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Wind gusts, hen’s egg hail and a tornado

Almanac 23 July 2014
Almanac 23 July 2014
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Wind gusts, hen’s egg hail and a tornado 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 July 23.

1883 - A half mile wide violent tornado killed three people as it moved southeast from near Eaton Rapids to south of Leslie.

1936 - The Escanaba lighthouse keeper reported a heavy electrical storm. Hailstones the size of hen's eggs (2 inch) fell and were declared the largest ever seen in Escanaba.

1994 - A thunderstorm moving through Menominee County caused wind damage and blew some trees over on Deadman's Point, just north of Cedar River at about 1610 EST.

1999 - Severe weather struck Michigan with tornadoes, and strong wind. Two weak tornadoes touch down in rural areas. One struck near Mount Pleasant, but only lasted a few seconds and produced no damage. Another brief touchdown was reported during the early evening hours in Tustin, in Osceola County, where it produced minor damage to one home. Detroit experienced up to 70mph wind gusts with a strong storm that moved on through. For the Upper Peninsula, severe thunderstorms in the early morning with wind gusts to 69 mph blew 10 inch diameter trees down across the road to Craig Lake near Nestoria. 8 to 10 inch trees were blown down in King Lake Campground at Covington. 4 inch branches down along the southwest shore of Lake Gogebic and trees were down across US-2 at Watersmeet. A 12 inch diameter pine tree was blown down across CR 657 in Iron River and trees were down across CR 643 with power lines down in Iron River. Many 8 to 10 inch diameter trees were blown down across a road in Amasa. 3 inch diameter trees and large branches down in Van Riper State Park. Later on, a 68 mph wind gust report from the Passage Island C-MAN station on the north end of Isle Royale happened at 1937 EST.

2010 - Severe thunderstorms moved through areas along and south of I-94. The strongest storm produced a measured 82 mph wind gust near Whitaker. That storm also produced an EF0 tornado along Judd Road between Hitchingham and Whitaker Roads. Maximum estimated winds with the tornado were around 80 mph, with a path length of 0.6 miles and width of 100 yards.