Today in History for December 22nd

Climate records for today:

Highest temp recorded: 43 degrees F
Lowest temp recorded: -12 degrees F
Average high temp for today: 23 degrees F
Average low temp for today: 8 degrees F
Highest Snowdepth measured for today: 28 inches
Highest Snow fall measured for today: 13 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 December 22, 1879, the wood steam tug Siskiwit stranded on a reef offshore Dec 12. One person of the 10 member crew died when she sank near Grand Marais, MN in Lake Superior in a gale while being towed in by the tug Amethyst, which was almost lost as well. Her crew and a number of passengers spent several freezing days in the northwoods.

Heavy snow

On December 22, 1998, across eastern upper Michigan accumulations of 12 to 18 inches were reported across northern portions of Chippewa county. Winds gusting to around 30 mph caused widespread blowing and drifting snows and produced near whiteout conditions at times. Low pressure moving from northern lower Michigan into eastern Ontario and Quebec produced strong northwest winds over upper Michigan that brought bitterly cold air down from Canada. The cold air flowing across the warm waters of Lake Superior set up bands of heavy lake effect snow squalls. Storm totals include 8 inches at Rockland, 10 inches at Pelkie, and 10 inches at Paradise.

Today in History 12-22

Fun Facts
1772 Moravian missionary constructs 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny
1783 Washington resigns his milt commission
1850 Hawaiian PO established
1919 US deports 250 alien radicals
1937 Lincoln Tunnel opened to traffic
1964 Lockheed SR-71 spy aircraft reaches 3 530 kph --record for a jet
1983 Islanders scored 3 shorthanded goals against Caps
1984 Bernhard Goetz shoots 4 teenagers on a subway train is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.