A snowstorm, record heat and huge seas top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the Michigan weather events that happened on October 27.
1856 – The wood schooner Magnolia, while carrying corn, went ashore in a gale and wrecked, a total loss at Gull Island, MI in Lake Michigan.
1898 – The wood schooner John Jewett, was loading lumber at the Grace Harbor Lumber Company dock. The area was struck by a sudden heavy storm. Huge seas drove her right through the dock and ashore, where she pounded to pieces at Hammond Bay, eastern Straits of Mackinac in Lake Huron.
1927 – “Indian Summer” temperatures for Lower Michigan with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. Records include Grand Rapids at 78°, Lansing 80°, Alpena 79°, Detroit 78°, Flint 76°, and Houghton Lake 84°.
1929 – A winter storm established a record (at the time) for the state of Michigan by dumping 27 inches of snow on Ishpeming in 24 hours.
1967 – The heaviest October snowstorm on record strikes southwest Lower Michigan with widespread amounts greater than 6 inches. A total of 8.4 inches at Grand Rapids is almost double the amount of the next greatest October snowstorm. Muskegon observes their greatest daily October snowfall with 4.7 inches and Lansing sees 7.5 inches, which is also an October record. On the east side of the state, Saginaw had another early season snowstorm that left 5 inches of snow covering the region.
1997 – Low pressure tracked northeast across Ohio late on the 26th through early morning on the 27th. Rain changed to snow over the Saginaw Valley and Flint area during the evening on the 26th, and snow continued until around daybreak on the 27th. Accumulations were mostly from 3 to 6 inches, with a maximum of 6 inches reported at Saint Charles, in Saginaw County. The combination of the heavy wet snow, and the fact that many trees had not yet lost their leaves, resulted in widespread tree damage and downed power lines. Around 40,000 homes lost power on the 27th. Measurable snow fell as far south as the northern suburbs of Detroit.