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Thunderstorms, snow and record heat

Almanac 25 January 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 25 January 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Thunderstorms, snow and record heat 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 25.

1938 - The blizzard of 1938 had impressive snowfall totals: Marquette had 18 inches of snow, Ironwood 32 inches. There were 30 foot high snow drifts between Nestoria and Herman. It took 6 days to clear roads from Negaunee to Palmer, a distance of 10 miles. Calumet had 7.5 inches of snow with 20 foot snow drifts and winds gusting to 50 mph. Dickinson County had 18 foot snow drifts across roads. Near Wakefield on U.S. Highway 2, a snow drift of 700 feet long and 15 feet high was reported. Fire broke out in the Marquette downtown. 4 buildings destroyed including the Masonic Temple and Opera House with $400,000 in damage.

1950 - Muskegon sets the record high for the month of January at 63°. The daytime temperature soared to 67° in Detroit also setting their record high for the month; the normal high temperature for January 25 is only 31°! Flint also sets a record high for the month with 65°. Grand Rapids sets a record for the date with 66° and Lansing a record 65°.

1967 - Temperatures reach the 60s for the second day in a row across Lower Michigan. However, the spring-like weather is about to give way to one of the greatest snowstorms on record.

1990 - Low pressure developed explosively over east central Missouri and moved into Lower Michigan producing high winds and heavy snow across parts of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. Wind gusts to 60 mph and up to a foot of snow created near blizzard conditions in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Wind gusts in Indiana reached 76 mph at Wabash and 58 mph at Fort Wayne. Thunderstorms associated with the storm produced wind gusts to 54 mph at Fort Madison, IA. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) Grand Rapids received record rainfall for the date with 0.72”.

2007 An intense lake effect snow band hit the thumb, leaving the Lake Huron shoreline areas with 10 to 12 inches of snow.

2009 - A northwest flow of Arctic air across Lake Superior produced locally heavy lake effect snow at Rainbow Lodge in northern Luce County on the 24th and 25th. The observer at Rainbow Lodge measured 13 inches of lake effect snow in 24 hours.

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