Yes, indeed, today is the 179th birthday of the magnificent state of Michigan, and while it is late in the day, we are going to celebrate it and provide a little history of our part of the country.
Here’s a fun video from “Seeking Michigan” giving an overview of the origins of the 26th state in our union:
This is also the anniversary date of the great blizzard of 1978 – a year I remember well. I was a Junior at Calvin College and newly engaged to my bride-to-be. I was still living with my parents on Kenowa Ave. across from Fennessy Lake and the drifts on our road seemed to reach 15 ft.! I recall being “socked in” for days – exciting at the time!
“Michigan in Pictures” featured this blizzard today and provided (in part) this story (read the rest at the link provided:
Today is Michigan’s 179th birthday, but it’s also the anniversary of one of the most significant storms to ever hit the state, the Great Blizzard of 1978. There’s a cool video below with a lot of photos from the storm (thanks Steve for sharing). William Deedler’s article A Great Storm is Upon Michigan says in part:
While there are several contenders for the worst blizzard ever to hit the Great Lakes in relatively modern times (since 1870 when records began in Detroit), the immense and intense Blizzard of January 26-27th 1978 must rank at or near the top along with the Great White Hurricane of 1913 (my link) with its similar track and powerfulness.
Local Meteoriologist Bill Steffen also featured it on his blog today, making these opening comments:
Today is Blizzard Anniversary Day (38th anniversary of the Blizzard of ’78 and 49th anniversary of the Blizzard of ’67 – see thread below). The Blizzard of 1978 ranks as the #1 snowstorm ever for Grand Rapids and much of Lower Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The barometer reading of 28.28″ in Cleveland still ranks as the lowest non-hurricane barometer reading in U.S. history.