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Three tornadoes. a foggy gale, strong wind and a frosty morning

Almanac 6 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 6 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Three tornadoes. a foggy gale, strong wind and a frosty morning top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on June 6.

1869 - It was the second frosty morning in a row as temperatures dropped to near or below freezing. Lansing recorded a low of 31°, after a low of 27° on the 5th which is the coldest ever recorded there in the month of June.

1903 - The record for the greatest amount of precipitation for the month of June in Detroit was reached, with a rainfall estimate of 3.07 inches. The normal monthly precipitation amount for the month of June is 3.55 inches. In just one day, the monthly average was almost reached!

1913 - The wood schooner-barge, 3-mast Allegheny which was carrying lumber, broke away from tow steamer M.T. Green and stranded on a bar in a foggy gale at Vermillion Point on Lake Superior. She was right in front of the lifesaving station, whose surf men took five of her crew off. The vessel later broke up. One member of the crew died.

1917 - A violent tornado struck the town of Springport in Jackson County, killing two people. About 35 homes were destroyed.

1988 - A record high temperature of 93° was set at the National Weather Service office in Marquette. Other records include Alpena with 96° and Detroit with 94°.

1999 - Large trees were brought down across highway 13 at Nahma from a severe thunderstorm in the early morning. Large trees down across highway 581 in Menominee at 0210 EST and large trees down in Stephenson at 0215 EST. Large trees down across highway 94 in Steuben at 0330 EST. Several trees down in Marenisco and also at Watersmeet in the early evening.

2008 - Strong south winds developed on the afternoon ahead of a deep low pressure system approaching from the northern Plains. Strong winds toppled a tree near the corner of Breitung Avenue and Roosevelt Street in Breitung Township east of Kingsford. The tree fell on nearby power lines and caught on fire. Traffic was detoured for a short period of time as the Breitung Township Fire Department and Wisconsin Energies personnel responded to the incident and cut the tree down. Law enforcement officials reported numerous reports of trees down across the Ironwood area.

2008 - Widespread severe weather was reported across the Tri Cities, Thumb and Flint areas. There were 24 reports of hail and wind damage from the storms with a measured 71 mph wind gust from a spotter in Howell.

2010 - A strong low pressure system tracked through Detroit Metro area during the early morning hours, spawning three tornadoes south of I-94. Flash flooding occurred over Washtenaw and Wayne counties as 2 to 4 inches of rain was recorded. The two tornadoes which occurred over Monroe County damaged a total of 311 buildings. Five single family homes were destroyed. Major damage occurred at 34 structures. Minor damage was observed at 74 structures, with 198 other homes affected needing mostly cosmetic repairs. The village of Dundee was hardest hit with the EF2 tornado.

2011 - The passage of a low pressure trough through an unstable airmass caused severe thunderstorms with large hail over Dickinson County in the evening. 1.75 inch hail (golf ball sized) fell in the early evening 2 Miles East South East of Felch Mountain.