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Spring-like weather, blizzard conditions and record cold

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

Spring-like weather, blizzard conditions and record 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 February 27.

1976 - Temperatures soar to the upper 60s during a spell of spring-like weather during the last week of February. Record highs include 62° at Muskegon and 67° at Grand Rapids. Lansing reaches 62°, just shy of the record 64° set in 1867. Detroit also sees a record 63° on this day.

1994 – Temperatures plummet to readings well below 0° as high pressure settles into the Great Lakes from Canada. Record lows include -12° at Grand Rapids, -11° at Muskegon -20° at Lansing, -14° at Flint, and -15° at Marquette.

1996 - A daily record snow water equivalent fell at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette of 0.57 inches.

2005 - A storm system tracking from the High Plains into the Lower Midwest brought heavy synoptic snow to portions of west and central Upper Michigan. Some higher terrain locations along Lake Superior received heavy lake effect snow behind the storm on the 28th into March 1st. Twelve hour snow totals on the 27th included 16 inches at Lake Linden in Houghton County, 12 inches at Herman in Baraga County, 9 inches at Rockland in Ontonagon County and 8 inches at Champion and Skandia in Marquette County.

2009 - An intense low pressure system tracking from the Plains into the Lower Great Lakes brought widespread heavy snow and blowing snow to Upper Michigan on the 26th and 27th. Blizzard conditions occurred over Marquette and Alger County from the evening of the 26th into early afternoon on the 27th. A widespread five to eight inches of total snow was reported across Delta County. North winds gusting to 30 mph at times also caused considerable blowing and drifting of snow. Schools throughout Delta County were closed on the 27th. Storm total snowfall amounts around six inches were reported in Menominee. Northeast winds gusting to 40 mph at times caused considerable blowing and drifting of snow with occasional whiteout conditions on the evening of the 26th. Schools throughout Menominee County were cancelled on the 27th. Observers measured five to six inches of total snowfall from Rockland to Ontonagon. North winds gusting to 30 mph at times also caused some blowing and drifting of snow. Storm spotter snowfall totals included 8.5 inches at Painesdale, 6.5 inches near Twin Lakes and around 5 inches at Houghton and Freda. North winds gusting over 30 mph at times also caused considerable blowing and drifting of snow. Morning classes were cancelled at the Keweenaw-Houghton Area Schools on the 27th.