Thunderstorms, shipwrecks and wind 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 7.
1883 - The wood schooner Laura Bell, while carrying coal, encountered a gale on Lake Superior near Shot Point east of Marquette. She was stranded and became a total loss, breaking her back after resting for several days astride a large boulder. Hailed from Cleveland and bound for Marquette. After spending three days in her rigging, her crew was rescued by a tug from Marquette. One crew member lost their life.
1887 - The wood schooner-barge, bulk freight Niagara, while carrying iron ore, slipped into the wave-troughs in a heavy gale, capsized and sank 3.5 miles off Vermillion Point in Lake Superior. Her iron ore, which was usually a very stable cargo, had shifted in the big waves. In the tow of steamer Australasia, she was reportedly overloaded by about 250 tons. The 9 or 10 member crew escaped the boat but all perished when her lifeboat capsized.
1898 - The wood schooner-barge Wenona was cast adrift in a storm from steamer Garden City and stranded near entrance to Portage Ship Canal in Lake Superior. She lay on the beach until wrecked by gale waves, in Sep, 1900. The skipper and his wife, her owners, stayed aboard for months in the hope she would be rescued, but she was finally abandoned in November.
1903 - The wood schooner R. Kanters was blown ashore in a gale, stranding about 7 miles south of Manistique, MI in Lake Michigan. Being quite advanced in age and lying in an exposed position on a rocky bottom, she was left to break up in place.
1960 - A three day heat wave peaked with record highs of 96° at Grand Rapids and 94° at Lansing. Other records around the state include Alpena 93° Flint 93°, and Sault Ste. Marie 89°.
1976 - The Seney wildfire was officially contained. This fire was the largest in Michigan since 1908 and burned 74,000 acres. Most of the loss from the fire was in the Seney Wildlife Refuge, 10,000 acres of state and private property were burned. Peat was burned down to 6 feet down in the muck in the refuge.
2001 - Morning storms resulted in a few trees down across West Michigan. In Muskegon, several 4 inch tree limbs down through city, reported by spotter. 14mi SE Grand Haven, and near Comstock Park law enforcement reported trees down. Storms redeveloped during the afternoon producing widespread wind damage. About a dozen trees and several telephone poles were blown down in Saranac in Ionia County. Livonia experienced winds of 58 mph with a thunderstorm at 4:55pm. Chesaning and Buena Vista also experienced winds with this storm which gusted up to 63 mph. Click here for a radar loop of the storms on this day. The slideshow on the left has a few severe weather maps for the day.
2002 - Record heat continues from the warm summer. Weather Forecast Office in Marquette had a record high temperature of 91°.
2010 - Winds gusted between 40 and 50 mph across Southeast Michigan, with the strongest winds occurring over the Detroit Metro area. A few trees and tree branches were blown down, some of which fell onto power lines. Very low humidity levels, less than 25 percent, allowed the sparking wires to touch off fires across Wayne County. The wind swept fires destroyed 90 occupied homes and damaged 71 vacant homes and garages. No injuries were reported.