A Snowy February - Updated Feb 28th

A Snowy February

across

Northern Michigan

The second half of the 2012-2013 winter season has trended much colder and wetter across Northern Michigan, compared to the first half of the season. Most areas across northern Michigan have already seen more snow during the past 6 weeks (Jan 12th - Feb 28th) than the entire rest of the winter season (Oct 2012 - Jan 2013) combined.

Also, February has been the snowiest month of this winter for most of Northern Michigan. Most of northwest Lower Michigan has seen 30 to 40 inches of snow this month, with a max February snowfall over 50 inches near Maple City (Leelanau Peninsula).
  Several locations around the region are experiencing the top ten snowiest February on record, with more snow in the forecast for the upcoming week. Below is a table showing the locations experiencing their top ten snowiest Feburary. Only stations that have a consistent reporting of snowfall for 15 years or more have been included. Special thanks to our cooperative observers who provide daily temperature and precipitation reports.

Location Snow Amount/Rank Top Year Snowfall/Rank Period of Record Available
Maple City 1E 55.8 / #2 57.0 / 1995 1959 - Now
Gaylord 46.4 / #2 58.0 / 2006 1940 - Now
Charlevoix 38.8 / #6 51.5 / 1985 1948 - Now
Traverse City *** 33.2 / #5 47.5 / 1995 1930 - Now
 Sault Ste. Marie 31.4 / #7 39.5 / 1968 1888 - Now
 Cross Villiage 1E*
29.2 / #2
35.4 / 1985
1953 - Now
 Rogers City**
24.9 / #6
39.8 / 2006
1984 - Now
Gladwin*
21.0 / #5
26.9 / 1959

1929 - Now

*Indicates 1 to 3 years of questionable or missing snowfall data for the period of record available.
**Rogers City COOP split between two locations; move occured in 2009.
***Traverse City snowfall observations split between Cherry Capital airport and Traverse City Munson Hospital; move occured in 2001. Snowfall data may be questionable for some years at the airport between 1994-2000.

This active month of February has also lended itself to an impressive snowpack across Northern Michigan. Below is a list of current snow depths across the region (updated Feb 28th).

...MICHIGAN

.....LOCATION...                        ..DEPTH...

...ALCONA COUNTY...
GLENNIE 2SE (COOP)                    7 IN

...ALPENA COUNTY...
1 NNE OSSINEKE (COCORAHS)     8 IN

...BENZIE COUNTY...
BEULAH 7SSW (COOP)                15 IN

...CHARLEVOIX COUNTY...
2 NNW EAST JORDAN (COOP)      17 IN
CHARLEVOIX (COOP)                    16 IN
2 NNW EAST JORDAN                  16 IN
BOYNE FALLS (COOP)                 14 IN

...CHEBOYGAN COUNTY...
CHEBOYGAN (COOP)                   12 IN

...CHIPPEWA COUNTY...
PARADISE (COCORAHS)              31 IN
SAULT STE MARIE (ASOS)           27 IN
SAULT STE MARIE (COOP)           26 IN
TROUT LAKE (COOP)                    22 IN
PICKFORD 3NE (COOP)                16 IN

...EMMET COUNTY...
1 E HARBOR SPRINGS                 14 IN
3 NW CONWAY (COCORAHS)       14 IN
PELLSTON AIRPORT # 2 (COOP)   13 IN

...GLADWIN COUNTY...
GLADWIN (COOP)                          5 IN

...GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY...
3 ESE LAKE ANN (COCORAHS)     27 IN
1 NNW FIFE LAKE (COOP)             18 IN
TRAVERSE CITY MUNSON (COOP)13 IN

...IOSCO COUNTY...
EAST TAWAS (COOP)                      6 IN
LOUD DAM (COOP)                          4 IN

...KALKASKA COUNTY...
SOUTH BOARDMAN 2W (COOP)     18 IN
KALKASKA 11SE (COOP)               17 IN
KALASKA (COOP)                           11 IN

...LEELANAU COUNTY...
NW MICHIGAN RES FARM (COOP)  12 IN
MAPLE CITY 1E (COOP)                  10 IN

...MACKINAC COUNTY...
ENGADINE MDOT (COOP)               18 IN
MORAN (COOP)                              16 IN
ST IGNACE MDOT (COOP)               15 IN

...MANISTEE COUNTY...
1 NNW WELLSTON (COCORAHS)    14 IN
WELLSTON 1N (COOP)                    14 IN
TIPPY DAM (COOP)                         13 IN

...MISSAUKEE COUNTY...
LAKE CITY EXP FARM (COOP)        13 IN

...OGEMAW COUNTY...
3 SE WEST BRANCH (COOP)          11 IN
1 S LUPTON (COOP)                        11 IN

...OSCODA COUNTY...
MIO WWTP (COOP)                        10 IN
2 NE LUZERNE (COCORAHS)           7 IN

...OTSEGO COUNTY...
2 W GAYLORD (COCORAHS)          24 IN
11 NE VANDERBILT (COOP)            20 IN
GAYLORD (COOP)                          20 IN
NWS GAYLORD (COOP)                 19 IN

...PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY...
ROGERS CITY #2 (COOP)               15 IN

...ROSCOMMON COUNTY...
HOUGHTON LAKE (COOP)              13 IN
ROSCOMMON COUNTY AIRPORT   12 IN
HOUGHTON LAKE 2NW (COOP)      11 IN

 

 

 

 


OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURES. NOT ALL DATA LISTED IS CONSIDERED OFFICIAL. THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THANKS ITS PRIVATE AND PUBLIC PARTNERS FOR
PROVIDING US WITH THIS DATA.

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