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A deadly longshore current, fire, thunderstorms, and hail

Radar image 6:02 AM 27 Aug 2004
Radar image 6:02 AM 27 Aug 2004

A deadly longshore current, fire, thunderstorms, and 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 events that happened on August 27.

Almanac 27 August 2014
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

1896 - Fire broke out in a row of wooden buildings in Sault Ste. Marie, 20 buildings were destroyed.

1948 - A late season heat wave with eight straight days in the 90s at Grand Rapids is underway. Record highs are set at Lansing with 98°, Grand Rapids with 95° and Muskegon with 91°. Other records include Alpena with 94°, Detroit and Flint with 98°, and Sault Ste. Marie with 93°.

1960 - A 63 mph wind gust was observed out of a severe thunderstorm in the early evening 2.8 miles north of Marquette.

1965 - Thunderstorms in Wayne County brought winds of 73 mph at 7:00pm.

1977 - Only two days after setting a record low of 43°, the low temperature at Muskegon is a balmy 74°, a record warm low temperature for the date.

1990 - 2.75 inch hail (baseball sized) fell out of a severe thunderstorm 5.2 miles north of Manistique at 1700 EST.

2004 - Scattered showers and thunderstorms developed over Upper Michigan during the day on the 26th and continued overnight into the 27th. With the approach of a low pressure trough, some of the thunderstorms turned severe during the evening. In Marquette County, one storm dropped golf ball-sized hail just southeast of Harvey. Quarter sized hail (1 inch) was reported in Iron County 9 miles south of Crystal Falls as well as large branches broken off of trees. A weak tornado struck near Sherman City in Isabella County at 6:05 AM. A mobile home was slightly damaged but no one was injured. Click here for a radar loop of the storms on this day. The attached slideshow has a few severe weather maps for the day.

2010 - An 18-year male Northern Michigan University student from Detroit, MI drowned at Picnic Rocks in Marquette in the evening. South winds gusting over 20 mph produced a strong longshore current which contributed to the drowning death and also caused two other swimmers to go into distress at the same time.

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