Michigan and the Great Lakes

Extreme Michigan Weather

The Wild World of the Great Lakes State
Paul Gross
Decades of weather information for twenty-two cities, plus descriptions of Michigan's weather extremes


Don't like the weather in Michigan? Wait ten minutes.

It's an old joke, but one that shows how temperamental the weather in the Great Lakes State can be—and how much the residents enjoy talking about it. Paul Gross, a popular Detroit television meteorologist, shows readers exactly how extreme the weather in Michigan can be, from heat waves to bitter snows, ice storms to tornadoes, floods to high winds.

Gross delves into the mysteries of extreme weather, explaining how the state's harshest extremes and biggest storms come to be, helping readers to understand and truly appreciate what greets them when they step outside each day. Weather in Michigan is memorable—nearly everyone can remember when an ice storm knocked out power for a week, when lightning hit a tree nearby, a snowstorm interrupted big plans, or record high temperatures allowed people to play golf in January. This is an opportunity to understand how those things are possible.

In addition to an exploration of the state's weather extremes, Gross also provides detailed weather data (daily record highs, lows, precipitation and snowfall) from twenty-two cities around the state, allowing you to see just how normal—or unusual—the day's weather might be.

Cover photo: Tornado crosses Black Lake, fifteen miles southeast of Cheboygan, October 18, 2007. Courtesy of Dr. Nathan and Sheri Krinsky.

Paul Gross is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist who works as a broadcast meteorologist for WDIV-TV, Detroit, Michigan.

Visit Paul Gross's website and the Extreme Michigan Weather Facebook page.

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News, Reviews, Interviews

Listen: Feature on Jack Lessenbery's Essays and Interviews Blog 3/11/2011

Listen: Author Interview with The Morning Show, WGVU | 7/5/2010

Listen: Author Interview with 1130 AM WDFN | MP3 | 6/29/2010

Listen: UMP Author Podcast Series: Paul Gross | MP3 | 6/1/2010

Author, Paul Gross's Views on:

Read: Review | Partners Book Blog | 6/30/2010

Read: Review | Heritage Newspapers | 6/26/2010

Read: Review | AnnArbor.com | 6/23/2010

Read: Q&A with Paul Gross | PDF | 6/1/2010

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Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 196pp.
  • 19 color illustrations; 8 tables.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2010
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-03413-0

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  • $24.95 U.S.



  • Tornado, Snow, Ice Storm, Flood, Heat Wave, Cold Wave, Global Warming