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Cold air, heavy snow and the “Cleveland Superbomb” 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 26.

1885 - A low temperature of -20° occurred in Calumet.

1899 - A severe snowstorm occurred in the U.P. Snowdrifts of 10-12 feet deep happened in Marquette with 15 inches of snow. Streetcars and railroads were delayed in Upper Michigan. 33 inches of snow fell in Calumet and 10 inches of snow fell in Manistique.

1967 - Temperatures in the 20s are some 40 degrees colder than the day before, and heavy snow begins falling, piling up a foot or more along with increasing winds.

1978 - A storm known as the Cleveland Superbomb moves north from the Gulf of Mexico and deepens explosively, becoming one of the worst blizzards in Midwest history. The storm was at its height on this day. 70 mph wind gusts reported in Escanaba, 17 inches of snow was reported in the hills around Marquette and 9.5 inches in Escanaba. Wind gusts to 50 mph made travel impossible with highways 41, 28 and 35 shut down. From one to two feet of snow falls across southern Lower Michigan, whipped into huge drifts by strong gusty winds. At least 9 deaths were attributed to the blizzard, most roads were impassable, roofs collapsed under the weight of the snow and the airport in Grand Rapids was closed from late on the 25th until the 27th. Governor Milliken declared a state of emergency and requested additional federal aid for snow removal. This storm caused the lowest all-time pressure to be recorded in Detroit: 28.34 inches! Read more about the storm here: January 26, 1978, a blizzard

1988 - A storm in the Great Lakes Region left 16.5 inches at Marquette, MI, for a total of 43 inches in 6 days. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

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