Record cold, 5-6 foot snow drifts, and 10,000 Christmas trees 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 25.
1874 – Drifts of 5-6 feet deep reported in a snowstorm in Marquette.
1877 – The wood schooner Dick Somers, while carrying iron ore [650 tons worth $3,300], was bound Escanaba for Ashtabula, when she was driven ashore and reported by her skipper as a total loss at the south end of Poverty Island in Lake Michigan. Most of her gear and cargo was salvaged by the divers Church & Hill of Chicago by the summer of 1878.
1895 – The wood schooner Mattie C. Bell, while carrying 900 tons of coal, was in tow of the steamer Jim Sherrifs, and was stranded in a fall gale and broke up, a total loss at Big Summer Island in Lake Michigan. The crew was rescued. A concerted salvage effort lasted into the following summer and included offloading her cargo and filling her with cedar to make her float, but she was finally abandoned. The wood bulk freight Jim Sheriffs was driven ashore and declared a total loss, with her consort, Mattie C. Bell. Her foreshoe was right out of the water. One crew member of the Jim Sheriffs perished.
1905 – The wood, bulk freight D.C. Whitney was driven on a reef at Washington Island, WI in Lake Michigan and wrecked during a gale. Declared a total loss, she was later recovered.
1906 – The wood schooner La Rabida, while carrying 10,000 Christmas trees, was driven ashore by a gale near Naubinway on Lake Michigan. Her crew made it to shore after much difficulty, and spent a frigid night on the beach.
1908 – The wood schooner, bulk freight Berwyn, while carrying light, was caught by a sudden gale. She stranded and broke up on a reef 2 miles from Pilot Island Light, Death’s Door in Lake Michigan. She was in tow of steamer Walter Vail.
1932 – The wood fish tug Lydia, while carrying fish, capsized and sank just off the harbor entrance of Grand Marais, MI in Lake Superior in a violent gale while running for shelter. All 5 people aboard perished.
1950 – The temperature plunges to an incredible -14° at Muskegon and Houghton Lake and -10° at Grand Rapids, for the coldest November temperature on record at these cities. Other daily record lows for the date include Lansing -2°, Alpena -1°, Detroit 10° and Flint with 9°. A snowstorm also hit on this date and continued into the early morning hours of November 26. Total snow accumulations are 6.2 inches in Saginaw, 8.1 inches in Flint and 6.3 inches in Detroit. Grand Rapids receives a record 3.6 inches of snow on his day.
1975 – A daily record snowfall of 7.8 inches occurred at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette with a record coldest high temperature for the date of 16° which was set again in 1977.