Lightning, rain and record temperatures 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 August 14.
1869 – The wood schooner Art Palace, was a “floating bagnio” [read “brothel”] and was lying at anchor when driven ashore off Cedar River, MI on the bay of Green Bay by a gale and was reportedly a total loss. Her skipper, known as “Commodore Peg-Leg” and her crew of “a half-dozen model artistes” made it to shore and lived for a time in the woods nearby. The vessel was eventually recovered.
1878 – The Ontonagon lighthouse keeper noted that the schooner Donston was struck by lightning which knocked 10 feet off the main mast.
1964 – Grand Rapids sets a daily record low temperature of 41°, Lansing a record 40° and Detroit a record 48°. The overnight temperature dropped to 41° in Flint, which is the record low temperature for the day. Curiously enough, the very next year, in 1965, the daytime temperature rose to 97° in Flint, and 98° in Lansing setting the record high temperature for this day!
1965 – In addition to Lansing and Flint other cities record highs for the day. Alpena sees a record with 96°, and Marquette 99°.
1987 – A total of 3.61 inches of rain falls at Grand Rapids, making this the second wettest August day on record and contributing to a record monthly total of 8.46 inches.
1988 – A tornado struck East Lansing and then proceeded southeast, leaving an intermittent damage path south of Okemos to Gregory. A man camping near Stockbridge was killed when a tree fell on him.
1992 – WFO Marquette had a record low temperature of 35°.
1995 – Lightning struck and killed a 33-year old man walking through his campsite in Coldbrook Park in Kalamazoo County.
2009 – Lightning downed a tree near the intersection of Dickinson Boulevard and Wright Street in Kingsford. The street was blocked to traffic as crews cleaned up the debris.