Record rain, tornadoes, large hail, and freezing temperatures top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on July 2.
1973 – A tornado struck two miles east of Leslie in Ingham County, damaging a car, mobile home and several farm buildings.
1992 – Record daily rainfall of 2.01 inches fell at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette. Republic saw 5.5 inches of rain while Bruce Crossing saw 6.5 inches of rain. A cold record low high temperature of 53° was also set at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette.
1997 – A strong cold front spawned a very notable severe weather event over Southeast Lower Michigan which was marked by 13 tornadoes. This is the largest number of tornadoes in SE Michigan reported in a single day since records have been kept! The tornadoes included two F3s in Genesee County and an F2 tornado in Detroit-Highland Park. Two deaths resulted from the tornadoes (one in Genesee County and one in Oakland) and 5 deaths from severe thunderstorm winds in Wayne County, Grosse Pt Farms. In The Upper Peninsula a severe thunderstorm dropped ping-pong ball sized hail (1.5 inch) in Schaffer, MI in Delta County. 8 to 10 inch diameter trees were downed 3 miles northeast of Eagle Harbor at 1100 EST in another severe thunderstorm. 1.75 inch hail (golf ball sized) fell 5 miles north of Gwinn at 1006 EST.
2001 – Frost and freezing temperatures were observed in some locations with a 29° temperature recorded in Grant, Michigan in Newaygo County. The 39° at Muskegon was the coldest July temperature on record there. Flint also observed their coldest July temperature with 40°. Daily records include Grand Rapids with a low of 43°, Lansing 38°, Detroit 46°, and Flint 40°.
2003 – A seven inch diameter tree was blown down from a severe thunderstorm at Windigo on Isle Royale National Park in the early morning.
2008 – A line of severe thunderstorms brought high winds, large hail, and some flooding from Muskegon to Grand Rapids and Lansing, south to Kalamazoo. In western Allegan County, winds estimated up to 75 mph brought down dozens of trees and snapped eight power poles. A roof was blown off a home in Kalamazoo County. Hail up to 1.75 inches in diameter caused damage in Muskegon County.
2009 – High temperatures only reached the mid to upper 60s across Southeast Michigan including 68° at Detroit, 65° in Flint and 67° in Saginaw. This was just a day past high temperatures of 72° in Detroit, 67° in Flint and 63° for Saginaw. The cold start to July 2009 continued through most of the month as both Flint and Saginaw recorded their coldest July on record, and Detroit recorded the 3rd coldest July. In West Michigan Grand Rapids observed a record cold high temperature of only 67°.
2011 – A hot and humid day with heat indices around 100 degrees ended with numerous severe thunderstorms across southeast Michigan as a cold front moved through the region. There were over 50 reports of severe weather including hail up to 2 inches in diameter and measure wind gusts to 65 mph at Willow Run and Detroit Metro Airports.