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The typical and extreme Grand Rapids Christmas weather

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West Michigan weather can range from balmy to bitter on Christmas day. With the holiday only a day away I thought this would be a perfect time to review the Grand Rapids weather averages and extremes.

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There are a few notable weather events. In 1982 temperatures climbed into the mid-60s across Lower Michigan with thunderstorms producing record rainfall. One year later, record cold readings showcase the holiday with a record low of -3° and a record cold high temperature of only 10°. The snowiest Christmas day for Grand Rapids was in 1990 when 7” of snow fell. This certainly looks like a white Christmas for West Michigan.

The slideshow on the top of the article highlights more of the holiday weather.

I looked at a few of the records from across the state and discovered some other notable holiday extremes. Christmas 1980 was a brutal day for Sault Ste. Marie; they saw a record cold temperature of -25°. Also in the Upper Peninsula, Marquette records 11.7” of snow in 2004 and has the greatest snow depth of 41” in 1968.

This year Grand Rapids could see some potential Christmas 2013 weather headaches

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Have a very Merry Christmas!



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