Record rain, record temperatures and a “floating bagnio” 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 14.
1869 - The wood schooner Art Palace, was a “floating bagnio” [read “brothel”] and was lying at anchor when driven ashore off Cedar River, MI on the bay of Green Bay by a gale and was reportedly a total loss. Her skipper, known as “Commodore Peg-Leg” and her crew of “a half-dozen model artistes” made it to shore and lived for a time in the woods nearby. The vessel was eventually recovered.
1878 - The Ontonagon lighthouse keeper noted that the schooner Donston was struck by lightning which knocked 10 feet off the main mast.
1964 – Grand Rapids sets a daily record low temperature of 41° and Detroit a record 48°. The overnight temperature dropped to 41° in Flint, and 40° in Lansing which are record low temperatures for the day. Curiously enough, the very next year, in 1965, the daytime temperature rose to 97° in Flint, and 98° in Lansing setting the record high temperature for this day!
1965 – In addition to Lansing and Flint other cities record highs for the day. Alpena sees a record with 95°, and Marquette 99°.
1987 - A total of 3.61 inches of rain falls at Grand Rapids, making this the second wettest August day on record and contributing to a record monthly total of 8.46 inches.
1988 - A tornado struck East Lansing and then proceeded southeast, leaving an intermittent damage path south of Okemos to Gregory. A man camping near Stockbridge was killed when a tree fell on him.
1992 - Weather Forecast Office in Marquette had a record low temperature of 35°.
1995 - Lightning struck and killed a 33-year old man walking through his campsite in Coldbrook Park in Kalamazoo County.
2009 - Lightning downed a tree near the intersection of Dickinson Boulevard and Wright Street in Kingsford. The street was blocked to traffic as crews cleaned up the debris.