Snow showers, record heat and a Christmas tree 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 October 17.
1892 - The wood schooner J.E. Gilmore, ran aground in a nighttime gale and wrecked at Pilot Island in the Bay of Green Bay near Lake Michigan. Her crew was taken off by the local lighthouse keeper. She was immediately stripped and abandoned, but took a long time - several years - to break up.
1895 - The wood schooner, 2-mast, “cat-rigged” Mystic, while carrying light, had a gale blow her very high on the rocks on the east side of Pilot Island, WI in Death's Door in Lake Michigan. Her crew came ashore hand-over-hand on a line, while the schooner broke up. Her outfit was saved by local lightkeepers. She had been bound for Little Bay de Noc for a load of Christmas trees.
1947 - A three-day heat streak ended in Flint. Temperatures ranged from 86° on the 15th, 82° on the 16th and 84° on the 17th. West Michigan experiences the same heat streak with highs ranging from the upper 70s in Muskegon to the mid-80s in Grand Rapids.
1952 - After a frosty morning with lows in the 20s, snowflakes fly across western Lower Michigan. An inch of snow accumulates at Muskegon and 0.5” in Grand Rapids.
1984 - A severe thunderstorm produced a 61 mph wind gust at K I Sawyer Air Force Base in the early morning.
2002 - Cold weather arrives across western Lower Michigan with high temperatures only around 40° and periods of wet snow mixing in with a cold rain. Grand Rapids only observes a record setting cool high temperature of 42° and Muskegon a record 39°.