Thunderstorms, deep snowdrifts, 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 27.
In 1904, there was a maximum temperature of 56 degrees in Detroit between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., which fell steadily to a minimum of 18 degrees by midnight. In the Upper Peninsula a snowstorm began with 60 mph wind gusts that piled snowdrifts in Ironwood estimated to be 12 to 15 feet deep and this storm lasted for more 30 hours.
Bitter cold high temperatures for the day in 1933, with records set for the cold air. Temperatures struggled to reach a high of 12 degrees in Grand Rapids. Other records include Lansing 10 degrees, Alpena 8 degrees, Detroit 11 degrees, Flint 14 degrees, and Houghton Lake 10 degrees.
In 1959, southerly winds bring mild weather with lows mainly in the 40s and highs in the upper 50s. Record warm overnight lows include Grand Rapids with 44 degrees, Lansing 47 degrees, Detroit 46 degrees, and Flint 45 degrees.
Temperatures plunge below zero in 1933, beginning a long stretch of arctic weather that will continue through much of January. Grand Rapids sees a record low temperature of minus 5 degrees and Marquette minus 13 degrees.
In 2008, a strong south wind ahead of a cold front brought record warm temperatures to Michigan. A few thunderstorms and rain showers also graced the day. Afternoon highs reached a record 60 degrees for Grand Rapids and Lansing. Muskegon saw an even warmer record of 61 degrees. Not to be outdone, both Detroit and Flint set a record of 62 degrees. Readings across Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula were cooler but still record setting with Houghton Lake 50 degrees, Sault Ste. Marie 44 degrees, and Marquette 42 degrees.
A low pressure system moving from Wisconsin over northern Lake Michigan generated moderate lake effect snows over south central Upper Michigan on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27, 2009. A spotter just southwest of Menominee measured seven inches of lake effect snow in just over 12 hours.