Once again, thanks for the condolences on the passing of my mother. We couldn’t have had a better day to lay her to rest yesterday with sunny skies and comfortable temperatures – and of course thanks to Slim for filling in while I was off with family.
I am reminded again of our mortality on this world where billions live and have lived before me – just one small light amidst the endless universe in which we live. This is why we must let our light shine to illuminate our small world with love and kindness. There will be a day when all hatred and darkness will perish and peace and light will prevail….
1963: Severe thunderstorms caused millions of dollars in damage across the region as winds gusted over 70 mph. There were also reports of funnel clouds and a possible tornado in Belmont where several trailers were destroyed and homes were damaged. A tornado near Dorr heavily damaged a house.
1966: A large storm system that had produced the F5 Topeka, Kansas tornado the previous day moved into the Great Lakes region and brought severe weather to Lower Michigan with high winds and large hail. A tornado struck Wall Lake, near Delton in Barry County and damaged a boat and cottage.
1974: Ferris State University in Big Rapids is hit by a tornado. Two people are injured. Several houses and two schools also had damage to roofs and walls.
2004: Severe thunderstorms produced at least one tornado and some very large hail. Hailstones over 4 inches in diameter fell in Jackson County and tornado briefly touched down near Alma, producing only some tree damage.
1939: Tornadoes struck across southern Lower Michigan, including one that hit Kalamazoo County from near Schoolcraft to Austin Lake. A farm house lost its second floor and a mattress from the home was found over a mile away.
1968: Severe thunderstorms produced large hail across the region. Hail of 2.5 inches in diameter fell in Ionia County. One of the storms spawns a tornado that kills one person near Pompeii in Gratiot County.
1972: A late season freeze struck the region with Muskegon dropping to 31 degrees for their coldest June temperature on record. Lansing fell to 32 degrees and Grand Rapids to 33 degrees.
1996: Extensive flash flooding in and around Mt. Pleasant was the result of 1.82 inches of rainfall in 30 minutes with storm totals exceeding 2 inches. At one point parking lots had water 12 inches deep, several fields and ditches were flooded, and some motor homes and campers were set afloat.
1998: A tornado touched down in Bedford Township in northwest Calhoun County, doing minor damage to a few homes and shearing off trees like a large weed whacker.
2008: Historic flash flooding results from up to a foot of rain near Ludington and Manistee. More than 40 roads were washed out and some of them were not repaired for several months. The torrential rains are preceded by a severe thunderstorm that drops two tornadoes. The first tornado came ashore north of Ludington at the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area, downing hundreds of trees. A second tornado hit near Stronach in Manistee County.
1900: A tornado touched down near Marshall and passed north of Battle Creek, ending near Bellevue. Barns were destroyed at several farms along the path of the storm.
1994: A tornado struck Jackson County, producing a 16-mile damage path and injuring 2 people. More than a dozen homes were damaged or destroyed, along with other buildings.
2004: Severe weather struck across the region and a weak tornado touched down briefly in a field one mile northeast of Stanton in Montcalm County
1894: A week long heat wave was underway with temperatures at or above 90 degrees across much of the region from June 10th to June 16th. Grand Rapids hit 95 degrees on the 13th, 96 degrees on the 14th and 97 degrees on the 15th.
1991: A tornado injures one person and damages several homes east of Jackson.
1960: More than 20 houses sustain damage as a tornado hits the southern part of the city of Jackson, Michigan.
1976: Tornadoes caused a quarter million dollars damage in Lower Michigan. In Kent County, a barn is destroyed and two houses damaged by a tornado near Cedar Springs. In Allegan and Ottawa Counties, several buildings are damaged along a twelve mile path, ending just south of Jenison. Mobile homes are damaged near Walton in Wexford County.
1982: A series of strong tornadoes struck central Lower Michigan. In Gratiot County, several homes were damaged, two of them severely as a tornado moved from near Pompeii to North Star. In Jackson County, a tornado kills one person and injures another as it moves about 5 miles west of Munith.
There has been much debate in regards to our cool spring this year and if it will last all summer. My stance thus far is that we are actually having a spring this year rather than jumping from winter right into summer. The big question is whether we will have near to above normal temps as we crawl into summer.
All the heat is on the west coast at this time with heat advisories in place from Washington state all the way down to Arizona. It appears our below average temps will continue through at least the end of the month on into the beginning of July. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some warmer temps in mid July, however we may be stuck in the pattern for most of the summer (or not). We all know how things can change. For now it has been nice to have the windows open and the air conditioners off…
There is a 56% chance of below normal temps through June 21st and a 48% chance of below normal for June 19th to the 25th. Precipitation is likely to be above normal for this period also. Tomorrow will be a cool and wet day with highs struggling to 60°.
Seven Day Forecast
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