Seven inches of snow, record rain and an early cold wave top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the Michigan weather events that happened on November 22.
1860 – The wood schooner Circassian, while carrying grain, stranded in a gale and blizzard and sunk to her decks at White Shoals near Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, where she broke in two. She was almost completely broken up by Dec 1. Her crew was presumed lost, but actually had made it to Hog Island in a blizzard and was not rescued from there until almost 2 weeks later.
1880 – There was an exceptionally early cold wave in Detroit, which commenced on the 18th and lasted 6 days, all with record lows and the bottom hitting 0° on the 22nd. This resulted from an arctic high pressure measuring near 31.00″ over Ohio.
1866 – Seven inches of snow piles up in Lansing as temperatures plunge to the single digits.
1909 – 2.59″ of precipitation fell in Detroit. This is the record maximum precipitation for the month of November in Detroit. Record daily rain also falls in West Michigan with 1.2” at Muskegon and 1.4” in Lansing.
1963 – President John Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The weather in Lower Michigan is unusually warm with morning lows around 50 degrees and afternoon highs in the 60s. Grand Rapids sees a record warm morning low of 49° which was busted in 2010 as the low only dipped to 55°. Muskegon sees a record of 51°. The month ends up being one of the warmest Novembers on record.