A wild temperature ride, balmy highs and shipwrecks 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 8.
1927 - The bulk freight steamer Altadoc was making for Ft. William, Ont., and went aground in a gale at Keweenaw Point east of Copper Harbor. She later broke in two and was finished off by fire in her coal bunker. Further east in a separate incident, the steel, bulk freight Lambton, while carrying grain, stranded on Parisienne Island in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior northwest of the Soo during a gale and was heavily damaged. 2 of the 20 member crew perished. She was recovered the following year and rebuilt as a barge.
1966 - Temperatures reach record highs in the mid-60s only four days after record lows on the single numbers, for a wild temperature ride, at Grand Rapids. The high of 64° on this date followed the low of 8° on the 4th. Lansing set a record of 65°, Detroit Metro 66° and Flint 62°.
1976 - A record low temperature of -13° occurred at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette.
2005 - Cold weather prevails during the first half of December with record lows of 2° above zero set at both Grand Rapids and Muskegon on this date.
2006 - High temperatures were below freezing including 29° at Detroit and Saginaw, and 27° at Flint. This would be the last day in the month of December 2006 that the temperatures stayed below freezing. This December ranks as the 2nd warmest in Flint history, 3rd warmest for Saginaw, and the 5th warmest for Detroit.