We have already discussed the record January snowfall in Detroit and Flint as well as the snowiest starts to the winter season through January. February finished as another top 20 snowiest month with Detroit at its 9th snowiest February, Flint 3rd snowiest and Saginaw T-15th snowiest February on record. All of this snow is placing southeast Michigan into the top of the seasonal snowfall 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.
Winter 2013-14 (through March 12th)
|Record (Year)||Current Seasonal Ranking|
|Detroit Area||42.5"||90.7"||93.6" (1880-81)||2nd|
|Flint Area||47.4"||81.8"||82.9" (1974-75)||3rd|
There continues to be a substantial snow pack over Southeast Michigan. More snow and cold are forecast through mid March. Our current streaks have broken Flint's record and look to break Detroit's record (at least since 1948). (Ending date in parentheses)
|Detroit Area (only available back to 1948)
|1||74 days (3/15/1978)||95 days (3/13/2014)|
|2||73 (3/13/2014)||88 (3/3/1963)|
|3||64 (2/8/2001)||81 (3/22/1978)|
|4||54 (2/11/1976)||67 (2/9/2001)|
|5||48 (2/17/1948)||65 (2/17/1948)|
December was below average for temperatures. January placed in the top 15 coldest Januarys and February placed in the top twenty coldest (Detroit was 16th, Flint was 4th and Saginaw was 8th coldest February). How does the winter of 2013-14 compare to other winters? Winter temperature statistics only include the winter meteorological months of December, January and February.
|Coldest Winter Since
||2013-14 Ranking||All-time Coldest|
|Flint Area||19.0||1978-79||5th||16.7 (1976-77)|
This winter has also experienced a number of low temperatures below zero. Below is another table to gain additional perspective on the cold by looking at the number of times we have fallen below zero this winter.
|Location||Number of Days Below Zero this Winter Through 8 a.m., March 13th
||Most Days Below Zero Since (Season and Number of Days)||Current Ranking||Average Number of Days Below Zero in a Season||Record (Season)|
|Detroit Area||13||15 (1983-84)||T-7th||3.6||21 (1884-85)|
|Flint Area||27||28 (1962-1963)||2nd||7.4||28 (1962-63)|
|Saginaw||18||21 (1978-79)||7th||6.7||25 (1962-63)|
Not too surprising that winter is also approaching another "Top Ten"...the most number of days freezing or below (32 degrees or lower for a high temperature). Below is a table to see where 2013-14 ranks in this metric.
|Location||Number of Days 32 degrees or lower this Winter Through March 12th
||Most Days Freezing or Below Since (Season and Number of Days)||Current Ranking||Average Number of Days Freezing or Below in a Season||Record (Season)|
|Detroit Area||75||78 (1977-78)||T-5th||49||86 (1880-81)|
|Flint Area||78||83 (1977-78)||3rd||53||83 (1977-78)|
|Saginaw||81||96 (1977-78)||3rd||60||96 (1977-78)|