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Almanac 5 July 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 5 July 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Snow flurries, a tornado, a heat wave and heavy rain top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on July 5.

1884 - Snow flurries were reported in Negaunee during the morning.

1921 - A record high of 100° at Grand Rapids contributes to July 1921 becoming the warmest month on record with a mean temperature of 79.7°.

1921 - One person was injured by a tornado that destroyed three barns while passing north of Alma and Saint Louis in Gratiot County.

1972 - Temperatures fell to record lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s across the region. The 37° at Lansing was the coldest July reading of the 20th century there.

1988 - Many cities in the north central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. In Michigan these include Lansing 99°, Detroit 96°, Marquette 94° and Muskegon 95°. This heat wave continues on the 6th and 7th. (See this write up on heat waves.)

1992 - A severe thunderstorm produced wind gusts to 58 mph 1.3 miles northeast of Mount Horace Greeley in Keweenaw County in the evening.

1993 - An F1 waterspout touched down less than a mile east of Round Island in the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Huron in the evening and was 2.7 miles SE of Mackinac Island. It was on the water for a mile and was 220 yards wide.

1994 - Thunderstorms with hail and heavy rain pound areas of West Michigan. The 3.56 inches of rain at Grand Rapids makes this the wettest July day on record.

1999 - Many trees and power poles were down at Bessemer with gusts up to 69 mph. A 63 mph wind gust occurred in Rockland at 1750 EST. The top of a 40 foot spruce tree was broken off in Ontonagon at 1806 EST. Over 100 trees down on Lake Rd and two houses and a car were damaged by falling trees in Ironwood with $15,000 in property damage. Several trees were down in Marenisco. Many trees down with several houses and vehicles damaged by falling trees in Marquette at 1858 EST causing $50,000 in property damage. Trees down blocking M-35 in Palmer at 1905 EST. A peak wind gust to 67 mph was measured at Munising out of a severe thunderstorm that downed trees blocking roads and a hiker was injured by a falling tree. Severe thunderstorms rolled through Baraga County earlier. Trees were uprooted - power lines down - some trees on houses in Three Lakes. A resort at Lake Ruth suffered wind damage to its main lodge, three cabins, and two sheds. Six of its twelve 14 foot fishing boats were damaged beyond repair. Two houses on Lake George were seriously damaged by falling trees. $100,000 in property damage occurred in Baraga County. Many trees were downed in Baltic at 1800 EST. Numerous thunderstorms moved across eastern Upper Michigan with isolated severe wind reports. Gusts to 69 mph were reported in De Tour Village. Several small trees were down in Cornell from severe thunderstorms. Numerous trees were down along CR-413 in Newberry. Large tree limbs down along M-77 in Germfask at 2040 EST.

2012 - Thunderstorms over northern Lower Michigan quickly organized into a line of severe thunderstorms shortly after midnight. This line of storms pushed through southeast Michigan in the very early morning hours producing widespread severe winds that damaged homes and left 200,000 without power, some for several days during one of the hottest stretches of summer.