There seems to be no end to this parade of dry sunny days and of course, the smoke from Canadian wildfires drifting overhead. The combination of warm temperatures, low humidity, and occasionally gusty winds will maintain elevated fire danger in the days ahead. Red Flag Warnings continue in the upper lower peninsula of the state. Hazardous swimming conditions are also likely at some Lake Michigan beaches today and Thursday afternoon/evening. Chances for rainfall are in the forecast this weekend into early next week.
Weather History for SW Michigan
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.
1905: Torrential rains soaked much of the region. 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.
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.
1958: One of the coolest Junes on record saw scattered frost across the region as the 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.
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.
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 a 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 farmhouse lost its second floor and a mattress from the home was found over a mile away.
Weather History for SE Michigan
On June 4, 2010, a severe thunderstorm developed over southwest Oakland County. The storm produced hail up to 2 inches in diameter and downed numerous trees in Novi and Northville.
Also on June 4, 1998, the latest record low for Flint for the month of June occurred on this day. The temperature dropped to 33 degrees, which ties a record previously set on June 1, 1966.
On June 5, 2005, widespread severe weather hit Southeast Michigan. Thirty-four warnings were issued with 52 distinct severe weather events 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.
On June 5, 1998, the high temperature only rose to 53 degrees in Detroit. Scattered showers during the afternoon forced temperatures into the 40s, and spotters reported sleet with some of them.
In 1953, tornadoes hit both Wayne and Saginaw Counties. An F0 tornado hit Wayne County at 5:05 PM and an F2 tornado hit Saginaw County at 7:00 PM and caused $25,000 in damage
Also on June 5, 1905, 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.
On June 6, 1903, the record for the greatest amount of precipitation for the month of June in Detroit was reached, with a rainfall estimate of 3.07 inches. The normal monthly precipitation amount for the month of June is 3.55 inches. In just one day, the monthly average was almost reached!
On June 6, 2008, widespread severe weather was reported across the Tri-Cities, Thumb, and Flint areas. There were 24 reports of hail and wind damage from the storms with a measured 71 mph wind gust from a spotter in Howell.
Also on June 6, 2010, a strong low-pressure system tracked through the Detroit Metro area during the early morning hours, spawning three tornadoes south of I-94, with flash flooding occurring over Washtenaw and Wayne counties as 2 to 4 inches of rain was recorded. The two tornadoes which occurred over Monroe County damaged a total of 311 buildings. Five single-family homes were destroyed. Major damage occurred at 34 structures. Minor damage was observed at 74 structures, with 198 other homes affected needing mostly cosmetic repairs. The village of Dundee was hardest hit by the EF2 tornado.
On June 7, 1930, the temperature rose to only 54 degrees in Detroit.
On June 8, 1953, the deadliest tornado in Michigan history struck the northern Flint community of Beecher at 8:30 PM, killing 116 and injuring 844 along its path. The F5 tornado touched down about 2 miles north of Flushing and from there, created a path averaging about a half mile wide as it moved across Flint, at an approximate speed of 35mph, to about 2 miles north of Lapeer. A 23-mile-long path of death and destruction was left in its wake with over a hundred lives lost, including as many as 20 families reporting multiple deaths. Damage was estimated at $19 million (1953 dollars). On this day in 2003 (the 50th anniversary of the Beecher/Flint Tornado), three tornadoes touched down in the area. Ironically, one tornado hit the southern portion of Genesee County while commemoration ceremonies were underway.
Also on June 8, 2008, a derecho, a significant squall line, raced through Southeast Lower Michigan. Winds were estimated to be 80 to 90 mph across portions of Tuscola, Oakland and Macomb Counties. In Southeast Michigan, nearly 300,000 homes and businesses lost power in the storm and total damage was nearly $100 million.
On June 9, 2011, a cold front moved through Southeast Michigan around midnight and it produced numerous severe thunderstorms across southeast Michigan during the early morning hours. Winds were estimated to be near 85 mph around Sebewaing with dozens of downed trees and extensive damage at the airport. A measured wind gust of 76 mph was recorded in Flint.
Also on June 9, 1933, the overnight low temperature dropped to only 76 degrees in Detroit. Considering that the normal high temperature for June 9 is 78 degrees, this would have been a very warm overnight temperature.
On June 10, 2020, a warm and very moist air mass was in place as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal had moved through the Great Lakes the prior evening. This provided the fuel for widespread severe storms not only for Lower Michigan but also northeast Indiana and all of Ohio as a strong trough moved in overhead. Numerous trees fell on homes in Flushing, Mount Morris, and Grosse Ile, and one person was injured in Saginaw when a large tree fell on their car.
On June 10, 1941, the overnight low dropped to a “freezing” 33 degrees in the city of Saginaw. This is the record low temperature for the month of June in Saginaw and is tied by the low temperature recorded on June 8, 1949.
U.S.A and Global Events for June 7th:
1692: A massive earthquake strikes Port Royal in Jamaica, killing some 3,000 people. Click HERE for more information from the History Channel.
1816: The following is found on page 31, of the book, “History of the American Clock Business for the Past Sixty Years, and Life of Chauncey Jerome,” written by Chauncey Jerome. The book was published in 1860. “The next summer was a cold one of 1816, which none of the old people will ever forget, and which many of the young have heard a great deal about. There was ice and snow in every month of the year. I well remember on the seventh of June, while on my way to work, about a mile from home, dressed throughout with thick woolen clothes and an overcoat on, my hands got so cold that I was obliged to lay down my tools and put on a pair of mittens which I had in my pocket. It snowed about an hour that day.” This bitter cold event occurred in Plymouth, Connecticut. Click HERE to read his book.
Grand Rapids Forecast6 7 grr
.SHORT TERM...(Today through Thursday) Issued at 335 AM EDT Wed Jun 7 2023 Primary forecast issues pertain to marine and fire weather headlines and those are addressed in sections below. As it stands for sensible weather in the short term, there isn`t much to speak of given ridging set up across the Great Lakes region. BUFKIT overviews have very little moisture through the depth of the column. We are expecting dry weather with mainly clear skies from today through Thursday. Highs will top out near normals for this time of year in the 70s. The RAP smoke model continues to show a fair amount of smoke in place above Lower Michigan today when looking at the Vertically Integrated Smoke product. So, hazy skies will continue once again today. .LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Tuesday) Issued at 335 AM EDT Wed Jun 7 2023 - Fair wx through Friday - Sfc high pressure and dry northerly winds will result in fair wx through Friday. An elevated fire risk will continue given the very dry airmass in place and antecedent very dry conditions across our area. - Chance for showers this weekend into early next week - A cold front and upper shortwave will combine to bring a small chc for showers late Saturday. The wx pattern looks to become cooler and unsettled Sunday through Tuesday as an upper low closes off over our region. A better chance of rain will come Sunday due the the closed low over our region and stalled sfc boundary. The closed upper low and several vort maxes rotating around the upper low will continue to bring a chc of showers Mon and Tue. Instability looks quite limited (sb/ml cape values < 500 j/kg) but isolated convection is possible as a result of the weak instability and omegas along with diurnal heating. GEFS/ECMWF ensembles support potential for at least a half an inch of rainfall this weekend into early next week. A trend upward a bit in qpf has been noted and this seems reasonable given the anticipated evolution of the upper level pattern featuring a closed low over our region for several days.