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Warm weather, dense fog, and near blizzard conditions

Almanac 13 January 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 13 January 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Warm weather, dense fog, and near blizzard conditions 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 13.

1885 – In the Upper Peninsula, Negaunee had a low temperature of -27°.

1932 – Warm weather dominates Michigan on this date with record warm minimum temperatures. Records include Grand Rapids with 43°, Muskegon 42°, Lansing 44°, Alpena 4, Detroit 50°, Flint 44°, Houghton Lake 40°, and Sault Ste. Marie 39°. Along with the warm minimum readings record high temperatures were observed. These include Grand Rapids with 58°, Muskegon 52°, Houghton Lake 48°, and Sault Ste. Marie 46°.

1952 - Dense fog with visibility near zero leads to a number of auto accidents across southwest Lower Michigan. The fog persists for three days from the 12th to the 14th.

1979 - A massive storm dumps heavy snow across southern Lower Michigan. Temperatures in the teens and strong winds lead to heavy drifting of the powdery snow, causing travel to come to a halt. The snow, at times falling at more than an inch an hour, caused power outages due to broken tree limbs. Snow accumulations were up to 3 feet, causing some roofs to collapse. South Haven had 21 inches of new snow added to 24 inches already on the ground. Grand Rapids saw 13.5 inches of snow and 2 to 4 foot drifts with wind gusts between 25 and 35 miles an hour. The snowstorm dropped 12.5 inches of snow on Flint and 16.1 inches on Saginaw. The snowstorm carried into the 14th.

1993 - A heavy snowstorm affected parts of the central and eastern U.P. Weather Forecast Office in Marquette had a record snowfall for the day of 10.4 inches with a record daily water equivalent of 0.70 inch.

2003 - The passage of a Canadian low pressure system's attendant cold front overnight on January 8th and 9th brought arctic air into Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The cold air flowing across the relatively warmer waters of Lake Superior produced heavy lake effect snow, especially at those locations favored by a northwest low level wind. The lake effect snow that started on 9th did not end until a ridge of arctic high pressure arrived on the 13th. Some snow totals during this storm include 32 inches at McMillan, 25 inches at Pelkie, 23 inches at Newberry, 19 inches at Shingleton, 17 inches at Munising, and 12 inches at Painesdale and White Pine. Strong northwest wind with gusts as high as 40 mph caused considerable blowing and drifting snow, with whiteout conditions observed over open areas. Slippery snow covered roads and near zero visibilities in blowing snow contributed to a number of traffic accidents across the area.

2005 - Arctic air blasted across the Upper Great Lakes in the wake of a deepening low which departed northeast of Lake Superior. Strong northwest winds of 20 to 35 mph resulted in near-blizzard conditions in snow and blowing snow and bitter cold wind chills of 20 to 30 below zero across portions of northwest Upper Michigan from the 13th into 15th. Automated observing stations at Copper Harbor and the Houghton County Airport reached peak wind gusts in excess of 50 mph on the afternoon and evening of the 13th.

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