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Record temperatures, a tornado, ping pong ball sized hail, and snow flurries 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 19.

1906 - After the previous day of large wildfires in the U.P, snow flurries developed in Marquette and the heat wave ended in the U.P. The wildfires of 1906 ended up being the most widespread and destructive to ever burn across the U.P.

1923 - A tornado injured two people in Kent County as it moved through rural areas from east of Coopersville to near Sparta.

1975 - 1.5 inch hail (ping pong ball sized) fell in Herman in Baraga County out of a severe thunderstorm and 1.25 inch hail (half dollar sized) fell 1.1 miles northeast of Ishpeming in the late afternoon.

1983 - An F2 tornado hit Macomb County at 6:27PM causing $25,000 in property damage.

1996 – A steamy day across the state as records are set for both the warm minimum and sizzling high temperatures. Records for the warm low temperatures include Grand Rapids 71°, Lansing 71°, Detroit 69°, and Flint 72°. For Lansing this is the warmest low temperature ever recorded for the month of May. Record highs include Alpena with 88° and Flint with 89°. The record high at Alpena was surpassed in 2012 when the high reached 91°.

2002 - Snowflakes fly across Lower Michigan as record cold weather prevails. Record lows include the 26° at Lansing, 29° at Muskegon and 30° at Grand Rapids. The freezing temperatures cause heavy losses to orchards across western Lower Michigan. The cold impacts other parts of the state with record lows including Detroit with 32°, Flint 29°, and Marquette 25°.



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