Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Weather & Climate

Deadly fog and the coldest January day

See also

Deadly fog and the coldest January day 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 12.

1861 - Bishop Baraga reported a temperature of -40° at Sault Ste. Marie.

1912 - Muskegon sets their all-time record low for the month of January at -21° during their coldest month on record. Sault Ste. Marie also sets a record low of -30°.

1918 - Record cold is experienced at Lansing with -17° and Grand Rapids at -14° during one of the coldest winters on record. The Detroit area also experienced the severe cold wave. The temperature was 26° at 1am and 2am and continued to fall. It was 23° at 4am, 0° at 6am, -9 at 8am and -16° at 10am and 11am!

2005 - Dense fog blanketed Lower Michigan. Numerous highway accidents near Lansing killed two people and damaged almost 200 vehicles. At least 37 people were injured. One pileup involved 50 vehicles and necessitated the closure of 12 miles of Interstate 96 between Okemos and Webberville.



  •  One year later
    How victims have recovered a year after the Boston Marathon bombing
    Watch Video
  • Tax day freebies
    Everyone dreads tax day, but some businesses are offering deals today only
    Tax Day
  • Obamacare savings
    The rollout of Obamacare will cost $104 billion less than previously projected
    Top News
  • Blood Moon
    The first of four 'Blood Moons' came and went; is it the beginning of the end for mankind?
  • Arrest for threatening tweet
    A 14-year-old girl is arrested for issuing a threatening tweet towards American Airlines
    Strange News
  • Pistorius cross examination concludes
    Oscar Pistorius sheds more tears during the trial's final cross examination
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!