Sinking ships, record rain, and 6 inches of snow top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center (SPC) archives here are the events that happened on September 22.
1856 – The wood schooner, 2-mast J.E. Shaw, while carrying wheat, was bound Milwaukee for Oswego in a gale, when she slipped in behind St. Helena Island in the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Michigan for shelter and was driven ashore, a total loss of $30,000.
1868 – The wood brig, 2-mast Sam Hale, while carrying lumber, was bound for Chicago, when she struck Whaleback Shoal off of Cedar River, MI in the bay of Green Bay during a gale. Most of her crew made it to shore, but two sailors left behind were aboard when the vessel broke up a few hours later. Both clung to floating wreckage and were picked up by passing vessels after a long drift.
1893 – The wood barge, pulpwood Michigan, while carrying iron ore, was bound Marquette for Ashtabula, in tow of the steamer City Of Naples. She sprang a leak in heavy seas during a gale and sank just east of Pt. Sable, off Grand Sable Dunes in Lake Superior before she could be towed to shore. Her crew was taken off 1 hour before she sank, by the Naples.
1894 – The wood, bulk freight James Pickands, while carrying iron ore, was blinded by forest fire smoke and struck the deadly reef of Sawtooth Reef in Lake Superior near Eagle River, MI. She was later wrecked by a storm and still another storm pushed her off into deeper water. The ship had been bound Duluth for South Chicago.
1895 – A southwest gale on Lake Michigan and the bay of Green Bay sank the schooner E.R. Williams near the St. Martin Islands. The eight member crew abandoned her in their yawl, and were picked up the next day off Summer Island with no loss of life.
1942 – The steel, pulpwood barge, City of St. Joseph, while carrying pulpwood, was in tow of tug John Roen with barge Transport, was cut loose in a gale and driven ashore near Eagle Harbor in the Keweenaw Peninsula on Lake Superior, a total loss. One person lost their life. Remains largely cut up in place for scrap the following winter. As a steamer, she was one of first lakers to carry a wireless.
1952 – Hail covered the ground like snow in Cascade Township, near Grand Rapids.
1961 – A tornado hit two miles north of Marne. One person was injured and three buildings were heavily damaged.
1974 – A record chill from the upper Midwest to the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley courtesy of Canadian high pressure. Michigan record lows include Sault Ste. Marie 28°, Detroit 30°, and Grand Rapids ties their 1947 record with 34°. 4.4 inches of snow fell in Marquette. At WFO Marquette NWS office, a record daily snowfall of 1.4 inches occurred.
1995 – Over 6 inches of snow fell in Ironwood, MI.
2005 – Thunderstorms along a front produced hail and wind damage across Michigan. Several reports of large hail with one report of hail 1.75” in diameter were reported in Grass Lake. Wind gust reports between 60 and 70 mph were reported on the east side of the state. Numerous tress and power lines also came down. 3.62 inches of rainfall in Flint. This is the second highest amount of precipitation for the month of September in Flint. The greatest amount of precipitation for the month occurred on September 10, 1950 with 6.04 inches of rainfall! Click here for a radar loop of the storms. View the attached for more images of the storms.