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Coldest and warmest Valentine’s Day, a heavy snow pack and a snow storm

Almanac 14 February 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 14 February 2014 Click on image for a larger viewGrand Rapids Weather Examiner

Coldest and warmest Valentine’s Day, a heavy snow pack and a snow storm 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 14.

1899 - The record arctic cold wave begins to abate but not before Grand Rapids sets a record low of -24°. This is the coldest temperature ever recorded in February and ties the record set just one day earlier. This is the fifth day in a row with low temperatures of at least 20 degrees below zero. On the east coast a great blizzard struck burying Virginia and New Jersey under several feet of snow.

1905 - A very cold Valentine’s Day night was experienced in Detroit, with the temperature plummeting to -15°!

1918 – Grand Rapids experiences the warmest Valentine’s Day with a high temperature of 53°.

1947 - The first weather radar was installed at Washington D.C.

1985 – One of the heaviest snow packs in 30 years causes several buildings to collapse in Grand Rapids, Grand Haven and Sparta.

2007 - A two day snow storm ended leaving most of Metro Detroit with 6 to 8 inches of new snow. There was also considerable blowing and drifting of the snow with drifts reported as high as 2 to 4 feet in some locations.

2008 - Another low pressure system approaching from the Plains spread heavy snow into portions of Delta and southern Schoolcraft in the morning. The observer at Garden Corners measured six inches of snow in the morning.

2009 - Instability along a low pressure trough caused locally heavy snow in Dickinson County in the afternoon. The spotter two miles east of Foster City measured 6.8 inches of snow in just over seven hours.