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Lack of snowcover and a warm surge

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Lack of snowcover and a warm surge 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 15.

1954 - A two-day surge of warm air into Lower Michigan peaks with record highs of 61° at Grand Rapids, 56° at Muskegon 60° at Lansing, Alpena 52°, Detroit 66°, Flint 62°, Houghton Lake 51°, and Marquette 47°. The overnight lows also set records with both Muskegon and Grand Rapids only dipping to 39°, Lansing and Flint 38°, Detroit 41°, Houghton Lake 34°, and Sault Ste. Marie 32°.

1988 - Low pressure brought heavy snow to parts of Michigan, with 11 inches reported at Rogers City. A cold front crossing the Northern Rockies produced wind gusts to 74 mph at Livingston, MT, and created blizzard conditions in parts of Idaho. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

2002 - Lack of snowcover in the southern U.P. forced the U.P. 200 dog sled race of February 15th and 16th, 2002 to move permanently to a Marquette to Grand Marais route for better snow cover.

2010 - Deep moisture rotating around a low pressure system over southeast Canada brought moderate to heavy snow to portions of western Upper Michigan from the 14th into the 16th. The observer in Ironwood measured 12 inches of snow in less than 24 hours. Several minor accidents were reported due to the slippery roadways. The observer near Twin Lakes measured 9.5 inches of snow in 24 hours. There was also a spotter report of 10-12 inches in the Hancock area in less than 16 hours.

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