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Record warmth, 20 foot snowdrifts and thundersnow

Almanac 22 February 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 22 February 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Record warmth, 20 foot snowdrifts 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 22.

1922 - Menominee had thundersnow, sleet and freezing rain in a snowstorm which started on the 21st. 2 feet of snow fell and was blown into drifts up to 10 feet deep by northeast winds to 50 mph. Telegraph and telephone service were disrupted. Trains and streetcars were snowbound. Railroad plows slid off the tracks in Menominee. Delta County had a snowstorm with drifts of 15-20 feet deep bringing all traffic to a halt. Cascade Junction in Marquette County had snowdrifts 10-12 feet high with some as high as 20 feet.

1930 - Record warmth prevails with highs in the upper 60s across much of southern Lower Michigan. At Grand Rapids, highs are in the upper 50s or 60s every day from the 19th to the 25th. The record for Grand Rapids on this day is 67°. The daytime temperature also soared to 67° in Saginaw, which is the record high for the month of February in this city. This day also marked the fourth day in a row (February 19-22) of daily record high temperatures in Saginaw! The temperature reached 64° in Houghton Lake, which is also a record high for the month of February. Other daily records include Muskegon 55°, Lansing 66°, Alpena 60°, Detroit 65°, Flint 65°.

2001 - A cold front moved southeast into the western Great Lakes region from Alberta during the morning and afternoon. South winds ahead of this cold front, combined with cold air over Lake Michigan, produced a heavy band of lake effect snow across western Mackinac County. The snowfall began during the morning and continued through the evening, by 800 pm, 12-hour snowfall totaled 8 to 12 inches across the western half of Mackinac county.

2007 - A strong cold front produced a wind gust to 68 mph at Bark River in the early morning hours.

2010 - Low pressure moved out of the Central Plains and tracked northeast through the Ohio River Valley. Snowfall totals were generally in the 2 to 8 inch range, with the higher totals occurring along and south of I-69. There were isolated totals up to 9 inches reported across Washtenaw County. Some of the higher snowfall totals across the area included Ann Arbor reporting 9.0 inches, Saline with 8.5 inches, West Bloomfield had 8.0 inches, Wyandotte 7.7 inches, and Macomb Township received 7.5 inches. In West Michigan Grand Rapids sees a daily record of 4.9 inches.

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