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A frosty morning, tornadoes, a shipwreck, and a heavy downpour

Almanac 15 July 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 15 July 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

A frosty morning, tornadoes, a shipwreck, and a heavy downpour top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on July 15.

1863 - It was a frosty morning with temperatures falling to the 30s across much of Michigan. The low of 31° is the coldest ever recorded in July at Lansing by a full five degrees.

1896 - The wood schooner, 2-mast Volunteer was driven ashore by a northwest gale and pounded to pieces 4 miles west of Au Sable Point in Lake Superior. Owned by Beams, Grand Marais, and often used to haul lumbering supplies to the camps.

1901 - The city of Marquette recorded its hottest temperature ever of 108° in the middle of a 3 day heat wave. Several people died from this heat wave in Houghton.

1945 – Detroit and Flint both set records for their chilly high temperatures. The high temperature in both cities is only 60°. For Detroit this is the coolest high temperature ever recorded for the month of July.

1961 - A heavy downpour hits Grand Rapids, with 0.41 inches of rain falling in 15 minutes.

1985 - A tornado touched down in the northeast section of Lansing and damaged 18 buildings as it moved to three miles north of Webberville in Ingham County.

1987 - It was the coolest July day on record at Grand Rapids, with a high of only 58°. Clouds and rain kept temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s during the day after a record morning low of 47°. Other record lows for the day include Alpena with 39° and Houghton Lake with 37°. Record cool highs include Muskegon with 61°, Lansing with 62°, Alpena with 67°, and Houghton Lake with 64°.

1988 - This would mark the last day of a 23 day dry spell in Southeast Lower Michigan. There was a total of only 0.04 inches of rainfall during those 23 days.

1999 - Heavy rain from thunderstorms partially washed out several secondary roads and sections of highway US-2 in the Iron Mountain area. Two to seven and a half inches of rain fell over southern Iron County between 2200 EST, July 14 and 0300 EST July 15. Considerable damage was done to area roads with many secondary roads down to one lane. Several roads were washed out and closed. Seventy-five homes in southern Iron County had flooded basements and some businesses in the low lying area of downtown Iron River were flooded and closed. $225,000 in property damage occurred. Trees were blown down on power lines in Stambaugh in the early morning.

2010 - A wake low formed from a thunderstorm complex passing through Wisconsin that produced wind damage in Escanaba in the early morning. The Delta County Sheriff reported numerous large trees down blocking several roadways in the Escanaba area. One large tree fell on the cab of a pickup truck on Lakeshore Drive. The damaging winds up to 69 mph were attributed to the passage of a wake low from a thunderstorm complex which passed just south of the area. Severe thunderstorms moved through most of Southeast Michigan. There were 32 severe weather reports included a measured 71 mph wind gust near Davison and wind damage consistent with winds up to 80 mph in Flushing. Most of the reports were wind gust and associated wind damage, but there were a few isolated large hail reports.