Weather ships, severe storms and a shipwreck 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 September 10.
1907 - The wood schooner S.B. Paige, while carrying 30 cords of shingle bolts, was caught by a gale. She dropped anchor and attempted to ride it out. Her hook failed to hold and the schooner was blown in to shallow water off Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in the bay of Green Bay, where she was abandoned
1917 - High temperatures were only in the middle 50s as cool and cloudy conditions prevailed. Record cool high temperatures for several cities including Grand Rapids at 56°, Lansing 55°, Muskegon 55°, Houghton Lake 55°, Sault Ste. Marie 48° and Detroit 53°. Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Houghton Lake would all tie their 1917 records in 1940 and Sault Ste. Marie sets a new record of 46° in 1940.
1931 - A record high of 94° was set at Grand Rapids, contributing to the warmest September on record there. Other records for the date include Houghton Lake with a steamy 99° and Sault Ste. Marie at 92°.
1943 - The USS Grand Rapids is launched from Superior, Wisconsin. The weather in Grand Rapids, Michigan is cool with a low of 39°. The ship was outfitted to take weather observations, but was damaged by a hurricane as it sailed towards Bermuda. It was repaired and provided vital weather observations in the North Atlantic through the end of World War Two. See the slideshow at the bottom of the page for an image of the USS Grand Rapids.
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The USS Muskegon also took weather observations, read more here: USS Muskegon and extended severe weather
1946 - A weak tornado hit near Albion in Calhoun County around 730 AM, with damage limited to several downed trees.
1950 - A record 6.04 inches of rain fell in Flint. The yearly precipitation average in Flint is 24.44 inches. In one day, Flint received nearly a quarter of its yearly precipitation average! This is the most rainfall ever received in one day for Flint.
1996 - Trees fell across power lines in the city of Menominee during strong winds from a thunderstorm in the early evening.
2002 - A strong cold front moved through eastern Michigan during the afternoon. Due to the drought conditions that year, the thunderstorms resemble those of the high plains with high cloud bases, less rainfall and strong winds. Hundreds of power outages were blamed on these thunderstorms. The more widespread tree damage in eastern Michigan occurred across portions of Shiawassee, Huron and Livingston counties.
2007 - Severe drought conditions carried over from August in Chippewa and Mackinac Counties in eastern Upper Michigan. Several rain events eased the drought by mid-month. The area received half an inch to an inch of rain on September 3-4, again on the 7th, and again on the 11th.