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Heavy rain, tornadoes, large hail and cool temperatures

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

Heavy rain, tornadoes, large hail and cool temperatures top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on June 27.

1875 -Tornadoes struck Detroit and Jackson during the late afternoon and early evening. The Detroit tornado killed two people and injured 25 others.

1906 - The steam tug, composite Alfred W was bound Port Arthur for Duluth. Struck a rock in heavy fog and foundered near Pie Island in Lake Superior. Her crew made it ashore in one of her boats, later picked up by Kaministiquia.

1914 - A tornado struck Gratiot County, destroying several buildings as it moved from North Star to three miles north of Edgewood. A barn door was carried nearly a mile.

1916 - The wood, bulk freight Panther, while carrying grain, was rammed in dense fog by the steamer James J Hill, which was kept running into the hole until Panther's crew clambered aboard. She sank quickly off Whitefish Point in Lake Superior when the Hill backed away.

1921 – Record rain falls across West Michigan with Grand Rapids setting a new daily record of 1.30”. Muskegon not only sets a daily record but also a record for the wettest day EVER with 5.08”.

1936 - An F2 tornado briefly touched down in Gogebic County. One large barn was destroyed near Ironwood. Other buildings were damaged with $10,000 worth of damage done.

1944 - A three day heat wave peaked with a high temperature of 97° in Grand Rapids 93° at Lansing, 95° at Alpena, 97° at Detroit, 96° at Flint, 94° at Houghton Lake and 92° at Sault Ste. Marie.

1968 - Cool and cloudy weather prevailed with high temperatures only in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Muskegon only climbs to 58°, Grand Rapids 60°, Lansing 61°, Detroit 65°, Flint 62°, Houghton Lake 59°, and Marquette 48°.
1991 - A severe thunderstorm produced a 60 mph gust in the Portage Canal near Houghton in the early morning. Later, 1.75 inch hail (golf ball sized) fell 0.6 mile northwest of Iron River in the mid-evening.

2001 - A severe thunderstorm with 69 mph winds knocked 6 inch diameter trees down in Kiva in the late morning. Quarter sized hail (1 inch) fell 9 miles north of Steuben in the early afternoon. Lake breeze boundaries moving inland, combined with a weak cold front, triggered scattered thunderstorms during the afternoon. Some of the storms produced large hail.

2005 - A severe thunderstorm brought four to five trees down on Highway US-45 4 miles south of Watersmeet in the midafternoon. Tree down blocking southbound lane of Norwich Road 3 miles southwest of Ontonagon in the midafternoon. Downburst winds downed or uprooted numerous large trees on Highway M-203 3 miles west of Hancock in the late afternoon. Some trees were three to four feet in diameter. Roof was also blown off of a camp. Damage extended from 3 miles west of Hancock to McLain State Park. A large tree was downed on a power line at Calumet. Numerous small trees were down 5 miles southeast of Chassell in the early evening.

2007 - Thunderstorms anchored themselves over northern Shiawassee County. Estimates of around 8 inches of rain fell near Henderson, washing out several gravel roads.

2010 - A warm front lifting north through Southeast Michigan spawned three tornadoes. The community of Willow in southwest Wayne County was hit with and EF1 tornado. Later another EF1 tornado hit a campground outside of Wadhams in St. Clair County. Unfortunately, there was one death and four injuries as a result of that tornado. Finally a brief EF0 tornado touched down on the far southeast side of Marlette in Sanilac County. In West Michigan a tornado hit Van Buren County. Read more here: Van Buren County tornado confirmed

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