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Sank by ice, large hail and record heat

Radar Image 15 April 03
Radar Image 15 April 03

Sank by ice, large hail and record heat 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 15.

Almanac 15 April 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

1904 - A two day snowstorm ended in Saginaw. The storm left the city with 12.5 inches of snow.

1909 - The wood steam tug Fred B. Hall was damaged by ice and sank near Susie Island, MN in Lake Superior.

1943 - Temperatures plunge into the teens as snowflakes swirl in the arctic wind. Record lows include 16° at Muskegon, 18° at Grand Rapids, at Houghton Lake, and 11° at Sault Ste. Marie.

1976 - The county of Midland was hit by an F1 tornado at 3:30PM causing $25,000 in property damage.
2002 - A four day stretch of record warm weather peaks across Lower Michigan with Grand Rapids hitting 84°, Muskegon 80°, Lansing 84°, Alpena 82°, Flint 84°, and Houghton Lake 82°. A record high temperature 76° occurred at the Weather Forecast Office in Marquette. Some of these records would fall in 2003 and 2010.

2003 - A weak disturbance kicks off some early evening thunderstorms in Wisconsin. Part of Northern Lower Michigan also sees the active weather. In Wellston, 1” hail falls to the ground. Click here for a radar loop of the storms. The slideshow on the top has more weather maps from this day.

Warm air with this disturbance sets new record highs with a few cities, equaling or surpassing the records set one year earlier. These new records include Grand Rapids and Lansing both tying 2002 with a high of 84°. Alpena also ties their 2002 record with a high of 82°, but in 2010 that record falls as they climb to 84°. Flint and Detroit both see a new record with 85°.

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