Michigan Historical Museum - Lake EffectsDate: October 05, 2013 - August 24, 2014
Time: All Day Event
Location: 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48915
Michigan weatherever-changing, often surprising.
Our new special exhibit takes its name from a familiar Michigan weather occurrence, lake-effect precipitation. Cold winds blowing over a warm Great Lake can bring "lake-effect" rain or snow up to 100 miles inland.
Lake Effects highlights some of the significant weather events in Michigan's past and looks at the influence of weather on inventions, crops, work, recreation and everyday life in the Great Lakes State. You'll also learn about the science behind Michigan weather.
Discover more about these weather events:
- The September 1881 fires that swept through the Thumb region, burning more than a million acres.
- The Storm of 1913, whose hurricane-force winds, snow and ice over Lake Huron led to the loss of 12 ships and their crews.
- The Heatwave of 1936, the first time since temperature record-keeping began in the 19th century that Detroit experienced two consecutive days of triple-digit weather.
- The 1953 Flint-Beecher tornado that left a 27-mile path of death and destruction in Genesee County.
- The Blizzard of 1978 that dumped up to 34 inches of snow in some parts of the state.
The special exhibit extends into the museum's long-term exhibit galleries, with special labels pointing out the role of weather in Michigan history from pre-historic times to the 1970s.
Beginning in December, the second Saturday of every month will feature family-oriented activities examining the science of weather. Check out our calendar of events and look for events with the Lake Effects logo.
More ways to learn about and enjoy Lake Effects:
- Visit the Michigan Historical Museum on Facebook for upcoming artifact and exhibit photos, plus an opportunity to add your own weather stories and photos.
- Go on a video exhibit tour with Michigan Historical Center director Sandra Clark.
- Listen to a WKAR Radio interview with the exhibit curator Maria Quinlan Leiby.
The Michigan Historical Museumflagship of the Michigan Historical Museum Systemis located in the east wing of the Michigan Library and Historical Center. Sunday admission and weekend parking are free. Read more Michigan Historical Museum visitor information.
We invite you to explore our online calendar, where you'll find all Michigan Historical Center events throughout the state.