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A warm little lamb and a roaring lion

Radar image 7:33 PM 1 March 2004
Radar image 7:33 PM 1 March 2004

A warm little lamb and a roaring lion top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center (SPC) archives here are the events that happened on March 1.

Almanac 1 March 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

1882 - March comes in like a lamb with high temperatures in the 60s. Lansing hits 64°, and goes on to reach 66° the next day. This continued the warmth from the previous month, which was the warmest February on record at Lansing.

1900 - A snowstorm dropped 14.0 inches of snow on Detroit. This storm was the 4th heaviest snowstorm in Detroit history. It lasted from February 28th-March 1st. The storm was the second storm in a series of remarkable snowstorms which saw the 7th heaviest snowstorm on February 19, 1900 and then the 3rd heaviest snowstorm on March4-5th, 1900.

1962 - Bitterly cold weather begins the month with morning lows below zero and high temperatures only around 10°. The overnight temperature dropped to a freezing -2° in Grand Rapids, Alpena -23°, and Detroit , Flint -5°, and Sault Ste. Marie -17°. Record cool highs for the day include Grand Rapids 13°, Muskegon 12°, Lansing 10°, Detroit 12°, Flint 9°, Marquette 4°, and Sault Ste. Marie. The temperatures in Muskegon and Flint are the coolest high temperatures ever recorded for the month of March. Some of these records would fall in 1967.

1967 – Some of the cold records of 1962 fall as anther blast of arctic air invades for the start of March. The current record cold low temperatures for this day include Grand Rapids -5°, Muskegon -5°, Flint -11°, Houghton Lake -23°, and Sault Ste. Marie -18°.

1984 - A storm crossing the Great Lakes Region produced heavy snow and gale force winds form Wisconsin to northern New England, with 8” of snow reported at Ironwood, MI. (The National Weather Summary)

2002 - As a surface trough passed over Michigan's Upper Peninsula, northerly winds and arctic air moving across Lake Superior created heavy lake effect snow across the highlands of the Keweenaw Peninsula and over the higher terrain of northern Marquette and Alger counties. Phoenix reported 13 inches of snow in 24 hours, Big Bay and Wetmore reported 12 inches of snow, and Munising got 11.3 inches.

2004 – A line of thunderstorms moves across West Michigan ahead of a strong disturbance. There were several reports of 3/ 4” hail from Muskegon, Ottawa, Berrien, Cass and Oceana counties. Grand Rapids records a wind gust to 41 mph and record rainfall of 0.97”. Both Grand Rapids and Muskegon observe record warm low temperatures on the morning of 1 March with readings of 39°. During the afternoon Grand Rapids warmed to 53° and Muskegon observes a record high temperature of 54°. Click here for a radar loop of the storms. See the slideshow on the top of the page for more weather images.

2005 - Some higher terrain locations received heavy lake effect snow from February 28th into March 1st in the wake of a storm system tracking through the Lower Midwest. Snowfall totals included twelve-hour amounts of 15 inches at Rockland in Ontonagon County and 8 inches at Herman in Baraga County. 24-hour snowfall amounts included 14 inches at Ironwood in Gogebic County and 11 inches at the National Weather Service in Marquette.

2007 - A strong storm system originating over the southern Plains brought heavy snow and extensive blowing snow to much of Upper Michigan from the 1st continuing into the 3rd. Some rumbles of thunder even accompanied the system on the evening of the 1st, coincident with reports of freezing rain and sleet over Iron, Dickinson and Menominee counties. East wind gusts in excess of 50 mph produced blizzard or near-blizzard conditions at times mainly over the Keweenaw Peninsula and near the bay of Green Bay. Storm total snowfall exceeded 10 inches over all but south central portions of Upper Michigan. The National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township reported the most snow with 31 inches. Many school districts throughout Upper Michigan were closed on the 2nd as road plow crews worked steadily at clearing snow from roadways. Northern Michigan University, Michigan Tech University and Bay College in Delta County were also closed on the 2nd. Numerous streets and businesses in Houghton, including the Houghton County courthouse, were closed on the 2nd due to blizzard conditions. One-quarter inch of ice accumulation was reported on windshields 5 miles southwest of Iron River. Also, there were several reports of 5 inches of snow throughout Iron County during the evening. Observers reported 8 to 10 inches of snowfall in Hermansville from the 1st through the morning of the 2nd. Sleet mixing with snow caused numerous minor accidents in Menominee. Wind gusts over 40 mph also downed billboard signs and caused power outages in Menominee on the evening of the 1st. The winter storm left the thumb region with 2 to 4 inches of snow and up to 1 inch of ice. Thousands of people were left without power in the worst ice storm in the thumb since 1976.

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