Southeast Michigan Weather History

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On December 25, 2000, Christmas morning dawned clear and frigid, with a morning low of 13 degrees below zero at Flint, setting an all-time mark for the month of December (the old record was -12 on Dec 23, 1989). Saginaw reached 3 degrees below zero. Three nights later, Flint would give the new record a run for its money, coming up just short with a low of -11 on the 28th (this was still a new record for the day). Saginaw fell to 5 below zero on the 28th. The arctic weather would take a toll on pipes. Both Ypsilanti High School and Chelsea High School had pipes burst over Christmas weekend, damaging classrooms. Several buildings on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor had similar ruptures,including the School of Dentistry and Wolverine Tower. The cold also hampered shipping interests. Ice formation was extremely rapid on the Great Lakes and the connecting waterways. Several freighters got stuck in ice on both the Detroit River and Lake St Clair, blocking the shipping channel and bringing dozens of ships to a halt. Icebreaker assistance was needed to free the freighters. This arctic outbreak helped to seal December 2000 into the records with the 4th coldest December in Detroit, and the second coldest December for both Flint and Saginaw.

Also on December 25, 1982, record daily high temperatures of 64, 65, and 63 degrees were respectively set in Detroit, Flint, and Saginaw. This made for a record warm Christmas Day in 1982! Curiously enough, the very next year in 1983, the record low for Christmas was set with -10 at Detroit!

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