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A shipwreck, large hail, a lightning strike fire and a summer cool spell

Almanac 12 August 2014
Almanac 12 August 2014
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

A shipwreck, large hail, a lightning strike fire and a summer cool spell top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on August 12.

1864 - The temperature hits 96° at Lansing for a record high. The record for the coolest high temperature is set exactly one hundred years later in 1964, when the high is only 62° at Lansing. Other cities saw record low maximum temperatures in 1964; Alpena with 58°, Flint with 61°, Houghton Lake with 57°, Marquette with 53° and Sault Ste. Marie with 54°.

1870 - The wood schooner George W. Ford struck a reef near Eagle Harbor, MI in the Keweenaw in Lake Superior in a gale and sank quickly. Salvage was not attempted due to her age and condition.

1976 - Test fire or prescribed burn that began as a one acre fire in Seney Wildlife Refuge grew to 200 acres and could not be contained. This fire combined with the lightning strike fire that started in late July, grew into one 2,000 acre blaze and this blaze could not be contained and continued to grow.

1979 - A summer cool spell sets several record lows over the course of a week. On this date, Muskegon falls to 45° for a record low. Other daily records include Alpena with 40° and Sault Ste. Marie with 38°.

1988 - Saginaw County was belted with a peak wind gust at 81 mph at 5:49pm.

1992 - A record low temperature of 38° was set at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette.

2011 - Nickel to quarter-sized hail (0.75 inch to 1.00 inch) was observed at the far west end of Big Manistique Lake just east of Germfask or 9 miles southwest of Laketon in the mid afternoon.

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