Coldest June day, tornado damage and inches of snow top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on June 2.
1891 – The wood scow-schooner Mayflower, while carrying stone, was bound Portage Entry for Duluth in tow of the tug Cora A. Sheldon when she capsized after her deck cargo shifted and sank near La Pointe, WI on the south end of Madeline Island, Apostle Islands group in Lake Superior in a northwest gale. 3 of the crew were saved by the tug. One person perished out of 4 on board.
1907 – The latest 70° high in Marquette ever for the year occurred, continuing a cold spring on record.
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°, second only to the 46° 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.
1945 – 5 inches of snow fell in Ishpeming prompting snow removal in Marquette County, the only time that has ever happened in June.
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.
1971 – An F1 tornado hit Genesee County at 5:12PM and caused $250,000 in damage.
1988 – Rain was actually recorded at Saginaw (.11), Flint (.47) and Detroit (.37). This was one of just three days in June 1988 that had rainfall. This lead to the driest June on record in Flint (.63 inches total) and Saginaw (.61 inches), and the second driest in Detroit (.97 inches). For West Michigan, Grand Rapids observes their driest June with rain on just four days in the month and a total of only 0.25 inches.
1999 – Rainfall began late in the morning across eastern upper Michigan. Spotter reports and WSR-88D rainfall estimates indicated 2 to 5 inches of rain over eastern portions of Chippewa County. The bulk of the rain fell within a fairly short time frame (3 to 6 hours). Some roadways flooded and a few dirt roads washed out from Rudyard and Kinross northward along I-75 and M-129 to Sault Ste. Marie. Roadway flooding was also reported on Sugar Island. The only report of flood damage to property came from Sugar Island, where a garage floor had some standing water on it. The home suffered no monetary damage, and no businesses were affected.