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Deep snowdrifts, thunderstorms and bitter cold 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 December 27.

1904 - There was a maximum temperature of 56° in Detroit between 3 and 4pm that fell steadily to a minimum of 18° by midnight. In the Upper Peninsula a snowstorm began with 60 mph wind gusts that piled snowdrifts in Ironwood estimated to be 12-15 feet deep and this storm lasted for more 30 hours.

1933 – Bitter cold high temperatures for the day with records set for the cold air. Temperatures struggled to reach a high of 12° in Grand Rapids. Other records include Lansing 10°, Alpena 8°, Detroit 11°, Flint 14°, and Houghton Lake 10°.

1959 - Southerly winds bring mild weather with lows mainly in the 40s and highs in the upper 50s. Record warm overnight lows include Grand Rapids with 44°, Lansing 47°, Detroit 46°, and Flint 45°.

1993 - Temperatures plunge below zero, beginning a long stretch of arctic weather that will continue through much of January. Grand Rapids sees a record low temperature of -5° and Marquette -13°.

2008 – As strong south wind ahead of a cold front brought record warm temperatures to Michigan. A few thunderstorms and rain showers also graced the day. Afternoon highs reached a record 60° for Grand Rapids and Lansing. Muskegon saw an even warmer record of 61°. Not to be outdone, both Detroit and Flint set a record of 62°. Readings across Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula were cooler but still record setting with Houghton Lake 50°, Sault Ste. Marie 44°, and Marquette 42°.

2009 - A low pressure system moving from Wisconsin over northern Lake Michigan generated moderate lake effect snows over south central Upper Michigan on the 26th and 27th. A spotter just southwest of Menominee measured seven inches of lake effect snow in just over 12 hours.

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