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Deadly long shore current, a tornado, record rain, and shipwrecks

Almanac 10 August 2014
Almanac 10 August 2014 Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Deadly long shore current, a tornado, record rain, and shipwrecks 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 10.

1894 - The wood schooner, 2-mast Belle Laurie, while carrying cedar posts, foundered at Garrett Bay, WI in the bay of Green Bay in a storm.

1899 - The wood, bulk freight Ontario, while carrying light or coal with two schooners in tow, went ashore in fog and was destroyed by wave action. Bound for Nipigon, Ontario. Her boilers are still ashore on Battle Island, Ontario in Lake Superior near Rossport, Ontario.

1944 - The first half of August produces seven days in the 90s, peaking with a record high of 98° at Grand Rapids and 95° at Muskegon on this date. Other daily records include Alpena 94°, Detroit 98°, Flint 98°, Houghton Lake 95°, and Sault Ste. Marie 90°.

1964 - Detroit reported a record amount of precipitation in a day. The total precipitation was 3.21 inches.

1971 - A tornado damages some cottages near Croton Dam in Newaygo County. A severe thunderstorm produced a 58 mph wind gust 3.7 miles southwest of Laurium in the early morning.

1972 -High pressure from Canada brings record low temperatures, including the 40° at Lansing, 45° at Grand Rapids, 47° at Muskegon, 45° in Detroit, and 43° in Flint.

2008 - A Negaunee man drowned while swimming near Picnic Rocks in Marquette at 4:34 pm. A long shore current developing between the shore and rocks was believed to be a contributing factor in the drowning. The Marquette Coast Guard indicated a north wind of 10 to 15 knots with waves reported to be 3 to 5 feet at the time of the drowning

2012 - A strong moisture-laden storm system brought widespread moderate to heavy rain to Southeast Michigan. Saginaw received 6.93", the most of any other location by far and its highest one-day total on record. Combined with 1.10" from the previous day and another 0.26" from the following day, the three-day total from August 9-11 of 8.29" ironically catapulted Saginaw to one of its wettest summers on record despite being amidst an ongoing severe drought.