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Heavy rain, record high temperatures and a tornado

Almanac 6 August 2014
Almanac 6 August 2014
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Heavy rain, record high temperatures and a tornado 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 6.

1918 - Southwest Lower Michigan was in the grip of an extreme heat wave. Both Grand Rapids and Lansing set their highest temperature on record for the month of August at 102°. The temperature soared to 104° in Detroit while Saginaw recorded 103°. Both are the record maximum temperatures for the month of August. Houghton Lake sees the hottest August day with a record 100°.

1947 – The reached a record 98° in Sault Ste. Marie and 97° in Muskegon.

1955 - A tornado injured one person in Hastings and another tornado caused minor damage near Norvell in Jackson County.

1998 - A small tornado downed trees and did minor damage to an outbuilding at Hamiliton in Allegan County.

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 5-7 of 8.29" ironically catapulted Saginaw to one of its wettest summers on record despite being amidst an ongoing severe drought.

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