MEASURABLE SNOW LATE APRIL INTO MAY:
WHILE UNUSUAL IT'S NOT UNHEARD OF

WITH THE THREAT OF MEASURABLE SNOW IN THE FORECAST THIS UPCOMING WEEKEND /23-24TH/...IT MIGHT BE PRUDENT TO LOOK BACK IN DETROIT'S RECORD BOOKS TO GET A HANDLE ON JUST HOW UNUSUAL IT IS TO GET MEASURABLE SNOW (NOT FLURRIES) THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.

FIRST OFF... THE LONE STANDOUT FOR LATE SEASON SNOWSTORMS IRONICALLY IS ALSO THE BIGGEST SNOWSTORM ON RECORD TO HIT DETROIT. IT OCCURRED IN EARLY APRIL...APRIL 6TH 1886...WHEN OFFICIALLY 24.5 INCHES OF SNOW FELL AT DETROIT (MORE ABOUT THIS STORM IS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEB-SITE UNDER WEATHER STORIES).

BUT WHAT ABOUT OTHER SNOWFALLS FROM MID APRIL INTO MAY...WHEN THE CHANCES OF MEASURABLE SNOW DROP OFF SUBSTANTIALLY? WHILE THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL MEASURABLE SNOWFALLS IN THE SECOND HALF OF APRIL... RECEIVING AN INCH (OR MORE) IS LESS COMMON.

THERE WERE A FEW VERY IMPRESSIVE STORMS IN VERY LATE APRIL INTO MAY...

THE MOST NOTABLE (AND WRITTEN ABOUT) LATE SEASON STORM CAME ALONG WAY BACK ON MAY 9TH 1923...OR 82 YEARS AGO. SIX INCHES OF SNOW WAS RECORD AT DETROIT...WHILE AREAS WEST AND NORTH OF THE METRO AREA SAW 6-12"...WITH THE HEAVIEST FALLING FROM LANSING THROUGH THE SAGINAW VALLEY AND THUMB REGION.

ANOTHER VERY LATE SEASON SNOWSTORM WAS RECORDED WAY...WAY BACK IN 1883. THIS STORM BROUGHT FIVE INCHES OF SNOW TO DETROIT DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS OF MAY 21ST-22ND 1883...OR 122 YEARS AG0. NOT MUCH IS WRITTEN ON THE STORM OTHER THAN THE AMOUNT OF SNOW. THE STORM WAS LATER CONFIRMED AND SO IT REMAINS OUR LATEST MEASURABLE SNOW AT DETROIT. THE LATEST OFFICIAL OBSERVED SNOWFALL OCCURRED NEARLY A 100 YEARS AGO /95/...WHEN A TRACE OF SNOW FELL AT DETROIT ON MAY 31ST 1910!

ANOTHER VERY INTENSE STORM PUSHED THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES AND NORTHERN OHIO VALLEY ON APRIL 29-MAY 1ST 1909. THE STORM CONTAINED FEROCIOUS WINDS AVERAGING 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS INTO THE 50S ALONG WITH THREE INCHES OF SNOW...AN INCH OF SLEET...AND THUNDERSTORMS AT DETROIT...AND HIGHER SNOW AMOUNTS FARTHER NORTH. A COOPERATIVE WEATHER OBSERVER IN FLINT RECORDED SEVEN INCHES OF SNOW FROM THE STORM! AAHH, SPRING IN MICHIGAN!!


ADDITIONAL LATE SEASON MEASURABLE SNOW DATA AT DETROIT FOR SNOWBUFFS AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES. THESE ONE INCH SNOWFALLS ARE THE LATEST RECORDED IN MAY.

 ....DATE..............AMOUNT
MAY 21-22 1883         5.0"
MAY 13 1912            1.5"
MAY 10 1902            0.5"
MAY 9TH 1923           6.0"

THE FOLLOWING ARE LATEST ONE INCH SNOWFALLS SEEN IN DETROIT FROM APRIL 17TH-30TH SINCE 1880...

...DATE..............AMOUNT
APRIL 28-29 1909      3.0"          
APRIL 22 1911         1.0"
APRIL 22 1986         1.0"
APRIL 20 1947         1.2"
APRIL 19-20 1943      3.5"
APRIL 17 1983         3.4"
APRIL 17 1921         4.5"
APRIL 16-17 1961      4.6"

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