TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6TH, 2020.-
🖊 WEATHER HISTORY 📸 THE DETROIT NEWS
THE GREAT LAKES STORM OF 1913 (THE WHITE HURRICANE)
Today, the Great Lakes Storm of 1913 stands as the deadliest natural disaster to ever hit the Great Lakes region. Causing over 250 deaths, the blizzard came in with tremendous strength that was highly unpredicted by weather forecasters. With whiteouts causing travel to slow on the roads, winds reaching between 60-90mph on the lakes also caused unforeseen problems. It is said that the storm destroyed 19 ships, stranded 19 more, and left many sailors dead, due to lulls and huge waves that reached over 35ft.
On Lake Superior 43 sailors were killed, 7 on Lake Michigan, 199 on Lake Huron, and 6 on Lake Eerie. Looking at the storm today, many forecasters are astounded at how long the blizzard pounded these regions. It’s said that storms of this strength usually only last 4-5 hours, but this one stuck around for about 16.