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michsnowfreak

Winter of 2017-18 Record list/watch for Detroit

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Detroit and Chicago had nice threads going during the record winters of 2013-14 & 2014-15 (naturally 2013-14 was by far king).

 

Detroits thread is found here...what a walk down memory lane!

 

Winter of 2017-18 Records set at Detroit, MI

*records go to 1880 for snow, 1872 for temps/precip)

 

Daily Records:

Nov 1: Record snow Trace

Nov 10: Record low 19F

Dec 13: Record snow 6.3”

Dec 27: Record low -4F

Jan 11: Record high min 43F

Feb 9: Record snow 9.2”

Feb 20: Record high 65F

Feb 20: Record high min 49F

Feb 20: Record precip 1.10”

Mar 1: Record precip: 1.42”

 

Monthly Records:

December: 5th snowiest December on record 22.5”

February: 11th snowiest February on record 21.0”

February: 9th wettest February on record 4.27”

 

Record Cold Snap:

12 consecutive days (December 26 - January 6) failed to reach 20F in Detroit. The old record was 11 (1936 & 1979)

 

Extreme calendar week temperatures

-2nd coldest last week of December on record (Dec 26-31) with temp 8.8F

-Coldest first week of January on record (Jan 1-7) with avg temp 6.4F ***beat previous record by 3F!***

-4th warmest last week of February on record (Feb 22-28) with temp 42.6F

-13th coldest first week of April on record (Apr 1-7) with temp 34.9F

 

Oddity: Heavy Snowfall in February the last decade:

7 of the top 11 snowiest February’s have occurred since 2008

 

Record start to the snow season:
Through February 11th, 52.5” had already fallen on the season. This is the 3rd snowiest on record through Feb 11th. Only 2013-14 (70.8”) and 1977-78 (56.9”) wee snowier.

 

MET winter:

6th snowiest Met Winter on record with 52.7” (only 1907-08, 1925-26, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2013-14 snowier). Side note, had the March 1st snowstorm occurred one day sooner, it would be 4th snowiest. But cant say “what if” in weather.

 

Seasonal snowfall:

17th snowiest season on record 17th snowiest season on record with 60.0” so far. THRU 4/10/18 & subject to change

 

DETROIT - SNOWIEST WINTERS (since 1880)

01.) 94.9" - 2013-14

02.) 93.6" - 1880-81

03.) 78.0" - 1925-26

04.) 74.0" - 1981-82

05.) 71.7" - 2007-08

06.) 69.1" - 2010-11

06.) 69.1" - 1899-00

08.) 67.2" - 1907-08

09.) 66.5" - 1929-30

10.) 65.7" - 2008-09

11.) 63.8" - 2004-05

12.) 63.1" - 1974-75

13.) 61.7" - 1977-78

14.) 61.0" - 2017-18

15.) 60.9" - 2002-03

16.) 60.8" - 1884-85

17.) 60.2" - 1898-99

18.) 59.9" - 1892-93

19.) 58.6" - 1951-52

20.) 58.0" - 1911-12

 

***7 of the top 17 snowiest winters have occurred in the 16 years since 2003. The remaining 10 winters took place in the prior 122 years***

 

Snowfall since 2007 at Detroit

2007-08: 71.7" (+29.0")

2008-09: 65.7" (+23.0")

2009-10: 43.7" (+1.0")

2010-11: 69.1" (+26.4")

2011-12: 26.0" (-16.7")

2012-13: 47.7" (+5.0")

2013-14: 94.9" (+52.2")

2014-15: 47.5" (+4.8")

2015-16: 35.3" (-7.4")

2016-17: 37.9" (-4.8")

2017-18: 61.0" (+18.3")

+130.8" over the last 11 winter seasons

11yr avg: 54.6"

 

BONUS - FLINT (since 1921)

01.) 83.9" - 2013-14

02.) 83.5" - 2017-18

03.) 82.9" - 1974-75

04.) 82.8" - 2007-08

05.) 78.6" - 1966-67

 

The 21st century is taking over that list, as should this winter make it, then 7 of the top 20 would be since 2003 & 5 of the top 20 since 2008. I may have missed some stuff, just wanted to get this list up and running like we did in 2013-15. Will update accordingly.

 

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7 hours ago, cmillzz said:

How?

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GFS isn't the only model around, it is 5.7" and it isn't even to the end of February yet with average from now on to end of April of 10" of snow still. I will play averages and say we get 57% of average by then.

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6 hours ago, Stebo said:

GFS isn't the only model around, it is 5.7" and it isn't even to the end of February yet with average from now on to end of April of 10" of snow still. I will play averages and say we get 57% of average by then.

Agree 100%. The simple law of averages would imply that it's a good chance we will crack into the top 20, regardless of what the current 7 day forecast is. Might we not make it? Absolutely. But at this point you have to remember what time of year it is and how late it can snow here. Some people get tired of what they call stale snowcover that sits there day after day midwinter, this is kind of the opositte. Early and especially late season snow can melt fast, but it still counts towards the season total lol. Measurable snow is fairly common into mid and even late April.

 

Btw will update the records list sometime this week.

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Edited the original post with up to date info. Added

 

Feb 20: Record high 65F

Feb 20: Record high min 49F

Feb 20: Record precip 1.10”

Mar 1: Record precip: 1.42”

 

Monthly Records:

December: 5th snowiest December on record 22.5”

February: 11th snowiest February on record 21.0”

February: 9th wettest February on record 4.27”

MET winter:

6th snowiest Met Winter on record with 52.7” (only 1907-08, 1925-26, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2013-14 snowier). Side note, had the March 1st snowstorm occurred one day sooner, it would be 4th snowiest. But cant say “what if” in weather.

 

Seasonal snowfall:

19th snowiest season on record 19th snowiest season on record (tie w/ 1951-52) with 58.6” so far. THRU 3/19/18 & subject to change

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Updated the original post with season snowfall (Detroit is now 17th snowiest) and extreme weeks.

Extreme calendar week temperatures

-2nd coldest last week of December on record (Dec 26-31) with temp 8.8F

-Coldest first week of January on record (Jan 1-7) with avg temp 6.4F ***beat previous record by 3F!***

-4th warmest last week of February on record (Feb 22-28) with temp 42.6F

-13th coldest first week of April on record (Apr 1-7) with temp 34.9F

 

DETROIT - SNOWIEST WINTERS (since 1880)

01.) 94.9" - 2013-14

02.) 93.6" - 1880-81

03.) 78.0" - 1925-26

04.) 74.0" - 1981-82

05.) 71.7" - 2007-08

06.) 69.1" - 2010-11

06.) 69.1" - 1899-00

08.) 67.2" - 1907-08

09.) 66.5" - 1929-30

10.) 65.7" - 2008-09

11.) 63.8" - 2004-05

12.) 63.1" - 1974-75

13.) 61.7" - 1977-78

14.) 60.9" - 2002-03

15.) 60.8" - 1884-85

16.) 60.2" - 1898-99

17.) 60.0" - 2017-18

18.) 59.9" - 1892-93

19.) 58.6" - 1951-52

20.) 58.0" - 1911-12

 

***7 of the top 17 snowiest winters have occurred in the 16 years since 2003. The remaining 10 winters took place in the prior 122 years***

 

BONUS - FLINT (since 1921)

01.) 83.9" - 2013-14

02.) 83.5" - 2017-18

03.) 82.9" - 1974-75

04.) 82.8" - 2007-08

05.) 78.6" - 1966-67

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