Thundersnow, blizzard conditions and shipwrecks 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 December 9.
1909 – The dredge barge Dredge #8, foundered in a gale and was declared a total loss at East Hatton Island, Thunder Bay, Ontario in Lake Superior. 6 crew members perished.
1927 – The steel, bulk freight Martian went ashore and wrecked during a gale at Hare Island in Thunder Bay, ON in Lake Superior. She was later raised.
1976 – A record low temperature of -9° occurred at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette.
1995 – Arctic air and lake effect snow blasts Lower Michigan on this day and for the next three days. More than a foot of snow piles up near Lake Michigan and temperatures fall to the singles numbers at night, struggling only to the teens in the day. Daily snowfall records include Muskegon 10.7 inches, 4.6 inches in Grand Rapids and 19.4 inches in Sault Ste. Marie. A state of emergency was declared in Sault Ste Marie, the National Guard was sent in to help dig the city out from 27.8 inches of snow fell in 24 hours, a 24 hour record.
2005 – A snowstorm tracked from southern Missouri to central Lake Erie and dropped a widespread 6 to 9 inches of snow across most of southeast Lower Michigan. At the height of the storm, during the early morning hours, snow fell at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour and several reports of thundersnow were received. There were two bands of heavier snowfall across southeast Lower Michigan. The first band was a band of 7 to 9 inches along the Interstate 69 corridor, and the second was a band of 6 to 8 inches stretching from Adrian to Detroit.
2009 – A storm system developing over the Plains deepened rapidly as it tracked across the Lower Great Lakes region in the early morning hours. The storm produced widespread heavy snow across west and central Upper Michigan on the 8th and 9th with blizzard conditions reported in Keweenaw, Houghton, Marquette and Menominee counties on the 9th. The observer near Stambaugh measured six inches of snow in the 12-hour period ending on the morning of the 9th. North winds gusting over 30 mph throughout the day on the 9th continued to cause reduced visibility in blowing snow. Schools were closed throughout Dickinson and Iron counties on the 9th. Observers in Ironwood and Watersmeet reported respective storm total snowfalls of 30 and 11 inches during the event. Schools throughout Gogebic County were closed on the 9th due to the storm. The observer in Painesdale measured 13 inches of snow in 24 hours during the event. The spotter near Calumet reported nearly a foot of storm total snowfall along with occasional whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Houghton County schools were closed on the 10th. The observer near Sidnaw measured six inches of snow in less than 12 hours during the day on the 9th. Winds gusting around 25 mph at times also caused considerable blowing and drifting of snow. Schools were closed throughout the area on the 9th.