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Tornadoes, flooding, large hail and record heat

Almanac 23 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 23 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Tornadoes, flooding, large hail and record heat top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on June 23.

1870 - An extreme heat wave began and lasted through the end of June. Temperatures in the mid and upper 90s prevailed most of that time. Lansing set their all-time high for June of 99° on the 25th.

1930 - An F2 tornado touched down in the midafternoon and moved across Ontonagon and Houghton Counties. The path width was 30 yards and the tornado was on the ground for 13 miles as it moved northeast. It passed just south of Winona. 6 children were injured as summer cottages and a dance pavilion were destroyed 1 mile south of Lake Roland. Damage was $10,000.

1946 - Strong winds, hail and severe flooding began in the Gogebic range. Bessemer had extensive damage with severe thunderstorms. A portion of the grandstand at the athletic field was torn off by high winds and deposited on a nearby home. Portions of the home's roof caved in leaving a mass of lumber covering the home with parts of the roof in the yard. Huge trees were split and snapped off near the roots.

1960 - A tornado struck north of Carson City in Montcalm County, damaging or destroying several farm buildings and four mobile homes.

1992 - A record low high temperature of 53° was set at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette.

1997 - 1.75 inch hail was reported in Laingsburg (Shiawassee County). This was the largest reported hail in our County Warning Area during the year of 1997.

2005 - Trail damage was reported in the back country of Isle Royale National Park, including washouts and other property damage. There was evidence of high flows on the local streams.

2010 - An upper level disturbance moving through a moist and unstable airmass generated thunderstorms with heavy rainfall in the Cornell area of Delta County and an isolated severe thunderstorm just north of Menominee in the evening. Strong winds from the storm uprooted a seven-inch diameter tree 4.1 miles north of Menominee. Over four inches of rain fell in a two-hour period causing flash flooding in the Cornell area. The heavy rain washed out portions of County Road I that morning. Two tornadoes hit far Southeast Michigan during the evening hours. The first was a 3.7 mile long EF0 tornado just southeast of Saline. The other tornado was an EF1 that was on the ground for 11.5 miles across Northern Monroe County, hitting the community of Scofield. The EF1 damage with winds estimated at 90 MPH was found near Tuttle Hill Rd in London Township where a roof was torn off of a pole barn and substantial tree damage was noted.

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