More than a foot of snow, shipwrecks and record rain 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 31.
1883 – The wood schooner Monitor, while carrying iron ore, was bound Escanaba for Cleveland, when she went on rocks and was wrecked at Seul Choix Point, Garden Peninsula, MI in Lake Michigan during a gale. Wrecking tugs Leviathan and later Kate Williams tried into December to release her.
1891 – The wood schooner, 3-mast L.C. Butts, while carrying coal, was driven into shallows near Fish Island, mouth of the bay of Green Bay in Lake Michigan by a gale and wrecked by wave action after breaking loose from the steamer Niagara. Her crew was rescued after much hardship to both them and the U.S. Lifesaving crew. Salvagers put pump after pump aboard to try and save her, but she broke in two and became a total loss of about $66,000.
1911 – The wood, bulk freight D. Leuty, while carrying light, drove ashore in a gale at Lighthouse Point near Marquette, MI in Lake Superior while trying to enter the harbor at Marquette and later broke up. The vessel was a total loss, but her after deckhouse was used as a summer cottage nearby until 1965.
1917 – One of the coldest Octobers on record ends on a wintry note with 1.5” of snow in Grand Rapids and high temperatures only in the lower 30s. Grand Rapids sees a cold record high of only 32°, Lansing 33°, Alpena 33°, and Detroit 34°.
1950 – Halloween treats Lower Michigan to balmy temperatures. Grand Rapids hits 79° Lansing 77°, Alpena 77°, Detroit 79°, and Flint 78°.
1976 – Record snowfall for the month of October with a total of 17.5 inches in Marquette.
1988 – After a very warm summer, October came in with an average temperature of 38°, about 5.6 degrees below normal. This was the coldest October on record at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette which has since been tied by October 2002.
1989 – 7 inches of snow fell in Ironwood.
1993 – A very cold Halloween with high temperatures only reaching 43° in Detroit, 37° in Flint and 39° in Saginaw. The 37° in Flint is the record low maximum temperature for the date. During the early morning hours, snow fell and accumulated across portions of Southeast Michigan. Detroit had 0.4 inches of snow, while Flint had 0.8 inches.
2006 – A strong cold front moved through Upper Michigan early in the morning. West winds behind the front gusted near 60 mph over the higher terrain of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Wind gusts measured at 58 mph at the Houghton County Airport. Wind gusts of 63 mph also measured by the wind sensor at the Keweenaw Research Center in Calumet.
2013 – Detroit, Flint, and Saginaw all had their wettest Halloween on record. They recorded 1.59″, 1.19″, and 1.14″ of rain respectively.
Read more Halloween weather history here: Wind and snow for Halloween