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Deep snow, record rain and bitter cold

Almanac 20 April 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 20 April 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Deep snow, record rain and bitter cold top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the weather events that happened on April 20.

1875 - 10 foot snow banks were still on Iron Street in Negaunee.

1893 - The wood schooner-barge, 3-mast Newell A. Eddy, while carrying grain, was lost from the tow of the steamer Charles A. Eddy, which became disabled in a gale. She was driven onto Spectacle Reef in Lake Huron near the Straits of Mackinac and sank, and was later pushed into deep water. Wreckage from her aft end washed up all over the Straits a $98,000 loss. All 7 crew members perished.

1897 – Bitter temperatures to start this day as lows dip to a record cold 13° in Grand Rapids, 18° in Muskegon, and 20° in Detroit.

1966 – A tornado killed livestock and damaged a barn and garage in Morley in Mecosta County. Another tornado hit Peach Ridge in Kent County, damaging a steel tower.

2000 – Record rain fall across Lower Michigan as a disturbance moves across the Lower Great Lakes. Records include Grand Rapids with 2.45”, Muskegon 2.06”, Lansing 2.10”, Flint 2.25”, and Detroit 3.58”. For Detroit this is the wettest day ever recorded in April.

2009 - A daily record snowfall of 10.6 inches fell at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette. The next day another 9.9 inches falls.

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