Chrysler cars in Lake Superior, deadly shipwrecks, and record 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. 30.
The wood brig, two mast Odd Fellow, while carrying wheat in 1854, was bound Kenosha for Buffalo, when she foundered in a storm at Mackinaw City, in the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Huron. Her outfit was later salvaged by the schooner Belle.
In 1926, the steel, bulk freighter City Of Bangor, while carrying 230 automobiles, was driven sideways high up on the beach by a terrific gale at Keweenaw Point in Lake Superior. Part of her deck cargo of new Chryslers were lost overboard, most were driven ashore on an ice ramp and later refurbished at Detroit. The crew was rescued by Eagle Harbor C.G. She was cut up in place during WWII scrap drives.
The steel, bulk freight “three island steamer” Kiowa, while carrying flaxseed in 1929, had shifting of her slippery cargo in big waves during a gale which caused her to become unmanageable and strike Au Sable Reef, west of Grand Marais, Mich., in Lake Superior. Sixteen of the 21 crew were rescued, probably by local fishermen, but others also claim credit. Partially scrapped in place during the WWII scrap drives. Five crew members perished.
In 1940, a snow storm left Saginaw with 11.9 inches of snow, Flint with 7.8 inches of snow, and Detroit with 3.8 inches of snow. Daily snowfall records associated with this storm include Muskegon with 8.1 inches, Lansing with 3.3 inches, Flint 6.3 inches, and Houghton Lake 4.2 inches.
The wood, bulk freight “rabbit” White Swan, while carrying hardwood logs in 1956, stranded on Skillagallee Reef in Lake Michigan in a gale and fog, then slipped off and sank in deeper water a week later. She was bound Lime Island for Petoskey. Her brand-new diesel engine was later salvaged.
In 1958, November ends on a frigid note with lows in the single numbers and highs only in the lower 20s. Daily record lows include Grand Rapids 6 degrees, Muskegon 9 degrees, Alpena 3 degrees, and Flint 2 degrees. Six to 10 inches of lake effect snow piled up near Lake Michigan.
Warm air settled into the Upper Peninsula in 1962. Marquette had a record high temperature of 57 degrees.
In 1976, one of the coldest Novembers on record ends with a blast of arctic air that dropped low temperatures near zero and kept highs only in the teens. Big Rapids fell to minus 1 degree and Grand Haven measured 3 inches of lake effect snow. A record low temperature of minus 10 degrees occurred at the Weather Forecast Office in Marquette.
In 1978, Delaware had 44.7 inches of snow accumulate in November with 21 inches of snow on the ground. This was the start of a very snowy winter for 1978-1979. Houghton County airport reported 54.9 inches of snow this month, which was 31.3 inches above normal.
Cold air poured into the Great Lakes in 1999, as high pressure moved southeast from central Canada, producing several bands of lake effect snow over Lake Huron. One of the bands moved onto the eastern shore of the Michigan Thumb. Measurable snow fell from Huron City, south to Marine City. Heavy snow fell from Port Sanilac to Port Huron, 7 inches accumulated during the morning.
The warmest November on record occurred at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette in 2001. They observed a 39.9 degree average monthly temperature, 9.7 degrees above normal.
In 2007, a low pressure system tracked over central Upper Michigan on the evening of the Nov. 28 and brought heavy lake effect snow and blowing snow to much of western Upper Michigan from the Nov. 28 into Nov. 30. An observer at Twin Lakes reported a storm total snowfall of 20 inches from the evening of the Nov. 28 through early morning of the Nov. 30. In Atlantic Mine, an estimated 11 inches of snow fell in 24 hours, while one mile southwest of Calumet, an observer measured 10 inches of snow in 24 hours. In combination with the heavy snow, gusty winds in excess of 40 miles an hour at times produced occasional whiteout conditions.
A snowstorm hit Southeast Michigan and continued into Dec. 1, 2008. The storm mainly affected the Flint, Saginaw, and Thumb regions. The heavy, wet snow piled to five to eight inches, downed trees and power lines, and left about 25,000 customers without power. Some of the higher snowfall totals included 8.6 inches in Marlette, 7.0 inches near Chesaning and 6.0 inches in Perry. In West Michigan the snowfall wasn’t as heavy but Grand Rapids still observed a record 5.3 inches.
In 2011, a low pressure system tracked northeast into the Eastern Great Lakes allowing rain to change to snow, with total accumulations of four to eight inches occurring over the Tri-Cities region, Shiawassee, and Livingston Counties. Elsewhere, generally one to four inches of wet snow fell. Some of the higher snowfall accumulations that were reported included Auburn and Perry with 8 inches, Midland 6.6 inches, Howell 6.2 inches and Bridgeport with 6.1 inches.