April 2 in Weather HistoryApril 2nd, 2013 at 1:15 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
On 4/2/77 several strong tornadoes hit parts of Kalamazoo, Eaton and Ingham Counties. Here’s film of the damage in Augusta and here’s a picture. This tornado injured ten people. One person was killed 44 were treated for injuries in the Eaton Co. tornado. From the NWS: “One thunderstorm spawned two violent tornadoes in Kalamazoo and Eaton Counties. Several homes and businesses were destroyed on the southwest edge of Augusta by the first tornado. The second tornado destroyed 21 homes and 28 outbuildings as it moved from near Bellevue to Eaton Rapids. Other tornadoes hit near north of Bath in Clinton County and southeast of Dansville in Ingham County.” Both the Augusta and the Eaton Co. tornado were rated F4 and the tornado in Ingham Co. was rated F2.
On April 2-3, 1975, Grand Rapids picked up 10″ of snow. That was the first year I was in G.R. and I remember it well. We had enough wind to cause a little drifting. After the snow the sun popped out during the afternoon of the 3rd and we had 100% sunshine on the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th and 87% sun on the 8th. Despite the sun, it was cold with low temps. beginning on 4/2 of 21, 21, 17, 17, 19, 18, 20, 26, 27, 22, 22, 20, 25. The month wound up 6.7 degrees colder than average. There were only four days that got above 60 and only five days out of 30 that were warmer than average. In the cold year of 1992, we also had significant lake-effect snow on Apr. 2 – with up to 6″ at the south end of Lake Michgan in La Porte and St. Joseph Counties in Indiana. (I don’t have a picture these events to put on on the blog)
Also…big reversal of the Arctic Oscillation…from extremely negative to moderately positive. Keep in mind it’s the GFS…but it’s got a sharp (warm or stationary) front just south of the Michigan border. If this is the case, could be some interesting weather (inc. t-storms). The GFS hints at more snow. Here’s the surface map showing the snow over N Wisconsin and N. Michigan. The European has a whopping 0.08″ of rain Sat. night, then 1/4 – 1/2″ of rain on Monday. It’s the latest peak of the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. since at least 2005. Washington D.C. failed to reach 65 in March for the first time since 1958.