Labor Day weather for Grand Rapids has ranged sunny to soggy over the years.
Here’s a brief history of the day courtesy of the Grand Rapids National Weather Service.
“Labor Day was first celebrated by the Central Labor Union in New York City on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882. The observance of Labor Day spread through other Labor organizations through 1885, when governmental recognition began in some local municipalities. From 1886 through 1894, individual states and territories began to observe the holiday. Finally on June 28th, 1894, the U.S. Congress passed a law that made Labor Day a legal holiday to be observed the first Monday of September each year.”
Since the calendar date for the holiday changes every year ranging for September 1 to September 7 the records for each holiday require extra research. With the help of the NWS, the chart included in the slideshow displays the average and extreme weather conditions for the holiday. The warmest Labor Day was in 1954 with a high of 97° and the coldest was 1946 with a low of 37°.
This Labor Day a cold front will slide across the state bringing strong to severe thunderstorms.
The Storm Prediction Center has a slight risk for severe weather across most of Lower Michigan. The storms will be most numerous during the late afternoon and evening hours. Damaging wind, frequent lightning and heavy rainfall are the primary threats from the storms. If you have outdoor holiday plans today, keep an eye to the sky and when thunder roars GO INDOORS and don’t be a fool get out of the pool!
Review these safety tips before the storms arrive:
Thunderstorm and lightning safety rules
Flash flood/flood safety rules
Large waves and dangerous currents out on Lake Michigan for the holiday. Waves will build into the 3 – 6 foot range. From the Grand Rapids National Weather Service: “Dangerous swimming conditions will be found on the south side of south piers today such as, South Beach in South Haven, Grand Haven State Park and Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon.”
The oppressive humidity continues for the holiday with dewpoint temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s. Air temperatures warm into the low 80s inland and 70s at the lakeshore.
See the attached slideshow for more on the storms.
Before you head out to travel around West Michigan, check out the live West Michigan Weather conditions and live lakeshore weather
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Have a safe holiday!