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Steamy temperatures, snow flurries and a shipwreck

Almanac 26 May 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 26 May 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Steamy temperatures, snow flurries and a shipwreck 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 26.

1919 - The wood, bulk freight Ferdinand Schlesinger, while carrying coal, sprang a leak in a gale and sank after a struggle of many hours by her crew 15 miles southeast of Passage Island off Isle Royale in Lake Superior. They abandoned the sinking vessel for the freezing lake and were rescued by the Canadian passenger steamer Assiniboia, out of Duluth.

1961 - Snow flurries are observed across Lower Michigan as record cold air moves in. Temperatures fall well below freezing the next morning, wiping out much of the fruit crop. Several cities set records for the coldest high temperatures for this date. Grand Rapids only has a high of 47°, Muskegon 48°, Detroit 47°, Flint 45°, and Houghton Lake 45°.

1968 - 2.56 inches of rainfall fell in Detroit. This is the greatest amount of precipitation recorded in the month of May in Detroit.

1991 – Record warm low temperatures for both Muskegon and Grand Rapids. The low temperature in Grand Rapids is only 71° and Muskegon 65°. Muskegon goes on to tie this record in 2010. Other record high minimum temperatures include Lansing with 70°, Detroit 70°, Flint 70°, and Sault Ste. Marie 59°. Keep in mind that the average afternoon high for Grand Rapids is only 73°.

2010 – This was a steamy day across Michigan with record high temperatures set for a few cities. These records include Grand Rapids with 90°, Muskegon 87°, and Sault Ste. Marie 86°.