September snow, flooding rain and a tornado 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 20.
1907 - The wood, bulk freight Alex. Nimick, while carrying coal, pressed on for Duluth in a gale after sheltering behind Whitefish Pt. for a day, then was driven on a bar 13 miles west of Vermilion Pt. near the mouth of the Two-Hearted River on Lake Superior. The 11 survivors out of the 17 aboard made it to shore in a lifeboat. Vessel pounded to pieces in 26 feet of water.
1956 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI recorded 2.7 inches of snow, the largest snowfall for September recorded at the station.
1957 - Thunderstorms with heavy rain of up to 2 inches flooded streets and viaducts in Grand Rapids. A record 1.75” of rain fell.
1968 - A tornado hits a rural area about five miles south of Lansing at 2:15 in the morning, damaging two barns and a shed.
1978 – Record warm minimum temperatures recorded for several cities across Lower Michigan. Grand Rapids sees a low of only 69°, Lansing 71°, and Flint 70°. Genesee County experienced winds of 63 mph with storms passing through.