April 2 in Weather History

April 2nd, 2013 at 1:15 am by 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.

109 Responses to “April 2 in Weather History”

  1. Skot says:

    This is for fixxxer….very nice rest of spring shaping up. How far back do the models go to predict this??

  2. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    06z gfs hits mid michigan pretty hard with a snowstorm this weekend, followed by another snowstorm that hits far lower mi and northern Indiana by early next week.

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      NOOOO MORE SNOW!!!! I thought this weekend was going to be 50′s again possible low 60′s. ARGH! Now thunderstorms would be nice.

      1. Patty says:

        I will take snow over thunderstorms, tornados, and hurricanes any day. Snow isn’t as dangerous and storms!!!!

        1. Patty says:

          I meant snow isn’t as dangerous as storms!!!!

  3. INDY says:

    BILL LOW 50′S ARE STILL COOL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR I SAY OUR FIRST 70 WILL BE MAY 9TH ABOUT A MONTH FROM NOW……WE HAVE LOTS OF JIMMY FROST OUT AT THEE YARDofBRICKS GOT DOWN TO 23* LAST NIGHT TO COLD FOR APRIL I WOULD LOVE A THUNDERSTORM!! I HOPE TRAVIS IS HAPPY FOR OUR COLD WE HAVE ACROSS THE STATE ON GOING HE CALLED ITTT!! STAY TUNED INDYY..

    1. michigan won says:

      Indy,

      Please do everybody on the blog a favor and unlock your CAPS button. It’s rediculous. Enough already.

      1. undyy says:

        And you think he’s going to stop now?

        1. INDY says:

          WOW THE BLOG COPS HOW FAKE!!!! INDY!!!!

        2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          The only fake on here is you.

        3. fixxxer says:

          bunch on newbs on here indy.

  4. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    For the weather and statistic geeks, preliminary data is in, and looks like March 2013 will end up around +0.32 degrees above the 30-year temp average.

    In fact, outside of northern Europe, the Midwest was the coldest anomaly on the planet. The warmest being Northeastern Canada, Greenland, Northern Africa, and Northern Asia.

    http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/march-2013-1.png

    1. Dan says:

      Travis, I thought Bill posted that March ended up 5.6 degrees cooler than normal! Your data spurce looks incomplete.

      1. Dan says:

        *source darn smart phone key pad

      2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        Dan, this is a follow-up to our global temperature discussion. Global temps here.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      +0.32° FAHRENHEIT… global temps are usually referred to in Celsius (+0.18° C).

      Full post here:
      http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/04/02/uah-global-temperature-report-march-2013-temperature-unchanged-from-february-2013/#more-83300

    3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      A whole 1/3 of a degree? Seems pretty darned close to average.

      1. Brad says:

        Warmer than the average for the warmest 30-year period on record. How much do you think monthly averages normally deviate?

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Not much, I suspect. Maybe 1/3 of a degree?

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          I’d be more than comfortable using a longer period of record if we allow for urbanization at the sites where that has made a difference: http://www.seafriends.org.nz/issues/global/goodridge_1996_ca-uhi_county.jpg (graph from the State Climatologist of California)

  5. Dan says:

    Beautiful Spring morning here in Myrtle Beach! Yesterday, temps were in the 70s. Today, temps to hit a high of 65! Sunny and a bit windy. Interesting thing to note, we have Morning Doves on our deck. They seem to follow us around!

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Lucky spring breakers! Orlando hit 85 yesterday! Looks nice and warm. Enjoy

  6. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Its a sunny and cold 34° here this AM…There still is no sign of real warm temps yet and now the question is when will we see our first 60° and 70° day here in GR could it be late April for the 60° and and maybe May for the 70° day???
    SlimJim

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Yep, the CPC may have ruined it for all of us… again…

    2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      I forgot to add the highest temp in GR so far in 2013 is 58 on January 29th we also hit 57 on January 12th In fact January only was 3.5° colder then March and would have been much closer tho March if not for a 5 day cold spell when GR had its coldest and only below o° night of the year. (-2°)
      SlimJim

    3. fixxxer says:

      im thinking it will be into may or june before we really start to warm up.

    4. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Dang, we’ve had 3 days 60 or above already in 2013 here!

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        Doesn’t mean much but we had 19 by this time last year =)

  7. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Now for the April 2 history….I still lived in Bay City in both 1975 and 1977. In 1975 Bay City also had a big snowstorm it started late in the day on the 2nd (after sunset) and boy did it snow. We had strong NE winds that night and around 10PM we had a big thunder snow event. I remember it well as our second son was only a month old at the time and we lived in a very small house and the power went out…no power=no heat. We were going to go to my wife’s mothers house but with the wind and snow you could not see more then 100 feet (if that) so instead we turned the oven on and stay in the house. The power was off all night but came back on around 8AM it got cool in the house but not cold…While there may have been some drifting here in GR that night in Bay City there was a lot of drifting and we had 4 foot drifts in the yard. As Bill stated the sun came out the next day! While GR got 10″ of snow in Bay City we had over 15″ of snow in that storm.
    SlimJim

  8. fixxxer says:

    welcome back winter…it’s like you NEVER left.

