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Lightning, tornadoes, a cold summer, and wind damage

Almanac 14 July 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 14 July 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Lightning, tornadoes, a cold summer, and wind damage top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on July 14.

1901 - The high temperature was 103° in Houghton.

1950 - Cold air filters into Michigan, setting records lows of 45° at Grand Rapids, 41° at Muskegon and 36° at Sault Ste. Marie. Houghton Lake ties their record low set in 1924 with a reading of 33°.

1974 - An F1 tornado touched down early in the morning in Escanaba, MI. It travelled 5.2 miles with a damage width path of 27 yards and did $25,000 worth of property damage as it moved SE, crossed the Little Bay De Noc and lifted 5.7 miles ESE of Escanaba in the Stonington Peninsula. 98 mph wind gust with the thunderstorm was also reported in Escanaba. Several tornadoes struck Lower Michigan during the afternoon, causing some structural damage but no injuries. In Mecosta County, a house and some farm buildings were damaged about four miles east of Sylvester. Apartment buildings were damaged near Plymouth, in Wayne County. Seven houses were destroyed and 50 damaged near Davison in Genesee County.

1984 - An F2 tornado touched down in the mid evening 11.4 miles NE of Manistique, MI and travelled 27 miles with a damage path of 100 yards wide. It caused one injury and $25,000 worth of property damage as it headed east and lifted 2.7 miles ESE of Manistique Lake. The path took it from Schoolcraft into Mackinac County. A 58 mph gust occurred in St. Ignace in the late evening out of a severe thunderstorm.

1992 - Detroit had a high temperature of 83°. This is about the average high temperature for mid July, but it was the warmest day in Detroit in July of 1992, the second coldest July on record and part of the "Cold Summer of 1992".

1995 - An intense three day heat wave claims hundreds of lives across the Midwest, mostly elderly people in the greater Chicago area. The low temperature of 81° at Grand Rapids on this day is the warmest low temperature for the date. Temperatures in the upper 90s in the afternoon combined with high humidity to produce heat index readings near 120°, some of the highest ever recorded. Other cities with a record lows include Lansing with 95° and Houghton Lake with 73°. Muskegon observes record warm minimum temperature of 77° and a record high of 94°. In the Upper Peninsula an F0 tornado touched down in the early evening near the Michigamme Reservoir in Iron County with a damage path of 0.1 mile and 10 yards wide. Trees 18 inches in diameter were downed. Trees were downed in Iron River. A few trees down over roads and hail dented a few cars in Powers at 1900 EST. A ship reported a measured wind gust of 70 mph in Whitefish Bay with severe thunderstorms and on Sugar Island winds estimated at greater than 58 mph blew over several eight-nine inch diameter trees. Lightning started a fire and blew a 30 square feet hole in the roof of a house in Cedarville causing $5000 in damage. A severe thunderstorm produced wind damage to U.P. Fabricating building in Rock along with golf ball sized hail (1.75 inch). Trees were down and 60 mph wind gusts reported 10 miles east of Rapid River. Trees were reported down at Ralph and were blocking U.S 2 in Dickinson County. Many trees down north of U.S. 2 and along M-69 for 10 miles starting at Waucedah and trees were down at Foster City. Winds gust of 90 mph were measured on Mackinac Bridge out of a severe thunderstorm. Sustained wind of 85-88 mph lasted for about 10 minutes. Lightning damaged the main bridge power generator causing $500 in damage in the mid evening. Trees were down in Gwinn and eight inch trees down in Northland at 1900 EST. Power was out until the following morning in Little Lake and Shag Lake areas. Trees down in Diorite at 2009 EST. Earlier in the morning, severe thunderstorms procued wind damage with 55 mph gusts with large tree limbs broken in Hancock at 0919 EST. Wind damage with highway M-26 closed because of trees down and power outages at Dollar Bay at 0925 EST. Wind damage with trees down along Post Road at Lake Linden at 0939 EST. Bumbletown had a wind gust to 67 mph at 0935 EST.

1998 - Severe thunderstorms rolled through Watton in the early evening with gusts to 63 mph downed two large trees. One landed on a garage. 65 mph wind gusts downed 18 to 24 inch diameter trees in Covington causing $10,000 worth of property damage. Thunderstorms downed trees that blocked several roads 7 miles north of Iron Mountain. Several trees were downed between Iron River and Crystal Falls. A 61 mph wind gust was reported at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette. Several trees down along US 41 2 miles west of Ishpeming. A 70 mph wind gust was reported 5 miles northwest of Big Bay and 2 large trees were downed in Harvey.

2000 - Parts of north and west suburbs of Detroit received golf to tennis ball size hail with a severe storm that pushed through.

2006 - Lightning struck a tour boat for Shipwreck Cruises in Munising Bay in the early afternoon. Three people were treated and released at a local hospital for minor injuries.

2010 - Lightning from thunderstorms moving through the area caused a house fire just south of Harvey in the Chocolay Township in the evening. $15,000 in damage occurred.

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