April 19 - 20 Storm Recap

Those anxious to enjoy the warmer and snow-free weather across northern Michigan have had to wait a little longer. . . as a late season storm brought some decent accumulating snow to the area, with two day snowfall totals in excess of 8 inches along the M-32 cooridor, extending to the west across the Leelanau Peninsula. Below is a summary of the reports received by our office April 19-20th:
 

Location        Snowfall     Source
Leland 2 S          9.0   Trained Spotter
Lake Leelanau 3 W 9.0 Trained Spotter
Lachene 5 SW   8.0 Trained Spotter
Interlochen 2 W  8.0 Trained Spotter
Maple City   8.0 Trained Spotter
Mancelona 5 SE  8.0 Trained Spotter
East Jordan   8.0 Trained Spotter
Grawn    7.9 CoCoRaHS
Lake Ann 3 ESE  7.8 Trained Spotter
Alpena    7.6 Official NWS Observation
Gaylord 2 WNW   7.5 NWS Employee
Suttons Bay 3 S  7.5 Trained Spotter
Hillman    7.0 Trained Spotter
Honor 4 E   7.0 Trained Spotter
Lovells    7.0 Trained Spotter
Frederic 5 NE   7.0 NWS Employee
Traverse City 4 E 6.5 CoCoRaHS
Gaylord 2 SSE   6.5 NWS Employee
Gaylord 9 SSW   6.0 Official NWS Observation
Gaylord 2 ESE   6.0 NWS Employee
Charlevoix   5.8 Trained Spotter
Traverse City   5.7 Cooperative Observer
Ellsworth 2 ENE  5.6 Cooperative Observer
Cheboygan 3 S   5.5 CoCoRaHS
Alden    5.5 Trained Spotter
Elmira 3 ESE   5.5 NWS Employee
Lake City 11 N  5.2 Trained Spotter
Lake City   5.0 Cooperative Observer
Charlevoix   5.0 Cooperative Observer
Roscommon 5 WSW  4.8 CoCoRaHS
Houghton Lake   4.7 Official NWS Observation
Glennie    4.5 Cooperative Observer
Higgins Lake   4.5 Trained Spotter
Lupton    4.0 Trained Spotter
Cheboygan   4.0 Cooperative Observer
Alba    4.0 Trained Spotter
Lake City 5 SSW  3.7 CoCoRaHS
Cadillac 2 SW  3.7 CoCoRaHS
Grayling 10 S  3.5 Trained Spotter
West Branch   2.3 Cooperative Observer
Harrisville   1.9 Cooperative Observer
Pellston 4.5 NNW 1.6 Trained Spotter
Hessel    1.3 Trained Spotter
East Tawas   1.2 Cooperative Observer
Detour Village  1.0 Cooperative Observer
Snowfall totals are in inches.

 

Northern Michigan wasn't the only area to see heavy snow, with 6+" totals extending back to the west over parts of central and northeast Wisconsin. Below is a visible satellite image taken from the morning of April 21st, with the general snow region falling in between the two light blue lines. . .an image more typical of November, early December or March rather than late April.

 

Finally, the heavy snowfall was enough to bring Houghton Lake and Alpena into the top ten snowiest snowfalls for April. Below are tables showing where these locations rank compared to other years.

 

Houghton Lake - 1919 - 2011

Rank April Snowfall
Year
1 17.3 2007
2 13.0 1921
3 11.6 1979
4 10.8 1965
5 10.6 1996
6 10.0 1985
7 9.0 1963
8 8.8 1939
9 8.1 2011
10 7.9 1973

 

Alpena - 1916 - 2011

Rank April Snowfall Year
1 16.7 2007
2 13.4 1936
3 13.2 1929
4 12.7 1992
5 12.5 1993
6 12.3 1980, 1943
8 10.7 2011
9 10.3 1990
10 10.0 1949




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