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Shipwrecks, scattered frost, and tornadoes

Almanac 30 August 2014
Almanac 30 August 2014
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Shipwrecks, scattered frost, and tornadoes 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 30.

1873 - The wooden schooner, 3-mast Cambridge, while carrying iron ore, was thrown on a rocky shore at Big Bay Point near Marquette, MI in a gale, where she broke up in another gale in early September. She had been bound Marquette for Cleveland.

1892 - The steel, bulk freight Western Reserve, while carrying light, broke in two and sank in a relatively mild gale off Deer Park, MI in Lake Superior. She was one of the first steel steamers built for use on the lakes and her loss to hull failure caused a great furor and eventually new laws for the testing of steel for shipbuilding. Of her two boats, one capsized near shore, and the other was never seen again. Capt. Peter Minch (the owner) and most of his family were lost. USLS crewmen on beach patrol ultimately recovered 16 bodies. 26 of the 27 crew members perished.

1949 - A weak tornado struck just north of Grant in Newaygo County, causing some minor damage to small buildings and crops.

1961 - A severe thunderstorm put out a 76 mph wind gust 5.2 miles northwest of the Huron Mountain Club in northern Marquette County in the early morning

1976 - Scattered frost occurs in rural areas as Grand Rapids falls to 39°, the coldest ever recorded during the month of August. Other daily records for the date include Muskegon 41°, Detroit 41°, Flint 38°, and Sault Ste. Marie 35°.

1984 - A tornado struck about 5 miles northeast of St. Johns in Clinton County, damaging two homes, but causing no injuries. An F2 tornado moved through Wayne County at 4:40am. It caused $4 million worth in property damage and caused 4 injuries.

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