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Latest snow, a squall line and a shipwreck

Almanac 29 May 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 29 May 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Latest snow, a squall line and a shipwreck 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 May 29.

1895 - The second heat wave of the month gets underway with record highs of 94° at Grand Rapids and Lansing.

1947 - Muskegon records its latest snow on record as some wet snowflakes mix in with a cold rain. The high temperature for the day is a record cold 47° after a low of 35°. Other records for the chilly highs include Grand Rapids with 49°, Alpena 44°, Houghton Lake 45°, 41° near Marquette, and Sault Ste. Marie 40°. Sault Ste. Marie observes their latest measurable snow on record with 4.7 inches falling. 6 inches of heavy, wet snow fell in the Carp Plains area in Schoolcraft County, 9 inches fell in Deer Park, 6 inches fell in Munising, 1.3 inches fell in Grand Marais, 4 inches fell in Newberry, 3.8 inches fell in Fayette, 3.5 inches fell at Chatham experimental farm, 3 inches of snow fell in Manistique, 2 inches of snow fell in Rock, 3 inches fell in Steuben. The packet Favorite went off course in a gale in heavy weather and grounded on the northeast shore of Presque Isle, northwest of Marquette, MI in Lake Superior, and then was broken up by storm waves. A small Coast Guard boat grounded trying to rescue her 1 crewman; USCG Woodrush finally affected the rescue. A wood motor Cost Guard patrol boat, probably a former yacht, was attempting to aid the stranded gas screw Favorite when her propeller fouled her tow cable. Helpless, the boat was driven ashore and smashed in the gale near Presque Isle, NW of Marquette, MI in Lake Superior.

1998 - Thunderstorms moving though Flushing at 2:25AM and Otisville at 2:45am brought winds of 60 mph.

1999 - 1 inch hail (quarter sized) fell at Worchester Lake in Creighton at 0315 EST.

2011 - A squall line moved through southern Lower Michigan during the afternoon bringing damaging winds from Vicksburg to Battle Creek and Charlotte. Trees were snapped in a 100 yard wide path, and both a residence and a barn had their roofs partially blown off. Kimball Pines County Park near Battle Creek lost hundreds of trees to winds estimated to be 85 to 100 mph. A state of emergency was declared for Calhoun County and nearly 40,000 people lost power due to the wind damage and lightning. In southeast Michigan the thunderstorm complex rolled through during the peak heating of the day, resulting in scattered wind damage reports across the area, mainly south of Interstate 69. Embedded circulations within the line of thunderstorms lead to localized wind gusts to 80 mph with one EF1 tornado over southern Shiawassee County. Click this link to read more about the late May storm.

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