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Record heat, tornadoes and washed out roads

Almanac 25 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 25 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Record heat, tornadoes and washed out roads top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on June 25.

1870 - The monthly record high for June of 99° for Lansing was set on this day. This record would be tied on June 25 in 1895 and again in 1988.

1946 - Numerous roads and bridges were washed out by storms in the Gogebic range from June 23rd to the 25th. 6 inches of rain fell in Ironwood from the 23rd to the 25th. A bridge at M-28 at Kenton washed out forcing a long detour to U.S. 2. The North Bessemer farming community was left isolated with the last round of heavy rain that pushed the Black River and Powder Mill Creek over the bridges on roads leading to this settlement.

1969 - A tornado begins near Cedar Springs in Kent County and moves east for seven miles, damaging a store and destroying a barn, chicken coop and 14 camper trailers.

1988 - The second highest temperature ever recorded in Detroit was reached: 104°! This tied with the previous second highest temperature, set on June 28, 1934. Other daily records include Grand Rapids with 97°, Muskegon 93°, Lansing 99°, and Flint 101°.

1998 - An F1 tornado touched down in the late afternoon 8 miles northwest of Escanaba, was on the ground for 15 minutes and lifted in Brampton, MI. The tornado touched down at the intersection of County Road 414 and 533 northwest of Escanaba. The storm damaged the siding and roof of a house under construction. Fiberglass insulation was blown in a random manner and a cover to a hot tub was blown against the side of a tree. Approximately one half mile east, was a storage shed that had collapsed and a pole barn with a door blown in. The parent storm travelled northeast with evidence of another tornado touchdown near M-35 near Brampton, 12 miles north of Escanaba. The damage path was 1 mile long and was 50 yards wide with $25,000 worth of property damage. Strong winds uprooted several trees in and northwest of Escanaba, damaging roofs and windows. Thunderstorm downburst winds downed trees up to 12 inches in diameter in Iron Mountain, Kingsford and Vulcan with gusts up to 81 mph in the midafternoon. A 60 mph wind gust downed traffic signals in Norway. Several vehicles damaged. There were a total of 16 house and tree fires started by lightning from this storm with $100,000 in property damage in Dickinson County. Strong thunderstorm winds downed power lines throughout Menominee County and downed trees up to 12 inches in diameter from Daggett to Spalding.

2002 - Large tree limbs were broken off at Felch with a severe thunderstorm and large limbs and small trees were blown down in Iron River. Several 12 inch diameter trees were blown down in Alpha in the late evening. A warm front moved north of Upper Michigan. Daytime temperatures rose well into the 80s away from the cooling influence of the Great Lakes. The uncomfortable heat and humidity triggered the development of scattered thunderstorms. Some of these storms were severe, and penny-sized hail fell at Germfask in Schoolcraft County and Covington in Baraga County during the late afternoon. Another round of locally severe thunderstorms ripped across Upper Michigan overnight on the 25 and 26th, well in advance of an approaching cold front. These storms felled large trees at Ewen in Ontonagon County, at Iron River and Alpha in Iron County, and at Felch in Dickinson County. Hail the size of quarters (1.00 inch) fell near Rock in Delta County. Northland in southern Marquette County was bombarded by even larger hailstones, estimated by spotters to be the size of golf balls (1.75 inch).

2003 - Scattered showers and thunderstorms moved over the western counties of Upper Michigan early in advance of a strong cold front that moved in from the west. One thunderstorm blew down three trees in Copper Harbor in the early morning, then moved back into Lake Superior. The Copper Harbor ASOS (P59) recorded a wind gust of 61 mph.

2009 - A weak low pressure system coupled with high instability triggered several severe thunderstorms along and south of I-69 during the afternoon hours and early evening hours. Southern Macomb County was hardest hit, as the majority of the 80,000 DTE customers who lost power resided in Macomb County.

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