A burning ship, earliest measurable snowfall, and a tornado top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on October 7.
In 1897, the wooden schooner three mast barge Antelope which was hauling coal, opened her seams and sank in a relatively mild gale off Michigan Island in the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. She had been the tow of steamer Hiram W. Sibley, which took her crew off with some difficulty. She was bound Sandusky, Ohio for Ashland, Wisc. Newspapers later claimed that the Sibley pulled Antelope’s hull apart by towing her too fast.
The wood, bulk freight C.C. Hand, while carrying coal in 1913, stranded on Big Summer Island in Lake Michigan in fog, but was able to pull herself off and came to anchor nearby. Soon it was realized that she was afire, and burned to a total loss despite the efforts of her 14 member crew. She burned out and sank in 30 feet of water.
The temperature rose to 92 degrees in Detroit in 1963. This is the record maximum temperature for the month of October in Detroit.
In 1965, a tornado destroyed a trailer and several outbuildings southeast of Clare in Isabella County.
An early season outbreak of cold Canadian air pushed across the relatively warm waters of Lake Superior on this day in 2000. Away from the lake, rain turned to snow early on the sixth. As the southerly flow of colder air continued, lake effect snow began in earnest on the night of the sixth and during the day on the seventh over the high terrain in portions of west and central Upper Michigan. Bergland reported eight inches of snow, 10 inches was recorded at Wakefield, nine inches in Champion and almost 10 inches at the National Weather Service office in Negaunee. The 9.8 inches of snow on the seventh set a daily record at the National Weather Service office in Marquette office and also set a record for the largest snowfall amount so early in the season. This is the earliest date for measureable snow in Grand Rapids. I remember it well as 0.1 inches fell on the city.
In 2007, temperatures reach record highs as very warm weather prevails across Lower Michigan from the fifth to the eighth. Grand Rapids sets three record highs in a row with temperatures in the upper 80s from the 6th to the eighth. Records for the date include Grand Rapids 87 degrees, Muskegon 82 degrees, Lansing 86 degrees, Alpena 87 degrees, Saginaw 91 degrees, Flint 88 degrees, and Marquette 84 degrees. Detroit only reached 89 degrees falling shy of the record temperature for the date of 92 degrees set in 1963.
A strong low pressure system in 2009 tracked north of the Great Lakes region, with the associated cold front swinging through Lower Michigan. Winds gusted between 45 to 55 mph with isolated gusts to 58 mph over a six to eight hour time frame during the morning hours. With leaves still on the trees, tree branches and trees were reported down in and around the Detroit Metro Area. About 110,000 customers were without power from this wind event.