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Record warmth, a “super clipper” and brutal cold

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Record warmth, a “super clipper” and brutal cold 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 January 14.

1885 – In the Upper Peninsula a low temperature of -47° occurred in Champion.

1893 - A long siege of arctic cold drops the temperature below zero for 15 out of the first 19 days of January at Lansing. This is the coldest day of the month with a low of 16 below zero.

1932 - Grand Rapids is in the midst of a stretch of six days with temperatures above freezing during the warmest January on record. Record warm lows for the date include Grand Rapids 37°, Lansing 37°, and Alpena 34°. Record warm highs include Houghton Lake with 48° and Sault Ste. Marie with 43°.

1963 - A record low high temperature of -7° occurred at the Weather Forecast Office in Marquette.

1994 - A record low high temperature of -7° occurred again at the Weather Forecast Office in Marquette. This tied the previous occurrence set 31 years earlier.

2002 - As low pressure moved across the southern great lakes states, east winds off Lake Michigan enhanced snowfall over southern Menominee County. Eight inches of new snow was reported in and around the city of Menominee.

2004 - A "super-clipper" brought heavy amounts of snow across portions of Southeast Lower Michigan. Heaviest amounts included, Port Huron 12.0", Grand Blanc 11.0" and 10.9" at the NWS White Lake. Other areas across the northern/western suburbs of Detroit saw between 7.0"-10.0", while Detroit Metro Airport received just 4.7".

2005 - Two days of heavy rain and high temperatures in the 50s is followed by a stretch of arctic cold, causing massive ice jams to form on the Grand River. The ice jams result in devastating flooding of Robinson Township in Ottawa County. Flooding also occurs on stretches of the Muskegon, Thornapple, Flat and Kalamazoo rivers. In the Upper Peninsula heavy snow and wind caused problems as arctic air blasted across the Upper Great Lakes with bitter cold wind chills of 20 to 30 below zero across portions of northwest Upper Michigan from the 13th into 15th. 2-day snow totals during the event included around 6 inches at Pelkie in Baraga County, 9 inches at Ontonagon, and over a foot at both Ahmeek and Phoenix Farms in Keweenaw County. Nighttime and morning wind chills reached from 25 to 35 below zero over Iron and Dickinson counties and 35 to 45 below zero over Gogebic County. Many schools in these counties were either closed or delayed on the 14th.

2009 - The region was in the middle of a five day arctic outbreak. Flint set a record reaching -19°. Detroit was a low as -3°, while Saginaw was -10°.

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