  9. bnoppe(Albion) says:

    bill “the gfs hints at more snow”
    don’t feed the trolls

  10. GunLakeDeb says:

    I remember the April of 1975 VERY well. We had just moved into a new house – literally. Woke up to a mountain of snow in our driveway, and the snow shovels were back at the old house!

    A week or so later, I wanted to make a flower bed around an old farm post that was in our backyard. Was going to put a birdfeeder there. Started digging up the grass and pulling up roots, etc – vaguely noticed the vine that must have grown on that post – but it was still unseasonably COLD: nothing had leafed out yet (or I would have noticed that it was Poison Ivy growing on that post, that I was pulling up by the sap-laden roots) The trip into the emergency room the next morning was awful – which is how I looked, too. Did you know that if you get Poison Ivy in your blood – it can break out ANYWHERE (like the soles of your feet and anywhere something rubs or bumps you???) and lasts about 6 to 8 weeks?

    Yeah – I really remember that April :-( And May :-(

    1. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

      Been there, done that with poison ivy. Didn’t even know I was working with it until it was too late. My hands swelled to twice the normal size. It wasn’t quite as bad as your experience though, that sounds just plain awful!

  11. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Its time for me to bundle up and go for a outside walk. Its sunny with a few clouds here now and the temp is all the way up to 40°. It still looks like mid winter in the UP

    http://www.exploremunising.com/weather.html

    I bet the people who live up there are sick of the cold and snow by now…while its still cold here at least most of the snow is now gone….I still do still have two snow piles left in my yard and there is still some snow in the nearby woods.
    SlimJim

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      I was just talking to some sailors up there who are completely done with all the snow. They were spoiled last year.

  12. INDY says:

    SNOW STORM COMING TUESDAY TO THE MIDWEST WILL BE CLOSE WE WILL HAVE TO KEEP A EYE ON THIS SNOW STORM !!!! THEE SNOW MAY NOT BE OVER JUST YET FOR MICHIGAN !!!! 70′S COMING AROUND MAY 9TH OR SO STAY TUNED WE WILL GET THERE!! HOLD ON TIGHT AND THANK TRAVIS FOR THIS SNOW STORM COMING!! INDYY…

    1. Undyy says:

      Thank Indy for the non-existent snow storm we are not going to get.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Good work INDY! By the way keep your comments coming in caps and!! That is your trademark!!!

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        Fantastic. Great to see one middle school student support another. Fantastic.

        1. Tim from Zeeland says:

          wish this was a little like facebook. I would LIKE this comment Rodey.

        2. gvsualumni says:

          Rodey is on fire today.

        3. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Thanks Tim. Just stating the facts. Fantastic.

        4. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Rodey er I mean fixxxer is on some heavy duty MEDS, however you may still need to up the dose!!!!

        5. fixxxer says:

          rodey, jordan, deb and rocky are all the same person.

        6. Jack says:

          You Fix…are 100 percent..Correct !! Plus add a FEW MORE…One never KnOwS…Correct ?….Lol… Stay cued…..4 more…Enlightenment……BINGO!!! ;-)

  13. Nathan says:

    Tomorrow is the 10 year anniversary of the 2003 ice storm!!

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      I drove down to UofM from MSU at the start of that storm. We went sailing the next day =) My dry suit came in handy that weekend.

  14. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    It love that the warm weather nuts have trying to tell us for about 5 weeks now that winter is winding down, the warm up is on the way, Spring is just around the corner, the SNOW is over! Too funny and stop living in fantasy land. I had fresh snow in my yard the last two mornings and temps in the low to mid 20′s Keep it coming!!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      I love that a couple of cold weather nuts have been trying to tell us for 5 weeks now that a snowstorm is coming, Spring isn’t here. More SNOW is coming. Too funny and stop living in fantasy land. I have had bare ground for 2 weeks now. More Spring weather is on the way. Keep it coming. Fantastic. I love it. Etc. etc. etc.

      1. kevin. w says:

        You forgot rock and roll baby and your list like the other guys gives why were going to winter coming…blah…blah..bllah…spring IS here…

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Fixxxer still having trouble facing reality I see!! ROCK n ROLL will never die baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Rocky still refuses to face winter being over and no snowstorms for 8 months. Rock and Roll died a long time ago. Get used to it. Fantastic. I love it.

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          fixxxer still refuses not to use many different aliases!

        3. fixxxer says:

          in case you haven’t learned i don’t use other names on here.

