Shipwrecks, a wildfire, record heat, tornadoes, and hail top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center (SPC) archives here are the events that happened on August 24.
1891 - The wood schooner-barge, 2-mast Genesee Chief, while carrying shingles, was severely waterlogged in a storm and was towed in and abandoned at a dock at Cheboygan. After an examination she was declared a constructive total loss. The hulk was later towed out and scuttled in Duncan Bay in the south channel of the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Huron.
1896 - The wood schooner Granger, while carrying cedar lumber bound to Chicago, went aground and wrecked on Seul Choix Point, MI in Lake Michigan in a sou'wester gale, and was a total loss.
1947 - The second long heat wave of the month comes to a close with record highs of 98° at Grand Rapids and 96° at Muskegon, contributing to the warmest August on record across West Michigan. Other records include 100° in Alpena, 101° at Flint, 96° at Houghton Lake, and 92° in Sault Ste. Marie. Some of these records are broken one year later.
1948 – New record highs are set, some of which surpass the readings established just one year earlier. Records include Grand Rapids 98°, Lansing 97°, Detroit 95°, Houghton Lake 97°, and Marquette 101°.
1976 - The Seney fire grew tenfold to 20,000 acres and put out smoke that made it hard to drive across the Seney stretch.
1998 - A severe thunderstorm in Sault Ste. Marie with gusts to 60 mph caused several trees to be toppled across the city in the early morning.
2006 - Up to baseball-sized hail fell from a severe storm at Grand Junction in Van Buren County.
2007 - Tornadoes strike Lower Michigan, with the worst damage near Potterville in Eaton County. Five people are injured and 15 homes are destroyed by a tornado with peak winds estimated at 140 mph. A weaker tornado hit southeast of Lansing but damage was limited to trees falling on mobile homes. A tornado and severe weather outbreak hit the greater Flint and Detroit metro areas. The strongest tornado was an EF2 that was on the ground for 26 miles from northern Livingston County, through Fenton and into Holly. Additional tornadoes hit northeast of Durand (EF0), near Hadley (EF1), and near Salem (EF0). The slideshow on the left has more weather maps for the day. Click here for a radar loop of the storms on this day.
2011 - Strong west to northwest winds in the wake of a cold front gusted near 60 mph over portions of the Keweenaw Peninsula in the afternoon. A 59 mph peak wind gust was measured at the Michigan Tech University Keweenaw Research Center at 1300 EST. Scattered severe thunderstorms developed over Metro Detroit, with both large hail and wind damage occurring. There were over 20 reports of severe weather including golf ball sized hail in Marysville.