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Record temperatures, shipwrecks and an F3 tornado

Almanac 2 September 2014
Almanac 2 September 2014Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Record temperatures, shipwrecks and an F3 tornado top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the weather events that happened on September 2.

1847 - The wood schooner Wisconsin, while carrying lumber, reportedly went ashore in a storm at Porte Des Mortes [Death’s Door], WI in Lake Michigan and was a total loss. Out of Chicago.

1894 - Lansing hits 99°, setting their record high for the month of September.

1904 - The wood schooner Lewie foundered in a gale off Two Harbors, MN in Lake Superior.

1905 - The wood, bulk freight Iosco, while carrying iron ore, was towing ore-laden schooner Olive Jeanette, when she was struck by a terrific gale and foundered, exact position unknown, but probably between Portage Entry and Huron Islands in Lake Superior. The wood schooner, 4-mast, bulk freight Olive Jeanette was also lost while carrying iron ore with all 7 crew members perishing. All 19 crew members perished on the Iosco. In a separate incident, the wood schooner-barge, 3-mast Pretoria, while carrying iron ore, was the tow of the steamer Venezuela, which was underpowered for the task of towing and challenging a storm at the same time. The Pretoria broke her towrope and later foundered in a terrific gale near Outer Island in the Apostle Islands group in Lake Superior. The crewmen were lost when their yawl capsized near shore. 5 members of the 11 member crew perished. Pretoria was one of the largest wooden vessels ever built. In another incident, the steel, bulk freight Sevona, while carrying iron ore, was bound Duluth for Cleveland, when she was driven aground at Sand Island Shoals, Apostles Islands in Lake Superior and split in two in a gale. The aft crew made it to shore, but those forward were lost when their hatchcover raft capsized near the beach and those 7 drowned. Parts of her were later salvaged. A survey of the wreck done in the early 90’s shows that her two ends are still connected.
Also on this day the wood schooner Julia, while carrying posts, stranded and wrecked in a gale while bound Escanaba for Menominee in the bay of Green Bay somewhere between Cedar River and Ford River, MI.

1913 - Grand Rapids hits 98° tying their record high for the month of September. Muskegon also sees a record high for the day with 94°.

1946 - Cold air controls the day as Grand Rapids dips to 37°, Flint 39°, and Houghton Lake 30°.

1953 – Several days of record breaking heat across the state. Alpena and Flint reach 97°, Detroit 100°, and Marquette a slightly cooler 91°. For Detroit this is the warmest September day on record.

1984 - An F3 tornado moved through Sanilac County at 5:40PM. This tornado caused one injury and over $500,000 in damage. This was the strongest tornado to ever hit Sanilac County and also caused the only injury ever reported in Sanilac County.

2002 - A cold front that moved across Lake Superior and Michigan's Upper Peninsula during the evening triggered a line of thunderstorms. A few of these storms produced damaging winds. Large tree branches were broken off in Big Bay.

2008 - Severe thunderstorms caused damage over portions of Baraga and Marquette counties in the evening. Two 4-5 inch diameter spruce trees were knocked down 2 miles west northwest of Republic