    2. suehelen says:

      Well, it is April, Rocky. I would hope that winter is dying down. There are a lot of farmers who would like to start getting their fields ready to plant. I’m really sorry if spring is going to screw up your snowmobiling fun.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Snowmobiling is almost over, however skiing will last into May this season!!! I don’t see how it could get better than that!!!!

        1. Barry in Zeeland says:

          Sorry, but just got back from Houghton and all the ski resorts are CLOSED for the season. Your going to have to go skiing down in the gullies.

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          I think there’s a few ski areas that will be open this weekend. Ski Brule is usually the first to open and the last to close. Check out the camera there: http://skibrule.com/view.cfm

  15. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Models remain jumpy, but CPC remains confident in warm temps next week and beyond in today’s update. As others have said, hopefully it’s not the kiss of death.

    Lakes have unfroze here the past week. It was funny seeing the southern birds migrate here and sit on the ice because they didn’t know what to do.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      … or the WXYZ kiss of death. Either one works.

      Look at their graphics now… One says 54° for the 9th and the other say 65° for the SAME DAY, what a joke.
      http://www.wxyz.com/subindex/weather/forecast/7_day_forecast

  16. Tyler says:

    This year reminds me of the Spring of 1996. Hey Bill was it a late greenup down in Grand Rapids that year if you remember?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Sure was…all 3 spring months were cooler than average. March was 5.7 deg. below avg. April was 3.0 below average and May was 1.9 below average. We did have 3 days in April that made it into the 70s. We had a 28-degree low on May 13th that damaged some of the blossoms, but it could have been worse. The blossoms came out a little late that spring.

      1. Nathan says:

        Bill did you memorize all that or look it up?!

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          I knew it was cool in the spring of ’96, but I looked up the numbers.

  17. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    fixxxer has multiple personalities and they are all negative and living in fantasy land!!!!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Rocky has no personality and lives in fantasy land. Fantastic. I love it. Get used to it. Etc etc etc

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        If this comment wasn’t coming form fixxxer it would almost be funny :)

  18. Tim from Zeeland says:

    I was in Great Lakes training center for the US Navy back in 1982. That center is on the north side of Chicago. In that I started basic near the end of March we were not given winter gear. The first week of April had two snow storms that hit, each putting about 6 to 9 inches of snow. They had us out shoveling snow with little white towels wrapped round our faces to keep warm. April can be so much fun at times.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      My mother did USO shows for Great Lakes (and Ft. Sheridan) during WWII. My mother could really sing, dance and play piano.

      1. Tim from Zeeland says:

        It’s people like your mother that helped win the war. People soon forget the little things that made the hard times better. She too can be counted as one that served this great nation.

  19. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    We have a ton of COLD and SNOW left this Spring. Get ready and get used to it people! COLD and SNOW rules! FANTASTIC and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      We have a ton of warmth and some rain for this Spring. Get used to it people. Warmth rules for the next 7 months. I love it. Fantastic. Etc etc etc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        COLD and SNOW is on the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I love the forecast low temps for the next 5 days! Four out of the next five days temps at or below freezing! Keep it coming and I may be skiing till May this year!!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      I love the forecast high temps for the next 7 days. Five out of the seven days temps at or above 50 degrees. Keep it coming. I will be grilling until December this year. Fantastic. I love it.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        fixxxer do you really like temps around 50 degrees? Interesting because you usually whine and complain when temperatures are below 85 degrees!!

        1. fixxxer says:

          Why do you keep mentioning my name rj? I dont have multiple screen names on here, never have.

  21. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The 3 to 8 day DGEX shows NWL MI picking up 15 to 30 inches of SNOW!!Amazing, who knew? This could be the best Spring season this century!!

  22. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    I only made it to 36.7° here today. There are still a few patches of snow/ice on our deck, and some patches of snow in the field beside my house. It’s just nice that everything is finally drying out with the sun and wind.

    I’m going to Lawrenceburg, IN (extreme SE Indiana) on Saturday, and the forecast is for middle 60′s. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt temps that warm, it may even feel like a mini “heat wave”.

  23. Dan says:

    I find it almost hilarious that some have difficulty with what other’s post. All the weather, whether its warm, cold or somewhere in between, is FANTASTIC! Last I checked, this is still a weather blog, right? So is it goung to snow or get warm?

    1. Jack says:

      LIKE…..QUE,SERA,SERA…. ;-)

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Rock on Dan. You are the man! fixxxer just can’t stand it that someone actually likes COLD and SNOW. He just has a hard time dealing with it and he really struggles dealing with someone that is actually positive about the weather. It is a strange concept for some people to grasp!!

  24. Nathan says:

    As expected, the jet stream won’t be far north enough to give us warm weather next week… Just rain and cold…

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Imagine that! Who knew? Some of that those cold temps will translate to more SNOW especially for NW Lower MI!! Bring it on!!!

