I have lived in Michigan my whole life. It is a very beautiful state, with thousands of lakes, rivers and creeks and with millions of acres of deep woods and forests. Both of our peninsulas are almost completely surrounded by 4 of the 5 Great Lakes. For those people who have never visited Michigan or … More Weather Stories
When my daughter, Tara, was 6, we drove from our Flushing Township home to get groceries at the Meijer’s store that was approximately 7 miles away. It was a very hot and muggy August day but I didn’t know our area was under a tornado watch at that time. My mother was pulling weeds out … More Weather Story 1 – Tornado, Sulfur and Hail, Oh My!
Tara had been in a summer softball league for several years and when she was 10 and playing at one of the ball diamonds only a few miles from our house, the weather again turned ugly and one of the coaches was told that a tornado warning had been issued for our area. So as … More Weather Story 2 – Tara Finally Sees a Tornado
Tara’s first remembered experience with bad weather occurred when she was a little more than 2 years old in September 1985. We had just recently moved into a 2-story duplex house with a large enclosed yard. The house was behind a business that had a very tall metal light pole between their lot and our … More Weather Story 3 – The Longest Sleepless Night
Winter storms in Michigan have drastically changed since I was a little kid in the late 1950s and 1960s. It was normal then to get frequent snowstorms with 8 to 10 inches or more of snow each time throughout every winter. One winter blizzard impressively caused a huge snow drift to pile up on the … More Weather Story 4 – The Scruffy Man
On a Friday night in January 1975 when I was 19, my boyfriend, Mike, and I went on a double-date with his good friend, Dar, and his girlfriend, Sally. Because I was the only one with a working car, I had to drive from Flushing Township to Flint Township where Mike lived, and then out … More Weather Story 5 – Snowplow, Get Out of My Way!
When Tara was 4 1/2 years old, Santa Claus delivered her first sled for Christmas. It was the coolest little red sled. It looked sleek and racy, with 2 white handles on each side for her to steer and brake with. She eagerly waited for lots of snow so that she could finally go sledding … More Weather Story 6 – How Tara Gave Her Mother Gray Hair
When my best friend in high school, Jan, turned 16 a year before I did and got her driver’s license, her parents bought her a brand new Chevy Vega. It was very nice having a best friend with a license AND a car. One Friday night in October 1971, we went to the football game … More Weather Story 7 – What Do You Mean There’s a Car In Our Lane?
The land lays low for a couple of miles in any direction surrounding our house in Flushing Township and there is also Armstrong Creek, a very long, snake of a creek that wanders in loops all around us and Genesee County. So those two situations mean our area is very prone to dense fogs several … More Weather Story 8 – The Foggy, Foggy Night