An icy cold wave, shipwrecks and snow 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 October 28.
1864 – The wood side-wheel steamer, passenger & package freighter Cleveland, while carrying general merchandise, was upbound on her regular route between Lake Superior and Cleveland, when she was driven ashore by a gale off the mouth of the Two-Hearted River, MI on Lake Superior. There was very little in the press about the loss. This was odd for what was a significant vessel at the time. It is probable that she was expected to be recovered, but never was.
1869 – Michigan is in the grip of an icy cold wave. The temperature falls into the teens for eight consecutive days at Lansing, where it is the coldest October on record.
1887 – The wood schooner Bessie Barwick, which was carrying lumber, was bound Port Arthur for Kingston in tow of the steamer Celtic, which let her loose to fend for herself after her shaft broke on Nipigon Bay in a gale. The schooner was seen on the 28th, but her subsequent whereabouts were unknown for more than 10 days. Westerly gales on Lake Superior had pushed her into the shallows where she pounded to pieces at Pilot Harbor near Michipicoten Island. Her crew was sheltered by local fishermen, and they later made it to the Soo in a small open boat.
1891 – The wood scow-schooner, 3-mast Forest stranded in foul weather in a gale on the southwest end of Pilot Island, WI in Lake Michigan. Her crew was rescued by the local lightkeeper and his assistants, but the vessel broke up beyond repair over the following winter.
1892 – The wood lumber schooner, 2-mast Four Brothers was stranded and lost in a heavy northwest gale in Hedgehog Harbor, WI in the bay of Green Bay. Another boat, the wood schooner, 3-mast A.P. Nichols was driven ashore and wrecked in a northwest gale at Pilot Island in Lake Michigan. Her crew was rescued by the local lightkeeper, Martin Knudsen, who was later awarded a lifesaving medal for heroism. She earlier suffered major fire damage while tied to a dock a Chicago during the great Chicago Fire of October, 1871.
1976 – There was a two day streak of record lows in Detroit. The temperature was 22° on the 27th and 21° on the 28th.
1980 – 2.9” of snow fell in Detroit on the 27th and 28th. This was the highest snow amount for the month of October in Detroit
1989 – A storm crossing the western U.S. produced 10 to 20 inches of snow across northern and central Wyoming, with 22 inches reported at Burgess Junction. Several cities in the Lower Ohio Valley and the Upper Great Lakes Region reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warm into the 70s. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) In Michigan records include Grand Rapids with 74°, Lansing 74°, Alpena 75°, and Houghton Lake 73°.