On March 9, 2002, A very strong cold front moved across southeast Michigan during the late afternoon hours of the 9th. A line of showers developed along the cold front. Very strong winds and brief heavy rain were associated with these showers. Behind the line of showers, powerful winds brought much colder air into the region. A low pressure system, which moved across the northern Great Lakes during the afternoon of the 9th, strengthened during the evening as it moved northeast of the region. This allowed the strong
winds to continue into the early morning hours of the 10th. In addition to the winds, temperatures dropped from readings in the 50s during the early afternoon of the 9th, to the 20s by late evening. Wind gusts measured between 60 and 70 MPH affected southeast Michigan during the passage of the cold front. Winds as high as 50 to 60 MPH continued into the night.
Hundreds of trees, power lines and utility poles were blown down across southeast Michigan. Falling trees caused
damage to several homes throughout the region. High winds also tore roofing material and siding off of many homes and businesses including Bentley High School in Burton and Ida Elementary in Monroe. A few cars were also struck by falling trees and branches. An estimated 180,000 homes and businesses across southeast Michigan lost power due many powers lines being blown down.
Also on March 9, 1987 the greatest 24 hour temperature drop
occurred at Detroit. The temperature fell from 74 degrees on 3/8/87 at 3pm in Detroit, to 23 degrees (a 51 degree drop) on 3/9/87 at 1 pm.
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