Record cold, snow drifts, and Christmas trees 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. 25.
In 1874, a snowstorm with gusty wind impacted the Upper Peninsula. Marquette reported snowdrifts of five to six feet deep.
The wood schooner Dick Somers, while carrying iron ore, 650 tons worth 3,300 dollars, was bound Escanaba for Ashtabula in 1877, when she was driven ashore and reported by her skipper as a total loss at the south end of Poverty Island in Lake Michigan. Most of her gear and cargo was salvaged by the divers Church & Hill of Chicago by the summer of 1878.
In 1895, the wood schooner Mattie C. Bell, while carrying 900 tons of coal, was in tow of the steamer Jim Sherrifs, and was stranded in a fall gale and broke up, a total loss at Big Summer Island in Lake Michigan. The crew was rescued. A concerted salvage effort lasted into the following summer and included offloading her cargo and filling her with cedar to make her float, but she was finally abandoned. The wood bulk freight Jim Sheriffs was driven ashore and declared a total loss, with her consort, Mattie C. Bell. Her foreshoe was right out of the water. One crew member of the Jim Sheriffs perished.
The wood, bulk freight D.C. Whitney was driven on a reef at Washington Island Wis. in Lake Michigan and wrecked during a gale in 1905. Declared a total loss, she was later recovered.
In 1906, the wood schooner La Rabida, while carrying 10,000 Christmas trees, was driven ashore by a gale near Naubinway on Lake Michigan. Her crew made it to shore after much difficulty, and spent a frigid night on the beach.
The wood schooner, bulk freight Berwyn, while carrying light in 1908, was caught by a sudden gale. She stranded and broke up on a reef two miles from Pilot Island Light, Death’s Door in Lake Michigan. She was in tow of steamer Walter Vail.
The wood fish tug Lydia, while carrying fish in 1932, capsized and sank just off the harbor entrance of Grand Marais, Mich. in Lake Superior in a violent gale while running for shelter. All 5 people aboard perished.
In 1950, the temperature plunges to an incredible minus 14 degrees at Muskegon and Houghton Lake, and minus 10 degrees at Grand Rapids, for the coldest November temperature on record at these cities. Other daily record lows for the date include Lansing 2 degrees below zero, Alpena minus 1 degree, Detroit 10 degrees and Flint with 9 degrees. A snowstorm also hit on this date and continued into the early morning hours of Nov. 26. Total snow accumulations are 6.2 inches in Saginaw, 8.1 inches in Flint and 6.3 inches in Detroit. Grand Rapids receives a record 3.6 inches of snow on his day.
A daily record snowfall of 7.8 inches occurred at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette in 1975. This came with a record coldest high temperature for the date of 16 degrees which was set again in 1977.