Record temperatures, a disaster declaration and a wrecked 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 September 11.
1900-The wood scow-schooner Farrand H. Williams, while carrying cordwood, washed ashore in a storm in Horseshoe Bay, WI in the bay of Green Bay on the northwest side of the Door Peninsula and wrecked, a total loss.
1931 – The dust bowl days bring record heat to many cities in Michigan. Grand Rapids sets a record of 94°, Alpena 98°, Detroit 95°, Flint 95°, Houghton Lake 100°, and Sault Ste. Marie 89°. For Houghton Lake this is the warmest temperature ever recorded for the month of September.
1940 – A chilly day prevails with record cold high temperatures. Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Lansing all set a record with 55°. Other records include Detroit 57°, Houghton Lake 56°, and Sault Ste. Marie 50°.
1981 - Golf ball sized hail (1.75 inch) fell out of a severe thunderstorm 3.7 miles northwest of Schaffer at 1340 CST and 10 miles south of Bark River at 1430 CST.
1986 - Clusters of thunderstorms moving along a stalled front bring record rains to Lower Michigan for the second straight day. Widespread rainfall amounts of 2 to 5 inches result in extreme flooding and contribute to making September 1986 the wettest month on record across the area. Grand Rapids receives a two-day total of 5.97”, Houghton Lake 3.78” and Muskegon a whopping 8.39”. Saginaw received 4.55” of rainfall. The previous day (September 10, 1986), Saginaw had received 5.51” of rainfall. This makes a two-day total of 10.06” of rainfall in Saginaw - almost three times the amount of rainfall that Saginaw normally receives throughout the entire month!
1992 - Record cold continues at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette with a record low temperature of 30°.
2000 - Afternoon storms produced strong wind knocking down trees and power lines and even damaging a shed in Kalamazoo. Widespread, severe urban flooding resulted in a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Wayne County. The communities most severely affected included Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, Riverview, Southgate, Taylor, Van Buren Township, Wyandotte, and Wayne. Over 15,000 residences and other structures in Wayne County suffered at least some flood damage. Numerous motorists had to be rescued from their stalled and stranded vehicles. The Governor of Michigan estimated $19 million in personal property damage in Wayne County, but said that estimate was conservative. Trees were uprooted in the mid-evening 6 miles east of Escanaba and trees up-rooted and power lines down in Quinnesec from a severe thunderstorm with gusts up to 75 mph. Lightning was also a factor in power outages in Dickinson County. A falling tree crushed a pick-up truck in Crystal Falls at 1845 EST causing $3000 in property damage. Several trees knocked down by wind in Stephenson at 1945 EST.
Click here for a radar loop of the storms on this day. The slideshow on the top has a few severe weather maps for the day.