A shipwreck, record heat, 14 foot waves, and heavy rain 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 Oct. 22.
In 1903, the wood schooner Saveland, while carrying coal, lumber or light, was torn away from the steamer Gettysburg and thrown against some pilings by a northern gale. Punctured, she sank to her main deck, and then pounded to pieces in Grand Marais, harbor on Lake Superior.
An extended October warm spell in 1953, culminates with record highs around 80 degrees. At Grand Rapids, it is the third consecutive day with record high temperatures. The records start with 83 degrees on Oct. 20, then 85 degrees on Oct. 21, and finally 82 degrees on Oct. 22.
In 1972, Flint reports 2.4 inches of rain on the 21st and the 22nd. A three day period of cold rain engulfed Southeast Michigan. Around three inches of rain fell around the Flint area into the Saginaw valley while Detroit received about 1.5 inches. Temperature highs were mainly in the 40s and 50s. Later October of 1972 was the third coldest in Saginaw and seventh coldest in Flint and 11th coldest in Detroit.
A deep low pressure center north of Lake Superior in 1999, moved slowly east with strong northwest winds blowing across Lake Superior and northern Upper Michigan. Winds of 30 to 40 knots with gusts to as high as 67 knots were reported and numerous reports of local power and telephone outages caused by limbs and trees blown down across the utility lines in the counties along Lake Superior. Downed trees blocked roads near Eagle Harbor. Fourteen foot waves caused minor shoreline erosion in a few locations along the western shoreline of the Keweenaw Peninsula from Ontonagon to Copper Harbor. Twenty foot waves pounded the shores of Lake Superior from east of Munising to Whitefish point with minor beach erosion and shoreline flooding in a few locations. 21,000 dollars of property damage and 2000 dollars of crop damage were done with this wind event.
In 2002, record daily snowfall occurred at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette with 5.5 inches. Eight to 13 inches of snow fell in Marquette County. A quick moving low pressure system moved east from the plains on Oct. 21. Although the surface low pressure was relatively weak, the system slowed down as it moved over the southern Great Lakes. The northeast flow over Lake Superior allowed lake enhancement of the precipitation. Some places in central Upper Michigan observed record snowfall for so early in the season. There was a widespread eight to nine inch accumulation over much of Marquette County, with a 10 to 12 inch deep swath from Little Lake and Champion to Negaunee and Big Bay. The Marquette National Weather Service Office was blanketed by 13 inches of heavy wet snow. The snow began on the morning of the 21st and ended in the morning of the 22nd.