Low pressure records, severe thunderstorms, and feet of 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 October 26.
1869 – Several inches of snow pile up across southwest Lower Michigan. The 5.5 inches at Lansing is a record for early season snowfall and the high temperature there only reaches 34°.
1884 – The wood scow-schooner Louisa, while carrying 150,000 bricks, struck the west pier of the harbor entrance of Manistique, MI in Lake Michigan during a gale while inbound, broke in two and sank. She was soon abandoned as a total loss.
1902 – An unnamed wood scow broke up and foundered in a storm off Vermillion Pt in Lake Superior. Her crewmen made it to shore safely.
1903 – The wood, bulk freight Manhattan, while carrying wheat had her steering gear disabled by a gale when driving down the channel and she was pushed on the rocky shore of the east channel near Munising, MI in Lake Superior. There she caught fire and was destroyed before she could be released. The crew was rescued by the tug Ward. The wreck later drifted to near Sand Point. In a separate incident further east, the wood, bulk freight William F. Sauber, while carrying iron ore, had her hull fail under a heavy load of ore and she sank in a gale 30 miles northwest of Whitefish Point in Lake Superior. Bound Ashland, WI for Lake Erie. The big steamer Yale rescued most of her crew in appalling conditions. The skipper, whose arms were broken, was unable to help himself when a line was thrown to him, and drowned. He would not take the last seat in the lifeboat. 2 out of the 17 crew died.
1963 – Temperature records were set for the fourth day in a row at several Michigan cities. On this day records include 81° at Flint, 83° in Detroit, 74° in Muskegon and 82° in Lansing.
2001 – Very cold Canadian air poured into the Western Great Lakes Region on October 25th and 26th. As the cold air rushed across Lake Superior, lake effect snow showers and squalls developed over western Upper Michigan. Twenty-four hour snowfall totals from the 25th to the 26th reached ten inches at Watersmeet, 14.1 inches near Kenton, 13 inches in Bruce Crossing, 13.3 inches in Watton and 12 inches at Herman. The precipitation was mostly rain or a mix of rain and snow over the south and east parts of Upper Michigan.
2008 – A late season severe thunderstorm moved across southern Oakland and Macomb Counties. The storm developed ahead of a cold front that ushered in much colder air. Many reports of severe hail were received. Berkley and Madison Heights reported the largest hail at one inch in diameter.
2010 – The strongest storm ever recorded in Minnesota and in Wisconsin set low pressure records. The low bottomed out at 955.2 mb or 28.26 inches in Northern Minnesota which was a record for lowest pressure. The lowest pressure record was also broken in northern Wisconsin at 28.35 inches in Superior. High winds occurred across the U.P. as this low pressure system passed on by. Rock of Ages had a wind gust to 78 mph, Stannard Rock had a gust to 71 mph, Grand Marais and Fairport had wind gusts to 68 mph, Newberry airport and Seney NWR had gusts to 55 mph and Ontonagon had a peak gust to 51 mph. Whitefish Point had gusts to 63 mph. The Alger County Sheriff’s office reported numerous trees down and power outages across the county. Numerous trees and power lines were reported down throughout Baraga county. Widespread tree and roofing damage, along with power outages with some vehicles and structures were damaged by falling trees and power was out for several days at some locations in Chippewa County. The Delta County Sheriff reported trees down and power outages throughout the Escanaba area. The storm closed Big Bay De Noc schools on the 27th. The Dickinson County Sheriff reported numerous trees down on power lines throughout the county. Power was out at multiple locations…including the city of Norway. Power outages continued into the evening of the 27th at many locations. Several eight-inch diameter tree limbs were reported down in Ahmeek. In West Michigan power was out for several days at some places. Winds gusted over 60 mph with some peak winds over 70 mph along the Lake Michigan shore. Read more here: Low pressure and high wind.