Severe thunderstorms and heavy snow top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center archives here are the Michigan weather events that happened on December 23.
1941 – Lower Michigan is in the midst of a three day spell of mild weather with highs in the 50s from the 22nd to the 24th. The high temperature at Muskegon on this date is a record 54°.
1989 – Temperatures fall to record lows of -5° at Muskegon and -11° at Grand Rapids during the coldest December on record at both sites.
2004 – A strong storm system lifted northeast out of eastern Texas and moved through the Ohio Valley. Snow tapered off by early afternoon with most locations receiving between 6 to 10 inches. Strong northerly winds to 30 mph, and up to 45 mph near Lake Huron, also caused blizzard conditions with significant blowing and drifting of snow. Here are some of the higher snowfall totals: Burton 7.5 inches (Genesee), Caseville 8.0 inches (Huron), Dryden 7.5 inches (Lapeer), Deerfield 9.0 inches (Lenawee), New Baltimore 9.0 inches (Macomb), Dundee 8.0 inches (Monroe), Bloomfield Hills 9.3 inches (Oakland), Saline 8.2 inches (Washtenaw), Romulus 8.8 inches (Wayne), and Port Huron 10.0 inches (St Clair).
2007 – A powerful storm moving across the Great Lakes produced strong wind between roughly 4 AM and 7 AM on December 23.
Numerous trees and power lines were toppled by the wind and the National Weather Service reports the following wind gusts:
78 mph in Muskegon
71 mph in Greenville
70 mph near Lawton
67 mph in Kalamazoo
64 mph in Grand Rapids
Click this link to see a radar loop of the storms.
See the slideshow on the left side of the story for images of the day.