On the afternoon of August 27, fire broke out in a row of wooden buildings in the business district of Sault Ste. Marie. In typical dramatic prose of the time, the Sault Democrat described the progression of the devastating fire: ???|the wind seemed to shriek and increase in fury, and the flames leapt higher, forming an arch that reached across the street to the cupola of the Sault National Bank building, the finest and most imposing in the city and the pride of all citizens. No stream of water could be thrown to the immense height, and it was clear to the onlookers that it was only a question of time when it, too, would be destroyed.??
The initial cause of the blaze did not appear weather related, however, a fresh northwest wind helped spread the flames. By 6:00 p.m., 20 buildings lay in ruins. This fire occurred just two days after Upper Michigan??s most damaging fire hit the village of Ontonagon.
As for heat, the hottest temperature for so late in the season occurred at the National Weather Service (NWS) near Negaunee on August 27, 1973. It reached 95 degrees. It also hit 95 for a daily record in Iron Mountain.
On the cool side of the ledger, the NWS thermometer fell to 35 for a record-low on this date in 1968. That same daily record was set in Ironwood.
A chilly night is on tap tonight as high pressure settles right over the area (Image 1 above). Lows will mainly be in the 40s, but the traditional cold spots may briefly drop into the 30s just before sunrise.