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Record rain, an ice storm 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 30.

1971 - Detroit recorded the greatest amount of precipitation in 24 hours for the year. The recorded measurement was 1.37 inches.

1976 - Temperatures fall to record lows across Lower Michigan. At Lansing, the thermometer plunges to -17°. It hits -11° at Grand Rapids and Muskegon. The low at Muskegon sets the record for the month of December, which will be broken the very next day with a low of -15°. Other daily records include Flint with -10° and Houghton Lake with -21°.

1985 - The steel, fishing tug Susie Q, was carrying fishing gear. After she lost power in a gale, a distress signal was sent and her crew was rescued by Coast Guard helicopter. The tug foundered later and is thought to be within the boundaries of the Marquette Underwater Preserve off Big Bay, MI in Lake Superior.

1989 - Extreme cold occurred across northern Maine. Milo, ME was the cold spot in the nation with a morning low of -38°, and the low of -31° at Caribou ME was a December record for that location. Freezing rain spread across much of Lower Michigan, knocking out electrical power to 1.9 million customers in southeastern Lower Michigan. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

2000 - Lansing picked up another 2.4 inches of snow, bringing the monthly total to over 33 inches and making December 2000 the snowiest December on record. Grand Rapids also observes a record monthly December snowfall with 59.2 inches.

2004 - A low pressure system originating over the Central Plains brought a warm moist flow of air northward into the Upper Great Lakes on the 30th. This warm moist air riding over cold air at the surface brought widespread freezing rain to much of west and central Upper Michigan. Significant ice accumulation of a quarter inch or more created hazardous travel on area roadways and numerous minor accidents were reported by law enforcement officials.



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