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Almanac 9 July 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 9 July 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Shipwrecks, heat, and hail top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on July 9.

1895 - The wood schooner, 2-mast Nina, while carrying lumber, was waterlogged in a storm and was put ashore on Green Island, WI in the bay of Green Bay, where she became a total wreck.

1901 - The wood sidewheel tug, logging, Sir Luke, had logs in tow. This small river tug was no match for a summer storm on the big lake. She was caught in heavy weather a few miles from Garden, Michigan, stranded and wrecked near Vans Harbor, Michigan in Garden Bay of the Big Bay De Noc. Her crew made it to shore safely in her small boat, but the tug was a total loss.

1906 - A thunderstorm over Escanaba caused lightning to strike the lighthouse and this produced tremendous damage. 3 members of the lightkeeper's family were home and uninjured. Every window on the first floor was broken. None of the occupants even felt a shock from the lightning. Despite the damage, the lighthouse was still operating.

1926 - A tornado moved from just north of Hudson Lake, Indiana to near Buchanan, Michigan. Batchelors Island in the Saint Joseph River near Buchanan was virtually stripped of trees, and thee women having lunch were killed in a cabin on the island.

1936 - High temperatures of 102° in Escanaba, and 101° occurred in Marquette. This was the first time since 1901 that Marquette had 3 days in a month of 100° or better and the first time this had happened on consecutive days. Sailors on an ore carrier 10 miles northeast of Marquette on Lake Superior had a temperature of over 100°. Other record highs for the date include Grand Rapids 101°, Alpena 102°, Detroit 102°, Flint 105°, Houghton Lake 105°, and Sault Ste. Marie 96°.

1956 - Cloudy and cool weather prevails with a record low maximum temperature of 64° at Grand Rapids.

1969 - A severe thunderstorm produced a 63 mph wind gust 3.7 miles southwest of Laurium in the mid-evening.

1987 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather in Michigan. A tornado near Munising, MI destroyed part of a commercial dog kennel, and one of the missing dogs was later found unharmed in a tree top half a mile away. (The National Weather Summary)(Storm Data)

1988 - Many cities in the eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. The percentage of total area in the country in the grips of severe to extreme drought reached 43%, the 4th highest total of record. The record of 61% occurred during the summer of 1934. (The National Weather Summary) In Michigan several cities observe temperatures that are only surpassed by the heat wave of 1936. High temperatures for the day include Alpena with 95°, Detroit 98°, and with Flint 100°.

1989 - Morning thunderstorms produced very heavy rain in southern Lower Michigan and northern Indiana. Up to 5.6 inches of rain was reported in Berrien County, Michigan. (The National Weather Summary)(Storm Data)

2006 - Golfball-sized hail (1.75 inch) fell out of a severe thunderstorm at Birch Creek and County Road 577 5 miles north of Menominee at 1303 CST and two-inch hail (hen egg sized) found 20 minutes after storm had passed near Highway 41 and Willow Tree Road in the same spot. Hail up to golf ball size combined with strong winds resulted in significant damage to roofs, siding, and automobiles 3 miles northeast of Menominee at 1312 CST causing $100,000 in damage. Numerous 8-inch cedar trees snapped in cemetery near Birch Creek Road and Bay De Noc Road 5 miles north of Menominee at 1310 CST causing $2000 in damage. Many roads closed across southern Menominee County due to trees and power lines down 5 miles north of Menominee at 1315 CST. A few trees were on fire. Three-foot diameter older willow tree snapped near base at Highway 41 and Willow Tree Road.