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Hail and tornadoes and cold air top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center (SPC) archives here are the weather events that happened on April 14.

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1943 – Cold air settles into the Great Lakes with both Muskegon and Grand Rapids setting records for low temperatures with a reading of 21°. Alpena dips to a record setting 14°. Cold high temperature records are more common across the state. Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Lansing and Flint all observe 32° for a high. Alpena sees a record 26° for a daily maximum. Houghton Lake only climbs to 28° and Sault Ste. Marie sees an even colder high of 21°.

1953 - It is a cold morning across Lower Michigan. Grand Rapids ties the record 21° set ten years earlier. Muskegon sets a new record with 20°.

1967 - Saginaw County reported an F1 tornado around 7:20pm. Property damages were recorded at $250,000.

1996 - A record low temperature of occurred because of the snow cover at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette. This record was tied in 2008.

2006 – Strong storms with 20 reports of tornadoes blanketing the Midwest on the 13th and early on the 14th. Reports indicate that more than 30 people are injured with at least one fatality. In West Michigan, hail 3/4” in diameter falls in Whitehall at 3 AM on the 14th. See the slideshow on the top for weather images of this storm.

Click here for a radar loop of the storms on this day.

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