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Record heat, convective snow and golf ball size hail

Radar Image 10:34 AM 13 Mar 06
Radar Image 10:34 AM 13 Mar 06

Record heat, convective snow and golf ball size hail 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 13.

Almanac 13 March 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

1990 - A spell of record warm weather continues across Lower Michigan with temperatures in the 70s. Lansing hits 74° and Grand Rapids 75° during a string of four straight days in the 70s. Other record highs include Detroit 73° and Flint 76°. Records for warm overnight low temperatures are set during this stretch of mild weather. Grand Rapids only drops to 60°, Muskegon 50°, Lansing 60°, Detroit 57°, and Flint 59°.

1993 - The Superstorm of 1993 dumps three to four feet of snow across the Appalachians and draws down record cold arctic air across Lower Michigan. High temperatures struggle to reach the lower 20s with gusty winds making it feel even colder. Muskegon sets a record for the coldest high temperature for the day with 23°. Other records for the chilly high temperatures include Lansing with 22°, Alpena with 13°, and Houghton Lake at 18°.

2006 – Strong thunderstorms move across West Michigan along a warm front. In Kalamazoo County, Vicksburg records golf ball size hail covering the ground with one measured at 2 and one quarter inches. Record rainfall is observed at several locations in Michigan. Records include Grand Rapids with 1.06”, Muskegon 2.92”, Flint 0.99”, Houghton Lake 0.80”, and Marquette 2.42”. The rainfall in Muskegon and Marquette set records for the highest daily precipitation for the month of March. The low pressure system deepened rapidly as it moved across eastern Upper Michigan in the evening. As a result of this strong storm, intense convective snow and blizzard conditions enveloped much of west and north central Upper Michigan on the 13th and 14th. Higher terrain locations in Gogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Marquette counties generally received one to two feet of snow in a 24-hour period. The greatest storm total accumulations included 33 inches in Rockland, 32 inches in Painesdale and 21 inches at the National Weather Service in Marquette. Embedded thunderstorms associated with the storm initially resulted in snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour at some locations on the 13th. Heavy sleet accumulations also occurred at Iron Mountain (one half-inch) and Two Heart in Luce County (one inch). The heavy wintry mix and blizzard conditions caused some road closures, numerous motor vehicle accidents and closed schools area wide, including Northern Michigan University in Marquette and Finlandia College in Houghton. Blizzard conditions resulted in plows being pulled off Highway 41 from Calumet to Mohawk during the evening of the 13th and early morning of the 14th. Power outages also occurred from strong winds downing trees on power lines. The county sheriff reported that the storm cancelled all activities across Ontonagon County.

See the slideshow on the top for weather maps from this day.

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