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..