Record heat, large hail, a burning ship, and snowfall records top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here events that happened on June 30.
1891 – The city of Marquette’s snowiest winter season officially concluded with 189.1 inches from the winter of 1890 to spring 1891.
1901 – The wood, package freighter Avon, while carrying flour and general merchandise, fought a big gale near Sault Ste Marie at Point Aux Pins, Ontario and caught fire and burned nearly to the water in the St. Mary’s River. Declared a total loss, she was later recovered and rebuilt at great expense.
1913 – Muskegon observes the warmest low temperature ever recorded for the month of June with a reading of 78°.
1927 – The overnight temperature dropped to only 75° in Detroit!
1931 – June ended on a hot note with highs in the upper 90s after morning lows in the mid-70s. Grand Rapids started the day at 76° and climbed to a steamy 99°.
1939 – Record rainfall for the month in Marquette of 8.64 inches, the wettest ever.
1953 – An F1 tornado touched down in the early morning 2.1 miles SW of White Pine, MI in Ontonagon County. It was on the ground for 10.9 miles and was 500 yards wide and headed northeast before lifting 9.2 miles NE of White Pine, MI in Lake Superior. It did $250,000 worth of property damage.
1968 – A cloudy June came to an end in Sault Ste. Marie. Not one clear day was observed during the month.
1996 – The all time seasonal snowfall records were set at Alberta of 217.8 inches, Bergland of 284.2 inches, Chatham of 315.5 inches, Herman of 337 inches, Iron River of 114.5 inches during the snow season of 1995-1996.
2004 – As a deep low pressure center moved east across Ontario on June 30th, numerous showers and thunderstorms developed along the trailing cold front as it crossed Upper Michigan late in the day. Several of the storms turned severe with wind gusts in excess of 60 mph and one-inch hail in Marquette, Alger and Schoolcraft Counties. Large tree branches were broken off 1 mile east of Skandia in the early evening. Trees were blown down across power lines 7 miles northwest of Manistique in the late afternoon.
2005 – A severe thunderstorm caused numerous branches down ranging in size from two to eight inches in diameter 9 miles southeast of Marenisco in the early morning.