This Day in Southeast Michigan Weather History ...
On November 12, 2003, a cold front ahead of a rapidly deepening low pressure system tracked across the area late in the evening on the 12th. Temperatures soared into the lower 60s during the afternoon hours. A line of showers and thunderstorms ahead of the cold front produced widespread 60 mph winds or greater, along with the one tornado, rated F1, just west of Akron in Tuscola County.
This same strong low pressure system then moved across the straits on the evening of the 12th, moving into Ontario overnight as it deepened. The storm produced wind gusts between 50 and 60 MPH across all of Southeast Michigan. In addition, there were even a few wind gusts reported between 60 and 88 mph. The highest wind gust was reported by a spotter in Dexter who recorded an 88 mph gust. An estimated 250,000 customers lost power in southeast
Michigan, as widespread trees and power lines were blown down at a cost of about 21 million dollars in damage.
Also on November 12, 1911, a 24-hour temperature range of 49 degrees was recorded. The temperature at midnight was 65 degrees, at 6am was 30 degrees, at noon was 20 degrees and fell to a low of 16 degrees at 11pm.