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Stranded vehicles and baseball sized hail

Almanac 6 March 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 6 March 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Stranded vehicles and baseball sized hail 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 5.

1956 - Severe thunderstorms moved across Lower Michigan ahead of a strong cold front. A tornado destroyed five barns and unroofed homes in North Blendon and Bauer in Ottawa County. Grand Rapids recorded a record wind gust from the northwest at 52mph.

1959 - The worst snowstorm since the blizzard of '39, a blizzard on the 5th-6th buried all of the U.P. with a foot or more of wind driven snow. Severe drifting closed most of Delta County roads. 50 vehicles were stranded along U.S. Highway 41 south of Marquette in Harvey.

1960 - The overnight temperature dropped to -7° in Flint, which is the record low temperature for the day. Curiously enough, the very next year, in 1961, the daytime temperature rose to 64°, setting the record high temperature for the day!

1983 – The first week of March is very warm with highs in the upper 60s and low 70s across West Michigan. On this date Grand Rapids ties their record high of 68° and Muskegon sets a new record of 67°. Muskegon also starts the day with a record warm overnight low temperature of 52°. Other record warm lows include Lansing 50°, Alpena 38°, Flint 50°, Houghton Lake 43°, and Sault Ste. Marie 38°.

1992 - Baseball sized hail (2.75 inch) fell out of a severe thunderstorm 0.7 mile north northeast of Winona in Houghton County in the midafternoon.

2007 - Fresh snow cover under clear skies and calm wind allowed temperatures to plummet to -20° or colder over various interior locations of Upper Michigan. The minimum temperature plummeted to -28° at Herman. In Lower Michigan Alpena observes a record -17°.