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Record cold, flooded basements, a ship to ship rescue, and a landspout

Almanac 29 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 29 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Record cold, flooded basements, a ship to ship rescue, and a landspout top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on June 29.

1864 - The wood schooner 2-mast Alvin Clark, was bound for Oconto, WI in ballast, and foundered in a terrific squall off Chambers Island in the bay of Green Bay. Two crew were saved by the brig Dewitt. A dedicated effort by the tug Sarah E. Bryant in July and August met with no success. Three crew members perished out of the 5 on board.

1901 - The wood wrecking tug Fern, while carrying salvage gear, was working in shallow water on the wreck of the propeller Colorado when she was hit by a sudden storm and sank off Eagle River, MI in Lake Superior, a total loss. Her crew was asleep aboard at the time, and none of the 5 escaped. In a separate incident, the wood, bulk freight "steambarge" Preston, while carrying lumber, was found to be leaking badly in a storm and was abandoned just out of Fort William, Ontario in Lake Superior. One crewman was lost during the rescue by the passenger steamer Athabasca. Rescue of her crew was a rare ship to ship rescue by rocket line. Preston was later found still afloat, apparently buoyed by her cargo, and was recovered.

1930 - Severe weather struck Lower Michigan. A tornado and downburst event destroyed a church and several barns with an intermittent path of damage from Scottville to Cadillac.

1943 - Very cool summer weather prevailed with a record low temperature of 43° and a record cool high temperature of 61° at Grand Rapids. Muskegon observes a record cool high, also reaching 61° and Sault Ste. Marie sees a record with a chilly 49°. In Grand Rapids another record low of 40° would follow on the morning of the 30th.

1958 - An F0 tornado touched down in Alger County 9 miles south of Munising in the mid afternoon with a path width of 10 yards and was on the ground for 0.5 mile that caused an estimated property damage of $2500.

1987 – Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes Region, with reports of large hail and damaging winds most numerous in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Thunderstorms spawned four tornadoes in Michigan. A tornado near Clare was accompanies by softball size hail. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

1995 - As much as four inches of rain within an hour left streets and basements flooded in the city of East Grand Rapids and in southeast sections of the city of Grand Rapids. Water standing two to three feet deep stranded cars along one street, but most damage was due to flooded basements.

1998 - A lightning strike killed a fork lift operator at a lumber mill in Shingleton in the mid afternoon. Trees were downed by thunderstorm winds on County Road 468 3 miles south of McMillan.

2000 - Lightning struck the National Weather Service office in White Lake, damaging computers and electrical equipment!

2005 - A weak tornado moved across rural areas of Newaygo County, causing no damage. The tornado was a type known as a landspout. Several photos captured its brief but impressive existence. Read more here: The June 29, 2005 Newaygo County Landspout

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