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Shipwrecks, record heat and large hail and tornadoes

Radar image 1:30 PM 9 June 2004
Radar image 1:30 PM 9 June 2004

Shipwrecks, record heat and large hail and tornadoes top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on June 9.

Almanac 9 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

1891 - The wood schooner Topsy, while carrying lumber, was downbound with a hold and deckload of lumber, when she stranded and wrecked in a storm near Waugoschance Point, western Straits of Mackinac in Lake Michigan, her crew barely escaping. She was a total loss of about $3000.

1916 - Either June 7th or 9th, the wooden schooner William Aldrich went ashore and broke up near the former town of Davenport, MI which is near Point Epoufette in a gale.

1933 - The overnight low temperature dropped to only 76° in Detroit. Considering that the normal high temperature for June 9 is 78°, this would have been a very warm overnight temperature! Alpena also observed a record warm low temperature of 65°.

1963 - Severe thunderstorms caused millions of dollars in damage across the region as winds gusted over 70 mph. There were also reports of funnel clouds and a possible tornado in Belmont where several trailers were destroyed and homes were damaged. A tornado near Dorr heavily damaged a house.

1966 - A large storm system that had produced the F5 Topeka, Kansas tornado the previous day moved into the Great Lakes region and brought severe weather to Lower Michigan with high winds and large hail. A tornado struck Wall Lake, near Delton in Barry County and damaged a boat and cottage.

1974 - Ferris State University in Big Rapids is hit by a tornado. Two people are injured. Several houses and two schools also had damage to roofs and walls.

1997 - The high temperature in Detroit was 80°. While this would seem to be unremarkable, it was the first 80 degree day in Southeast Michigan in 1997, making it the latest date to record the first 80° high temperature.

2000 - Warm air and gulf moisture surging north ahead of a surface low pressure area over the Northern Plains helped fuel thunderstorms which developed late the previous day into the early morning. The thunderstorms developed along and north of a warm front and were aided by widespread converging air in the low levels and divergence aloft. Shortly after midnight, a line of thunderstorms moved from Gogebic County, east, through southern Iron and central Dickinson Counties, producing large hail which damaged homes and vehicles in Iron River and Randville. An eye-witness reported hail falling so hard, it seemed like a snowstorm. About 700 vehicles and 575 homes suffered hail damage, mostly in a west-southwest to east-northeast hail swath 1 1/2 to 2 miles wide across the northern two-thirds of the city of Iron River. The greatest damage, about $2.3M, was to roofs and vinyl siding. Stambaugh and Gaastra, immediately south of Iron River, and Alpha, about 12 miles east-southeast of Iron River, also experienced large hail but little property damage. Thunderstorm winds were light and did not exacerbate the hail damage. Ping-pong ball size hail (1.5 inch) in the Randville-Grand Bluff area in west-central Dickinson County shattered plastic patio furniture, broke windows, and damaged homes and vehicles. The Dickinson County Emergency Management Coordinator estimates the hail storm caused $75K damage to about 20 vehicles plus $150K damage to 20 houses in the Randville-Grand Bluff area. Hail up to baseball sized (2.75 inch) came from this storm at 0200 EST. Golf ball sized hail (1.75 inch) fell in Iron River at 0030 CST and in Alpha at 0115 CST.

2004 - Severe thunderstorms produced at least one tornado and some very large hail. Hailstones over 4 inches in diameter fell in Jackson County and tornado briefly touched down near Alma, producing only some tree damage. The slideshow on the left has a few severe weather maps for the day. Click this link for a radar loop of the storms on this day.

2010 - A low pressure system tracking east across southern Ontario brought a cold front through Upper Michigan. The front triggered a few severe thunderstorms over Alger and Schoolcraft Counties during the afternoon hours. Downed trees were observed along Highway 94 3.1 miles north of Steuben. The slideshow on the left has a few severe weather maps for the day. Click this link for a radar loop of the storms on this day.

2011 - A cold front moved through Southeast Michigan around midnight and it produced numerous severe thunderstorms across southeast Michigan during the early morning hours. Winds were estimated to be near 85 mph around Sebewaing with dozens of downed trees and extensive damage at the airport. A measured wind gust of 76 mph was recorded in Flint.

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