An October cold snap, shipwrecks and record highs 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. 25.
In 1879, the wood schooner, two-mast Prince Edward was bound Kincardine, Ont. for the Thessalon River in the North Channel when she was driven ashore on Cockburn Island in northern Georgian Bay on Lake Huron by a shift of wind in a gale. She became a total loss, though the wrecking tug McArthur attempted to rescue her.
The wood, passenger and package freight Sovereign, while carrying grain in 1891, was bound Port Arthur, Ontario, for Buffalo, when she was overwhelmed and foundered in a storm after releasing her consorts. She went down in 300 to 400 feet of water 12 miles southeast of Lamb Island Light, Ont. in Lake Superior.
In 1898, the wood steam tug Rebel was towing a scow from Superior, Wis. for Pork Bay when she was overtaken by a gale and sank off Two Harbors, Minn. in Lake Superior. Her crew took to the scow as she foundered, and were later picked up by the steamer City Of London.
Chilly air to start the day in Michigan in 1960. Grand Rapids dips to 20 degrees, Muskegon 21 degrees and Flint 20 degrees.
Snow accumulates an inch or two across southwest Lower Michigan as an October cold snap continues on this day in 1962. Low temperatures fall into the 20s at most locations for four straight days from the 24th to the 27th. At the Grand Rapids airport 2.4 inches fell, Muskegon sees 1.6 inches, Lansing 1.0 inches, Alpena 0.9 inches, and Houghton Lake 2.5 inches.
In 2001, a deepening trough over the plains allowed very cold Canadian air to pour into the Western Great Lakes Region. A rapidly deepening low pressure center ahead of the trough crossed Lake Superior on the 24th. Northwest winds behind the low increased significantly on this day. Sheriff’s departments reported numerous trees down across Gogebic, Ontonagon and Keweenaw Counties and the Houghton County Road Commission reported trees blown down between Calumet and Kearsarge. A spotter at Little Girls Point in Gogebic County estimated winds in excess of 60 mph. His wind speed indicator only goes to 60 mph. The automated observation site at Copper Harbor reported gusts to 55 mph and the marine observation site at Ontonagon reported gusts to 50 mph. The airport at Ironwood recorded 45 mph gusts.
In 2012, warm weather for Michigan with record highs for part of the state. Records include Grand Rapids 78 degrees, Muskegon 76 degrees, Alpena 77 degrees, and Sault St. Marie 73 degrees.