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Shipwrecks, thunderstorms, record cold and a tornado top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on June 13.

1847 - The wood schooner, 2-mast Merchant, while carrying a full load, was bound Soo for L’Anse, when she sailed out into a gale and was never seen again near Munising, MI in Lake Superior. She was said to be overloaded when she left port. Some of those aboard were mining VIPs, carrying a lot of cash. In October, 1852, the tips of her masts were discovered 30 feet below the surface, but the locality was not given. 14 people perished, but some sources estimate close to 40

1900 - A tornado touched down near Marshall and passed north of Battle Creek, ending near Bellevue. Barns were destroyed at several farms along the path of the storm.

1919 - The wood, bulk freight Gogebic was stranded and heavily damaged at Dead Man's Rock in Lake Superior during a storm. Thought to be a total loss, but later recovered.

1921 - The wood tug Howard, was bound Thunder Bay for Cloud Bay, Ontario when she stranded in fog at Victoria Island off Cloud Bay south of Thunder Bay, Ontario. She then burned to a total loss in Lake Superior.

1956 - 1.5 inch hail (ping pong ball sized) fell in the midafternoon 1.3 miles east of Negaunee out of a severe thunderstorm.

1985 – This is a cold day as new record lows are set at Grand Rapids and Marquette. Both cities dip to a chilly 39°.

1988 - A record high temperature of 93° was set at National Weather Service office in Marquette.

1994 - A tornado struck Jackson County, producing a 16-mile damage path and injuring 2 people. More than a dozen homes were damaged or destroyed, along with other buildings.
2002 - An upper trough interacted with a surface boundary to produce scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Two of the storms became severe as they moved east northeast across central Upper Michigan, with up to one inch hail (quarter sized) and winds to 60 mph. An eight inch diameter tree was blown down 10 miles north of Sagola in the mid afternoon. Four inch diameter trees were blown down 3 miles east of Witch Lake.

2004 - Severe weather struck across the region and a weak tornado touched down briefly in a field one mile northeast of Stanton in Montcalm County. An F1 tornado hit Huron County at 5:00PM, causing $25,000 in damage. One property in this county lost 44 trees because of this tornado; many of the trees were very large and older than 100 years!

The severe thunderstorms produced a wind gust to 62 mph at Bark River in the mid-evening. A warm front passed across Upper Michigan, bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms. The strongest of the thunderstorms produced wind gusts as high as 62 mph in Delta County.

2008 - A probable gravity wave caused high winds over northern Lake Michigan in the early morning. The Great Lakes Observing System site at Port Inland measured a wind gust at 51 knots (59 mph) at 0442 EST.

2009 - A low pressure trough moving into Upper Michigan spawned isolated severe thunderstorms between Ironwood and Bessemer in the afternoon. A 60 mph wind gust was measured by the Gogebic County Airport AWOS in the early afternoon. Three nine to ten foot diameter pine trees were knocked over in Ramsey Park in Ramsey in the early afternoon.

2012 – Marquette sets a new record low of 38°, surpassing the 1985 record.

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