Record cold, heavy rain, severe thunderstorms, 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 4.
1894 - The second record cool morning in a row at Lansing with 37°. Grand Rapids also sets a record low for the date with 42° and Detroit 47°.
1988 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from eastern Iowa to Lower Michigan during the afternoon and evening hours, producing golf ball size hail and spawning several tornadoes. A thunderstorm at Maquoketa, IA produced wind gusts to 75 mph. (Storm Data) (National Weather Summary) An F1 tornado hit Washtenaw County Michigan at 3:40pm. A hot and dry summer continues with record highs of 96° at Lansing and Grand Rapids and 92° at Muskegon.
1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from eastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas to the Great Lakes Region, with 150 reports of large hail or damaging winds during the afternoon, evening, and nighttime hours. Thunderstorms produced tennis ball size hail at Claremont, MN, and wind gusts to 75 mph at Milwaukee, WI. Thunderstorms from the remnants of Hurricane Chantal produced five inches of rain at Grant, MI, and deluged Chicago, IL with more than three inches of rain in three hours. (Storm Data) (National Weather Summary)
2005 - A severe thunderstorm brought down several 3 inch diameter tree limbs 1 mile southwest of Escanaba in the mid-evening.
2006 - A severe thunderstorm brought trees and power lines down near Gogebic County Airport in the mid-evening with $5000 in property damage and two to three-inch diameter branches down with a few trees down at Wakefield with $2000 in property damage.