Shocked phone operators, record snow, and large hail 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 25.
1906 – Several homes were struck by lightning from a thunderstorm in Houghton. A man carrying an umbrella was walking across a bridge and was struck by lightning and knocked to the ground. He was uninjured, but his umbrella was destroyed. The same bolt struck an arc lamp on the bridge and destroyed it. The local phone company in Houghton had its switchboard messed up for an hour from the thunderstorm with operators suffering mild shocks.
1907 – The high temperature in Marquette struggled to reach 28°.
1915 – Record warm weather prevails in Grand Rapids. The day starts with a record warm low temperature of 66° and then establishes a new record high of 86° for the date. Lansing also sees a record 86° for the date.
1976 – Winter returns after summer-like weather the week before. After four days in the 80s from the 15th to the 18th, temperatures are held in the 30s today and heavy wet snow falls. Lansing sets a record for the date with 4.3 inches of snow, as does Grand Rapids with 3 inches.
1990 – Record high temperatures of 89° and a warm record minimum temperature of 59° occurred at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette in Negaunee Township. The temperature rose to a record 87° in Flint, 90° in Alpena and 85° in Sault Ste. Marie. For Alpena and Sault Ste. Marie this is the warmest April temperature ever recorded.
2008 – Several rounds of thunderstorms move across Michigan well ahead of a cold front. The first batch produces some large hail in Wayland and Alto during the early afternoon. The second line of storms produces mainly wind damage in the early evening. In St. Joseph, Indiana a 100 year old tree falls destroying the second story of a home. The attached slideshow has weather images of the storms. Click this link to see the radar animation of the storms moving across Michigan:
2009 – A powerful cold front produces numerous thunderstorms with damaging wind and large hail. Most of the reported damage reports are concentrated in the eastern part of the state. In West Michigan, numerous trees and power lines come down. One man is trapped in his house by a fallen tree. The attached slideshow has weather images of the storms. Click this link to see the radar animation of the storms moving across Michigan: