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Large hail, a lightning injury, shipwrecks and record temperatures

Almanac 11 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 11 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Large hail, a lightning injury, shipwrecks and record 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 11.

1871 - The wood bark, 3-mast Maitland, while carrying corn, foundered following a bizarre nighttime collision between she and the schooners Mears and Golden Harvest in a northwest gale near Waugoschance Point, western Straits of Mackinac in Lake Michigan. She was struck by the Harvest, then sheered to a position broadside to Mears, which rammed her solidly to forward, sinking her in less than five minutes. She had been bound Chicago for Buffalo.

1875 - The wood bark or schooner, 3-mast Cleveland went ashore on a rocky island coast at Pilot Island, WI in a storm. She was stripped and abandoned by the 17th.

1968 - Severe thunderstorms produced large hail across the region. Tennis ball size hail falls in Ionia County. One of the storms spawns a tornado that kills one person near Pompeii in Gratiot County.

1972 - A late season freeze struck the region with Muskegon dropping to 31° for their coldest June temperature on record. Lansing fell to 32° and Grand Rapids to 33°. The overnight low temperature dropped to 36° in Detroit. This is the record low temperature for the month of June in Detroit and ties the record set on June 1, 1966.

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

1999 - Golf ball sized hail (1.75 inch) fell and 6 inch diameter trees broken off in a severe thunderstorm in the mid afternoon at Hardwood and Foster City had 1.25 inch hail (half dollar sized) in the midafternoon. 2.5 inch hail (tennis ball sized) fell in Watson in the late afternoon.

2001 - An upper air disturbance moving east across Upper Michigan produced a line of thunderstorms during the evening. A couple of the storms became severe. Two 8 inch diameter trees were uprooted and other trees down 10 miles northwest of Ishpeming.

2005 - A 12-inch diameter tree down 1 mile north of Iron Mountain in the early evening and a large tree was blown down in Norway during a severe thunderstorm. Two large trees were blown down on Pentoga Trail in Crystal Falls Township. A 41 year-old man was struck by lightning while mowing his lawn in Wakefield in the late afternoon and was injured. Four 1-foot diameter trees came down along US Highway 2 near Watersmeet in the late afternoon. Carney had an estimated 50-60 mph wind gust.

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