Arctic air, the last subzero day, and 80° days 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 20.
1885 - Lansing falls to -11° during a string of eight straight days with low temperatures below zero. It is the coldest March on record there. Detroit also takes part in this bitter stretch of cold weather, with several days of lows hovering near 0°. On this day Detroit observes a record low of 4°.
1921 - The Detroit area experienced a minimum temperature of 32° right after midnight, which rose slowly to 42° at 8am and then rose very quickly to a high of 76° at 3pm.
1923 – Muskegon records their last subzero day with a low of -1°. All the record low temperatures remain above 0° until November 24th, when the low dips to -8°.
1989 - As cold arctic air settles into the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes for Palm Sunday, several cities report new record low temperatures for the date, including Iron Mountain -21°, Pellston tied a record -15°, Marquette -11°, and Traverse City -6°.
2012 - Flint and Saginaw saw their high temperature soar to daily records of 80°. Flint has only reached 80° or warmer in March a total of 6 times in its climate record, with most (4) of them coming in March 2012. Saginaw has also done it 8 times, half of them occurring in March 2012. For West Michigan Grand Rapids soared to 81° on this day and has only reached 80° or warmer in March 7 times with 5 occurring in 2012. For Muskegon they climb to a record 76° on this day but observe a total of 4 days of 80° or more in March with 3 in 2012. Lansing climbs to a record 79° and they also see total of 4 days of 80° or more in March with 3 in 2012. Other daily records include Alpena with 79°, Houghton Lake with 80°, Marquette with 78° and Sault Ste. Marie with 68°.