Records Shattered On Last Day Of February

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Northern Lights Thursday Night in Oscoda. Courtesy: Philip Odum

WEST MICHIGAN — (Feb. 28, 2014) Friday marked the last day of Meteorological Winter and it sure went out with a bang. Thursday’s snowfall catapulted Grand Rapids to the second snowiest winter on record with 107.8″ and Muskegon topped 123.6″. There were multiple records broken over the last few days to add to the multitude of records broken around Michigan this winter. Here is a break down of some of the records and temperatures:

Friday’s Daily Record Low Temperature:

Grand Rapids: -12° at 4:55 AM (Record: -2° (1970)

Muskegon: -7° at 4:02 AM (Record: 0° 1970)

Kalamazoo: -13°  at 6:53 AM (Record: 10°)

Other Cold Locations Around Michigan:

Newberry: -41°

Leota: -33°

Grayling: -31°

Gaylord: -29°

Houghton Lake: -29°

Marquette: -28°

Houghton-Hancock: -25°

Petosky: -21°

Big Rapids: -21°

While these temperatures may seem rare the last time Grand Rapids hit 12 below zero was only six years ago.

Coldest Temperature in Grand Rapids By Year-

2013-2014: -12°

2012: -9°

2010: 4°

2009: -8°

2008: -5°

2007: -12°

2006: 1°

2005: -9

2004: -4°

2003: -12°

2002: -1°

2001: -2°

This winter alone has been one for the record books; over 200 daily snowfall totals were tied or broken during Dec-Jan-Feb of this year in the State of Michigan and over 100 daily low temperature records were tied or broken. February is ending with average temperatures over 8 degrees below average, which is by far the coldest month of this winter.

Temperatures will remain below average as we head into the month of March and the first few weeks of Spring. Another cold shot moves in at the beginning of the next work week bringing with it the potential for temperatures to fall into the single digits and below zero during the evening.

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    • Heather

      This is the last Meteorological day of winter. Meteorological Winter is defined as the three coldest months of winter (December 1st – March 1st). March 20th (the actual start to spring is Astronomical Winter). Hope that helps!

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