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Torrential rain, the Cabela’s tornado, and a cold spell

Radar Image 4 PM 5 June 2005
Radar Image 4 PM 5 June 2005SPC

Torrential rain, the Cabela’s tornado, and a cold spell top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center (SPC) archives here events that happened on June 5.

Almanac 5 June 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 5 June 2014 Click on image for a larger viewGrand Rapids Weather Examiner

1905 - Torrential rains soaked much of the region. From four to six inches of rain on June 5th and 6th caused widespread flooding. Both Lansing and Grand rapids set records for daily rainfall in the month of June with 5.47 and 4.22 inches, respectively. An estimated F5 tornado moved through Tuscola and Sanilac counties in the middle of the afternoon. The tornado moved from Colling to McGregor. The worst of the damage was near Shabbona in Sanilac County where at least three farms were destroyed. Five deaths and 40 injuries resulted from this tornado.

1930 - A tornado moved across southern Clinton County from near Eagle to seven miles north of Lansing. One farm home was torn to splinters and scattered.

1945 – The June cold spell comes to an end with both Grand Rapids and Muskegon setting new record lows for the date with 36°.

1953 - Tornadoes hit both Wayne and Saginaw Counties. An F0 tornado hit Wayne County at 5:05PM and an F2 tornado hit Saginaw County at 7:00PM and caused $25,000 in damage.

1988 - A record high temperature of 90° set at National Weather Service in Marquette.

1998 - The high temperature only rose to 53° in Detroit, and 54° in Flint. These are records for the coolest high temperatures for the date. Scattered showers during the afternoon forced temperatures into the 40s, and spotters reported sleet with some of them.

1999 - Severe thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 70 mph and large trees down in Crystal Falls and wind gusts to 60 mph and trees down in Gaastra and Iron River in the early evening.

2005 - Widespread severe weather hit Michigan. In the Upper Peninsula an F1 tornado touched down briefly in the late afternoon 8 miles northeast of Marenisco, MI. This tornado developed on the west side of Lake Gogebic and was on the ground for 0.3 mile with a damage width of 50 yards. The brief touchdown flipped over a pontoon boat, damaging the boat, boat lift and dock and did $25,000 worth of property damage. Several 12-14 inch diameter trees were knocked down at Marenisco in the mid afternoon and several 6-12 inch diameter trees were down at Watersmeet in the late afternoon. 1.00 inch hail (quarter sized) fell 2 miles south of Big Bay in the early evening. The hail lasted for 20 minutes. A six-inch diameter tree uprooted 3 miles southeast of Harvey with several two-inch diameter tree limbs down. In Southeast Michigan. Thirty-four warnings were issued with 52 distinct severe weather event reported including one F0 tornado near Hemlock. Hail was up to golf ball size, and wind gusts up to 80 mph were estimated in Bay City, Hemlock, New Hudson, and Monroe. In Southwest Michigan a tornado is reported near Three Oaks in Berrien County. There are numerous reports of large trees and power lines falling in the wind. In the U.P., an F1 tornado touched down briefly in the late afternoon 8 miles NE of Marenisco, MI. This tornado developed on the west side of Lake Gogebic and was on the ground for 0.3 mile with a damage width of 50 yards. The brief touchdown flipped over a pontoon boat, damaging the boat, boat lift and dock and did $25,000 worth of property damage. Several 12-14 inch diameter trees were knocked down at Marenisco in the midafternoon and several 6-12 inch diameter trees were down at Watersmeet in the late afternoon. 1.00 inch hail (quarter sized) fell 2 miles south of Big Bay in the early evening. The hail lasted for 20 minutes. A six-inch diameter tree uprooted 3 miles southeast of Harvey with several two-inch diameter tree limbs down. The slideshow on the left has a few severe weather maps for the day. Click here for a radar loop of the storms on this day.

2010 – Severe thunderstorms with strong wind and tornadoes impact southern Lower Michigan. Tornadoes damage the Cabela’s in Dundee and impact the outskirts of Battle Creek. Read more about the severe storms at the following links:
Flooding rain and severe weather reports for Lower Michigan, Cabela’s damaged
Two Confirmed Tornadoes in Michigan
West Michigan weekend tornadoes