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Ping pong ball sized hail, freezing rain and tornadoes

Radar image 4:30 PM March 27, 2007
Radar image 4:30 PM March 27, 2007

Ping pong ball sized hail, freezing rain and tornadoes 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 27.

Almanac 27 March 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

1934 - The temperature set a record low for the day of recorded at Detroit Metro.

1989 - 1.5 inch hail (ping pong ball sized) fell 1 mile east northeast of Sault Ste. Marie in the St. Mary's River in the mid-morning.

1991 - A tornado outbreak hits the Midwest, wreaking havoc from Iowa to Ohio. One of the largest tornado outbreaks hit Michigan. Fifteen tornadoes moved across parts of the state, making it the third largest tornado outbreak by the number of tornadoes, and certainly the earliest tornado outbreak in Michigan history. Eighteen people were injured in Calhoun County as eight homes were destroyed there. Three tornadoes hit portions of Southeast Michigan including two in Monroe County and one in St. Clair County.

2007 – A disturbance moving across the state produces strong thunderstorms. There are several reports of large hail across Michigan. In West Michigan two hail observations are from Clare County and the rest from Southeast Michigan. Click here for a radar loop of the storms on this day. See the slideshow on the top for more on this storm.

2012 - A low pressure system moving into northern Minnesota produced some freezing rain over portions of western Upper Michigan in the early morning hours. This same system then went on to generate damaging winds over portions of Marquette County during the day. The observer in Herman measured two-tenths of an inch of ice accumulation from freezing rain. The power was also knocked out at his residence. There was a public report in Calumet of nearly one-quarter inch of ice accumulation from freezing rain. South winds gusted between 50 and 60 mph at times from late morning into early afternoon in Marquette County. The strong winds did minor damage and downed several trees between 9 and 12 inches in diameter in the city of Marquette. The wind also downed two large maple trees in Skandia.

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