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A large waterspout, thunderstorms, record cold and shipwrecks

Almanac 4 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 4 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

A large waterspout, thunderstorms, record cold and shipwrecks top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on June 4.

1860 - Powerful thunderstorms moved across Lake Michigan in the evening. Sailors reported seeing a very large waterspout moving across southern portions of the lake. The storms eventually reached West Michigan, causing damage in the Grand Haven area.

1899 - The wood schooner O.M. Nelson, while carrying lumber, ran on a reef southwest of Pilot Island in a heavy fog and jammed fast near Pilot Island, WI in Porte Des Mortes in Lake Michigan. Her crew was taken off by the Porte des Mortes lightkeeper. The schooner was a total loss by December, despite the efforts of the tugs Monarch and Elsie as well as the big car ferry Ann Arbor No. 3.

1904 - The wood tug and freighter Niagara was bound for Duluth to pick up a tow of marine construction equipment for a job on Lake Huron when she went ashore in heavy seas at Knife Island, MN near Duluth in Lake Superior and wrecked and was a total loss. It was reported that her compass went haywire and she was well off course. The tug Edna G answered her distress calls and took 2 passengers and 11 crew off. The engine and boiler were later salvaged.

1925 - An early June heat wave began and lasted through the 6th with record highs in the mid and upper 90s. Grand Rapids sees a record high of 93° with a record warm low temperature of 72°. Lansing also observes a record warm minimum temperature with 70°.

1945 – The second day of the record cold wave that began on the third continues with Muskegon setting a new record low of 34° and Grand Rapids 32°. For Grand Rapids this is the record for the coldest June temperature and the latest freeze. Both cities go on to set records for coldest maximum temperatures. Grand Rapids only climbs to 56° and Muskegon 54°. Other cities also record records for the lowest maximum temperatures with Detroit at 51° and Flint at 50°, Houghton Lake with 50° and Sault Ste. Marie at 49°.

1998 - The latest record low for Flint for the month of June occurred on this day. The temperature dropped to 33°, which ties a record previously set on June 1, 1966. Lansing also observes a record low temperature for the date with 35°.

2010 - A severe thunderstorm developed over southwest Oakland County. The storm produced hail up to 2 inches in diameter and downed numerous trees in Novi and Northville.

2011 - An approaching low pressure system triggered isolated severe thunderstorms along portions of Lake Superior in the late evening of the 3rd and the early morning of the 4th. A 60 mph wind gust was measured by the Grand Marais Great Lakes Observing System station early that morning.