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A damaged dam, arctic air and near blizzard conditions

Almanac 6 February 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 6 February 2014 Click on image for a larger viewGrand Rapids Weather Examiner

A damaged dam, arctic air and near blizzard conditions top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on February 6.

1895 - Lower Michigan is in the midst of a week long siege of arctic air. High temperatures struggle through the single numbers while morning lows fall well below zero. Lansing falls to -14° on this date after lows of -24° on the 4th and -20° on the 5th. Grand Rapids hits -9° after falling to -16° on the 5th. Grand Rapids only recovers to above for a high temperature.

1938 - The weight of ice and water carried away the west side of the Rouge river dam at Childsdale. The Souffrow Bridge near North Belmont was closed to traffic as its footing had been swept away by the river. Several houses along the east bank of the Grand River were flooded.

2008 - Near blizzard conditions occur across part of Lower Michigan with snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour. More than a foot of snow fell north of Interstate 96 to Route 10. Further south, a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain occurred from Kalamazoo to Jackson. The storm drops 8.1 inches of snow at Grand Rapids contributing to the snowiest February on record with 41.6 inches. Lansing receives a record 8.2 inches and Muskegon observes a record tying 8.8 inches of snow. Most of Southeast Michigan is hit by this same snowstorm. Widespread amounts ranged from 6 inches across central Livingston, Oakland and Macomb Counties to greater than 10 inches for all of the Flint (12.4 inches), Tri Cities (12.0 inches at Tri Cities Airport) and Thumb regions. Areas across the southern Saginaw River Valley were dumped with 16 to 18 inches of snow from southwest Saginaw to Birch Run to Vassar.