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Icebergs, the earliest 100° temperatures, shipwrecks, large hail, and seiches

Almanac 1 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 1 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Icebergs, the earliest 100° temperatures, shipwrecks, large hail, and seiches top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on June 1.

1878 - The wood schooner Phantom was reported ashore and wrecked in a storm at the mouth of Bad River, WI in Lake Superior. She was put of Ashland.

1910 - The temperature rose to 104° in Saginaw County. This is the earliest a 100° day has occurred in the year for our County Warning Area!

1934 - Blistering heat begins the month in one of the Dust Bowl summers of the 1930s. The mercury soared to 102° at Grand Rapids and 97° at Lansing. The 102° reading at Grand Rapids is tied with June 20, 1953 for the highest June temperature. Other daily records include Alpena 104°, Detroit 97°, Flint 104°, and Houghton Lake 107°. For Alpena, Flint and Houghton Lake these are also the highest June temperatures. This is the earliest a 100° day has occurred in any year for Grand Rapids, Alpena, Flint and Houghton Lake.

1935 - The gas tug, fisher Dagmar ran ashore in fog and holed 1 mile east of Chippewa Harbor, off Isle Royale in Lake Superior. She later slipped off into deep water.

1943 - A violent tornado inured ten people as it moved from Ingham to Shiawassee County and left a path of destruction 20 miles long. Over 250 farm buildings were damaged or destroyed, including 39 homes and 52 barns. Another tornado hit between Lansing and Bath, causing damage to several farms. The steel, bulk freight Prindoc, while carrying wheat, collided with the steamer Battleford in a heavy fog while downbound. She sank quickly in 600 feet of water near Passage Island, off Isle Royale in Lake Superior, while Battleford stood by to pick up her crew.

1961 - 1.5 inch hail (ping pong ball sized) fell in the Saint Mary's River 2.3 miles west northwest of Sault Ste. Marie in the mid-morning out of a severe thunderstorm. A 58 mph wind gust occurred 3.7 miles southwest of Laurium in the morning.

1973 - An F1 tornado hit Saginaw County at 6:15PM and caused $250,000 in damage.

1988 - A record high temperature of 88° was set at National Weather Service office in Marquette

1996 - Icebergs were seen at the beaches of Marquette on Lake Superior.

1998 - West Michigan was cleaning up from the tremendous destruction caused by the squall line of the day before. Meanwhile on Lake Michigan, water levels continued to rise and fall several feet at some locations through the day as seiches generated by the extreme winds of the squall line continued more than 24 hours after its passage.

2011 - Strong west winds in the wake of a cold front resulted in tree damage and power outages in portions of Houghton and Ontonagon counties. An 18 to 24 inch diameter tree fell down in the spotter's backyard in Hancock. The spotter also heard reports of power outages and trees down across roads in the Hancock area early in the morning. Trees and power lines were reported down in Ontonagon. Tree size was unknown.