How is our snow stacking up in 2009?

Across most of the U.P., snow depths are higher than last year at this time, and are higher than the 30-year averages for February as well!  Even so, we are still well below the record snow depths established over the past 100 years or more at various stations.

 

Today in Negaunee at the National Weather Service office, 26 inches of snow pack is on the ground.  In February 2008, there was an average of 21 inches of snow pack.  And the 30-year average February snow depth is 25 inches.  Some of the highest values for snow depth in the month of February at this station were set in 1969 and 1971.*  Snow depth reached 56 inches in February of 1971 and reached 53 inches in February of 1969.

 Today in Escanaba, 7 inches of snow pack is on the ground which is the same as the average for February 2008.  The 30-year average February snow depth is 9 inches.  The record value for snow depth in the month of February in Escanaba was set in 1979,* when snow depth reached 43 inches!

Today in Munising, 36 inches of snow pack is on the ground.  In February 2008, there was an average of 26 inches of snow pack.  And the 30-year average February snow depth is 29 inches.  The record value for snow depth in the month of February in Munising was set in 1971,* when snow depth reached 71 inches.

Today in Ironwood, 20 inches of snow pack is on the ground.  In February 2008, there was an average of 18 inches of snow pack.  The 30-year average February snow depth is 22 inches.  Some of the highest values for snow depth in the month of February in Ironwood were set in 1904, 1922, and 1937.*  Snow depth reached 71 inches in February of 1904, 61 inches in February of 1922, and 60 inches in 1937.

Today at the Houghton/Hancock airport, there is an estimated 31 inches of snow pack on the ground.  We do not have a velue for snow depth at this location in 2008, however the 30-year average February snow depth is 25 inches.  Some of the highest values for snow depth in the month of February at this station were set in 1937 and 1947.*  Snow depth reached 73 inches in February of 1937 and reached 66 inches in February of 1947.

 

* Please note that the number of years for which we have data varies from station to station.  For example, 1904 and 1922 may very well have been snowier years at all of the stations listed above, but Ironwood is the only station with a record of data that long.  The values represented for each station represent the deepest snow packs in February in the years that data has been collected at that specific station.

To view the most current snow depth, click here.


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