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Cold air heavy snow and flooding

Almanac 29 March 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 29 March 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Cold air heavy snow and flooding 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 29.

1910 - Temperatures peak in the upper 70s to lower 80s during one of the warmest months of March on record across Lower Michigan. The high of 82° sets a daily record high temperature at Grand Rapids.

1920 - Utility poles near the paper mill in Manistique collapsed which cut off electricity and water service to Manistique for 12 hours due to flooding.

1954 - A snowstorm drops from 5 to 10 inches of snow across southern Lower Michigan. Grand Rapids records a record 7.5”, Kalamazoo 8”, Lansing 6.2”, Detroit 4.6”, and Flint 6.0”.

1967 - The daytime temperature rose to only 23° in Detroit, which is 28° cooler than the average high temperature for this day.

1970 – Cold Canadian high pressure moves across the northern Great Lakes with record cold temperatures. Records include Grand Rapids , Muskegon and Alpena -8°. Flint remains below freezing for the day with a record cold high temperature of 31°. Grand Rapids sees a chilly high of 28° and Alpena 25°, but these are not records for the coldest highs for the date.

1998 - A severe thunderstorm uprooted a 12 inch diameter tree near Foster City and 12 to 15 inch diameter trees were uprooted 4 miles northeast of Watson in the late evening.

2003 - On March 27th and 28th, intense low pressure from eastern Kansas moved across the Great Lakes region. Abundant moisture ahead of the low overspread Upper Michigan, bringing periods of heavy snow to locations west of a line from Munising to Iron Mountain. The snow was wet and heavy, causing hazardous travel conditions and difficult clean-up and snow removal. Snowfall reports included 10 inches in Channing, Fortune Lake, and at the National Weather Service Office in Negaunee, 11 inches in Bessemer, 12 inches in Ontonagon, 14 inches in Baraga, 16 inches in Calumet and Mohawk, and 20 inches in Phoenix. The precipitation was a mix of rain and snow or mostly rain over the eastern parts of the Upper Peninsula and caused few problems.

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