Latest 90° day, heavy snow and chilly highs 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 29.
1881 – 5.5 inches of rain fell in Marquette, the greatest one day total ever recorded there flooding sidewalks and cellars. In Ishpeming, Partridge Creek flooded a large part of town with alleys and backyards under 4 feet of water and area mines flooded.
1888 – The schooner, wood, 3-mast, bulk freighter Brandon, while carrying 1000 tons of railroad rails, was in tow of tug James A. Walker with schooners Jennie and Regina. She sprang a leak and foundered 40 miles southwest of Isle Royale during a gale in Lake Superior. Brand new at the time, the question was later raised as to whether she was overladen.
1891 – The wood fish tug Bertha Endress was bound Soo, Ont. for Michipicoten Island with machinery for the mine there; she sank in a gale in Lake Superior in Whitefish Bay off Pt. Iroquois. The sons of two of the owners of the Michipicoten Mine were among the lost. All 5 crew members perished.
1895 – The wood freighter Charles J. Kershaw was bound for Marquette, when she burst a steam pipe in a gale and drifted into Chocolay Reef, near Marquette, MI, in Lake Superior where she was pounded to pieces and was a total loss. Her two barges, Henry A. Kent and Moonlight went up on the beach so high that one could walk around them without getting one’s feet wet. Both were recovered the next year. U.S. Lifesavers took Kershaw’s crew off.
1898 – The wooden schooner, Active, departed Sister Bay, WI for Ford River, MI. She went ashore near the pier of Ford River in a gale when her captain mistook the lights of a home for the pier light. She piled ashore 2 miles south of the pier, where she later went to pieces. She was carrying 40 tons of hay.
1953 – Temperatures soared to the 90s across western Michigan. Grand Rapids hit 93° and Muskegon 92°, both record highs and records for the latest date of a 90° reading. Other records for the date include Lansing 91°, and Detroit 89°.
1966 – In Detroit the pressure dropped to 989mb during the passage of an intense early fall low pressure system. This is the lowest pressure reading ever recorded for Detroit in the month of September.
1967 – Wet snowflakes fell at Grand Rapids and Lansing. Cold air accompanies the snow with record cold highs around the state including Grand Rapids 43°, Muskegon 46°, Lansing 42°, Alpena 47°, Detroit 45°, Flint 42°, and Houghton Lake 40°. The highs at Lansing, Grand Rapids, Flint, and Houghton Lake are the coldest high temperature for the month of September.
1986 – A severe weather outbreak produces high winds, large hail and two tornadoes across Lower Michigan. One person was injured in Van Buren County as a tornado hit near Mattawan. Six houses were destroyed by a tornado near Rankin in Genesee County.
1993 – 2 inches of wet, heavy snow fell in the higher elevations around Marquette. NWS Marquette reported 1.7 inches of daily record snowfall.
2006 – Several waterspouts were observed on Lake Michigan. One was about 5 miles offshore of Holland, while another was sighted just offshore of Saugatuck. This waterspout approached the coast and may have come onshore, but no damage was noted.