We have a warm and muggy 68° this morning. Another 1.18 inches of rain I dumped out of my gauge at 7:00am (most of which fell between 3 and 5 am bringing us to over 5 inches for the month. Most areas in SW Michigan are reporting over a half inch. Showers and storms linger into the morning or early afternoon before winding down. An extended stretch of hot and humid conditions will then develop for the end of the week. The hottest days will be Friday and Saturday, when heat index values will near or exceed 100 degrees.
Now for our weekly weather history feature.
1998: A severe thunderstorm produced hail up to 3 inches in diameter and two tornadoes as it tracked across Eaton and Jackson Counties. The first tornado touched down just east of Eaton Rapids and downed trees and power lines. The second tornado hit Layton Corners in north central Jackson County. This tornado did about half a million dollars in damage as it did minor damage to about a dozen homes.
1870: The monthly record high for June of 99 degrees for Lansing was set on this day. This record would be tied on June 25 in 1895 and again in 1988.
1969: A tornado begins near Cedar Springs in Kent County and moves east for seven miles, damaging a store and destroying a barn, chicken coop and 14 camper trailers.
1956: A tornado struck Gratiot County near Perrinton. Two homes and five barns were destroyed and fifty other buildings were damaged. Two people were injured.
1875: Tornadoes struck Detroit and Jackson during the late afternoon and early evening. The Detroit tornado killed two people and injured 25 others.
1914: A tornado struck Gratiot County, destroying several buildings as it moved from North Star to three miles north of Edgewood. A barn door was carried nearly a mile.
1944: A three day heat wave peaked with high temperatures of 97 degrees in Grand Rapids and 93 degrees at Lansing.
1968: Cool and cloudy weather prevailed with high temperatures only in the upper 50s to lower 60s.
1959: Hot weather prevailed with a high temperature of 92 degrees at Grand Rapids and Lansing. At Grand Rapids the low temperature was 78 degrees, second only to the 79 degree low on June 20, 1953 for the warmest low temperature on record for the month of June.
1930: Severe weather struck Lower Michigan. A tornado and downburst event destroyed a church and several barns with an intermittent path of damage from Scottville to Cadillac.
1943: Very cool summer weather prevailed with a record low temperature of 43 degrees and a record cool high temperature of 61 degrees at Grand Rapids. Another record low of 40 degrees would follow on the morning of the 30th.
1995: As much as four inches of rain within an hour left streets and basements flooded in the city of East Grand Rapids and in southeast sections of the city of Grand Rapids. Water standing two to three feet deep stranded cars along one street, but most damage was due to flooded basements.
2005: A weak tornado moved across rural areas of Newaygo County, causing no damage. The tornado was a type known as a landspout. Several photos captured its brief but impressive existence. http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grr/science/20050629/
1931: June ended on a hot note with highs in the upper 90s after morning lows in the mid 70s.
I am trying out a new feature on the home forecast page (at the bottom of that page) which gives the hourly observations for your location – it has auto location so it should show conditions in your area for the next 24 hours. Let me know how it works for you. There is also the forecast graphic which also has auto location at the top of this post. These are features I am trying out for possible future site improvements.
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