Weather History

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Time flies by – we have been here for two years now as the Michigan Weather Center, longer if you count the Weather Cafe and Ancient Dreams when all you bloggers moved over from Bills Blog.  I would like to thank you all for hanging out here and hope you find the site beneficial for your weather education.  And of course a special thanks to Slim for sticking around and providing us with our weather history and stats.

There are a few weather educational sites out there many are hard to gather info from.  As I have built this site I try to keep in mind that info should be close at hand and easy to index.  I am not done yet – I want to index all the blog postings (some are already with the search feature) and provide all the educational features where they will be easy to disseminate.

Wednesday is weather history day when I provide a basic purveyance of info from the past of southwest Michigan:

June 2

1910: It was a cold day in June as temperatures in the upper 40s in the afternoon were more typical of late March. The high of 47 at Grand Rapids and Muskegon are the coldest high temperatures on record for any day in June. At Lansing the high was 49 degrees, second only to the 46 degree high on the previous day for being the coldest June day.

1925: Two people were injured as a tornado moved across central Ionia County. A woman was carried 300 feet and left paralyzed and a man was injured in a barn that collapsed.

1950: Thunderstorms dropped one to three inches of rain across the region. Nearly an inch of rain fell in one hour in Grand Rapids, flooding streets and basements. Lansing had a storm total of 2.30 inches, which was a record for the day.

June 3

1945: An early June cold spell brought widespread frost and freezing temperatures from June 3rd to the 5th. The temperature bottomed out at 32 degrees at Grand Rapids on the morning of the 4th, a record for the coldest June temperature and the latest freeze.

June 4

1925: An early June heat wave began and lasted through the 6th with record highs in the mid and upper 90s.

1860: Powerful thunderstorms moved across Lake Michigan in the evening. Sailors reported seeing a very large waterspout moving across southern portions of the lake. The storms eventually reached West Michigan, causing damage in the Grand Haven area.

June 5

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.

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.

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 degrees, after a low of 27 degrees on the 5th which is the coldest ever recorded there in the month of June.

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

June 7

1958: One of the coolest Junes on record saw scattered frost across the region as temperature fell to the mid 30s.

1996: A weak, short-lived tornado moved through open country east of Lake Lansing in rural Ingham County. Two other small, weak tornadoes struck near Novi and Flint.

June 8

1933: An early season heat wave peaked as temperatures hit 97 degrees at Grand Rapids and 92 at Lansing.

2008: Severe weather and flash flooding occur on June 7th and 8th, with four drownings in southwest Lower Michigan. Two people drowned when their car plunged into a fifty foot ravine created by a washed out road in Castle Park, Allegan County. Tornadoes struck in Osceola County near Hersey and in Eaton County near Needmore, downing hundreds of trees and destroying several outbuildings.

2003: Tornadoes strike Lower Michigan, with damage mostly confined to near Fenton in Genesee County and Leonard in Oakland County. A weak tornado hit near Rose Lake in Osceola County but did no damage.

We currently have some showers and thunderstorms moving through the area at 5am.  These should hang around through most of the morning with possible redevelopment later this afternoon mainly along the I94 corridor.  More sunny days are in store for the rest of the week until another system moves in for Sunday.

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Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

I can’t believe it’s been that long. I miss Bill’s Blog, but Michael has done a fine job here. I’m glad you still provide links to Bill’s.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Bills blog is dead! No comments allowed! Ridiculous!


Never made it to 80* degrees out at thee YARDofBRICKS now that sun is dropping in the west temps are falling 74* now….Going to be a nice evening..INDY!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

I had to go to South Bend this morning. Poor visibility with lots of rain. It’s was 83° and very humid.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

The weather is rocking! After 2 or 3 above normal days on the horizon we will trend right back to our current 5 month below normal temp! Incredible!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

To humid for me with dew points in the mid 60’s.