Record heat, a shipwreck and powerful thunderstorms 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 17.
1905 - The wood schooner-barge, 3-mast John M. Hutchinson, while carrying iron ore, opened her seams and sank in a heavy weather, going down in deep water off 14-mile Point, east of Ontonagon, MI in Lake Superior. The crew was saved by her tow vessel, the steamer Caledonia. After the accident members of her crew claimed she was overloaded.
1926 - 4.51 inches of rainfall fell in Detroit. This is the second greatest precipitation recorded in Detroit. The greatest precipitation ever recorded in Detroit occurred on July 31, 1925 with 4.74 inches being recorded.
1984 - A severe thunderstorm produced a wind gust to 97 mph 5.7 miles north northeast of Mount Horace Greeley in Keweenaw County in the late afternoon.
1988 - It is the last hot day of the hot and dry summer of 1988. Record highs were set at Grand Rapids with 98°, Lansing with 95°, and Muskegon with 93°. The high temperature reached 100° degrees in Detroit, 96° in Flint and 91° in Saginaw. Thirteen of the first seventeen days of August had highs over 90° at Grand Rapids, but none after today. The transition to cooler weather is marked by severe thunderstorms that bring large hail and damaging winds during the late afternoon and evening.
2002 - A 90 mph wind gust was recorded by a co-op observer in Phoenix. In the wake of a strong summer storm system that moved into Ontario, high winds buffeted Upper Michigan during the evening. The exposed Keweenaw Peninsula was hardest hit, where there were reports of numerous trees down and power outages. A 60 mph wind gust was reported in Menominee due to a wake low with numerous trees and power lines blown down. Strong winds developed in the wake of a thunderstorm complex that moved across Wisconsin and Lake Michigan. The buoy on Lake Michigan halfway between Washington Island (WI) and North Manitou Island (MI) reported a wind gust of 54 knots (62 mph).