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Kalkaska, MI Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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The chance of earthquake damage in Kalkaska is about the same as Michigan average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Kalkaska is much lower than Michigan average and is much lower than the national average.

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #739

Kalkaska, MI

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Kalkaska, MI

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #699

Kalkaska, MI

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 1,091 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Kalkaska, MI were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:8Cold:2Dense Fog:1Drought:3
Dust Storm:0Flood:30Hail:296Heat:2Heavy Snow:108
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:8Landslide:0Strong Wind:12
Thunderstorm Winds:514Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:2Winter Storm:60Winter Weather:1

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Kalkaska, MI.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Kalkaska, MI.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Kalkaska, MI.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 19 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Kalkaska, MI.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
2.92007-10-18244°40'N / 85°13'W44°43'N / 85°11'W4.00 Miles430 Yards111.1M0KKalkaska
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The Kalkaska tornado was the first killer tornado in Northern Lower Michigan in over 30 years. It touched down just south of Crofton, and tracked north-northeast, lifting just after crossing the Kalkaska County Airport. A home was damaged in a subdivision just south of Crofton. The most substantial damage, as well as the fatality, occurred near the intersection of US-131 and Crofton Road. A large metal warehouse was damaged, a single wide mobile home was destroyed, and several stick-built homes received moderate to severe damage. The fatality and injury occurred inside the mobile home. A 29 year old man was pulled from the mobile home, but passed away at a nearby hospital. Numerous large trees were also uprooted. The damage became more sporadic to the northeast, until another pocket of concentrated damage at the Kalkaska County Airport. Several hangars and small planes were damaged, as were several homes in the area. Sheet metal from one of the hangars was deposited near the Kalkaska Middle School. Winds were estimated at 120 mph, making it an EF2. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An historic tornado outbreak rocked Northern Lower Michigan on the afternoon and evening of October 18th. The day started out cool and rainy, but a dry slot aloft allowed sunshine to break out in the afternoon. Temperatures rose into the lower to middle 70s in parts of the area. The warm and humid air was unstable enough to fuel multiple rounds of thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening hours. There was a tremendous amount of shear in the atmosphere, and many storms quickly became supercells with rotating updrafts. This was an environment conducive to tornadoes, as several lines of discrete supercells crossed Northern Lower Michigan. Northern Lower Michigan had a record six tornadoes on the day. The previous high was five, set on June 17 1992. Unfortunately, the Kalkaska tornado produced a fatality. That was the first tornado fatality in Northern Lower Michigan since March 30 1976, when a single death occurred in Ogemaw County.
8.71961-09-13244°46'N / 85°30'W44°46'N / 85°12'W14.40 Miles33 Yards0025K0Grand Traverse
10.91976-07-23244°34'N / 85°15'W44°35'N / 85°10'W3.30 Miles83 Yards0525K0Kalkaska
16.71964-05-08244°54'N / 85°32'W44°58'N / 85°12'W16.60 Miles440 Yards00250K0Grand Traverse
20.41975-04-19244°46'N / 84°46'W1.50 Miles77 Yards014250K0Crawford
21.81969-06-26344°45'N / 85°40'W44°49'N / 85°34'W6.40 Miles600 Yards00250K0Grand Traverse
24.01977-07-31245°03'N / 85°16'W45°06'N / 84°57'W15.60 Miles200 Yards000K0Antrim
24.41973-05-20244°36'N / 84°43'W000K0Crawford
25.61956-04-03444°43'N / 85°48'W44°53'N / 85°35'W15.40 Miles400 Yards00250K0Grand Traverse
25.71974-07-03345°05'N / 85°06'W45°04'N / 84°51'W11.90 Miles67 Yards02250K0Antrim
28.41974-07-03345°04'N / 84°51'W45°03'N / 84°48'W00250K0Otsego
28.51974-06-10244°28'N / 84°44'W0.30 Mile50 Yards003K0Roscommon
28.71964-09-03244°19'N / 85°12'W00250K0Missaukee
29.71977-07-31245°06'N / 84°57'W45°08'N / 84°52'W3.80 Miles33 Yards000K0Charlevoix
33.41973-05-25244°22'N / 84°44'W000K0Roscommon
37.21974-06-07244°14'N / 85°28'W1.20 Miles70 Yards0125K0Wexford
38.21963-07-31244°18'N / 85°24'W44°04'N / 85°10'W19.60 Miles50 Yards00250K0Wexford
38.31956-04-03444°31'N / 86°05'W44°43'N / 85°48'W19.40 Miles400 Yards224250K0Benzie
47.71991-03-27244°02'N / 85°09'W44°03'N / 85°05'W4.00 Miles70 Yards003K0Osceola

* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.

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