Severe storms 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 19.
1939 – A total of 4.22 inches of rain falls for the wettest August day on record at Grand Rapids.
1955 – Record high temperatures across the state including Grand Rapids 98°, Lansing 98°, Alpena 98°, Houghton Lake 97°, Marquette 95°, and Sault Ste. Marie 92°. The record in Marquette was broken in 1976 with a high of 98°.
1973 – An F1 tornado touched down 0.6 miles SE of Republic in the midafternoon. It was on the ground for 0.5 mile, was 33 yards wide, and caused $2500 worth of property damage.
1977 – Cool air from Canada brings record lows of 37° at Lansing and 43° at Grand Rapids and 44° in Detroit.
1996 – Severe thunderstorms produce damaging winds from Cadillac to Ionia. Montcalm County is one of the hardest hit places. Numerous trees are blown down from Greenville to Sheridan. In the town of Sheridan, there several reports of building damage mostly to roofs. A school in Greenville had a large plate glass window blown out.
1998 – Flint experienced a record cold temperature of 41° for that day.
2010 – A supercell developed over far northern Saginaw late in the afternoon, then tracked southeast along a frontal boundary. This storm produced a swath of wind damage with winds up to 80 mph, large hail up to golf ball size, and eventually two tornadoes as it moved through Macomb County. The first tornado touched down near the intersection of 22 Mile and Hayes Road, tracking south-southeast before lifting just east of Hayes Road on M-59. Maximum winds were estimated to be up to 90 mph with this EF1 tornado. Damage included multiple homes with roof damage, along with downed trees and power lines. The second tornado touched down just east of Romeo Plank and north of Canal Road. The tornado tracked southeast before lifting just west of the intersection of 14 Mile Road and Harper Avenue. Maximum winds were estimated up to 85 mph with this EF0 tornado. A few homes sustained window, garage, and shingle damage. Numerous trees were blown down.