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Blowing and drifting snow, arctic air and record warmth

Almanac 11 March 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 11 March 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Blowing and drifting snow, arctic air and record warmth top the list of West Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the Michigan weather events that happened on March 11.

1946 - The last snowfall of the 1946 season was recorded in Detroit and stands as the earliest date for the last snowfall in spring.

1948 - Arctic air prevails with high temperatures in the teens and low temperatures near and below zero. Muskegon sets a record low of . Afternoon highs set records for the cool readings including Grand Rapids 16°, Muskegon 17°, Lansing 13°, Detroit 17°, Flint 15°, and Houghton Lake 14°.

1977 – Despite the cloud cover record warmth prevails across West Michigan. Muskegon starts the day with a record warm low temperature of 46° and reaches an afternoon record high of 70°. Other record highs for the day include Grand Rapids 71°, Lansing 69°, Detroit 72°, Flint 68°, and Houghton Lake 63°.

1988 - On this date through the 15th, more than 100 hours of continuous snow buried Marquette, MI under 43 inches.

2009 - An intense low pressure system lifting northeast from the Plains brought a wintry mix of precipitation and strong winds to portions of Upper Michigan from the 10th into the 11th. Three to four inches of snow over 24 hours were reported by several observers across Alger County. Very strong winds gusting over 40 mph also accompanied the snow across much of the county. The Great Lakes Observing Station at Grand Marais measured a wind gust to 70 mph at 520 AM on the morning of the 11th. Superior Central Schools were closed due to the harsh weather. The observer four miles east of Silver City measured eight inches of snow in 24 hours. Northwest winds gusting near 40 mph at times also caused considerable blowing of snow reducing visibility to one-quarter mile at times. Ontonagon Schools were closed due to the harsh winter weather. The observer at Twin Lakes reported six inches of snow in 12 hours. Northwest winds gusting at or above 40 mph also caused considerable blowing and drifting of snow throughout the county on the 11th. Visibility was reduced to one-quarter mile at times in snow and blowing snow at the Houghton County Airport and Houghton-Keweenaw County Schools were closed on the 11th.

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