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A heat wave, snow, and record cold

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A heat wave, snow, and record cold top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the weather events that happened on May 5.

1861 - The wood schooner, 2-mast Augustus Handy, while carrying 16,000 bushels of wheat, was bound Chicago for Buffalo when she was caught in a gale and stranded on Spectacle Reef in the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Huron. Her crew was rescued by the prop Cleveland. Handy later broke up.

1871 - 8 inches of snow fell in Negaunee.

1895 - An early season heat wave peaks with record highs of 96° at Grand Rapids 92° at Lansing and 90° at Detroit. The 96° at Grand Rapids is a record for so early in the season.

1918 - Fires broke out in Marquette County. Fires were burning in the cut-over wastelands and approached farms and camps in the area, but were contained.

1954 – Record cold and snow grip West Michigan for another day. Grand Rapids observes 0.3” and Muskegon 0.1”, both are records for the date. Record cold high temperatures are also set. Grand Rapids only sees a high of 44°, Muskegon 40°, Lansing 42°, Flint 42°, Houghton Lake 35°, Marquette 31°, and Sault Ste. Marie 36°. Bergland Dam had 16.4 inches of snow fall between the 2nd to the 5th.

1999 - Efforts to contain the Tower Lake and Troll Fires worked and both fires were contained on this day. A soaking rain helped put out both fires.

2003 - An F1 tornado hit outside of Leonard in Oakland County. There were also many reports of hail ranging from 0.75” to 0.88” throughout the cities of Linden, Flint, Fenton, Grand Blanc, Thetford Center, Burton and Davison. Some of these places also reported wind from 70 to 75 mph.

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