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Large hail, a hard freeze, and a shipwreck

Almanac 29 August 2014
Almanac 29 August 2014
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Large hail, a hard freeze, and a shipwreck top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center (SPC) archives here are the events that happened on August 29.

1863 - A hard freeze ends the growing season at many interior locations. Lansing falls to 26°, the coldest ever recorded in August there.

1926 - The wood, bulk freight Zillah, while carrying limestone, began to leak in a summer storm. She coasted in a circle as the crew gathered what belongings they could, then rolled over and sank in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior while steamer William B. Schiller stood by to take off her people, with help from the U.S. Coast Guard. Wreck located in 1975.

1979 - One F0 and three F1 tornadoes were sighted over Monroe County between 6:45pm and 7pm.

1982 - Cool air from Canada continues pouring in, with a record low of 38° at Muskegon and 41° at Grand Rapids. Other records around the state include Alpena 30°, Detroit 38°, Flint 37°, Houghton Lake 29°, and Sault Ste. Marie 29°. For Detroit, Flint and Sault Ste. Marie these are the coldest temperatures ever recorded for the month of August.

1983 - 1.5 inch hail (ping pong ball sized) fell out of a severe thunderstorm 2.8 miles west of Palmer and 1.25 inch hail (half dollar sized) fell in Marquette in the early afternoon.
2007 – Severe storms with large hail and damaging wind impact central and eastern parts of Lower Michigan. Numerous trees and power lines are blown down with a few sites recording 58-60mph winds. In Frankenmuth hail the size of golf balls falls from the clouds.