COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Light snow fell last night and early today in much of Branch County with no accumulation but a few grassy areas and car surfaces were covered for a while. A cold blast is headed out way for the middle of next week with lows in the upper teens by Thursday with a bit of a warm up by a week from today, the opening day of Michigan’s Firearms Deer Hunting season.
Speaking of cold blasts, this month is the 100th anniversary of the Great Lakes “White Hurricane”. In November of 1913 the Great Lakes were struck by a massive storm system combining whiteout blizzard conditions and hurricane force winds. The storm lasted for four days, during which the region endured 90 mile per hour winds and waves reaching 35 feet in height. Can you imagine the coverage this would get from the Weather Channel in 2013. With only basic technology available, shipping communication and weather prediction systems were not prepared for a storm of such devastating force. When the skies finally cleared, the Great Lakes had seen a dozen major shipwrecks, an estimated 250 lives lost, and more than $5 million in damages, the equivalent of more than $117 million today. Also named the “Freshwater Fury”, the 1913 storm remains the most devastating natural disaster to ever strike the Great Lakes.