Thunderstorms, record warmth and blowing snow 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 February 26.
1944 – Record warm air for late February as Grand Rapids sees a record high of 64°, and Lansing 61°.
2000 – Record warm weather continues during a week long spell of balmy weather across Michigan. The temperature hits 66° at Muskegon for a record high. Other daily record high temperatures include Alpena 59°, Detroit 69°, Flint 63°, Houghton Lake 59 ° Marquette 56° and Sault Ste. Marie 46°. The low temperature at Grand Rapids is 53°, Muskegon 48°, Lansing 52°, Flint 49°, Houghton Lake 46°, and Marquette 40°. These are all records for the warmest low temperature for the month of February. Other daily record warm lows include Alpena 36°, Detroit 45°, and Sault Ste. Marie 36°.
2002 – 19.4 inches of record snowfall fell at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette, part of the snowiest month ever recorded. As low pressure over southern Lower Michigan moved away and snow tapered off, a second low pressure system from Eastern Texas deepened and moved up the Ohio River Valley and across the eastern Great Lakes. This second low produced strong gusty north winds that brought heavy lake enhanced snow to Western and Northern Upper Michigan. Total snowfall amounts reported include 21 inches in Negaunee, 18 inches in Herman, 15 inches at Mohawk, 14 inches in Bergland, 13 inches in Gwinn, 12 inches in Calumet and Shingleton and 10 inches in Wakefield on the 25th-26th. At the National Weather Service Office in Negaunee, February 2002 set a record of 91.9 inches for the greatest calendar month snowfall ever recorded.
2007 – Low pressure originating in the Plains moved into the Great Lakes and dumped heavy snow over much of central Upper Michigan on the 25th and 26th. Strong east winds gusting to 35 mph accompanied the storm system and caused extensive blowing snow and near blizzard conditions over the Keweenaw Peninsula and along Green Bay. The storm forced the closure of numerous schools throughout central Upper Michigan on the 26th. Storm snowfall totals from the morning of the 25th through the morning of the 26th included 18 inches at Escanaba, 15 inches at Bark River, 12 inches at Garden Corners and 14 inches reported at Iron Mountain. Storm total snowfall of 8-10 inches reported between Cooks and Garden Corners along Highway US-2. Storm total snowfall reports included 18 inches at Arnold and 12 inches at Negaunee and Green Garden. Storm total of 7.3 inches reported at Calumet. Frequent wind gusts to near 35 mph contributed to near blizzard conditions at times in snow and blowing snow.
2009 – Rain and thunder are observed across West Michigan on this day. Record rain occurs with Grand Rapids seeing 1.37” Muskegon 1.65” and 0.57” at Houghton Lake.
2012 – A deep low pressure system approaching from Minnesota produced heavy lake effect snow and blowing snow over northwest Upper Michigan from the 26th into the morning of the 27th. The observer four miles northeast of Calumet measured 13 inches of lake effect snow in less than 24 hours. Easterly winds gusting to 35 mph also produced considerable blowing and drifting of snow and reduced visibility to one-quarter mile or less at times. Twenty-four hour storm total snowfall amounts over northern Houghton included 13 inches at Redridge and around 12 inches at Hancock and Calumet. Easterly winds gusting to 35 mph also caused considerable blowing and drifting of snow reducing visibility to one-quarter mile at times.