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Earliest freeze, U of M football game ends early, and lightning injuries

Radar image 9 AM 3 Sept 00
Radar image 9 AM 3 Sept 00

Earliest freeze, University of Michigan football game ends early, lightning injuries 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 3.

Almanac 3 September 2014
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

1884 - The wood scow schooner J. Bigler, while carrying stone, was bound Nipigon for Chicago, when she foundered in a gale off Lower Entry to Keweenaw Waterway about 10 miles north of the Huron Islands in Lake Superior.

1916 - Lightning struck a house in Negaunee injuring 4 people. Two occupants were thrown to the ground while the other two were injured by falling plaster. Many cellars flooded in Easterday district in Sault Ste Marie while Prospect Street flooded for the first time ever due to heavy rainfall from storms.

1942 - The steel, package/bulk freighter Steelvendor, while carrying steel billets, capsized and foundered in heavy seas in a gale off Manitou Island in Lake Superior. Her cargo was intended for war production. 1 crew member perished.

1946 - There was an early taste of autumn as Grand Rapids falls to 32° for their earliest freeze on record. Other record cold readings around the state include Flint 35°, Muskegon 34°, and Houghton Lake a bone chilling 26°.

1953 - A late summer heat ridge off the Carolina coast brought record heat from the Ohio Valley to the Northeast. Detroit has a record high of 100°, Alpena 98°, Flint 97°, Grand Rapids 95°, Muskegon 94°, and Sault Ste. Marie 92°.

1976 - The Seney fire burned 64,000 acres and had a massive burnout this day in the northwest corner of the fire.

1987 - Temperatures dipped into the 40s and 50s for morning lows across much of the eastern half of the country, with many cities reporting record lows for the date. In Michigan, Pellston tied Gunnison, CO for honors as the cold spot in the nation with a low of 30°. Ste. St. Marie tied their 1974 record with 33°.

1993 - Winds gusted to 63 mph at the Drummond Island Municipal Airport when a gusty severe thunderstorm wind blew across the Island in the early evening. No damage was reported.

2000 - Morning storms resulted in wind damage across West Michigan. In Douglas, law enforcement reported power lines down and south of Glenn when one tree falls down.

2008 - Afternoon storms produced one report of large hail NE of Bunker Hill in Ingham County.

2010 – A powerful low pressure system and cold front sweeping across Lake Superior caused extensive wind damage at several locations along Lake Superior. Numerous large trees were knocked down in the Big Bay area. Some of the trees were up to 20 inches in diameter. Trees were also knocked in Presque Isle Park in Marquette. Strong winds knocked down numerous trees throughout Keweenaw County. Two campers in the Copper Harbor area sustained $10,000 in damage from downed trees. Wind gusts above 60 mph were consistently reported at the Ojibway RAWS station on Isle Royale during a five-hour period in the afternoon. Strong damaging winds estimated between 50 to 60 mph were reported throughout the evening hours in Copper Harbor. Wind gusts of 50 knots or greater were consistently reported during the late afternoon and evening hours at Stannard Rock in Lake Superior with a peak wind of 71 mph. Estimated wind gusts to 50 knots knocked trees down on power lines in Munising.

2011 - In the late afternoon and evening, several thunderstorms fired up ahead of a cold front that was draped across Lower Michigan. Ahead of the cold front temperatures soared into the 90s with heat indices near 100 degrees. The areas hardest hit with strong winds and hail were along I-94 from Ann Arbor to downtown Detroit including River Rouge where festival tents were blown down injuring about 10 people and at the University of Michigan where the football game was ended early due to the thunderstorms. Another hard hit area was from Huntington Woods to Madison Heights where winds were estimated up to 75 mph with numerous downed trees. About 100,000 DTE customers lost power due to the storms.

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