Forest fires, record temperatures and a shipwreck 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 September 6.
1881 – Forest fires in Michigan and Ontario resulted in ‘Yellow Days” in the northeastern U.S. Twenty villages in Michigan burned, and a total of 500 persons were killed. Fires caused 2.3 million dollars in losses near Lake Huron. Candles were needed at the noon hour. (David Ludlum)
Temperatures hit the mid and upper 90s as a four day heat wave peaked across Lower Michigan. Lansing reached 97° for their second record high in a row, both records that still stand.
1899 - Rain fell in torrents from a severe thunderstorm which washed out a section of railroad bed between Rockland and Ontonagon. Train service was delayed until the next day. One woman was killed from lightning inside her home as she tried to seek shelter on a lower floor when she left her bedroom in Rockland.
1902 - A house was struck by lightning in Ontonagon and damaged the residence. The house did not catch fire and no one was injured or killed. The house filled with smoke and smelled like burning dynamite for a few hours after the strike.
1908 - The wood, bulk and package freighter Charles Hurlbut, while carrying stamp sand, began to leak badly in a gale, and was run ashore to prevent her sinking near Vermillion Point, MI in Lake Superior. Her crew was taken off by lifesavers before she was pounded to pieces.
1954 – Muskegon observes their warmest September day ever with a record high of 95°. Grand Rapids sees a daily record high of 97°.
1962 – Temperatures hover just above freezing for several cities in the state. Grand Rapids and Muskegon see a record low of 36°. Other records include both Lansing and Flint at 34°.
1990 - Rush hour traffic came to a halt when an F1 tornado hit St. Clair County at 5:20PM.