Today in History for October 30th

Climate records for today:

Highest temp recorded: 64 degrees F
Lowest temp recorded: 14 degrees F
Average high temp for today: 47 degrees F
Average low temp for today: 31 degrees F
Highest Snowdepth measured for today: 2 inches
Highest Snow fall measured for today: 4.6 inches
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 October 30, 1856, the sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger and package freight Superior, while carrying freight and 30 passengers, sank in a gale near Pictured Rocks in Lake Superior after her rudder broke off and wrecked in the shallows. 35 to 53 people perished. She was having no problem with a big storm until her rudder broke off, then she was thrown into the shallows under Pictured Rocks. Reportedly went to pieces within 15 minutes of striking. The next summer, when salvors went there to examine her, all that was left that was salvagable was the engine and boiler. In 1883 a wrecking captain brought up the door of the vessel's safe which contained under the bands a number of 1854 coins. One of the last and largest vessels to be portaged around Soo. Wreck is a frequent dive target.


On October 30, 1873, the wood schooner John L. Gross, while carrying coal, was inbound with coal for the Copper Falls mine, when she struck a rock in the channel and was beached at the entrance to Eagle Harbor, MI, Keweenaw in Lake Superior during a gale. She was later pounded to pieces. Tug J.C. Morse was almost lost trying to save her the next week.


On October 30, 1898, the wood schooner C. Harrison, while loading lumber, was "swept out of existence" during a gale while loading lumber at Whitefish Bay, WI. She had attempted to put out to sea when the storm was seen approaching, but was driven ashore instead at Whitefish Bay, Wis., entrance to Sturgeon Bay canal in Lake Michigan.

Heavy snow-early season

On October 30, 1993, in west and central Upper Michigan, a combination of very cold air moving across Lake Superior and an intense early season winter storm which tracked north of Lake Superior set the stage for the first significant winter storm of the fall season for west and central Upper Michigan. Snow began across far western Upper Michigan during the morning of the 29th and continued off and on through the morning of the 31st. The heaviest snowfall occurred across the Ironwood area where 9 inches fell. A general 4 to 8 inch snowfall was common across west Upper Michigan by the time the snow ended. A daily record snowfall of 4.6 inches fell this day at WFO Marquette.


On October 30, 1996, the steel excursion boat Grampa Woo, broke free from her moorings at Grand Portage, MN at 9:30am with 2 men aboard, when 50 mph gale winds tore the mooring buoy’s 4000-lb anchor loose. Helpless because her rudder and propeller had been removed for repair, the vessel was somehow taken in tow by the Walter J. McCarthy and pulled to the mouth of Thunder Bay, Ont. There her towline broke and she was adrift again. The two crewmen were taken off by the Canadian tug Glenada in a daring rescue. The vessel finally washed into the cliffs of Passage Island near Isle Royale in Lake Superior. Plans were made to rescue her, but by the end of the year, she had broken up.

Today in History 10-30

Fun Facts
1270 8th & last crusade is launched.
1775 US Navy founded
1864 Helena Montana's capital founded.
1905 Tsar Nicholas II grants Russia a constitution.
1922 Mussolini forms cabinet in Italy
1938 Orson Welles panics a nation with broadcast of War of the Worlds.
1941 US Navy destroyer Reuben James torpedoed by Germany
1945 US government announces end of shoe rationing.
1953 Dr. Albert Schweitzer received Nobel Peace Prize for 1952.
1953 Gen. George C. Marshall awarded Nobel Peace Prize.
1961 Soviet Party Congress unanimously approves a resolution removing Josef Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb in Red Square.
1961 Soviet Union tests a 58 megaton hydrogen bomb
1967 USSR Kosmos 186 & 188 make 1st automatic docking & Venmera 13 launch
1972 Worst US rail accident in 14 years occurred
1974 Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in 8th round in Kinshasa Zaire
1975 NY Daily News ran headline Ford to City: Drop Dead'
1978 Laura Nickel & Curt Noll find 25th Mersenne prime 2 ^ 21701 - 1.
1985 22nd Space Shuttle Mission - Challenger 9 is launched
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