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A great heat wave, large hail, a tornado and cool air from Canada

Almanac 8 July 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 8 July 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

A great heat wave, large hail, a tornado and cool air from Canada top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on July 8.

1885 - A tornado damages several farms in and near Allegan, Michigan.

1936 - The greatest heat wave on record gets underway across Michigan. Grand Rapids will see high temperatures at or above 100° on six of the next seven days, including an all-time record high of 108° on the 13th. Lansing will peak at 101° degrees on the 14th. Alpena observes their all-time record high of 106° on the 13th. Flint observes their all-time record highs on the 8th with a reading of 108° and later ties that value on the 13th. Houghton Lake climbs to 107° on both the 8th and 13th which is the second highest all-time reading for the city. The second highest all-time temperature was recorded in Detroit as the mercury rose to 104.4°! A high temperature of 104° occurred in Escanaba, 102° in Menominee, and 101° in Marquette. The town of Mio records the hottest temperature ever for the state of Michigan on the 13th with a reading of 112°.

1951 - Severe thunderstorms strike West Michigan with dozens of trees knocked down. Some of the trees block roads and damage cars and buildings

1984 - Record low temperatures are set as cool air from Canada dominates the Great Lakes region. Grand Rapids falls to 46°, Muskegon 45°, Alpena 38°, and Detroit to 45°.

1988 - Spaulding had a high of 98°, part of 11 days of greater than 90° this month.

1996 - A severe thunderstorm dropped 1.5 inch hail (walnut sized) 3 miles southeast of Rapid River in the early afternoon. A thunderstorm induced windstorm began around Cornell and moved east to Gladstone. The wind damaged 3 utility poles in Cornell, and trees up to one foot in diameter were downed in Gladstone. Damage included one vehicle with a cracked windshield, one vehicle with a dented hood and broken grill, and 3 trailers with minor damage with gusts up to 65 mph. $2000 in property damage occurred.

2007 - Severe thunderstorms pounded west and central Upper Michigan with large hail and damaging wind in the morning. 1 inch hail (quarter sized) fell in Rockland. Trees were stripped of leaves with some vehicle damage caused by 1.75 inch (golf ball sized hail) at Twin Lakes. Many trees and branches downed along the highway 5 miles south of Copper Harbor causing $3000 in damage. Several one-foot diameter pine trees downed along Camp Five Road one mile south of Highway M-69 10 miles east of Crystal Falls with a damage path approximately 0.6 mile in width. South Range had golf ball sized hail (1.75 inch) early in the morning. Numerous trees were down along Leeman Road 2 miles east of Sagola. Many trees and branches were down along the highway 41 2 miles south of Alberta with gusts up to 63 mph. 1 inch hail (quarter sized) fell 1 mile south of Harvey and 4 miles east of Gulliver. An isolated severe thunderstorm moved southeast from Eastern Upper Michigan with 1 inch hail (quarter sized) falling 4 miles south southeast of Cedarville in northern Lake Huron at 1102 EST and 5 Miles Northeast of Bois Blanc Island at 1109 EST. Flooding was reported under the M-35 viaduct in Escanaba and water above the curb along Main Street also in Escanaba. Storm sewers could not keep up with heavy rainfall throughout Escanaba and Gladstone in the evening. Severe thunderstorms later in the afternoon dropped golf ball sized hail (1.75 inch) 3 miles west of Rapid River. The majority of hail was walnut-sized or 1.5 inches in diameter. Trees were down in East Kingsford and large trees down on Pine Mountain Road one mile northwest of Iron Mountain. Numerous trees knocked down 4 miles east of Cooks at 1819 EST causing $2000 in damage.