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Snow flurries, a tornado, shipwrecks, and record temperatures

Almanac 27 May 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 27 May 2014 Click on image for a larger viewGrand Rapids Weather Examiner

Snow flurries, a tornado, shipwrecks, and record temperatures top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on May 27.

1884 - The side-wheel boom tug Ozaukee, while towing logging craft, Driven ashore, struck a sandbar in a storm and wrecked 3 miles off Bad River, SE of Chequamegon Point in Lake Superior. Her crew escaped in her boats. She hailed from Marquette.

1907 - Wet snowflakes fall at Grand Rapids and Muskegon. It is the latest snow on record at Grand Rapids. Snow fell across most of Upper Michigan, but it melted rapidly.

1912 - A tornado destroys barns and kills livestock near East Leroy in Calhoun County.

1933 - The steel, passenger steamer George M. Cox, while carrying passengers, was traversing the foggy area at 17 knots. She impaled herself on a rock pinnacle 1/2 mile SE of Rock of Ages light, near Isle Royale in Lake Superior. She had been enroute to pick up passengers for her first cruise since refitting. She broke in half and slipped into deep water the following October.

1960 - Several farm buildings were damaged or destroyed by a tornado four miles east of Ionia.

1961 – After the snow flurries on the 26th, high pressure with record cold air moves in. Grand Rapids falls to a record cold temperature of 30° and both Lansing and Muskegon to a record reading of 27°.

1969 - A record high temperature of 88° occurred at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette.

1973 - A tornado destroyed a barn and silo near Saranac in Ionia County. Another tornado did minor damage near Gun Lake in Barry County.

1987 - A two day streak of temperatures at 90° that occurred on the 27th and 28th in Flint.

1994 - There was a two day streak of record lows in Flint, with 32° on the 26th and 31° on the 27th. Marquette also observed a record low on the 27th with 26°.