A microburst, flying snowflakes and shipwrecks 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 27.
1861 - The wood ship Minnesota, while carrying corn, “broke her arches”, sprang a leak and was put on Summer Island, MI in the bay of Green Bay to keep her from sinking. The prevailing gale soon tore her to pieces, a total loss.
1908 - The wood, bulk freight Neshoto, while carrying iron ore, was bound Superior, WI, for Buffalo and blinded by forest fire smoke, she drove ashore near Crisp Point in Lake Superior. Not severely damaged, but destroyed by a later storm before she could be removed.
1912 - The wood, bulk freighter Culligan, while carrying iron ore, was holding her own against a strong gale in Lake Superior until her pumps failed, the rising water dousing her fires and allowing her to fill. Crew abandoned her in her lifeboats. She sank several miles northwest of Grand Island, near Munising, MI in Lake Superior.
1942 - Snowflakes fly across Lower Michigan as temperatures fall to the lower 30s and only rise into the 40s during the day.
1998 - Flint experienced a record warm temperature of 86° for the day. This record was later tied in 1999.
2007 - Evening storms produced strong wind knocking down trees and power lines near Holland and Glenn and large hail was reported in Bridgman. Click here for a radar loop of the storms. View the slideshow on the top of the page for more images of the storms.
2009 - A microburst with winds up to 70 mph struck just northeast of Greenville in Montcalm County. About a dozen trees were downed and a travel trailer was tipped over.