Today in History for November 27th

Climate records for today:

Highest temp recorded: 53 degrees F
Lowest temp recorded: 0 degrees F
Average high temp for today: 31 degrees F
Average low temp for today: 18 degrees F
Highest Snowdepth measured for today: 13 inches
Highest Snow fall measured for today: 19.2 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 November 27, 1855, the wood schooner, 2-mast Windham, while carrying lumber, lay to to shelter from a storm, but a failure of the watch allowed her to drag her anchor and go on the rocks in Death’s Door passage in Lake Michigan. Her crew huddled on the damaged ship for a day, during which time the brig Montezuma passed her distress signal without stopping. The crew was finally taken off by the brig Geneva.


On November 27, 1867, the wood bark, 3-mast R.G. Winslow was bound Chicago for Buffalo, when she stranded in a gale at Spectacle Reef in Lake Huron and later broke up. Several vessels passed nearby while she was flying her distress signals, but none stopped to give her aid. Her crew finally made it to the bark Annie Vought, stranded nearby, then got to shore on their own.


On November 27, 1872, the wood schooner Charles C. Griswold, while carrying grain, was overwhelmed and destroyed offshore in a gale off Whitefish point in Lake Superior. All 6 crew members were killed. In a separate incident nearby, the wood schooner-barge, bulk freight Jupiter, while carrying iron ore, was bound Marquette for Wyandotte, Mich., when she was driven ashore and wrecked by an arctic gale near Vermilion Point, MI in Lake Superior. She was in tow of steamer John A. Dix with the schooner Saturn, when towline parted. The hull was probably recovered. All of the crew of either 7 or 8 perished on the Jupiter.


On November 27, 1889, the wood, bulk freight "steambarge" Anna Smith, while carrying coal, was driven ashore by a gale and broken up by wave action 7 miles below the Cheboygan, MI, lighthouse in Lake Huron. She had been bound for Milwaukee towing the schooner Red Wing, where she was to go into winter quarters. One crewman drowned in a solo attempt to make it ashore on a hatch cover - the rest were rescued by the tug Clayt. The wreck burned to the water's edge Nov 30. The ship was a total loss of $47,000.


On November 27, 1905, the steel, bulk freight Mataafa, while carrying iron ore, was outbound from Duluth with the barge James Nasmyth, when she was unable to breast a terrific gale. She turned back, dropped the barge some miles out and tried to make Duluth harbor. Her machinery failed and she was driven on the breakwater, where she broke in two. Heroic effort by Lifesaving Service saved the forward crew but those stranded on the after end froze to death within sight of a crowd gathered on the breakwater. 9 crew members died.

Gale with ship damage

On November 27, 1965, the bulk freighter Algosoo, struck the bottom in a gale as she was rounding Whitefish Point and suffered heavy damage to her hull. She continued her voyage, but was scrapped due to age and condition at the end of it.

Strong winds

On November 27, 1994, high winds did extensive damage to the St. Ignace waterfront. The city marina, boardwalk and casino suffered the most damage. The east wind gusted to 82 mph on the Straits of Mackinac Bridge, forcing the closure of the bridge for 6 hours and 32 minutes, and backing-up traffic for at least 3.5 miles. The wind was the strongest recorded on the bridge since records began during the 1980s. Lightning cut power to the bridge at about 2000 EST. A barge carrying liquid asphalt grounded on the north side of Bois Blanc Island, just east of the Straits of Mackinac and was not freed for several days. The wind caused $500,000 in damage.

Heavy snow

On November 27, 2001, a daily record snowfall of 19.2 inches of snow and 2.16 inches of record liquid water equivalent occurred at WFO Marquette. The heavy wet snow brought down some trees and caused power outages over the higher terrain of north central Upper Michigan. Heavy snows occurred over western Upper Michigan as a low pressure system moved across the Great Lakes region. The snow began on the 26th and continued into the 28th into the mid afternoon. Scattered power and telephone outages were reported as tree branches weighted down by the wet snow snapped and fell across the lines. Strong northeast winds enhanced the snowfall, adding moisture from Lake Superior. The greatest amounts fell on the central highlands overnight on the 26th and during the morning of the 27th. Thirty inches of snow fell at the National Weather Service Office near Negaunee. Other snowfall totals from the storm included 9 inches in Iron Mountain and Ontonagon, 10 inches at Amasa, Bruce Crossing and northwest Dickinson County near Channing, 11 inches in Rockland, Calumet, Herman and Pelkie, 12 inches at Stambaugh, Phoenix, Paint Lake near Kenton and at Fortune Lake near Crystal Falls, 13 inches in both Gwinn and Watton. The National Weather Service Office set daily record snowfalls on the 26th with 9.2 inches of snow and again on the 27th with 19.2 inches of new snow. The record snowfall on the 27th was also the all-time daily record for the month of November. The 2.16 inches of water equivalent on the 27th also set a record.

High winds and blowing snow

On November 27, 2007, wind gusts in excess of 65 mph were measured at the Munising ASOS at 930 am and at the Grand Marais GLOS site at 1040 am during the wind event. Four 18 to 22-inch diameter evergreen trees were downed along with one 20-inch diameter birch tree at Freda. Northerly wind gusts ranged from 40 to 60 mph at the Houghton County Airport ASOS for three hours as visibility dipped to one half mile or lower in snow and blowing snow. Blizzard conditions were observed for two hours. Throughout much of Munising, large trees and power lines were knocked down across roadways or driveways, blocking traffic and/or causing minor damage. Debris from homes including roofing shingles, corrugated plastic sheeting and trim from windows and doors littered Munising streets. The strong winds also toppled a large spruce tree onto the side of the Bowerman Funeral Home on Superior Street. A few minor accidents were attributed to the poor visibility brought on by the lake effect snow and blowing snow accompanying the storm. Eleven miles southwest of Munising, numerous trees were toppled along Sixteen-Mile Road. A 32-inch diameter hemlock tree was snapped in half five miles east-northeast of Pequaming. An 18-inch red pine and 24-inch white pine were snapped at the bases in Baraga County. Briefly heavy lake effect snow accumulating from 1 to 4 inches along with northerly winds gusting between 40 to 70 mph produced blizzard conditions for two hours in Marquette. Several minor traffic accidents were attributed to the blizzard conditions. An intense low pressure system moving over Lake Superior in the morning produced strong, gusty northerly winds and lake effect snow in its wake across the west and central Lake Superior shoreline areas of Upper Michigan. Snow and northwest winds gusting to 40 mph combined to reduce visibility to one half mile or less at Ironwood in the early morning hours. Classes were delayed two hours at both the Wakefield-Marenisco and Watersmeet schools while the morning kindergarten class at Wakefield-Marenisco was cancelled. Girls basketball games in Ironwood and Wakefield-Marenisco were cancelled as well. Downed trees and power lines were reported throughout the region as well as other property damage. Brief blizzard conditions in lake effect snow and blowing snow were also reported. Observers at Newberry and Rainbow Lodge measured four to six inches of snow as northwest winds gusted in excess of 40 mph at the Newberry AWOS during the peak of the storm. The combination of snow and blowing snow reduced visibility to a quarter mile or less at times. Michigan State Police reported several accidents related to the poor driving conditions from the storm. A 62 mph wind gust was measured at the Ontonagon GLOS site and sustained winds were measured at 49 mph.

Today in History 11-27

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