Shipwrecks, widespread heavy snow, and bitter cold 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 Dec 2.
The steel, bulk freighter Cottonwood, while carrying stone in 1926, was driven hard ashore at Coppermine Point, Ont. in Lake Superior in a gale and declared a total loss, but salvaged in the spring of 1927. The salvage and repair cost over 100,000 dollars.
In 1929, the wooden fish tug Alice L was lost in a gale east of Grand Marais, Mich. She had only one person aboard who perished.
One of the coldest winters of the twentieth century gets off to an early start in 1976, continuing the persistently cold pattern that began during the autumn. Temperatures plunge to record lows of minus 11 degrees at Grand Rapids and 2 degrees below zero at Muskegon on this day. The cold continued on the third with Grand Rapids plunging to minus 6 degrees and Muskegon negative 3 degrees. There were record lows in southeast Michigan on Nov. 2, with Detroit observing minus 2 degrees, Flint minus 5 degrees and in Saginaw 3 degrees. Detroit dips to negative 3 degrees on Nov. 3. The Weather Forecast Office in Marquette observed 10 degrees below zero on Nov. 2. Sault Ste. Marie took part in the record cold with a bitter negative 24 degrees.
In 1982, low temperatures on this day are only in the mid-50s across southwest Lower Michigan, the warmest on record for December. The afternoon temperatures are in the mid and upper 60s. Muskegon hits 64 degrees, Grand Rapids with 67 degrees, Lansing 66 degrees, Alpena 60 degrees, Detroit 67 degrees, Flint 66 degrees, Houghton Lake 63 degrees, Marquette 58 degrees, and Sault Ste. Marie 55 degrees.
Squalls produced heavy snow in the Great Lakes region in 1989. Totals in Upper Michigan ranged up to 20 inches at Ironwood. Heavy snow and high winds caused 150 auto accidents in Michigan, resulting in 16 deaths and 22 injuries according to The National Weather Summary and Storm Data.
In 2004, an intensifying low pressure system moved east across northern Lower Michigan. Snowfall with this system was enhanced by Lake Michigan. In Chippewa County, eight to nine inches of snow fell near Whitefish Point and Paradise, with six to seven inches across the rest of the central and western part of the county.
A low pressure system tracked from the Plains into the central Great Lakes in 2007. The storm dropped widespread heavy snow across west and central Upper Michigan from Nov. 1 into Nov. 2. Occasionally heavy lake effect snow developed behind the system on the night of the Nov. 2 and continued into Nov. 4. Snowfall totals from the event included nine inches near Bark River and Garden Corners and 11 inches two miles northwest of Gladstone. Eight inches fell in 24 hours at Iron Mountain, nine inches in 24 hours at Norway and Kingsford and ten inches in eight hours at a spotter location seven miles north of Iron Mountain. A spotter eight miles south of Marenisco measured 9.5 inches of snow in 13 hours while a spotter 12 miles west of Watersmeet reported 10 inches of snow in 18 hours. A spotter four miles northwest of Pelkie reported eight inches of snow in eight hours. Another spotter two miles south of Calumet estimated 10 to 12 inches of snow in 24 hours. Spotter reports of 10 inches of snow in 18 hours were estimated over southern Ontonagon County. A spotter in Amasa reported 8.6 inches of snow in 18 hours.