A season's worth of snow and it's not even February
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:03:00 GMT —
While there are still at least three more months for the snow to fly, a couple of places have amazingly already picked up a whole winter's worth of snow according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Gaylord.
Both Petoskey and Traverse City have already exceeded an average winter of snowfall with anything additional this winter being a surplus.
For Petoskey, 123.7" of snow has fallen. The seasonal average in a normal winter is 122.8". While that is a lot of snow, the most snow in a season at Petoskey was the winter of 1970-1971 when 184" fell.
Traverse City's snowfall as of this writing is at 100" which is more than a normal winter total of 93.3". The record snow in a winter was 195.1" set at Cherry Capital Airport during the winter of 1996-1997. Based on how this winter has been going, setting a record amount of winter snow could be possible at Traverse City if this pattern continues.
Gaylord's snow total is at 129.4" Once Gaylord gets to 145.1", they too will exceed a whole season's worth of snow based on a 30-year average. The record snow in a winter at Gaylord was the winter of 1996-1997 when 207.6" fell.
Sault Ste. Marie is running a little above normal for the season, but not as significant as the places mentioned above. The Soo has picked up 83.4" of snow and needs to get to 117.6" to attain a regular season's worth of snow. Sault Ste. Marie is the big winner though on most snow in a winter with a whopping 222" falling in the winter of 1995-1996.
Although further inland and south, West Branch in Ogemaw County is closing in a whole winter season of snow. Currently, they sit at 45.1" only a shade under five inches from getting to a normal winter of snow which for West Branch is 50.2". The snowiest winter there was way back in 1951-1952 when 90.1" snow fell.
Interestingly enough, there are two places, Alpena and Houghton Lake which are actually running below a normal winter's worth of snow. Houghton Lake is at 38.5" so far which is close to normal for this time of year, but will need to almost double up to reach 69.3" which is a typical snowfall for the season there. Like Petoskey and Alpena, the winter of 1970-1971 was Houghton Lake's snowiest as 124.1" of snow was measured.
Alpena has tallied 40.9" which up to this point of year is 4.4" below normal. Alpena will also almost have to double up the snow to reach a normal winter's worth of 79.9". The biggest snow there was, like Petoskey as well as Houghton Lake, the winter of 1970-1971 when 166.3" of snow fell.