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Record warm temperatures, and subzero cold

Almanac 4 March 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 4 March 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Record warm temperatures, and subzero 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 March 4.

1912 - Subzero cold continues during one of the coldest months of March on record across Lower Michigan. Muskegon sets a record low of -2° on this morning, during a spell of five straight days below zero.

1983 – A warm front passing over West Michigan brings several days of record temperatures to the region. Lansing, Muskegon and Grand Rapids start the day with record warm low temperatures. Grand Rapids begins at 44° and goes on to observe a record high of 66°. Muskegon sets a record warm low temperature of 45° and a record high of 61°. Lansing starts the day with a record warn 48°. These cities will go on to establish new records for heat in the days that follow. Flint also sees a record warm low temperature of 45° and Houghton Lake a record 34°. Other record highs for the day include Detroit with 69° and Flint with 63°.

1985 - Record daily snowfall of 21.1 inches fell at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette, part of the 27.2 inches of snow that fell on the 4th and 5th. Alpena sees a record 17.3 inches for the day which is also the highest daily snowfall ever recorded for the month of March.

2002 – Cold and snow dominate the weather on this Monday. Grand Rapids only observes a high temperature of 13°, Lansing 15°, Muskegon 19°, Flint 15° and Houghton Lake 12° which are records for the coldest high temperatures for the date. Snow and wind with blowing snow at times dominate the day. Only 0.6” of snow falls in Grand Rapids and 2” in Muskegon. This may not sound like much, but that’s after the record snowfall of 13.6” in Grand Rapids and 10.5” in Muskegon from two days earlier.

March 4 has seen many snowstorms across Southeast Michigan. Snowstorms have occurred in 1895, 1899, 1900, 1985, 1999, 2003, and 2008. Many of these storms rated in the top 25 heaviest snowstorms including:
Detroit in 1900 received 16.1 inches of snow for 3rd heaviest snowstorm
Detroit 1895 12.3inches on the 10th
Detroit 1899 11.4 inches on the 15th
Flint 1999 9.1 inches on the 14th
Saginaw 1985 12.0 inches on the 16th

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