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Tornadoes, large hail, and the USS Muskegon

USS Muskegon PF-24 U.S. Navy photo
USS Muskegon PF-24 U.S. Navy photo
US Navy

Tornadoes, large hail, and the USS Muskegon top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center (SPC) archives here are the events that happened on July 25.

Almanac 25 July 2014
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

1911 - The wood, bulk freight Rappahannock, while carrying coal, was bound for Duluth with the big barge Montezuma in tow, when she was put on the beach in an attempt to save her from a terrific 75 mph storm and fog, but pounded to pieces anyway. She later drifted into 80 feet of water and sank near Jackfish Point, Ontario in Lake Superior. The wreck was later clamshelled to remove her cargo.

1943 - The USS Muskegon, named after the Michigan city, is launched from Superior, Wisconsin on a day with scattered showers and high temperature of 86° at Muskegon, Michigan. The ship saw duty in World War Two, escorting convoys across the Atlantic. The ship also took weather observations and served as radio and light ship for trans-Atlantic flights until after the end of the war. See the attached slideshow for an image of the ship.

1986 - Genesee County reported an F1 tornado at 5:05pm that caused 1 injury and 25 thousand dollars in damages.

2005 - An extended round of severe weather from the evening of July 25th into the morning of the 26th produced widespread wind damage across Lower Michigan. A tornado struck three miles west of Baldwin and downed hundreds of trees at a campground. Fortunately, most of the campers had left just hours earlier, and there were no injuries. Click here for a radar loop of the storms on this day The attached slideshow has a few severe weather maps for the day

2008 - A cold front moving into a warm and humid airmass spawned severe thunderstorms over portions of west and central Upper Michigan in the afternoon. Numerous large trees were reported down along East Shore Road eastward to Paulding 2 miles south southeast of Bergland in the early afternoon. Two large trees were reported down across Bond Falls Road 1 mile east of Paulding in the early afternoon. An F0 tornado touched down 1 mile south of Masonville, MI in Delta County. A National Weather Service storm survey found a 50-yard wide by 150-yard long EF0-rated tornado track near the intersection of Bayshore Drive and 26th Road. The tornado uprooted large trees, drove a sheet of plywood through a motor home and tore off a portion of a trailer roof and did $10,000 worth of property damage. Another weak tornado also caused some damage near Rapid River in Delta County. An 18 inch diameter spruce tree and a 10 inch diameter cedar tree were felled by the severe thunderstorm 2 miles west northwest of Garden Corners. Numerous eight to ten-inch diameter trees were knocked down 7 miles north northeast of Elmwood in Iron County. Some 12-inch diameter trees reported down along Highway 16. $3000 in property damage occurred. Trees were reported down around Cable Lake 5 miles southwest of Parks Siding. The attached slideshow has a few severe weather maps for the day

2010 - Golf ball sized hail (1.75 inch) fell out of a severe thunderstorm 8 miles north of Rapid River in the late afternoon. The thunderstorm also downed trees along a road due to excessive winds during the same time.

2011 - Increasing afternoon instability led to the formation of a severe storm in the midafternoon a few miles north of Rapid River or 5 miles north of Maplewood. This storm downed trees due to the excessive downburst winds and produced golf ball sized hail (1.75 inch) along a road.