Deadly shipwrecks, heavy snow, and record heat 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. 19.
The wood bark, three mast De Soto, while carrying 480 tons of iron ore in 1869, was lying to at Marquette in a gale, when she dragged her anchors and ran afoul of the schooner Athenian, losing her jibbom and bowsprit. She was laid up at a dock at Marquette awaiting repairs afterward and was destroyed less than a month later when another gale finished her off.
In 1869, the wood schooner, three mast Ocean Wave, while carrying 13,000 bushels of corn, was bound Chicago for Ogdensburgh, N.Y., when she went ashore in Hammond Bay in the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Huron during a gale and became a total loss. She was struck by a violent squall and capsized near Chambers Island, Lake Michigan, in the summer of 1866. Reported a total loss, but recovered and rebuilt to a schooner at Menominee the next year of 1867. Also on this same day the wood bark, three mast De Soto, while carrying 480 tons of iron ore, was lying to at Marquette in a gale, when she dragged her anchors and ran afoul of the schooner Athenian, losing her jibbom and bowsprit. She was laid up at a dock at Marquette awaiting repairs afterward and was destroyed less than a month later when another gale finished her off.
The wood schooner-barge Marinette, while carrying lumber in 1886, was in tow of the steamer Manistique, when she broke tow and went ashore in a three day northwest gale southeast of Fairport, Mich., Garden Peninsula in Lake Michigan. The woman cook and her 13 year old daughter were among the lost. The wreck eventually washed ashore near Frankfort. Six of the seven crew perished.
In 1887, the wood schooner-barge, three mast (iron frames) Richard Morwood, while carrying barreled stove oil, separated from her tow vessel during a gale and with sails torn apart, she struck bottom and sank after drifting for some time near Grand Island near Munising, Mich. in Lake Superior. Declared a total loss, but recovered in 1888.
The wood schooner Defiance was stranded and a total loss in a gale in 1909. This occurred at the mouth of Bark River, 10 miles south of Escanaba, Mich. in the bay of Green Bay.
In 1914, the wood, bulk freighter (lumber hooker) C.F. Curtis, while carrying lumber, was torn apart offshore seven miles east of Grand Marais, Mich. in Lake Superior in a gale and sank. All 14 crew members perished. She had two big barges in tow at the time. The schooner-barge, wood, two mast Selden E. Marvin, while carrying lumber, was being towed by the lumber hooker C.F. Curtis with Annie M. Peterson. She separated from the others. All three vessels were lost, with the Marvin being torn to pieces and sunk somewhere off Crisp Point, east of Grand Marais, Mich. in Lake Superior. Her wreckage was strewn on the beach all along this coast. All seven crew members perished on the Marvin. The wood schooner-barge, two mast, bulk freight Annie M. Peterson, while carrying lumber, sank off the mouth of Two-Hearted River in Lake Superior with all nine crew members perishing.
Record late season warmth was across Lower Michigan in 1930, with highs in the 70s. Here are the records, which still stand today: Grand Rapids 74 degrees on the nineteenth and 71 degrees on the twentieth, Muskegon 74 degrees on the nineteenth and 76 degrees on the twentieth.
In 1953, this started a two-day streak of record highs in Flint with a temperature of 70 degrees on the nineteenth and 68 degrees on the twentieth. Alpena observes records on the nineteenth and twentieth, with 72 degrees and 65 degrees respectively. Houghton Lake sees three days with records, 66 degrees on the eighteenth, 69 degrees on the nineteenth and 64 degrees on the twentieth. The streak of record heat for Sault Ste. Marie only runs from the sixteenth to the eighteenth with 60 degrees, 66 degrees and 62 degrees. In West Michigan Lansing also participates in the record warmth with a temperature of 70 degrees on the nineteenth and 67 degrees on the twentieth.
The steel tug D & C struck a reef called Grenfell Rock on the North Shore in 1957. This was due north of Eagle River, Mich. She foundered in a gale on Lake Superior.
In 2010, a cold front extending from a low pressure system moving through northwest Ontario produced gusty west winds. The wind topped out near 65 mph at Stannard Rock in the evening.
A low pressure system moving through the Upper Great Lakes in 2011, dumped a swath of heavy snow over much of west and north central Upper Michigan mainly in the afternoon and evening. Seven to eight inches of wet heavy snow fell from Sidnaw to Watton and Covington in less than a six-hour period with two-inch per hour snowfall rates reported at times. Spotters in and near Ironwood measured anywhere from 11 to 14 inches of wet heavy snow over a ten-hour time period. The spotter just northwest of Ironwood reported snowfall rates of two to three inches per hour at times. The Wakefield area reported over one-inch per hour snowfall rates during the event. The spotter near Winona measured eight inches of wet heavy snow in a 12-hour period. Spotters measured six to seven inches of snow from Republic to Ishpeming. Most of the snow fell in less than an eight-hour period.