A capsized schooner, an eerie bluish cast to the sky, and an overflowing river 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 Sep. 24.
In 1884, the wood schooner Golden Rule capsized off Ontonagon in Lake Superior and reported foundered in a gale. Out of Ashland, the two crew members drown. Then in 1937, the steel, bulk freight sandsucker Neebing, while carrying gravel, filled and sank in a gale 800 yards off Eagle’s Nest Point, Nipigon Strait in Lake Superior while towing the barge Coteau. She had been bound Paradise Island for Red Rock, Ontario. Five of the 14 members crew perished.
In 1950, smoke from Canadian forest fires gave the sun an eerie bluish cast and darkened the sky across western Michigan. This was also a chilly day with record cold high temperatures across central and eastern parts of the state. Lansing only climbs to 46 degrees, Alpena 42 degrees, Detroit 46 degrees, Flint 45 degrees, Houghton Lake 40 degrees, and Sault Ste. Marie 43 degrees. For Alpena and Houghton Lake this is the coldest September day ever recorded.
Southeast Lower Michigan saw its first frost of the year in 1997. The temperature fell to 32 degrees at Flint. This missed tying the record by one degree.
In 2010, a deep low pressure system over the Plains pushed a warm front north toward Upper Michigan on the 23rd. Heavy rain developed over portions of west and central Upper Michigan on the 23rd in a very moist airmass ahead of the warm front. The Pine River near Rudyard crested near 18 feet at midday in Chippewa County. Flood stage was 17 feet. The river reached the bottom of the Prairie Road Bridge deck. This came after heavy rainfall the previous day. A large culvert washed out, rendering East Lake Road impassable just north of Moran. A pick-up truck fell into the washed-out section, which the driver did not see just after rounding a corner. Damage totaled 18,000 dollars. The Sturgeon River overflowed at Halonen Road seven miles northwest of Baraga. The water was estimated to be one foot deep over the road. As a result of the heavy rain, a road washed out in the Iron Mountain area and the Sturgeon River overflowed in Baraga County. Gusty west winds in the wake of a cold frontal system knocked down trees in Menominee and near Copper Harbor on the afternoon of the 24th. Two large trees were reported down along M-26 and Brockway Mountain Drive near Copper Harbor. The Keweenaw County road commission had to remove the trees.