Hurricane Huron: September 11-15th, 1996

September Storm: Port Sanilac, photo by StormchaserMike Hurricanes in Michigan?? from NOAA looks at several hurricane force storms and has this to say about “Hurricane Huron”: While this storm was not from remnants of a tropical system, its development over Lake Huron had many uncanny likenesses to tropical systems… The first likeness was its timing, … Continue reading Hurricane Huron: September 11-15th, 1996

Fury: The White Hurricane of 1913

Furious Lake Michigan Petoskey, photo by Odalaigh. “No lake master can recall in all his experience a storm of such unprecedented violence with such rapid changes in the direction of the wind and its gusts of such fearful speed! Storms ordinarily of that velocity do not last over four or five hours, but this storm … Continue reading Fury: The White Hurricane of 1913

Jennie F. Clauson saw the world change

Jennie F. Clausen, photo by Marty Hogan View Marty’s photo background big and see more in his Michigan Burying Grounds slideshow. The December 7th anniversary of Pearl Harbor is one of the sign posts in American history. Marty writes that in nearly a century, Jennie F. Clauson from Grand Rapids, Michigan saw a world change. Here’s the entirety of … Continue reading Jennie F. Clauson saw the world change

The Great Storm of 1913 and the Charles S. Price

I’ve featured the worst storm in Great Lakes history before, but ThumbWind has a cool feature on The Great Storm of 1913 that includes some interesting information and photos. It says in part: …the most savage storm in the history of the Great Lakes swept the inland waters November 7-12, 1913 resulting in much greater loss … Continue reading The Great Storm of 1913 and the Charles S. Price

Remembering the Michigan Blizzard of 1978

Blizzard of ’78 – Somerset, MI, photo by Bill The most extensive and very nearly the most severe blizzard in Michigan history raged January 26, 1978 and into part of Friday January 27. About 20 people died as a direct or indirect result of the storm, most due to heart attacks or traffic accidents. At … Continue reading Remembering the Michigan Blizzard of 1978

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

SS Edmund Fitzgerald Underway, photo via Wikimedia Commons I went and bought all of the old newspapers, got everything in chronological order, and went ahead and did it because I already had a melody in my mind. It was from an old Irish dirge that I heard when I was about three and a half … Continue reading The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

The Great Storm of 1913 and the Last Voyage of the Henry B. Smith

Henry B Smith LOC det 4a16048, photo by Detroit Publishing Co. (via Library of Congress) In November I like to share stories of some of the ships that have been lost in the most dangerous month of shipping on the Great Lakes. November is a month when owners and captains have historically sought to bet the margins … Continue reading The Great Storm of 1913 and the Last Voyage of the Henry B. Smith

A Conflagration of Storms: The March 13, 1989 Solar Storm

Northern Lights, photo by Stephen Tripp Intense colors from the rare Great Aurora painted the skies around the world in vivid shapes that moved like legendary dragons. Ghostly celestial armies battled from sunset to midnight. Newspapers that reported this event considered the aurora, itself, to be the most newsworthy aspect of the storm. Seen as … Continue reading A Conflagration of Storms: The March 13, 1989 Solar Storm

100 Years after the Great Storm of 1913

NovemberGaleGrandHaven-2, photo by Rich Wyllis 100 years ago today the most devastating storm in Great Lakes history began. It raged across the Great Lakes from November 7-10, 1913. As NOAA’s commemorative website explains: In November of 1913 the Great Lakes were struck by a massive storm system combining whiteout blizzard conditions and hurricane force winds. The … Continue reading 100 Years after the Great Storm of 1913