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Almanac 5 August 2014
Almanac 5 August 2014
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Large hail, drowning swimmers, shipwrecks and tornadoes 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 5.

1875 - The wood scow-schooner Ella Doak was bound from Ludington, Mich. to Hedgehog with a partial load of riprap, when she was driven ashore in a gale and wrecked at Hedgehog Harbor, WI near Death's Door in the Bay of Green Bay.

1931 - The mercury rose to a record of 102° degrees in Saginaw.

1947 - The temperature hits 93° at Muskegon and 100° at Grand Rapids, where it will reach the century mark again the next day. A total of 17 days during the month had high temperatures of 90° or above at Grand Rapids. This is the hottest August on record for Grand Rapids and Muskegon, and the second hottest for Lansing. Temperatures reached 100° in Sault Ste. Marie. Houghton had a high temperature of 103°, Marquette topped out at 102° with a low of 82°, the warmest low temperature in August ever.

1950 - The wood fishing tug Vernon, was rammed and sank in dense fog by freighter Harry Colby off Grand Marais, MI in Lake Superior. Colby picked up her crew.

1968 - Tornadoes caused scattered damage across Lower Michigan. One tornado hit southeast of Grand Rapids, damaging several farms from Kentwood and into Ionia County. Another tornado damaged two houses southwest of Lansing. A third tornado damaged a boat and dock near Houghton Lake in Roscommon County.

1977 - An F1 tornado touched down 5.8 miles southeast of Sault Ste. Marie in the late afternoon. The tornado headed east for 1.6 miles, crossed the Saint Mary's River and caused $25,000 worth of property damage as it lifted on the west side of Sugar Island.

1979 - 1.75 inch hail (golf ball sized) fell 2.4 miles southeast of Moran in Mackinac County at 0300 EST out of a severe thunderstorm

1988 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from Indiana and Lower Michigan to Pennsylvania and New York State during the day. Thunderstorms in Michigan produced wind gusts to 80 mph at Ashley, Hastings and Lennon. (Storm Data) (National Weather Summary)

1989 - 2.5 inch hail (tennis ball sized) fell 0.8 mile west of the Bay Mills Reservation in the late afternoon in a severe thunderstorm.

2010 - A father and his son both drowned in high waves and strong rip currents in Grand Marais Harbor in the midafternoon. Northwest winds gusting over 30 mph at times contributed to the high waves and strong rip currents. High waves and rip currents also led to the drowning of two swimmers near Presque Isle in Marquette.