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A shipwreck, waterspouts, torrential rainfall and record heat

Almanac 26 July 2014
Almanac 26 July 2014 Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

A shipwreck, waterspouts, torrential rainfall and record heat 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 July 26.

1885 - The wood, passenger and package freight Isle Royale, while carrying merchandise, sprang a leak and sank in a storm. Her passengers and crew made it to Susick Island, off Isle Royale in Lake Superior.

1896 - A tornado struck a few miles northeast of Battle Creek, seriously injuring one person as it destroyed a farm home and barns in Pennfield Township in Calhoun County.

1897 – Lansing records their highest ever daily rainfall for the month of July with 4.34”.

1905 - The wood, bulk freight George Presley, while carrying iron ore, was groping her way through fog when she ran aground in Washington Harbor on Washington Island, WI, in the bay of Green Bay, caught fire in a paint locker and burned to a total loss.

1912 - The wood packet ship J.L. Beckwith wrecked in a gale in Lake Superior near Sandy Island or Sandy Point.

1955 - The high temperature reached 102° in Iron Mountain. This was part of the warmest month in 55 years of record keeping at that time with average highs of 84.8°. Other cities set daily records for the heat including Muskegon with 93°, Alpena with 98°, and Sault Ste. Marie with 92°.

1973 - A tornado damaged a mobile home and some farm wagons two miles southeast of Clare, Michigan.

1977 - Canadian high pressure brings record cold temperatures of 46° at Grand Rapids and 47° at Muskegon.

1998 - A waterspout was reported in Stony Point in Monroe County at 8:00 am.

2003 - A cold front triggered evening thunderstorms as it moved across Upper Michigan. Some of the thunderstorms produced damaging wind. Eighteen inch diameter trees were knocked down 13 miles north of Wakefield and four inch diameter tree tops were broken off 4 miles north of Baraga with severe thunderstorm wind gusts up to 63 mph.

2007 - A strong cold front moved through northwest Wisconsin during the late afternoon and early evening. A line of severe thunderstorms developed in Minnesota and moved quickly east over western Lake Superior, producing strong wind gusts. A 59 mph wind gust was measured at the Port Wing Marina and was later topped by a 66 mph wind gust.

2011 - A severe thunderstorm dropped golf ball sized hail (1.75 inch) 8 miles north of Rapid River in the late afternoon and also downed trees along a road.

2012 - Training thunderstorms brought welcome rain to West Michigan and a band of torrential rainfall and some severe weather mainly north of the I-96 corridor. Despite strong winds downing some trees and power lines north of I-69, the main impact was heavy rainfall, including a 2-day (July 25-26) total swath of 1" to 2" across the Saginaw valley.