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An arctic blast, heavy snow and thunderstorms

Almanac 7 January 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 7 January 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

An arctic blast, heavy snow and thunderstorms 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 January 7.

1912 - Marquette failed to reach for a high temperature.

1942 - Record cold high temperatures occur as arctic high pressure prevails. The high temperature is only at Grand Rapids, 6° at Muskegon and Alpena, and at Detroit. At Lansing and Flint, the thermometer struggles to reach the zero mark during the day, with a frigid northwest wind making it feel even colder. Sault Ste. Marie only sees a high temperature of a brutal -5°.

1986 - Flint experienced a record low of -10° for that day.

1988 - An arctic blast brings several days of subzero cold to Lower Michigan, including record lows this morning of -15° at Grand Rapids and -11° at Muskegon.

1994 - Menominee had a snowstorm that dumped 31.5 inches January 6-7th while Houghton had 32.4 inches of snow from January 5th-7th, 1994.

1997 - Low pressure moved northeast from Iowa on the morning of Jan 4 to northern Lake Huron on the morning of the 5th. Heavy snow overspread the west half of Upper Michigan during the morning of the 4th. East of Iron Mountain and Marquette, a mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow fell. Between midnight and 6 am on the 5th, the synoptic scale snow ended and lake effect snow from Lake Superior developed. Cold northerly winds over the relatively warmer waters of Lake Superior kept the lake effect snow going until the morning of the 7th. Then, high pressure moved in cutting off the north winds and lake effect snows. The highest snow totals were 38 inches at Phoenix in Keweenaw County, 29 inches at Wakefield in Gogebic County and 25 inches at Ontonagon and Houghton. Other snow totals were Shingleton with 19 inches, Munising 17 inches, Watton 16 inches, Chassell 17 inches, Two Heart 14 inches, Negaunee 23 inches, Marquette had 21 inches.

1999 - Arctic air behind a passing cold front along with strong northwest winds set up lake effect snow bands over northeast Alger County. Grand Marais reported 12.0 inches of snow and Melstrand received 10.5 inches. The combination of cold air and strong winds pushed wind chill readings down to 30 to 40 below zero.

2008 - Record highs were set across Southeast Michigan. Detroit reached 64°, Flint 61°, and Saginaw 59°. These temperatures were only 3 to 4 degrees off of the all-time January high temperatures. Later during the evening, thunderstorms moved across the region. Some of these storms were severe in Midland, Washtenaw and Monroe Counties! Since 1986 only two other Januarys have had severe weather, 1990 and 1996. Record highs were also set in West Michigan with Grand Rapids seeing 63°, Lansing 62° and Muskegon 58°.

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