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Shipwrecks, large hail, record heat and a seiche

Almanac 26 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 26 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Shipwrecks, large hail, record heat and a seiche top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on June 26.

1878 - The wood schooner, 3-mast Peshtigo, while carrying 800 tons of coal, collided with the schooner St. Andrews in fog and smoke in the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Huron and sank at 1 a.m. Bound Erie, PA for Chicago. The St. Andrews fell over on the Peshtigo and both vessels sank together in about 9 minutes. Both crews were picked up by the schooner S. V. R. Watson. 2 crew members were killed on the Peshtigo. The wood schooner, 3-mast St. Andrews, while carrying 27,480 bushels of corn, collided with schooner Peshtigo, falling over on her and foundering. Both vessels sank 11.4 miles, 124 deg. from Mackinac Pt., Straits of Mackinac in Lake Huron. The collision occurred at night, while St. Andrews was bound Chicago for Buffalo.

1954 - Under calm winds and a bright sunny sky a killer wave rose suddenly from a placid Lake Michigan sweeping 8 unsuspecting fishermen off a breakwater to their deaths. The water level at Montrose Harbor surged more than 10 feet within a few minutes. The “seiche” was caused by an earlier squall on the lake.

1956 - A tornado struck Gratiot County near Perrinton. Two homes and five barns were destroyed and fifty other buildings were damaged. Two people were injured.

1969 – Record daily rainfall is observed at several Michigan cities. Alpena sees 2.32”, Houghton Lake 2.06” and Sault Ste. Marie 2.39”. For Sault Ste. Marie this is the most rain ever observed in one day for the month of June.

1973 - A severe thunderstorm wind gust of 94 mph occurred at Detroit Metro Airport at 458 PM EDT.

1979 - A severe thunderstorm dropped golf ball sized hail (1.75 inch) in Ironwood and 1.00 inch hail (quarter sized) 0.6 mile east of Big Bay in the late morning. Later, golf ball sized hail (1.75 inch) fell 0.7 mile southeast of Palmer in the midafternoon.

1983 – Record heat settles into the Great Lakes with Alpena establishing a new record high of 98°. Sault Ste. Marie also sets a new record with 93°, which is the warmest temperature ever recorded for the month of June. A severe thunderstorm produced wind gusts up to 81 mph in Hancock in the early morning.

2002 - A round of locally severe thunderstorms ripped across Upper Michigan overnight on the 25th 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). Several large trees were uprooted 8 miles south of Steuben at 0110 EST.

2007 - A cold front moved south from Minnesota, producing severe thunderstorms over Lake Superior. Strong wind gusts of 59 mph were reported in the Port Wing area.

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