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Brutal cold, record highs and heavy snow

Almanac 9 January 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 9 January 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Brutal cold, record highs 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 January 9.

1875 - The high temperature was -10° in Marquette. The low temperature was -26° in Negaunee. Detroit observes a record low of -12°.

1912 - A low temperature of -24° in Ishpeming and a low of -36° at Silver Lake Dam occurred in Marquette County.

1930 - A snowstorm drops from 4 to 8 inches of snow across southwest Lower Michigan. Grand Rapids sees a record 8” and Lansing a record 8.2”.

1977 - Record cold prevails during one of the most severe winters in Michigan history. Records include the -17° at Lansing, -14° at Grand Rapids -8° at Muskegon, and -19° at Houghton Lake and Alpena. In the Upper Peninsula, a low temperature of -42° occurred in Stambaugh, which is the coldest reading in 60 years. Low temperatures also occurred in Iron Mountain and Sault Ste. Marie with -30° and -45° in Amasa.

1998 - A band of heavy snow moved north through central Upper Michigan starting during the evening of the 8th and continuing through noon on this day. The axis of heaviest snow extended through Iron Mountain and Marquette. Dickinson County received the heaviest snow with 11 inches at Foster City and 10.1 inches at Iron Mountain. In Marquette County, the Marquette County Airport received 9.9 inches, the city of Marquette 8.9 inches and Gwinn 8.5 inches. In Menominee County, Stephenson received 9.0 inches and Spalding received 8.0 inches of snow.

2002 - A record high temperature of 44° occurred, part of a month that averaged 8.4 degrees above normal at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette. Other daily records include Sault Ste. Marie with 40° and Alpena with 46°.

2004 - A band of lake effect snow formed over Lake Huron and dropped 4-6 inches of snow across the northeast tip of the thumb.

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