Record Rainfall, Record Highs

Posted at 9:08 PM, Jan 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-29 21:08:18-05

WEST MICHIGAN — (FOX 17) — The calendar indicated it was January 29, but based on temperatures and precipitation type, it seemed more like April.

Heavy rain fell across much of West Michigan during the day and into the evening hours. This map shows some of the rainfall totals so far Tuesday. Muskegon shattered their rainfall record for January 29. The old record was 0.73″ set in 2006. In Grand Rapids, we’re well on the way. The current total of 0.87″ is just under the record of 0.94″ set in 2006. There is no doubt that by midnight, Grand Rapids will have established a new record for rainfall as well. All of West Michigan is under a flood watch through Wednesday. Heavy rain, coupled with snow melt, is creating some river flooding as well as some flooding on the roads.

In addition to record rainfall, some record highs were set as well. The high in Muskegon was 57 degrees, handily beating the old record of 54 set in 1914. Lansing broke a record as well. The high there was 56, eclipsing the old record of 54 set in 1932. In Grand Rapids, the high temperature so far has been 57, just short of the record high of 59 set in 1914.

Rain will continue overnight tonight, and the rain could be heavy at times. For the latest look at radar, visit our weather page at