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Tornadoes, flash flooding and record cold

Almanac 22 August 2014
Almanac 22 August 2014 Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Tornadoes, flash flooding and record cold 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 22.

1923 – Cold air settles into Michigan resulting in both record low temperatures and records for frigid highs. Grand Rapids sets a record low temperature of 44° and only sees a high of 63°. Houghton Lakes sees a record low of a frosty 29° and a chilly high temperature of 63°. Other record minimum temperatures include Detroit with 45° and Flint with 40°. Records for chilly high temperatures include Alpena with 59°, Sault Ste. Marie at 52° and Muskegon at 60°.

1936 - The Dust Bowl summer of 1936 produced more record heat, with a high of 98° at Grand Rapids and 94° at Lansing. Detroit also sets a record of 101° with Flint reaching a record 98°.

1942 - Flash flooding from rain occurred on a branch of the Ontonagon River August 21st and 22nd. Roads were washed out, bridges flooded and 3 people were killed as a flash flood wave of 10-12 feet swept down a valley and stripped their creek-side cabin off its foundation. A portion of Highway 45 north of Bruce Crossing was washed away while the bridge over the Ontonagon in Ontonagon was in danger of being wrecked by debris.

1964 - Tornadoes struck in Calhoun, Lenawee and Hillsdale Counties. Three people were injured northeast of Battle Creek as a house and factory were damaged. An F3 tornado hit Lenawee County at 2:35PM around the community of Springville. Two people were injured as a result of this tornado. This was the last F3 or greater tornado to hit Lenawee.

1966 - A tornado struck Bellevue in Eaton County, damaging a house, garage and two cars.

1968 - An F2 tornado touched down in the early afternoon in Herman, MI. It was on the ground for 0.3 of a mile and had a damage width of 67 yards.

1977 - An F1 tornado touched down in the late afternoon 2.7 miles south of Newberry. This tornado was on the ground for 1.5 miles with a width of 60 yards and caused $25,000 worth of property damage.

2001 - Severe weather and flooding hit Allegan, Ottawa and Kent Counties. Damaging winds hit Hudsonville, Plainwell, Dorr and Grand Rapids. Flooding occurred in eastern Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties where three to five inches of rain is estimated to have fallen in less than 6 hours. Several streets were closed by flooding in Oshtemo. Some businesses had to pump water out of their stores in Kalamazoo during the height of the storms.