Balmy highs, an ice storm, and the coldest temperature ever 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 December 22.
1872 - The temperature dropped to -24° degrees overnight in Detroit. This temperature reading is unofficially the lowest temperature ever recorded in the city of Detroit.
1879 - The wood steam tug Siskiwit stranded on a reef offshore Dec 12. One person of the 10 member crew died when she sank near Grand Marais, MN in Lake Superior in a gale while being towed in by the tug Amethyst, which was almost lost as well. Her crew and a number of passengers spent several freezing days in the northwoods.
1957 - Balmy weather prevails with highs in the mid-50s. Muskegon sets a record high of 55°. Lansing also observes a record high with 57° and Marquette with a temperature of 45°.
1988 - An ice storm paralyzed parts of Upper Michigan during the day. The freezing rain left roads around Marquette blocked by cars and semi- trucks. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
1998 - Across eastern upper Michigan accumulations of 12 to 18 inches of snow were reported across northern portions of Chippewa County. Winds gusting to around 30 mph caused widespread blowing and drifting snow and produced near whiteout conditions at times.
2000 - A long siege of arctic air and lake effect snow continues across Lower Michigan. The high temperature at Lansing is only 9° with lake effect snow showers swirling. It will be the coldest December of the 20th century at Lansing. Detroit also sees a record cold high temperature with 4° and Flint with record 8°.