Multiple shipwrecks, hurricane remnants, and record cold air 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 Sep. 25.
Several shipwrecks from the 1800s highlight this day in weather history. In 1851, the wood side-wheel steamer, passenger and package freight Monticello, while carrying merchandise, copper and passengers, began to leak when midway between Ontonagon and Eagle Harbor, Mich., and was run to shallow water, where she sank and later broke up off the Keweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior. She had had a collision with the steamer Manhattan earlier in the year, but no damage was found. It is suspected that her hull was weakened by the collision and this caused it to fail in the storm. The boats were two of only four steamers on Lake Superior at the time of their collision. Her engine was probably recovered. She was hauled around the Soo rapids on skids the previous winter. In 1873, the wood, bulk freight Union, while carrying iron ore, was blown into the shallows near Au Sable Point in Lake Superior by a westerly gale and later pounded to pieces. She was out of Green Bay. Engine recovered in 1874, boiler recovered in 1875. At the time of her loss there were 16 lakes vessels with this name, causing some confusion. In 1876, the wood schooner G.R. Roberts was unable to hold her anchors against a northwest gale and was driven ashore in Sister Bay in the bay of Green Bay and was a total loss. In 1878, the wood schooner Maid of the Mist was driven ashore and wrecked in a storm at Ninemile Point, MI in Lake Huron. The total value of the vessel and cargo was about 800 dollars. She had even been condemned a short time before the loss. In 1894, the wood schooner William Home, while carrying 579 tons of pig iron, was in tow of steamer F.R. Buell with two others and bound Manistique, Michigan for Buffalo, when she was overwhelmed by a southeast gale and foundered three miles off Seul Choix Point, western Straits of Mackinac in Lake Michigan, in 90 feet of water. Six of the seven crew members perished.
The remnants of a former Category three hurricane passed over Detroit in 1941. What was remarkable about the remnants of this storm was the high wind speeds and low pressure that accompanied it. Winds speeds remained steady at 56mph with wind gusts of up to 75mph! Dozens of people were injured from these winds. The pressure dropped to 990mb that day, which is the second lowest pressure reading ever recorded for Detroit during the month of September.
Widespread, heavy rain causes some flooding across western Michigan in 1961. Record daily rainfall totals occur at Muskegon with 1.35 inches, Lansing 1.73 inches and Grand Rapids 3.52 inches. The rain at Grand Rapids is a record total for any day in September.
In 2001, cool air settles into Michigan with many cities seeing record cold high temperatures as readings hover in the mid-40s. Grand Rapids only climbs to 46 degrees, Lansing 44 degrees, Alpena 45 degrees, Detroit 47 degrees, Flint 43 degrees, and Houghton Lake 43 degrees.
Thunderstorms in 2007 ended a dry eight day stretch of well above average temperatures in the upper 70s to upper 80s. Some of the storms were severe with the most damage occurring in Flushing. A downburst produced estimated 80 mph wind gust which blew in garage doors and down hundreds of trees and large limbs.