Damaging wind and record heat top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the Michigan weather events that happened on July 30.
1913 – Offshore winds negate the cooling effect of Lake Michigan as Muskegon hits 99° for its all-time record high temperature. Temperatures are actually a bit lower inland as Grand Rapids is 96° and Lansing 92°.
1960 – Two squall lines preceding a cold front produced widespread severe weather with high winds and hail. Severe crop damage from hail occurred across much of Kent County.
1999 – Trees were down on camping vehicles at Bessemer in the early evening causing $10,000 in property damage. A 20 inch diameter pine tree was toppled in Wakefield with 6 inch trees down on power lines at Watersmeet. A satellite dish was destroyed and one to two foot diameter pine trees were blown down in Wakefield causing $5000 in property damage. Severe thunderstorms produced a 58 mph gust in Covington in the mid-evening and three 10 inch diameter trees toppled in Cornell and two 3 foot white pine trees down in Gladstone. Scattered reports of trees down across Dickinson County. Part of the roof on the North Dickinson School was torn off and carried several hundred yards east over the football field. The wood framed, sheet metal-sided bus garage was considered a total loss and a bus inside the garage was slightly damaged. Near Merriman, an all-terrain vehicle was crushed, two houses suffered roof damage, and a shed and a van were seriously damaged by falling trees. A pick-up truck was crushed by a falling tree in Hardwood. $500,000 in property damage came from the severe thunderstorms in Dickinson County.
2000 – 1.12 inches of rainfall fell in Flint, which is the precipitation record for the day. This marked the third day in a row (July 28-30) that daily precipitation records were recorded for Flint. The grand total for rainfall for this three-day period was 6.03 inches – this is almost twice the normal monthly precipitation (3.17 inches)! Muskegon observes a daily rainfall record of 0.92 inches.
2002 – Golf ball sized hail (1.75 inch) fell out of a severe thunderstorm in Garden in the late evening.
2003 – A short wave rotating around an upper low over northern Minnesota triggered severe thunderstorms as it passed over Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Numerous large trees were knocked down in a severe thunderstorm with gusts up to 75 mph one mile east of L’anse in the early evening.
2006 – One to two-inch diameter branches down with wind gusts up to 63 mph in a severe thunderstorm 5 miles south of Chatham in the early morning and two to four inch diameter branches down 5 miles south southwest of Rapid River.
2008 – A tornado struck about three miles north of Clare at 3:17 a.m. A barn collapsed and the roof of a carport was blown into a stand of trees. Several other trees were either snapped off or uprooted.