Yes Patty, I am familiar with your area. My parents took me there more than once. The temperature swings are not unusual for Michigan. We lived in East Lansing when there was a very stormy spring night and the temperature went from below freezing to ninety degrees in just a few hours. That night my husband and I took the baby out into the car so we could really watch the storm. It was spectacular!
I was babysitting the day the big tornado hit Flint. The child I was caring for refused to look at the sky after she first saw the clouds. I have always wondered if she knew that storm was going to happen.
Michigan weather is considerably more tempestuous than is the weather here in Washington State. I think the ranges of mountains serve to moderate the weather. We rarely have thunderstorms. We do have some wind storms. They take down the really weak trees. The root systems of the evergreens is generally fairly shallow and flat so those trees come down fairly easily.
Once in a fairly great while we will get a typhoon, (the Pacific version of a hurricane). I saw one when we lived in Eugene, Oregon. That was fascinating. We do have our interesting weather events. Not as many as you have, but they are interesting when they happen.
See you later.
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