On Aug 17 in weather history...

1912 -- Thunderstorms with extremely heavy rain moved through southern Michigan and northern Indiana tonight and tomorrow. Some residents reported that the downpours were the heaviest they had ever seen. Niles, Michigan suffered a million dollars in damage and there were two fatalities. Wind damage was reported in Whitley County, along with 7" of rain. Noble County received 5" of rain.

1969 -- One of only two Category 5 hurricanes to hit the United States, Hurricane Camille slammed into the Mississippi coast. Winds went to 200 mph, the storm surge rose to a height of nearly 25 feet, and ocean vessels were swept seven miles inland.

2001 -- A 17-year-old boy drowned in a rip current at Warren Dunes State Park (Berrien County). Wave heights at the time were up to six feet.

2003 -- 58 mph thunderstorm winds blew trees down three miles southeast of Walton (Cass County) and in Logansport.

2009 -- Heavy rains fell across portions of northern Indiana. A CoCoRahs observer near Milford reported 9.90". The Northern Indiana office measures 6.45". Fort Wayne shatters the old record daily rainfall of 1.82" set in 1995 with 3.24".

See our survey writeup for more information along with a detailed rainfall map of this historical event.


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