Record heat and the worst blizzard 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 January 28.
1906 – Saginaw had a record high temperature of 47°. For all the record highs recorded in the month of January, this temperature was the lowest. All other record high temperatures for the month varied between 50 and 62 degrees. Muskegon also sets a record of 50° on this day.
1977 – Buffalo, New York is hit with the worst blizzard in its history. Meanwhile, lake effect snow squalls also pummel areas in western Lower Michigan with more than a foot of fresh snow being piled into huge drifts by strong winds. Grand Rapids sets a new daily record snowfall with 6.0” and Muskegon 10.1”.
The daily weather map in the slideshow on the left side of the article shows the position of the storm as is moved across the Great Lakes. I included the handwritten notes from the top of the map, “Most severe blizzard on record Ohio, western Pa, Western NY, W Va later in day woxos+bs, temp drop 25-35° to near 0° in 2 hr, gusts 50-60 mph. Total snowfall only 2-6in most places however” For the non-weather geeks reading this, the code “woxos+bs” means indefinite ceiling zero, sky obscured, visibility zero, heavy snow and blowing snow. In other words, this is a really bad storm and an interesting step back in time.