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A shipwreck, tornadoes, and record cold

Almanac 22 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 22 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

A shipwreck, tornadoes, and record cold top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on June 22.

1883 - The iron sidewheel steamer, passenger and package freight Spartan was stranded and wrecked after running on the rocks at Caribou Island in Lake Superior in fog during a storm and sliding out her full length. By the 27th, she had been declared a total loss, but she was recovered July 3 by the big wrecking tug Winslow.

1957 - At least four weak tornadoes hit southern Lower Michigan. At Hudsonville in Ottawa County, damage is down to a warehouse. A barn is destroyed by an F2 tornado near Pinconning in Bay County. Several barns are damaged or destroyed in Berrien and Cass Counties. Trees are taken down at Dumont Lake in Allegan County
1988 - Rain was actually recorded at Saginaw (.15), Flint (.10) and Detroit (.58). This was one of just three days in June 1988 that had rainfall. This lead to the driest June on record in Flint (.63 inches total) and Saginaw (.61 inches), and the second driest in Detroit (.97 inches).

1992 - One of the coldest summers on record in West Michigan got off to a freezing start with frost and freezing temperatures across the region. At Muskegon and Marquette the temperature plummets to 32°. It was the latest freezing temperature on record there. Other cities also set daily records for the cold. Grand Rapids dips to 39°, Lansing 34°, Detroit 44°, and Sault Ste. Marie 31°.

1995 - The Weather Forecast Office in Marquette had a record high temperature of 90°.

1999 - Severe thunderstorms knocked several trees down in Amasa in the early afternoon.

2010 - A squall line moved onshore from Lake Michigan just after midnight with frequent lightning, widespread wind gusts of 50 mph and heavy rain. Severe straight-line winds of 60 to 75 mph downed numerous trees from Lamont in Ottawa County to near Alpine in Kent County. An EF-0 tornado hit east of Zeeland in Ottawa County snapping numerous trees and damaging two homes.

2011 - Thunderstorms forming along a slow moving low pressure system and associated warm front dropped heavy rainfall of four to five inches over portions of Delta County from the 21st into the 22nd. Many other counties over central Upper Michigan measured two to three inches during the same event. The observer in Stonington measured 5.38 inches of rainfall in 24 hours. The observer southeast of Bark River measured 4.24 inches over the same period.

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