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A long thaw, thunderstorms and heavy snow

Almanac 16 February 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 16 February 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

A long thaw, thunderstorms and heavy snow 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 16.

1875 - This marks the thirteenth day in a row of overnight low temperatures of 0 degrees or below in southeast Michigan!

1981 - Lower Michigan is in the midst of a long period of thawing weather with lows above freezing and highs mostly in the 50s from the 16th to the 20th.

2000 - A snowstorm that began on the 15th ended on the 16th. A storm system from the Northern Plains moved across the southern Great Lakes Region, spreading snow over the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Schools and businesses closed and some roadways were temporarily blocked. Periods of heavy snow occurred during the storm with accumulation rates of more than an inch an hour at times, reducing visibility to less than a quarter of a mile in falling snow. Snowfall totals from the storm reached 12 inches at Wetmore, 11 inches in Watersmeet, Ironwood, Champion and Gwinn, 10 inches in Negaunee, Iron Mountain, Crystal Falls, Manistique and Amasa, 9 inches in Bruce Crossing and 8 inches in Escanaba.

2006 - From the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) archives a line of strong to severe thunderstorms moved across the Midwest with large hail and damaging wind. There was one reported tornado in Illinois. In Edwardsburg Michigan, at 6:45 PM, hail of 88” in diameter was reported and several trees came down.