The last time it was this cold…


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The potentially record cold Wednesday has us thinking, when was the last time West Michigan experienced temperatures this brutal?

Well, the last time we saw temperatures this cold with wind chills minus 20 degrees to minus 45 degrees was February 1996. 

24 Hour News 8 Daybreak took a trip down memory lane to see what was happening in the world at that time. 

The last time West Michigan experienced temperatures this cold, the dance smash “Macarena” by Los Del Rio was the number one song. The film “Black Sheep” with Chris Farley was the number one movie during that time, 23 years ago.

The internet as we know it was only a few years old. 

The first so-called “clamshell” cellphone came into existence, the last time we saw temperatures around zero. It was the first cellphone to have a display screen. 

It was this cold when Art Modell decided to move the Browns from Cleveland to Baltimore, creating the Baltimore Ravens.

The trip down memory lane may make some feel old, but for others, this kind of cold is a whole new experience. 



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