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Mild highs, frigid weather and thundersnow

Almanac 5 February 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 5 February 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Mild highs, frigid weather and thundersnow 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 5.

1885 - A low temperature of -28° occurred in Ishpeming.

1890 - Temperatures more like April than February prevail during one of the mildest winters on record in Lower Michigan. Lansing sets a record high of 61° for the second day in a row.

1918 - Frigid weather holds on across Lower Michigan with the temperature falling to record lows of -16° at Muskegon and -21° at Lansing. The overnight temperature dropped to -23° in Saginaw. This is the record low for this city! Houghton Lake observes a record -44°.

1996 - Alberta had a low temperature of -32°, Bergland Dam had a low of -35°.

1997 - Low pressure tracking across northern Lower Michigan brought locally heavy snow to the region. Thundersnow accompanied the system and briefly produced snowfall rates of 2-3 inches per hour. Total snowfall across Mackinac County ranged from 6-12 inches. The snow started in the mid afternoon of the 4th and ended early in the morning on the 5th.

2004 - Nine inches of snow fell in and around Menominee in a 12 hour period.