Power outages, trains stuck in a snowstorm, and record warmth 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 Dec 28.
In 1880, the daytime temperature rose to only 4 degrees in Detroit, which is 29 degrees below average. Lansing also sees a record low maximum temperature of 4 degrees.
A snowstorm ended that caused trains to be stuck in and around Ontonagon in 1904. This shut down businesses, delayed mail delivery for two days, and stranded passengers.
Cold air grips the Upper Peninsula in 1976. A record low temperature of minus 17 degrees occurred at the Weather Forecast Office in Marquette.
In 1982, temperatures hit 61 degrees at Lansing, Grand Rapids and Muskegon as a spell of very mild weather continued during one of the warmest winters on record. Many records were set across the state on this date. Sault Ste. Marie sets a record with a chilly 45 degrees, Houghton Lake 52 degrees, Flint 60 degrees, Detroit 60 degrees, and Alpena 56 degrees. Two years later, some of the cities that set records in 1982, set new and even warmer records.
In 1984, warm air across the state allows many cities to tie or break the record high temperatures set just two year earlier. Records include Grand Rapids with 65 degrees, Lansing 65 degrees, Alpena 56 degrees, Detroit 64 degrees, Flint 63 degrees, and Houghton Lake 57 degrees.
A winter storm produced heavy snow in the Upper Mississippi Valley and the Upper Great Lakes Region in 1987. Up to 20 inches of snow buried southern Minnesota and 20 to 40 mph northwesterly winds produced snow drifts 6 feet high, and reduced visibilities to near zero at times in blowing snow. From The National Weather Summary and Storm Data, there were 1,000 traffic accidents in Michigan during the storm, resulting in 35 injuries.
In 2000, Arctic air and deep snow cover combine to produce record low temperatures across Lower Michigan. Records include minus 5 degrees at Muskegon, minus 9 degrees at Grand Rapids, minus 18 degrees at Lansing and minus 11 degrees at Flint.
A rapidly intensifying storm system moved across Lake Michigan to the Straights area in 2008. This storm brought wind gusts up to 60 mph to all of Southeast Michigan, and wind gusts up over 70 mph to Lakes Huron, Erie and St. Clair. Numerous trees, limbs and power lines were down. In all, about 300,000 customers in Southeast Michigan lost power during the height of the winds.