Burned ships, an early season snowstorm 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 October 12.
1871 - The wood schooner, 2-mast Plover, while carrying grain, had been bound Duluth for Buffalo when she stranded and went to pieces in a gale near Whitefish Point in Lake Superior. The crew was at first supposed lost, but showed up at the Soo in her little yawl 2 days later.
1882 - The wood barge or schooner-barge George H. Ely, while carrying coal, was in tow of tug J.W. Bennett, when she struck bottom in heavy weather, swamped and sank in shallow water just inside Detour Point during a gale near Detour, MI on Lake Huron. Later she broke in two and was given up as a total loss Nov 10.
1882 - The cargo vessel, lumber camp supply Grace, while carrying camp supplies, ran ashore in heavy weather and wrecked while enroute to Goulais Bay, Ontario after her engine failed. She was diven 25 miles to the east by the gale before she finally went ashore 2-3 miles south of Whitefish Point in Lake Superior. 2 of the 8 crew members perished.
1899 - The Stone City, while carrying salted fish, was bound for Big Cedar, when she lost her way in the fog and ran aground near Cedar River, Michigan in the bay of Green Bay. She broke up soon after, a total loss. She was out of Milwaukee.
1918 - The wood dredge scow, dipper dredge Duluth, was tied up at her dock, when she was destroyed when a forest fire swept the dock area in Duluth, MN. John H. Jeffrey Jr., a wood steam tug, the wood steam tug Mentor and tug Ella G. Stone were also destroyed in the fire.
1995 - Late season heat for parts of Michigan. Detroit climbs to 84°, Alpena 85°, Flint 82°, Saginaw 83°, and Marquette 85°.
2006 - A strong low pressure system developing over the Plains moved through the Upper Great Lakes on the 10th and then into Ontario on the 11th. Gusty west to northwest winds in excess of 30 mph in the wake of the low brought heavy lake effect snow showers to portions of western Upper Michigan from the 11th through the 13th. In addition to the snow, there were localized wind gusts over 50 mph reported in northern Houghton County on the evening of the 12th. Heavy lake effect snow closed schools in Baraga on the 12th and some schools in Gogebic and Ontonagon counties on the 13th. Minor traffic accidents were also reported in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties due to the snow packed highways. Storm total snowfall reports included 14 inches at Marenisco and 10 inches or more in the Ironwood area. Eight inches of snowfall in 12 hours was observed in Marenisco ending on the morning of the 12th. Eight inches of snowfall measured in 12 hours at Mohawk and ten inches measured in 24 hours in higher terrain near Eagle River. Eight inches of snowfall was observed in 24 hours at White Pine. Storm total snowfall of 19 inches was reported by a spotter in Rockland from the afternoon of the 11th into the early morning of the 14th. This record early season snowstorm brought up to eight inches of snow to southwest Lower Michigan. Tree damage and power outages were extensive around Hastings in Barry County as the wet, heavy snow clings to the tree branches, which still had leaves on them. Grand Rapids observes 2.0 inches and Lansing 1.5 inches and Houghton Lake 0.4 inches. Earliest measurable snowfall occurred in Detroit, Flint and Saginaw. Detroit recorded 0.2 inches of snow, Flint received 2.3 inches of snow, and Saginaw had 0.3 inches of snow.