Record cold, feet of heavy lake effect snow and a shipwreck 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. 26.
Record warm temperatures in the 60s occurd across Lower Michigan in 1896. The warmth does not last long, though. A sharp cold front is followed by plunging temperatures for the end of the month. The high of 64 degrees at Lansing is followed by a low of 18 degrees on the next day, and a low of 8 degrees on Nov. 30. Grand Rapids and Detroit both observed a record 65 degrees on this day.
The iron, package and bulk freighter Tioga, while carrying wheat in 1919, was making for shelter in a gale when she struck Sawtooth Reef, just off Eagle River, Mich. in Lake Superior. Her crew made it to shore in her boats, but the vessel was pushed off into deep water. She was out of Duluth.
In 1949, Lansing falls to minus 5 degrees, the lowest November temperature on record there. The overnight temperature dropped to a freezing minus 7 degrees in Flint which is also the record minimum temperature for the month of November. Other daily records include 3 degrees at Grand Rapids, minus 2 degrees at Alpena, 10 degrees in Detroit, and minus 9 degrees at Houghton Lake.
Snow continued to fall as cold air filtered into Southeast Michigan in 1977. The snow started on Nov. 25, and continued into Nov. 27. By the time it stopped snowing Detroit had 5.6 inches of new snow, Flint received 2.9 inches, and Saginaw recorded 6.0 inches.
This was the start of a significant snowstorm at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette. They observed a record 9.2 inches on this day in 2001.
In 2002, a low pressure system over eastern Canada pushed cold air across Lake Superior, generating lake effect snow showers over the lake shore counties of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The snow began falling on Nov. 24, and continued into Nov. 27, with bursts of heavy snow (1 to 2 inches an hour) falling on the Nov. 25 and Nov. 26. During the heaviest snowfall, Ironwood accumulated 11 inches, Ontonagon reported 15 inches, and Rockland received 17 inches. Further east, The National Weather Service Office recorded 13 inches of new snow, downtown Marquette reported 15 inches, 20 inches accumulated in Harvey and 24 inches covered Skandia. Downtown Munising only received 7 inches, but 10 inches fell at Sand Point and Chatham measured 11 inches of new snow. The heaviest snowfalls were fairly localized, but 4 to 8 inches of snow fell over most parts of the lakeshore counties, contributing to numerous minor traffic accidents, a few school closings and difficult travel conditions along two of the major travel routes across the Upper Peninsula. For Lower Michigan a lake effect snow band moved onshore in eastern St Clair county and far southeastern Sanilac county on the afternoon of the Nov. 26. The band then remained nearly stationary through the rest of the afternoon and into the early morning hours of Nov. 27. The snow was the heaviest, and lasted the longest, in the city of Port Huron. By the morning of the Nov. 27, 12-hour snowfall totaled 17 inches across the northern half of the city of Port Huron, while the south half reported amounts around 13 inches. In Sanilac County, 12-hour snowfall amounts were reported as; 8 inches in Lexington, Crosswell, and Applegate.
In 2005, Marquette observes their lowest temperature ever for the month of November. They recorded a reading of minus 8 degrees.