Strong wind, a shipwreck and record heat top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center (SPC) archives here events that happened on June 19.
1889 – The steel, passenger & package freight Charles J. Sheffield was rammed broadsides – just forward of her stack – in heavy fog by the steel freighter North Star, which kept her bow in the hole until Sheffield’s crew clambered aboard. When she backed away, Sheffield sank in 8 minutes, a total loss of $160,000. She went down in 900 feet of water 60 miles west of Whitefish Point in Lake Superior. Both vessels were later found to be at fault.
1948 – The daytime temperatures in Flint and Lansing only rise to 59°. Grand Rapids only sees a high of 60°. These are the record coolest high temperatures for the date at all three cities.
1954 – A tornado strikes in Jackson County at Gillett’s Lake, damaging several houses and cars but causing no injuries.
1988 – The high temperature of 91° was the 5th day of temperatures greater than 90° in June at NWS Marquette. 7 record high temperatures for June still remain from that year.
1992 – The high temperature at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette was only 45°, the coldest high temperature observed on that date and the low was 37°.
1995 – The Weather Forecast Office in Marquette had a record high temperature of 93° and a warm record high low temperature of 70°.
2001 – Storms developed ahead of a cold front which moved into the region during the early morning hours. Numerous reports of trees and power lines down around Rudyard, Sugar Island, Sault Ste. Marie and Paradise. There were also reports of trees and power lines down around Eckerman, Engadine, St. Ignace and Cedarville.
2009 – Severe weather strikes with three tornadoes and downburst winds. A tornado partially unroofed a home south of Allegan and another tornado took the roof and deck off a home near Richland in Kalamazoo County. A weaker tornado downed trees and did minor damage to a house in Alamo Township, Kalamazoo County. Heavy rain accompanies the storms with Grand Rapids setting a new daily record with 3.15”. Detroit also sets a record with 2.59”. The slideshow on the top has a few severe weather maps for the day. Click here for a radar loop of the Michigan storms
2012 – Severe thunderstorms caused damaging wind over portions of Menominee County in the morning. Two large trees were knocked down on road G12 one mile southwest of Cedar River. Several clusters of severe thunderstorms moved across western Lake Superior from the evening of the 19th into the morning of the 20th. The Cason J. Callaway measured wind gusts to 69 mph over western Lake Superior 30 miles north of Ontonagon. A 50 knot wind gust was measured by Lake Superior buoy 45001 and a 76 mph gust was later measured there in the mid-evening. A 50 knot wind gust was also measured at the Rock Of Ages C-man station on Lake Superior late in the evening.