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Stranded students, record heat and the largest U.S. ship is lost in a blizzard

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Stranded students, record heat and the largest U.S. ship is lost in a blizzard, 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 December 1.

1897 - The wood schooner-barge, bulk freight, 2-mast Joseph Paige, while carrying iron ore, was outbound from Marquette in tow of the steamer H.B. Tuttle, when she was cast adrift and drove onto a reef near Vermillion Point in Lake Superior during a gale. A patrolling Lifesaver spotted her and the Vermilion Pt. Lifesaving Service managed to take her crew off before she broke up, even though the USLS boat was smashed in a most difficult rescue.

1908 - The steel, bulk freighter D.M. Clemson, while carrying coal, went missing in a gale/blizzard in Lake Superior, leaving little evidence behind. All 24 crew members perished. The ship has still not been found and was last seen off Whitefish Pt. early on the 1st. It was the largest U.S. ship lost in 1908, worldwide.

1922 - The steel, bulk freight Maplehurst, while carrying coal, had her engine fail in a gale and she fell into troughs of the big waves, capsized and sank near the Upper Entrance to Portage Ship Canal, Keweenaw in Lake Superior. Some sources say she was driven ashore and wrecked just off Upper Entrance. Bound Lorain, OH for Ft.William, Ontario, 11 of 20 crew members perished.

1970 - High pressure provided a warm flow out ahead of a strong cold front bringing record high temperatures to the Great Lakes. Michigan records include Grand Rapids 65°, Muskegon 60°, Lansing 65°, Alpena 59°, Detroit 64°, and Houghton Lake 59°.

1974 - 19.3” of snow fell in Detroit. This was the second-highest snowfall ever recorded in the city. For more information about this storm see: Detroit snow

1985 - Authorities closed portions U.S. 41 between Houghton and Marquette due to low visibilities and snow covered roads. High winds drove water off Keweenaw Bay onto Highway 41 where it froze and also deposited rocks and other debris onto the highway. Waves undermined the foundation of a beachfront home in Marquette with boulders washed ashore and trees uprooted east of Marquette and shoreline homes received severe property damage near Marquette. NMU and MTU students were stranded in Munising due to highway M-28 being closed due to the snowstorm. 23.7 inches of snow fell out of the storm on this day along with 2.30 inches of liquid water equivalent, both daily records at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette out of the storm total of 31.3 inches for December 1st and 2nd. Ironwood had 19.5 inches with 5 foot drifts, Menominee had 15 inches, Norway had around 20 inches and Bark River had 14.5 inches out of the snowstorm.

2006 - A snow and ice storm strikes southwest Lower Michigan. From 6 to 12 inches of snow falls from Muskegon to Ludington, while an ice storm causes power outages and treacherous travel conditions from Kalamazoo to Lansing.

2008 - A strong low pressure system moved from the Central Plains into the Great Lakes region. Snow developed out of this system late in the day on November 30th, and continued through a good part of December 1st. Snowfall totals of around a foot were common into Eastern Upper Michigan in Chippewa and Mackinac Counties. Trout Lake picked up 17 inches of snow.

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