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A snowstorm, record heat and a shipwreck

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A snowstorm, record heat and a shipwreck 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 December 14.
1883 - The wood schooner-barge Mary Ann Hulbert, while carrying railroad supplies and workers, was in tow of steamer Kincardine, when she was overwhelmed and foundered in a heavy gale off St. Ignace Island, 40 mi NE of Thunder Bay, ON in Lake Superior. She had been bound for Michipicoten Island from Port Arthur, Ontario. In terms of loss of life, this is the worst sailing ship disaster in Lake Superior history. Crew of 5 plus 15 railroad workers as passengers perished.

1907 - A snowstorm moves across Lower Michigan, dropping from 5 to 8 inches of snow. In Lansing a record 6.0” falls.

1975 - Record warmth continues for the second day across Lower Michigan. Morning lows in the upper 40s are followed by high temperatures near 60 degrees. Record warm lows include Grand Rapids with 49°, Muskegon 44°, Lansing 51°, Alpena 37°, Detroit 51°, Flint 52°, and Houghton Lake 37°. The record highs for the day include Grand Rapids at 59°, Muskegon 57°, Lansing 60°, Alpena 61°, Detroit 65°, Flint 63°, Houghton Lake 55°, and Sault Ste. Marie 53°. Many of these readings are 25 to 30 degrees above average for the date.

1995 - Low pressure moving east across northern Wisconsin brought widespread heavy snow to most of Upper Michigan. A 50 mile wide area through Ironwood, Iron River, Iron Mountain and Escanaba received between 9 and 12 inches of snow from 1200 EST on the 13th to 1200 EST on the 14th.

2006 - Freezing rain and freezing drizzle developed over portions of west and central Upper Michigan in advance of a low pressure system moving in from Minnesota. Icy roads caused numerous accidents in Iron and Dickinson counties and closed some schools early in Iron County. Light freezing rain or freezing drizzle created slippery road conditions and caused several accidents in the Iron Mountain-Kingsford area. A Norway woman lost control and rolled her vehicle on Highway US-8. She was transported by ambulance to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released.



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