A waterspout, a heat wave 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 8.
1860 - The wood side-wheel steamer, passenger and package freighter Gazelle was driven ashore near Eagle Harbor, MI, Keweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior and wrecked during a gale.
1874 - One of the longest heat waves in the month of September is underway with Lansing hitting 95°. Lansing would have eight consecutive days with high temperatures in the 90s from September 7th to the 14th.
1887 - The wood schooner-barge, 2-mast, bulk freight Anglo Saxon, while carrying posts and railroad ties, was driven ashore in a storm in the Straits of Mackinac, near Waugoschance Point in Lake Michigan with towmate J.A. Smith, a wood scow-schooner, 2-mast, which was carrying cedar posts, RR ties. They both broke up soon after. The two were bound Cockburn Island for Chicago in tow of the steamer Mattawan, and were left at anchor while the steamer coaled. Stripped and later broke up. The skipper of the J.A. Smith was killed by an unsecured steam pump during a salvage attempt and the hull burned to the waterline some years later
1933 - Finally a steady rain occurred over the U.P. to aid the 1500 firefighters battling the fires. An estimated 30,000 acres were burned in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties from the fires of 1933.
1951 - A cool air mass settled into Lower Michigan bringing frost and freezing temperatures. Muskegon falls to a record low of 31° and Grand Rapids sees a record of 36°. Houghton Lake is even colder and sets a record low of 29°.
1980 - An F0 tornado touched down briefly 2.8 miles south southwest of L'Anse in the mid-evening. Another F0 tornado touched down 10 miles south southwest of Republic in Marquette County that caused $300 worth of property damage in the mid-evening.
1997 - A waterspout was sighted over western Lake Erie. It was located offshore from Bolles Harbor which is just south of Monroe.
2001 – A three day stretch of severe storms continues with September 8 as day number two in the series. As usual, trees and power lines are the primary victims of the powerful wind. The wind also topples a telephone pole in Cass County. Click here for a radar loop of the storms on this day.
2002 - Record heat continues from the warm summer. Weather Forecast Office in
Marquette had a record high temperature of 91° and a warm record minimum temperature of 66°.