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Extreme heat, dense fog and a severe thunderstorm

Almanac 24 July 2014
Almanac 24 July 2014
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Extreme heat, dense fog and a severe thunderstorm 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 24.

1902 - The wood, bulk freight Henry J. Johnson, while carrying iron ore, was groping through the Straits of Mackinac in a dense fog, when she collided with the steel steamer Fred Pabst and sank quickly, in deep water off Spectacle Reef, eastern Straits of Mackinac in Lake Huron. Her crew abandoned and was adrift for several hours before being picked up by the tug Parker. Bound Escanaba for Cleveland.

1934 - Extreme heat continues for the fifth consecutive day with Lansing observing a record high of 102°. Grand Rapids hits 103°, part of a string of five out of six days at or above 100° there. Grand Rapids also sees a record warm low temperature of 75° on this date. The temperature soared to 105° in Detroit. This is the highest all time temperature recorded in Detroit! Other daily record highs include Flint with 105° and Houghton Lake with 106°.

1998 – In the Upper Peninsula, a wind gust to 58 mph in a severe thunderstorm brought down sixteen inch diameter trees around noon. Other smaller trees were down 4 Miles northeast of Melstrand in Alger County.

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