Tornadoes, heavy rain and record snowfall top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the Michigan weather events that happened on April 28.
Severe storms hit Lower Michigan in 1964. A tornado destroyed a cottage and downed trees north of Newaygo.
In 1986, an F2 tornado hit Saginaw County at 2:33 p.m. This caused 2.5 million dollars in damage.
Record warmth dominated the day in 1990. A record high temperatures of 77 degrees and a warm low of 53 degrees occurred at the Marquette Weather Forecast Office in Negaunee Township.
In 1991, tornado moved along the northwest edge of Hart in Oceana County. A restaurant was destroyed and a hardware store was unroofed.
In 2002, after flooding in the western U.P. and record heat about a week to two weeks before, a daily record snowfall of 8.5 inches occurred at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette. This occurred along with a record daily cold high temperature of 32 degrees which was also set in 1994. A late winter storm system from the central plains passed south of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on April 28, dropping up to 10 inches of heavy, wet snow over parts of the southern and central Upper Peninsula before dawn. Iron Mountain and Wetmore reported 10 inches of new snow, 9.5 inches fell in Skandia, and 8.0 to 9.0 inches were reported at Bark River, Carney, and in northeast Delta County. The weight of the snow broke trees and branches and interrupted power and telephone service in Menominee and Dickinson Counties.
A 60 mph thunderstorm wind gust was reported 14 miles northwest of Ironwood in the mid-evening in 2004. Two large trees were broken off two miles west of Silver City in the mid-evening and several trees were blown down in Silver City. As a cold front approached from the west, scattered thunderstorms broke out over western Upper Michigan late in the evening. A few of these thunderstorms became severe, with damaging winds reported at Little Girl’s Point in Gogebic County, at Silver City, and near Champion. A large tree, two feet in diameter, was blown down six miles east of Champion. The storms dissipated as they moved east overnight.
In 2011, heavy rain that started on April 27 continued across Southeast Michigan. All locations received over an inch of rain during the two days, but many locations in the Saginaw Valley and Thumb had over 3 inches. Several roads in the Thumb region were closed. This rainfall helped to make it the third wettest April in Saginaw, fourth wettest in Detroit and the fifth wettest in Flint. The wet April assisted in making the spring of 2011 the wettest in Flint history, second wettest in Detroit, and the eleventh wettest in Saginaw.