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        Wow no snowstorm. Imagine that. Who knew? Fantastic.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          WOW fixxxer at his worst!

        2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Wow, Rocky at his lamest. I love it. Fantastic. Thanks for listening.

  25. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Back home in Zeeland again! Made the drive from Houghton in 7 hours and 39 minutes. Not bad, and yes we were HAULING though the U.P. Nice to see nothing but bare ground again. I don’t think the snow pack up in Houghton will be gone till July, but it’s a dirty and hard as cement snow pack. Once we were past Munising the snow pack really decreased rapidly, and by the time your a little ways past the bridge there’s more bare ground than there is snow, at least along the highway. Now my son just has to decide if he’s going to Michigan Tech or not. Going to be a lot of driving if he does………going to hit the 6 hour mark!!

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Iam sure it will be gone before July but if April stays cold there very well could snow piles into May…
      SlimJim

  26. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The long range GFS shows plenty of SNOW chances well into mid April! FANTASTIC!!

  27. Rodey (Rockford) says:

    Fantastic news. The long range GFS shows a nice steady warm up with some rain chances. Spring is here. I love it. Fantastic.

  28. steelie says:

    Good Day,

    CPC still has us with warmer/above average temps in both the 6-10 and 8-14 day outlooks:

    http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov

    Steelie

    1. Mr. Negative says:

      Nope…

  29. Uncle Sparkee says:

    Well well all my little weather hobos! My crazy ass nephew Indy is taking your ol uncle sparks to see the Detroit cowboy tomorrow. I haven’t been down to the big city lights in over 30 years. Your ol aunty Edna said I better leave the MEDICATION home. Well well I got a little card that says different. If I’m going to a live county gig, u know the smokies will be a flowin!!

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Have fun at the Kid’s show (rock on) I also will be there (working)
      SlimJim

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Rock n Roll will never die! ROCK ON BABY!!

  30. Nathan says:

    I just realized my profile picture is still snow!!! :p (Ill change it tomorrow)
    And btw, my favorite storm of all time has its 10 year anniversary tomorrow!!!!!

    1. Jack says:

      WHY??? Is a ICE STORM….Your Favorite…Nathan….. Just asking …. ;-)

  31. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Bill, tomorrow is the anniversary of the super tornado outbreak. Are you going to create a sweet thread for that.

  32. Jerry hoag says:

    HEY INDY IT IS TOTALLY COOL WITH THE CAPS, I WILL USE THEM TOO. IT WILL WARM UP AND STORMS AND RAIN ON THE WAY SOOOOOON, I CAN’T WAIT!!!

  33. INDY says:

    LIKE IT JERRY HOAG!! BILLS LOVES INDY AND CAPS ON HIS BLOGG HE WILL POST IN CAPS THIS SUMMER WHEN WE HAVE SOME SEVERE WEATHER WATCHES OR TORNADOES COMING!!4 SURE!!! OHHHHH BOY UNCLE SPARKEY IS COMING IN TOWN TOMOROWW LOOK OUT WE ARE GOING TO SEE KID ROCK SHOULD BE A GOOD SHOW!!! STAY TUNED INDYY..

    1. Jack says:

      INDY….U AND UNCLE S…..HAVE FFFFFUUUUUUNNNN…..BURN BABY BURN !!!!!!!! BE SAFE….TELL KID HIGH FROM …. ME…STAY CUED!!!! ;-)

    2. Undyy says:

      Ahhh yes. Kids will be kids. Like telling a child not to pick his nose. The more you tell him not too the more he does. That’s because their brains are not totally developed yet. As they get older it will change. So give these little ones some time as they grow up mentally they will change.

      1. Jack says:

        Undyy….You are KIDDING…Right ? If not your Brain, is still UNDYY..Developed. !! ;-)

  34. Kimoeagle says:

    I also remember the “April Fool’s blizzard of 1975. I was working at ORD (O’Hare Field) for Flying Tigers at the time, and westher quickly worsened the evening of the 1st (Note: it had yet to hit GRR).The amount of snowfall was not bad,(10+”) but the Force 9-10 winds accompanying the snow closed the airport down. My GM thought that, since he was from NE Ohio, he could drive on home, no big problem. (Heh.) Also being from NE Ohio, I bet against him. (Heh.) Half an hour later, he trudged back to the offices after leaving the car in a drift down near the ING facilities. Since my GM was a Scot, he didn’t admit to his error readily, but he quietly paid up the next day! ;-) Oddly enough, the weather turned mild within the next 48 hours.

  35. fixxxer says:

    wow lots of pinerest escapees posting on here lately.

  36. fixxxer says:

    Btw where has charles been? He seems to be MIA.

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