Large hail, record heat and colliding ships top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center (SPC) archives here events that happened on July 6.
1869 - The wood schooner Dolphin, while carrying coal, collided with the bark Badger State and sank in the narrow channel west of Waugoschance Point in Lake Michigan during a storm. Badger State rescued her crew.
1953 - An F0 tornado touched down near Munising in the early afternoon. The width was 33 yards, and the length was about one mile. This tornado caused a reported $2,500 worth of property damage.
1983 - Cool high pressure settles over Lower Michigan and temperatures fall to record lows. The 41° at Grand Rapids and 36° at Sault Ste. Marie are the lowest ever recorded during the month of July. Other daily record lows included Muskegon 41° and Marquette with 39°.
1988 - Many cities in the north central and northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Daily records include 101° at Flint, Muskegon 96°, Alpena 100°, Detroit 100°, Grand Rapids 100°, Lansing 100°, Marquette 98°, and 96° at Ste. St. Marie. Some of these records would be broken during the heat wave of 2012.
2003 – The string of severe weather days in 2003 continues with thunderstorms producing large hail and damaging wind across the state. In the Upper Peninsula trees and power lines were knocked down 6 miles south of Harvey in the late afternoon Hail the size of limes falls in Paw Paw and numerous trees and power lines fall in the wind. Spotters reported a 65mph wind gust at Birch Run. Click here for a radar loop of the storms on this day. The attached slideshow has a few severe weather maps for the day.
2008 - Heavy rain fell out of thunderstorms in Baraga County. An observer 3 miles north of Nestoria measured 3.30 inches in the evening.
2012 - This is the hottest day of one of the hottest months on record. Lansing reaches their all-time record high of 103°. Muskegon tied their all-time high of 99°. Grand Rapids hits 104° which is the highest temperature since the 108° reading in 1936. The heat and drought cause further losses to local agriculture, already reeling from the disastrous combination of a record warm March and freeze in late April.