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Blizzard of 1967

Eleven years to the day before “The Great Blizzard of 1978,” a massive winter storm of historic proportion engulfed the upper Midwest and brought much of southern lower Michigan to a standstill. Folks called it “The ’67 Storm.”

Floods in Kalamazoo

Heavy spring rains and runoff from melting snow have submerged Kalamazoo's lowland areas since the 1800s, including the great flood of 1904, called the “worst flood ever known in the history of the city.”

The Great Blizzard of 1978

Two years before Kalamazoo’s devastating 1980 tornado, a storm of a different sort brought much of the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions to a standstill. People still refer to this historic winter storm as the Great Blizzard of 1978.


On Tuesday, 13 May 1980, a tornado struck the heart of Kalamazoo, Michigan. First touching down at 4 pm eight miles west of the city limits, it rapidly moved eastward through downtown until it dissipated east of the city at 4:25 pm...

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