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Large hail, chilly temperatures, a shipwreck and wind damage

Almanac 7 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 7 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Large hail, chilly temperatures, a shipwreck and wind damage top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on June 7.

1859 - The wood brig, 2-mast Columbia, while carrying general merchandise, grounded in a gale near Sherwood Point in the bay of Green Bay near Death's Door and broke up while bound Chicago for Sturgeon Bay. This ship brought the first load of copper from the Keweenaw and brought the first locomotive to Marquette earlier.

1930 - The temperature rose to only 54° in Detroit!

1958 - One of the coolest Junes on record saw scattered frost across the region as temperature fell to the mid-30s. Grand Rapids dips to a record low of 38° and Muskegon a record 37°.

1996 - A weak, short-lived tornado moved through open country east of Lake Lansing in rural Ingham County. Two other small, weak tornadoes struck near Novi and Flint.

2007 - Four-inch diameter trees blown down 2 miles southeast of Wakefield in the late afternoon and five-inch diameter tree branches blown down in Wakefield. An F0 tornado touched down approximately 4 miles west of Banat in the early evening in a forested area west of County Road 356. The EF-0 tornado was approximately 125 yards wide as it tore a quarter-mile path through forested areas and across County Road 356. With winds estimated at 80 mph, the tornado uprooted or snapped more than fifty large trees (diameter in excess of a foot and height greater than 50 feet) along its path before dissipating over forested swampland. One foot diameter tree branches were blown down at Garden at 1935 EST. A tree was blown down across Cliff Drive 1 mile south of Phoenix at 2023 EST causing $1000 in damage. Golf ball sized hail (1.75 inch) lasted for one to two minutes 2 miles southwest of Bagley at 1650 CST and 1.5 inch hail (ping pong ball sized) lasted for one to two minutes 1 mile southeast of Carney at 1655 CST. Ten-inch diameter tree limbs down east of Highway US-41 on County Road 342 1 mile east of Wallace at 1729 CST. Several 8-12 inch diameter trees blown down across roads 5 miles south of Ontonagon at 1928 EST. Severe thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds over west and south central Upper Michigan on the afternoon and evening. $20,000 worth of property damage was caused by the tornado. Two 14-inch diameter trees were snapped at Freda and an eight-inch diameter tree was blown down 3 miles east of Houghton in the early evening. Sustained winds were measured at 43 knots (50 mph) with gusts to 50 knots (58 mph) at Passage Island Lighthouse at 2000 EST. In Chippewa County, winds gusted up to 50 mph behind a cold front. With trees fully leafed out, some tree damage occurred. A power pole was knocked over 12 miles south of Paradise, starting a fire. A potent line of thunderstorms developed over Lake Michigan in the early overnight hours. Several trees were downed on Mackinac Island at 2350 EST. One tree fell onto a century-old cottage, causing substantial damage to the roof and porch, and shattering windows. Large limbs were downed at the Grand Hotel golf course, and fencing was damaging along Huron Road. Total damage on the island was $35,000.

2008 - A severe thunderstorm generated large hail and strong winds in Hermansville in the evening. 1 inch hail (quarter sized) fell in Hermansville.

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