Storms of June 12-13, 2008

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Severe storms brought two tornadoes, 60-80 mph winds, hail and up to 11″ of rain to parts of Mason and Manistee Counties on June 13-14, 2008.  From mid-afternoon Thursday (the 12th) through the early morning of Friday (the 13th), strong to severe storms were “training” – going over the same area like cars of a train passing over the same spot.  The result was extremely heavy rain and flooding. Unofficial rainfall totals of up to 11″ were recorded.  The official Michigan state 24-hour rainfall record is 9.78″ on 8/31/1914 at Bloomingdale.  At least 15 roads were closed, including parts of US 10, US 31 and M-116.  President Bush later proclaimed the region a disaster area. 

The graph above shows the number of severe weather reports during 2008 in the U.S.  Just in June 2008 – just those 30 days…the U.S. recorded 11,454 severe reports, including 292 tornadoes, 5,717 severe hail reports and 5,445 wind damage reports.  Now contrast that to this year so far:

This is a graph of severe reports for 2018 through June 3.  For those 5+ months, SPC recorded 6,520 severe reports, including 449 tornadoes (no EF4 or EF5 tornadoes), 2,117 severe hail reports and 3,894 wind damage reports.  Ten years later, we’re having a much quieter year when it comes to severe storms.. 

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