Heavy snow, shipwrecks, and record heat 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 November 2.
1870 – The wood schooner Mary M. Scott went ashore and broke up in a gale near Grand Island, Michigan in Lake Superior.
1883 – The wood schooner, 3-mast Cecilia, while carrying wood, was abandoned 20 miles offshore of Port Arthur in Lake Superior in sinking condition after being disabled by waves caused by a gale. The crew made it to Port Arthur in her yawl. Her skipper spent many days looking for her remains. She had been bound Waiska Bay, Michigan, for Port Arthur, Ontario.
1889 – The wood schooner Francis Palms, while carrying iron ore, was bound Escanaba for Detroit, when she was driven ashore and pounded to pieces in a westerly gale at 3 miles NW of Gray’s Reef, near Beaver Island. Her crew was taken off by the tug Gladiator, which also pulled in vain to try to rescue the boat.
1902 – The wood schooner, 2-mast Thomas C. Wilson, while carrying potatoes, was driven ashore in a gale near Egg Harbor, WI in the bay of Green Bay and disabled, then torn to pieces by wave and ice action the following winter.
1924 – The wood, bulk freight Niko, while carrying lumber, foundered in a gale near Garden Island in the Beaver Islands Group in Lake Michigan, her crew being rescued by her towbarge, C.E. Redfern. She lay on bottom so that only the roofs of her deckhouses were exposed, and her crew clung to them for 6 hours until rescue was done. Redfern was then towed to Manistique by the “G-tug” Illinois.
1938 – A record high of 77° is set at Grand Rapids as a three day spell of very warm weather begins the month. Lansing also reaches a record high of 76° and Houghton Lake 75°.
1966 – The earliest snowfall of 4 inches or more occurred in Detroit with a measure of 7.8 inches of snow occurring over 3 days from the 2nd to the 5th. During this early season snowstorm Flint received 8.6 inches and Saginaw had 11.3 inches of snow. This turned out to be the snowiest November in Detroit with 11.8 inches and 2nd snowiest in Flint and Saginaw with 13.5 inches and 20.3 inches respectively.
1975 – Record heat with a record high temperature of 66° at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette.
1989 – 20 inches of snow fell in Ironwood during a snow storm from November 1st-3rd.