Record rain, a tornado and a foggy 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 October 11.
1871 - The wood schooner, 2-mast W.S. Lyons, while carrying iron ore, piled onto White Shoals reef near Waugoschance Point, MI in Lake Michigan during a gale and wrecked, a total loss. The wrecking tug Magnet tried for weeks to salvage her, but was only able to remove her masts and some gear before she broke up in November.
1906 – The day gets off to a cold start with record lows recorded in a few locations. Grand Rapids dips to 25°, Lansing 19° Detroit 25° and Sault Ste. Marie 22°. Later in the day the chilly air sets records for coolest high temperatures for the day. Grand Rapids and Detroit only climb to 42°, Muskegon and Lansing a record cold 40° and Sault Ste. Marie only 35°.
1907 - The steel, bulk freighter Cyprus, while carrying iron ore, was downbound Superior, Wis. for Buffalo. She was pushed sideways into a deadly wave trough, where her cargo shifted and she turned turtle and sank. She may have been leaking before that. The ship was only 21 days old and on her 2nd trip. She sank 19 miles off Deer Park, MI in Lake Superior with 21 of the 22 crewmember perishing in the gale.
1912 - A late evening tornado hit Gratiot County. Five farms sustained damage along a five mile-long path. An elderly woman was killed and her son injured as their home was blown apart southwest of Alma.
1922 - The steel, bulk freight Huronton was rammed by the 4700 t. prop Cetus (US#200374) in fog. Cetus skipper kept his engine running full ahead and kept the steamer's nose in the hole caused by the collision long enough for the Huronton's crew to scramble aboard. When Cetus was backed away, the other sank quickly, in 800' of water near Whitefish Point, MI in Lake Superior.
1949 - Record high precipitation occurred, with 3.27 inches of rainfall recorded in Detroit. Flint also observed record rain but only 0.76 inches.
1995 – The weather forecast office in Marquette had a record high temperature of 77°.