Tornadoes, flash flooding and the Dust Bowl heat 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 August 22.
Cold air settles into Michigan on this day in 1923 resulting in both record low temperatures and records for frigid highs. Grand Rapids sets a record low temperature of 44 degrees and only sees a high of 63 degrees. Houghton Lakes sees a record low of a frosty 29 degrees and a chilly high temperature of 63 degrees. Other record minimum temperatures include Detroit with 45 degrees and Flint with 40 degrees. Records for chilly high temperatures include Alpena with 59 degrees, Sault Ste. Marie at 52 degrees and Muskegon at 60 degrees.
The Dust Bowl summer of 1936 produced more record heat, with a high of 98 degrees at Grand Rapids and 94 degrees at Lansing. Detroit also sets a record of 101 degrees with Flint reaching a record 98 degrees.
In 1942, flash flooding from rain occurred on a branch of the Ontonagon River August 21st and 22nd. Roads were washed out, bridges flooded and three people were killed as a flash flood wave of 10-12 feet swept down a valley and stripped their creek-side cabin off its foundation. A portion of Highway 45 north of Bruce Crossing was washed away while the bridge over the Ontonagon in Ontonagon was in danger of being wrecked by debris.
Tornadoes struck in Calhoun, Lenawee and Hillsdale Counties in 1964. Three people were injured northeast of Battle Creek as a house and factory were damaged. An F3 tornado hit Lenawee County at 2:35 p.m. around the community of Springville. Two people were injured as a result of this tornado. This was the last F3 or greater tornado to hit Lenawee.
A tornado struck Bellevue in Eaton County, damaging a house, garage and two cars in 1966.
In 1968 an F2 tornado touched down in the early afternoon in Herman, MI. It was on the ground for 0.3 of a mile and had a damage width of 67 yards.
An F1 tornado touched down in the late afternoon 2.7 miles south of Newberry in 1977. This tornado was on the ground for 1.5 miles with a width of 60 yards and caused 25,000 dollars of property damage.
Severe weather and flooding hit Allegan, Ottawa and Kent Counties in 2001. Damaging winds hit Hudsonville, Plainwell, Dorr and Grand Rapids. Flooding occurred in eastern Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties where three to five inches of rain is estimated to have fallen in less than six hours. Several streets were closed by flooding in Oshtemo. Some businesses had to pump water out of their stores in Kalamazoo during the height of the storms.