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Tornado death, ice floe speculation, and record temperatures

Almanac 24 May 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 24 May 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Tornado death, ice floe speculation, and record temperatures 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 24.

1890 - One person was injured as a tornado destroyed one home and a dozen barns northeast of Ithaca in Gratiot County.

1925 - The temperature climbed to only 44° in Detroit, setting the record for the record low maximum on this day. Lansing also observes a record with a high of 25°.

1928 - The wood schooner-barge, 2-mast Mingoe, while carrying salt and lumber, foundered in a storm in the Huron Islands in Lake Superior. Some speculation was that she struck an ice floe. 3 crew members perished.

1971 - An F2 tornado moved through Tuscola County at 8:30PM. This tornado is responsible for 1 injury and over $50,000 in damage. This was the strongest tornado ever to hit Tuscola County since 1950.

1991 - Fog and light rain start the day with record warm overnight low temperatures. Grand Rapids observes a low of 66°. Other records include Muskegon with a low of only 64°, Alpena 63°, and Detroit 67°. Some of these records would be tied or broken in 2010.

1999 - Behind a cold front, temperatures remain in the 40s for most of the day with a cloudy sky and light rain. The record cold high temperatures occur at midnight with readings falling into the mid-40s. Grand Rapids ties the record cold high set in 1924 with a reading of 51° and Muskegon sets a new record with a high of only 50°.

2007 - Ahead of a cold front, a strong southwest wind gusting to nearly 30 mph helps to boost temperatures into the upper 80s. Grand Rapids observes a high 89°, tying the record set during the heat wave of 1977. Muskegon sets a record for the date with a high of 87°. Alpena sees a record 88°, Detroit 87°, and Flint 88°. Isolated severe thunderstorms downed a few trees and branches in Iron County in the evening. A few trees were blown down across roads in the Gaastra area.

2010 – The day starts with record warm overnight minimum temperatures and ends with new records for afternoon highs. Some of these values tie or exceed the records set in the 1991 and 2007. Starting with the warm minimum readings, records include Grand Rapids 66°, Muskegon 69°, Marquette 68°, and Sault Ste. Marie 60°. Afternoon record highs include Grand Rapids with 89°, Muskegon 89°, Houghton Lake 87°, and Marquette 91°.

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