Paging David Viner: NWS reports snow so far in 2014 has far exceeded the worst winter in 1978. In Detroit, 6 of the last 14 years are in the top 20 snowiest winters on record.
You’ve probably all hear how Detroit is buried under massive debt due to mismanagement by the political party in power. Now, they are not only buried in debt, they are buried in snow. Let’s see them dig themselves out of that too. I’m betting the plowing budget is already plowed.
From the NWS office in Detroit, a stunning graph going back to 1874:
The Long Cold and Snowy Winter Continues: Updated Records and Statistics
We have already discussed the record January snowfall in Detroit and Flint as well as the snowiest starts to the winter season through January. As we move into February, we can start looking at seasonal type of records. The past 10 to 15 years have had some active and snowy winters. In fact this winter puts 6 of the last 14 years into the top 20 snowiest winters on record.
Seasonal Snowfall Stats
|Location||Seasonal Normal||Winter 2013-14 (through February 6)||Record (Year)||Current Seasonal Ranking|
|Detroit Area||42.5″||67.9″||93.6″ (1880-81)||7th|
|Flint Area||47.4″||62.3″||82.9″ (1974-75)||13th|
Most Consecutive Days with Snow Cover (1 inch or greater) through February 7th
There is a deep snow pack over Southeast Michigan and more below average temperatures expected through much of the upcoming month. Our current streaks are likely to reach the top five and potentially challenge higher places. (Ending Date in Parentheses)
|Detroit Area (only available back to 1948)
|1||74 days (3/15/1978)||88 days (3/3/1963)|
|2||64 (2/8/2001)||81 (3/22/1978)|
|3||54 (2/11/1976)||67 (2/9/2001)|
|4||48 (2/17/1948)||65 (2/17/1948)|
|5||45 (2/4/1984)||63 (2/18/1930)|
|Currently||12th longest streak at 39 days||6th longest streak at 61 days|
December was below average for temperatures. January placed in the top 15 Januarys and now February is off to a cold start. How does the winter of 2013-14 compare to other winters.
|Location||Winter 2013-14 (through Feb. 6th)||Coldest Winter Since (through Feb 6th)||2013-14 Ranking (through Feb 6th)||All-time Coldest (through Feb 6th)|
|Flint Area||19.7||2009||8th||14.2 (1977)|
h/t to Steve Goddard for the NWS link.