Numerous temperature records, 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 December 3.
1850 - The wood brig 2-mast Henry Clay went ashore in a gale at Point Nipigon in the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Huron. Not much was damaged, but the ship ended up high and dry and unsalvageable. Crew and passengers were picked up by the passing steamer Troy.
1962 - Marquette had a high temperature of 59°. This record was tied in both 1982 and 1998.
1976 - A record low temperature of -12° occurred at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette.
1982 - Detroit reached 68°, Flint was 67°, Alpena 64° and Saginaw reached 63°. Houghton Lake and Sault Ste. Marie both set records with 60°. All are records for the date. This was the second day in a row that all these sites had record highs. This was a start to a very warm December. December 1982 was the warmest on record for Flint, the second warmest for Saginaw and the 6th warmest for Detroit.
1998 - An extended spell of warm weather occurs in early December with highs in the 50s and 60s the first six days of the month. Record highs are set on this date with 64° at Grand Rapids and 66° at Lansing. Marquette observes their warmest December temperature ever with a record high with 59°. For Grand Raids the record was broken in 2012 when the high reached 65°.
2002 - Arctic air and fresh snow cover combine to drop the temperature to -18° at Lansing, setting a record for early season cold. Flint had a record low of -8°. The next day, Flint had another record low of -4 °.
2012 – Mild air sweeps into West Michigan producing record highs for several cities. Grain Rapids sees a record 65°, Muskegon 66°, and Houghton Lake with 60°. For Muskegon this is the warmest temperature recorded in December.