Today in History for September 3rd

Climate records for today:

Highest temp recorded: 92 degrees F
Lowest temp recorded: 32 degrees F
Average high temp for today: 70 degrees F
Average low temp for today: 49 degrees F
Average data is based on 34 to 35 years (1971 to 2005) at Marquette Airport and WFO Marquette, Negaunee, MI.
Record data is based on 50 years (1961 to 2011) at Marquette Airport and WFO Marquette, Negaunee, MI.

Today in the UP:


On September 3, 1884, the wood scow schooner J. Bigler, while carrying stone, was bound Nipigon for Chicago, when she foundered in a gale off Lower Entry to Keweenaw Waterway about 10 miles north of the Huron Islands in Lake Superior.

Lightning-injury and damage and flash flooding

On September 3, 1916, lightning struck a house in Negaunee injuring 4 people. Two occupants were thrown to the ground while the other two were injured by falling plaster. Many cellars flooded in Easterday district in Sault Ste Marie while Prospect Street flooded for the first time ever due to heavy rainfall from storms.


On September 3, 1942, the steel, package/bulk freighter Steelvendor, while carrying steel billets, capsized and foundered in heavy seas in a gale off Manitou Island in Lake Superior. Her cargo was intended for war production. 1 crew member perished.

Wildfire and severe thunderstorms

On September 3, 1976, the Seney fire burned 64,000 acres and had a massive burnout this day in the northwest corner of the fire. An 81 mph gust out of a severe thunderstorm occurred at 1755 CST 8.1 miles east northeast of Hog Island in Lake Michigan.

Severe thunderstorms

On September 3, 1993, winds gusted to 63 mph at the Drummond Island Municipal Airport when a gusty severe thunderstorm wind blew across the Island in the early evening. No damage was reported.

High winds

On September 3, 2010, a powerful low pressure system and cold front sweeping across Lake Superior caused extensive wind damage at several locations along Lake Superior. Numerous large trees were knocked down in the Big Bay area. Some of the trees were up to 20 inches in diameter. Trees were also knocked in Presque Isle Park in Marquette. Strong winds knocked down numerous trees throughout Keweenaw County. Two campers in the Copper Harbor area sustained $10,000 in damage from downed trees. Wind gusts above 60 mph were consistently reported at the Ojibway RAWS station on Isle Royale during a five-hour period in the afternoon. Strong damaging winds estimated between 50 to 60 mph were reported throughout the evening hours in Copper Harbor. Wind gusts of 50 knots or greater were consistently reported during the late afternoon and evening hours at Stannard Rock in Lake Superior with a peak wind of 71 mph. Estimated wind gusts to 50 knots knocked trees down on power lines in Munising.

Today in History 09-03

Fun Facts
1783 Treaty of Paris ending Revolutionary War is signed
1849 Cal State Constitutional Convention convenes in Monterey
1900 British annex Natal --South Africa
1906 Yanks win second game on a forfeit over A's 2nd forfeit win
1916 Allies turned back Germans in World War I's Battle of Verdun
1935 1st automobile to exceed 300 mph Sir Malcolm Campbell
1939 Yanks beat Red Sox on a forfeit 4th forfeit win
1939 Britain declared war on Germany. France followed six hours later quickly joined by Australia New Zealand South Africa & Canada
1940 US gives Britain 50 destroyers in exchange for military bases
1940 1st showing of high definition color TV
1943 Allied troops invade Italy
1976 US Viking 2 lands on Mars at Utopia
1978 Crew of Soyuz 31 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 29
1979 Hurricane David a strong Atlantic storms kills over 1 000
1984 28 year old Chicagoan won $40 million in Illinois state lottery
1985 20th Space Shuttle Mission - Discovery 6 returns to Earth is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.