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Blowing snow, record warmth, and a tremendous gale 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 7.

1895 - The wooden steam tug Pearl B. Campbell, was returning to Duluth after pulling at the stranded schooner Henry A. Kent near Marquette, when she filled and sank stern first in a gale after accumulating a heavy load of ice on her upper works near the Huron Islands in Lake Superior. All 7 crew members perished.

1909 - A snowstorm drops from 5 to 8 inches of snow across southwest Lower Michigan. A record 6” falls in Muskegon and a record 5” in Lansing.

1927 - The steel, package freight "canaller" Kamloops, while carrying general merchandise, went missing in a tremendous gale, probably capsized from the weight of ice in her superstructure. Little information or wreckage was found until the wreck was discovered in 1977 in 175-280' of water off Twelve O'Clock Point, Isle Royale in Lake Superior. She was bound Montreal for Ft. William. Bodies of part of her crew were found on Amygdaloid Island the next spring, sitting around a fire site. All 22 crew members perished.

1951 - The temperature rose to 62° in Detroit, which is 23° above average! Other daily records include Lansing 63°, Alpena 55°, Flint 59°, and Sault Ste. Marie 45°.

1972 - Record cold weather prevails across southwest Lower Michigan with high temperatures only in the mid-teens and morning lows below zero. Record lows include Grand Rapids -4°, Muskegon and Marquette -18°. Record low maximum temperatures include Grand Rapids 16°, Muskegon 15°, and Houghton Lake 13°.

2006 - Strong northwest winds gusting as high as 35 to 45 mph brought heavy lake effect snow and considerable blowing snow to portions of west and central Upper Michigan on the evening of the 6th continuing into the 7th. The Munising Public Schools, AuTrain-Onota and Superior Central Schools were all closed in Alger County on the 7th due to the heavy snow and blowing snow. Twelve inches of snow was reported in 12 hours at the Seney Post Office. Ten inches of snowfall was observed in Ironwood in 12 hours.

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