Tornadoes, record snow and chilly highs top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the Michigan weather events that happened on November 27.
1930 – What a difference a week makes. After record highs in the 70s only a week before, temperatures plunge to record low levels. For the low temperatures the following records are established, Lansing 5°, Detroit 9°, and Flint 4°. Even more cities have record cool highs for the day, Grand Rapids only observes a high of 15°, Lansing 16°, Alpena 18°, Detroit 18°, Houghton Lake 17°, and Sault Ste. Marie9°.
1989 – Severe weather strikes Lower Michigan with downburst winds and tornadoes. A tornado did a quarter million dollars of damage as it cut a six mile path south of Portland in Ionia County. Another tornado caused minor damage over a three mile long path south of Durand in Shiawassee County.
2001 – A daily record snowfall of 19.2 inches of snow and 2.16 inches of record liquid water equivalent occurred at WFO Marquette. The heavy wet snow brought down some trees and caused power outages over the higher terrain of north central Upper Michigan.
2007 – Wind gusts in excess of 65 mph were measured at the Munising ASOS at 930 am and at the Grand Marais GLOS site at 1040 am during the wind event. Throughout much of Munising, large trees and power lines were knocked down across roadways or driveways, blocking traffic and/or causing minor damage. Debris from homes including roofing shingles, corrugated plastic sheeting and trim from windows and doors littered Munising streets. The strong winds also toppled a large spruce tree onto the side of the Bowerman Funeral Home on Superior Street. A few minor accidents were attributed to the poor visibility brought on by the lake effect snow and blowing snow accompanying the storm. Eleven miles southwest of Munising, numerous trees were toppled along Sixteen-Mile Road. A 32-inch diameter hemlock tree was snapped in half five miles east-northeast of Pequaming. An 18-inch red pine and 24-inch white pine were snapped at the bases in Baraga County. An intense low pressure system moving over Lake Superior in the morning produced strong, gusty northerly winds and lake effect snow in its wake across the west and central Lake Superior shoreline areas of Upper Michigan. Snow and northwest winds gusting to 40 mph combined to reduce visibility to one half mile or less at Ironwood in the early morning hours. Classes were delayed two hours at both the Wakefield-Marenisco and Watersmeet schools while the morning kindergarten class at Wakefield-Marenisco was cancelled. Girls basketball games in Ironwood and Wakefield-Marenisco were cancelled as well. Downed trees and power lines were reported throughout the region as well as other property damage. Brief blizzard conditions in lake effect snow and blowing snow were also reported.