Blinding snow, encased in ice and record heat 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 November 4.
1869 - Northerly gale struck Marquette. This gale caused ships at anchor in the harbor to crash against each other and after the storm subsided, the bay was strewn with wreckage. The schooner W.W. Arnold left Marquette Harbor about 4 pm loaded with iron ore. A few hours later, a storm set in with blinding snow and a ferocious northwest gale. North of Marquette, tin sheathing was blown off the lighthouse on Granite Island. The ship never made it to the Soo Locks. In early December, a mail carrier spotted the hull of a vessel near the Two Hearted River and a search party found the wreck of the W.W. Arnold there. The crew of 9 crew and 2 passengers were encased in ice.
1874 - The wood schooner, 3-mast F. Morell, while carrying 617 tons of iron ore, drove ashore and wrecked in fog and big seas in a gale on the northwest corner of Grand Island, MI in Lake Superior. After being ashore a few days, she was reportedly broken up by a northeast storm on the 9th.
1877 - The wood schooner Josephine went aground and wrecked during a gale at Michigan Island, Apostle Islands group, WI in Lake Superior.
1975 - Record heat continues at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette with a record high temperature of 69°.
1978 - Flint reached a record high of 72°. Then, on the 5th, all three cities established new records with 74° at Detroit, 76° at Flint and 75° in Saginaw.
1991 – This is a cold day across Lower Michigan with records set for chilly afternoon highs, mainly in the 20s. Highs include Grand Rapids 25°, Muskegon 27°, Lansing 26°, Detroit 31°, Flint 28°, and Houghton Lake 27°.
2003 - Heavy rains of an inch or more across southwest Lower Michigan on this day set the tone for November, 2003. This turns out to be the wettest November on record at both Grand Rapids and Lansing.