Upper Michigan weather is known for being all over the place. But since October, we've managed to keep a few things consistent. Matt Zika, Meteorologist from the National Weather Service, has been keeping track of the winter weather. He said, "Every day except for eight days since October 19th we've had at least a trace of precipitation recorded here at our station in Negaunee Township.â??
That's a gloomy statistic for some, but not for skiers and snow-lovers. Local resident, Mark Alexander said, "I like it! How dull would it be without a change of seasons?"
The odd thing is, even though we've seen so much precipitation, the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township has fallen below average for snowfall for the season. In January we observed 39.2â?? of snow, which is four inches below the long-term average. So far on the season weâ??ve seen 86.3â?? of snow, which means weâ??ve only fallen 2.4â?? below average. But northern Marquette County is typically protected by the Keweenaw Peninsula.
"Obviously if you go up into the Keweenaw Peninsula, the winds are a little more favorable with different wind directions for snowfall and areas out east of Munising. Those areas are probably, snowfall wise, above normal for the season." Thatâ??s according to Meteorologist, Matt Zika from NWS.
Keweenaw County has seen 222" of snow this season. Looking east, a weather watcher near Munising recently reported 117.6â?? of snow on the season.
Of course, you can't have snow without sub-freezing temperatures. And it's been since December 5, sixty-one days, since we last had an above freezing daytime high! The record of 72 consecutive days of sub-freezing temperatures was set during the winter of '78-'79. With temperatures trending below normal through at least the first half of February, we may just break that record.
And we're on track for the second coldest winter since records were first kept, in 1961!