Early Season Snowfall in G.R.September 18th, 2013 at 1:09 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The earliest we’ve seen snow in G.R. was Sept. 15, 1927. We’ve seen snow flurries in G. R. six times in September, most recently on Sept. 30, 2003. The earliest measurable snowfall was Oct. 7, 2000. That fall the next measurable snow didn’t come until Nov. 13th. However, it came (relatively) fast and furious after that and G.R. wound up with 23″ of snow for the month! The last measurable snow that winter was on April 17th and we wound up with a healthy 98.1″ of snow for the winter. The biggest daily October snow in G. R. was 8.2″ on 10/27/67 (same year as the blizzard of 1/26/67). We had 4.5″ of snow on 10/19/1989. Up to 8″ of wet snow fell in northern Kent Co. that day and I remember knocking snow off bushes and trees with a hockey stick. The earliest +1″ of snow in Muskegon was on Oct. 12, 2006. G.R. received 10.4″ of snow on 11/3/1991. We really got slammed in 1951 with 5.8″ on the 4th, 6.4″ on the 6th and 7.6″ on the 7th. That was the snowiest year ever in G.R. with 132″ at the airport and 144″ downtown. The average date of the first measurable snow in G.R. is Nov. 9th. (Graphic from NOAA).