The Early Snow of 1951September 3rd, 2014 at 8:08 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The summer of 1951 was the only summer (in more than 120 years of record), when we have not had a 90° day in Grand Rapids. Tomorrow, we have a slim chance of inching up to 90° and that may be our last shot. The warmest temperature of this summer and of the summer of 1951 was 89°.
Heavy snow came early in the fall of 1951. More than two feet of snow fell in downtown Grand Rapids in the first 8 days of November. Measurable snow fell on each of those days, with 5.8″ on the 3rd, 4.4″ on the 4th, 6.4″ on the 6th and 7.6″ on the 7th. There was a foot of snow on the ground in downtown Grand Rapids the morning of the 8th and “drifts were considerably greater”. Low temperatures were in the teens from the 2nd to the 6th. By the 13th, the temperature was back above 60 degrees (a heavy thunderstorm that day flooded streets and basements), but the month did wind up 5.6 colder than average, with a total of 30″ of snowfall. The downtown weather station set record low temperatures on the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 9th. The airport weather station had five consecutive record low temperatures from the 2nd through the 6th, including +6° on the 5th and +9° on the 6th. The heavy snow continued in December with 51.3″ measured at the downtown weather station. The snow was 22″ deep (not counting drifts) on Christmas Day. That winter was the snowiest winter ever in Grand Rapids with 144″ downtown and 132″ for the season at the (old) Kent County Airport. (picture courtesy of the G.R. Public Library).
Also: Barrow, AK, set a new record snowfall total for Sept 2 with 4.4″; Fairbanks, AK had 2.24″ of rain, more than 2 times the average total for the entire month of September!