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Flooding, cold and the first forecast

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Flooding, cold and the first forecast 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 19.

1871 - Professor Cleveland Abbe of the U.S. Army Signal Service issued the first weather synopsis and forecasts along with warnings to Mariners for the Great Lakes.

1936 - Escanaba had 20 straight days of temperatures below zero which tied the previous coldest mark set in 1899.

1978 - Record lows of -21° at Lansing and -15° at Grand Rapids contribute to this being the coldest February on record at Grand Rapids and the coldest of the 20th century at Lansing. The temperature never gets above freezing during the entire month at Lansing.

1994 - Flooding and flash flooding occurred in Saginaw County around 11pm which resulted in $5,000 in damage.