1877 - The wood tug and yacht Minnie F. Sutton had a lighter scow in tow. She was bound Cheboygan for Drummond, Island, MI, when she was caught in a northwest squall and took shelter behind Spectacle Reef. Pounding of the scow tore out her timber head, then both the tug and scow were torn loose from the lighthouse pier. Two crewmen and 7 passengers abandoned to the pier while both tug and lighter drifted away and sank in the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Huron. They were rescued 4 days later by the tug Bennett, which had been searching for them. The lighter was later recovered and her towrope was still tied to the Sutton’s broken towpost.
1880 The wood schooner, 2-mast Josephine Lawrence was driven ashore 0.5 mile east of the Baileys Harbor, WI range lights in a gale in Lake Michigan. Over the next few months she sank down into the sand and was finally declared a total loss.
1938 - A two-day streak of 85° occurred in Detroit. Both the 16th and 17th had 85° as the high and these are records for both days. Flint also sees record highs on both days with 87° followed by 83° on the 18th. Grand Rapids observes a record high for the date with 83°, Lansing 85° and Houghton Lake with 86°.
1943 - A snowstorm drops an inch or two of slushy snow across southwest Lower Michigan. The high temperature at Grand Rapids and Lansing is only 39°. Muskegon also sees a record cold high temperature with 42° and Flint with 41°. Sault Ste. Marie observes a record cold high temperature with only 35° which was later tied in 1952.
2004 - The Upper Peninsula of Michigan was dominated by a chilly north wind between high pressure in Ontario and gathering low pressure in the Lower Great Lakes. A strengthening northwest flow to the west of the path of the low pressure center drew colder air into the Upper Lakes. Northwest wind gusts reached over 50 mph across the Keweenaw Peninsula by afternoon as the low strengthened over Ontario. An observer at Phoenix reported the strong winds felled trees as large as 2 feet in diameter, knocking down power and telephone lines and temporarily blocking some secondary roads. The powerful winds that gusted up to 61 mph at Stannard Rock lighthouse also whipped up high waves on Lake Superior, and beach erosion was reported from Grand Marais in Alger County to Deer Park in Luce County. The strong winds lasted into the early morning of the 17th.
2011 - A rapidly deepening low pressure system lifting northeast of Upper Michigan into Ontario caused damaging winds across much of Upper Michigan near Lake Superior from the 14th into the early morning of the 17th. A 60 mph wind gust was measured at the Grand Marais GLOS site in the early afternoon and a 63 mph wind gust was measured in the early evening. The Keweenaw County Sheriff reported several trees down due to high winds overnight on the 16th into the 17th, including near Eagle River, across Highway US-41 near Lake Medora and Five-Mile Road near Allouez. Ten-inch diameter maple tree snapped in half near Silver City. No leaves were on the tree. A 62 mph wind gust was measured at Stannard Rock C-MAN station with sustained winds between 45 and 55 mph.