowest overnight temperature for this day in Flint.