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A tornado, shipwrecks and a cold rain

Almanac 27 April 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 27 April 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

A tornado, shipwrecks and a cold rain top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the weather events that happened on April 27.

1908 - The wood schooner Rob Roy was bound Menominee, Mich, for Masonville, when she was caught by a storm, dragged her anchors ashore and broke up 2 miles off Masonville, Michigan in the Little Bay de Noc in the bay of Green Bay.

1914 - The steel, bulk freight Benj. Noble, while carrying steel rails, reportedly overloaded, she turned back toward Two Harbors after an unsuccessful attempt to make the harbor at Duluth in a powerful gale. She foundered with all 22 crew members at an unknown position somewhere between Two Harbors and Duluth, MN in Lake Superior. On April 29, her pilot house washed up on Minnesota Point.

1915 - The temperature in Detroit never dropped below 65°. The temperature never dropped below 65° the day before (April 26) as well.

1966 - A cold rain falls across Lower Michigan, holding temperatures in the 30s. The high of 37° at Grand Rapids and 38° at Lansing are both record cold high temperatures for the date. Other cold records include Detroit with 40°, Flint 39°, and Houghton Lake 37°.

1984 - An F1 tornado touched down on the MI/WI border by the Montreal River 3.8 miles NW of Ironwood, MI in the mid-afternoon. This tornado was on the ground for 0.2 of a mile and had a damage width of 30 yards. It caused $25,000 worth of property damage.

1990 – Ahead of a strong cold front a gusty wind from the south-southwest helped Grand Rapids to establish a new record high of 85°. Lansing ties their record of 84°, also set in 1986. Other records include Alpena 88°, Flint 86°, Houghton Lake 84°, and Sault Ste. Marie 84°.