Shipwrecks, hurricane Ike and record heat top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center (SPC) archives here are the events that happened on September 13.
1890 - The wood schooner-barge Comrade, while carrying 1,650 tons of iron ore, was cast adrift from her tow steamer Columbia in a southeast or west southwest gale and foundered somewhere between Keweenaw & Isle Royale in Lake Superior on the west side of Portage Ship Canal, 10 miles off Misery Bay. All 8 crew members perished. Bound Ashland, WI for Cleveland with 1600 tons of ore, she was a total loss of $35,000. The steamer made it to shelter after a hard fight, later came out to find her charge, but to no avail.
1903 - The wood schooner-barge, bulk freight, 2-mast Moonlight, while carrying iron ore, was in tow of twin-stack steamer Volunteer. Moonlight broke her hawser and began to sink in a terrific gale. Volunteer took her crew off before she foundered off Michigan Island in the Apostle Islands, WI in Lake Superior.
1906 - The wood lumber schooner Fearless wrecked in a gale near Epoufette, MI in Lake Michigan.
1939 - A record breaking heat wave begins with the temperature hitting 95° at Grand Rapids.
1952 - Muskegon reaches 92° for their third record high temperature in a row. Grand Rapids ties their 1939 record with a reading of 95°. Alpena sees a record high of 92°, Flint 93°, and Sault Ste. Marie a “chilly” 86°.
1962 - A severe thunderstorm struck Lansing with wind gusts over 65 mph, producing light damage across the city.
2005 - Late evening thunderstorms produced widespread wind damage across the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Michigan. A large tree was downed by wind at Foley Creek Campground 5 miles north northwest of St. Ignace at 2052 EST causing $1000 in damage. Thunderstorms developed ahead of a cold front, and organized into a severe squall line as it crossed Lake Michigan. A 60 mph wind gust was reported 1 mile south of Pt Aux Chenes at 1952 EST in Lake Michigan. 64 mph wind gusts were reported 3 Miles East of Mackinaw City in the Strait of Mackinac in Lake Huron at 2059 EST and 1 mile north of Cheboygan at 2114 EST. Trees and power lines came down with a couple trees that were two feet in diameter. One 70 foot tall maple tree was blown down onto two parked vehicles. Click this link for a radar loop of the storms: Storm Prediction Center radar 9/13/2005
2008 – Five tornadoes strike southern Lower Michigan. Four of the tornadoes were spawned by one thunderstorm. A car dealership and a restaurant were damaged in Paw Paw and weak tornadoes damaged trees near Mattawan in Allegan County, Millers Corner in Kalamazoo County, and Brookfield in Eaton County. Several buildings had roof damage from a tornado that struck Plymouth in Wayne County. Tropical rains started to fall over Southeast Lower Michigan. In about 48 hours from the evening of September 12 to the evening of September 14, 3 to 6 inches of rain fell. The rain was in part due to a slow moving cold front that crossed Lower Michigan associated with moisture from a Pacific tropical storm and the remnants directly from Hurricane Ike that struck the Texas coast on September 12. View Hurricane Ike making landfall in Texas and the tornado producing storms in Michigan by clicking on this link: Storm Prediction Center radar 9/13/2008
2011 - Winds in the wake of a cold frontal passage gusted to 58 mph at Freda in the evening.