1876 - The wood tug Ormsby went ashore in heavy weather near Escanaba in the bay of Green Bay in October and her crew had been living aboard, preparing to get her off. On the 15th, while they were ashore getting provisions, she was struck by another blow, thrown on her beam and then caught fire. She burned to a total loss of $6,000.
1899 - Muskegon hits 86° for their highest October temperature on record.
1944 - Cold air is firmly entrenched in Lower Michigan with record lows of 23° at Grand Rapids and 25° at Muskegon. Flint also sets a record with 26° and Houghton Lake a frigid 19°.
1952 - Saginaw reports 0.04" rainfall. This is one of only three days where measureable rain is recorded this October, the driest on record with 0.18" total. Also for this month, Flint had the 5th driest month on record. Grand Rapids also has its driest October on record with only 0.03”.
2011 - A rapidly deepening low pressure system lifting northeast of Upper Michigan into Ontario caused damaging winds across much of Upper Michigan near Lake Superior from the 14th into the early morning of the 17th. Numerous large trees down on a private residence in Trowbridge Park during the early morning of the 15th causing $2000 in damage. Numerous trees were reported down near Laurium including two 24-inch diameter trees next to the Calumet High School. Several trees were reported down across the road near Pine Stump Junction. Several three-foot diameter trees were reported down near the Pike Lake area along County Road 414. A rapidly deepening low pressure system lifting northeast into Ontario kicked up storm force winds on Lake Superior from the 15th into the 16th. A 64 mph wind gust was measured at the Grand Marais GLOS site. A 75 mph wind gust was measured at the Granite Island Light weather station. A 59 mph wind gust was measured at Stannard Rock.