Heavy snow, record cold and a floundering schooner 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 5.
1891 - The wood schooner E.M. Scove, while carrying lumber, was bound Pine Lake, Michigan, for Milwaukee, when she foundered in shallow water in a gale just off Pilot Island, WI in Death's Door in Lake Michigan. She was a total loss of about $6000. She broke up the following year, despite continued salvage efforts.
1997 - The combination of a surface trough across Upper Michigan, an upper low over Wisconsin and cold northerly winds blowing over the relatively warmer waters of Lake Superior combined to produce heavy lake effect snows over the Lake Superior shoreline counties of west and central Upper Michigan. Heavy snow began across Gogebic and Ontonagon counties around 800 am EST on the 4th. The heavy snow spread east to include parts of Keweenaw, Houghton, Baraga, and Marquette counties by the afternoon of the 4th. The snow was concentrated in lake effect snow bands producing widely varying accumulations across the region. The heavy snow diminished to light snow around noon on the 5th. Here is a listing of the heavier snow totals by county: Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw, Marquette and Ontonagon. Herman 12.0”, Ironwood 15.1”, Alston 9.0”, Phoenix 11.0”, Watton 10.4”, Ramsay 11.0”, Watersmeet 9.7”, Marquette Airport 16.3”, Bergland 21.0”, Carlshend 10.0”, and Ontonagon 16.0”.
2001 - This is one of the warmest December days on record in Lower Michigan. Grand Rapids and Lansing set record highs of 69°. Holland and Flint both hit 70° and Muskegon has a record setting 63°. Detroit and Saginaw both reached 67°. Other daily records include Alpena 65°, Houghton Lake 64°, Marquette 52°, and Sault Ste. Marie 62°. This is in fact the warmest December day ever recorded at Grand Rapids, Alpena, Flint, Houghton Lake and Sault Ste. Marie. Several cities set records for warm overnight low temperatures. Grand Rapids starts with a balmy 54°, Muskegon 53°, Lansing 55°, Detroit 51°, Flint 55°, Houghton Lake 51°, and Sault Ste. Marie 42°. For Lansing and Houghton Lake this in the warmest December minimum temperature ever recorded. This was part of a very warm December which was the 11th warmest for Grand Raids, 9th warmest for Detroit, the 4th warmest for Flint and the 5th warmest for Saginaw.
2007 - A significant lake effect snowstorm dumped up to 10 inches of snow over portions of Huron and Sanilac Counties. Several dominate lake effect snow bands made their way onshore with snowfall rates up to 2 inches per hour in the morning. Some of the higher snowfall reports received included Richmondville (Sanilac) 10.0”, Deckerville (Sanilac) 8.0”, Forestville (Sanilac) 8.0”, and Harbor Beach (Huron) 7.0”.
2010 - A prolonged round of lake effect snow began on the morning of December 5th and continued until the evening of the 7th. Two feet of snow piled up in Mason and Oceana Counties and up to 20 inches of snow fell across western Ottawa, Allegan and Van Buren Counties.