Record temperatures and a tornado 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 May 24.
1890 – One person was injured as a tornado destroyed one home and a dozen barns northeast of Ithaca in Gratiot County.
1925 – The temperature climbed to only 44° in Detroit, setting the record for the record low maximum on this day.
1971 – An F2 tornado moved through Tuscola County at 8:30PM. This tornado is responsible for 1 injury and over $50,000 in damage. This was the strongest tornado ever to hit Tuscola County since 1950.
1991 – Fog and light rain start the day with record warm overnight low temperatures. Grand Rapids observes a low of 66° tying the record set in 1977. Other records include Muskegon with a low of only 64°, Alpena 63°, and Detroit 67°. Some of these records would be tied or broken in 2010.
1999 – Behind a cold front, temperatures remain in the 40s for most of the day with a cloudy sky and light rain. The record cold high temperatures occur at midnight with readings falling into the mid-40s. Grand Rapids ties the record cold high set in 1924 with a reading of 51° and Muskegon sets a new record with a high of only 50°. Marquette also ties their 1992 record with a high of only 42°.
2007 – Ahead of a cold front, a strong southwest wind gusting to nearly 30 mph helps to boost temperatures into the upper 80s. Grand Rapids observes a high 89°, tying the record set during the heat wave of 1977. Muskegon sets a record for the date with a high of 87°.
2010 – The day starts with record warm overnight minimum temperatures and goes on to set new records for afternoon highs. Some of these values tie or exceed the records set in the 1991 and 2007. Starting with the warm minimum readings, records include Grand Rapids 66°, Muskegon 69°, Marquette 68°, and Sault Ste. Marie 60°. Afternoon record highs include Grand Rapids with 89°, Muskegon 89°, Houghton Lake 87°, and Marquette 91°.