A schooner that isn’t invincible, record rainfall, and heavy snow 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 Nov. 14.
In 1816, the trade and exploration wood schooner Invincible, while carrying trade goods, was bound for Fort William, Ontario in a gale. She was driven ashore by big seas and wrecked near Whitefish Point in Lake Superior.
The wood schooner, two mast Queen City, while carrying firebrick and mining equipment in 1864, was bound for Marquette with supplies and equipment for the Collinsville blast furnace, when she was driven ashore by a gale and broke in two, a total loss. A wreck known for some time, but only identified as this vessel in a site survey in 1993 five miles southeast of Marquette, 150 feet offshore in Lake Superior.
In 1872, the wood schooner Marquette, while carrying iron ore, stranded in heavy seas during a gale in the west channel of Munising Bay in Lake Superior. Initial salvage attempts failed and it was hoped that she could winter over and be taken off in the spring, but late fall and winter storms tore her to pieces, and she was abandoned as a total loss in May of the following year. Her homeport was Marquette.
Heavy snow falls across western Lower Michigan in 1908. A total of 16 inches at Muskegon, a record total for any November day.
In 1919, the wood, bulk freight H.E. Runnels, while carrying coal, pulled out of shelter too soon and was smacked by a terrific storm. Local fisherman and crew of a C.G. subchaser sheltering nearby took her crew off just before she went to pieces and sank just outside Grand Marais, Mich. harbor in Lake Superior. She had been upbound.
This is a soggy day across Michigan as record rainfall is observed at many cities in 1957. Records include Grand Rapids 1.41 inches, Muskegon 1.76 inches, Lansing 1.01 inches, Alpena 0.61 inches, Detroit 1.07 inches, Flint 0.87 inches, and Sault Ste. Marie 1.34 inches.
In 1986, the mercury fell to a record low in Flint of 12 degrees for two days in a row Nov. 13 and Nov. 14. Detroit observes a low of 13 degrees on this day.
A storm system that developed near the Oklahoma Panhandle tracked northeast and moved across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in 2000. Precipitation that began as rain changed to snow as winds turned to the north behind the low and drew in cold Canadian air. Snowfall reports included eight inches in Rockland and Bruce Crossing, nine inches southwest of Pelkie, and eight to 10 inches in Wakefield and Bergland.