Detroit set a new snow fall record in 2014. In a state that’s used to long winters, no one who lived through the winter of 2013-2014 will have a hard time believing that Detroit had just that much snowfall this year. I mean, we’ve all lived through ball games being called off due to rain, but today, the Detroit Tigers postponed their game with the Cleveland Indians because Comerica Park was covered in snow.
All this in a year when some were afraid New Jersey would have to postpone the Superbowl due to heavy snow.
According to an article in the Christian Science Monitor, this week’s spring storm toppled Motor City’s 133-year old snow fall record. The total for 2014 – assuming Old Man Winter doesn’t have one more go at Detroit before he’s done – is 94.8 inches. The last time Motown saw this much snow, it wasn’t the Motor City yet – because the automobile hadn’t been invented, much less produced in Michigan (most experts consider 1886 the year when the first automobile was developed).
According to a Yahoo! News report, the previous record – set in the winter of 1880-1881 – was 93.6 inches of snow.
This winter has seen heavy snow all over both of Michigan’s peninsulae. In addition to the Detroit snow fall record, 2014 delivered a new snow fall record for the city of Flint, about 70 miles north of the D on the I-75 corridor. Flint’s previous record wasn’t quite as old. Their 83.9 inches in 2013-2014 broke the old record of 82.9 inches, set in 1974-1975.
In addition to leaving Michiganders with a serious case of cabin fever, the latest flurry has caused serious issues. Over 40,000 homes and businesses were without power after the snowfall on Monday evening, according to a report in the Detroit News. The snowfall knocked down tree branches and power lines and threatens to cause significant flooding damage as the record-breaking snowfall begins to melt.
The day before the snowfall, Michigan registered temperatures in the 70s. As the latest snowfall was starting, the Detroit News quoted local meteorologist Matt Mosteiko saying:
“We’re forecasting between 2 and 4 inches for Michigan and most likely somewhere in the 3-inch area for Metro Detroit. We need 1.9 inches of snow to break the record. We’re not really expecting any accumulation, but there’ll be some light flurries early and it’ll be cold.”
The Motor City needed 1.9 inches of snow to set a new Detroit snow fall record in 2014. They got that, and more. The final tally of the 2014 spring storm that pushed the total over the total Detroit snow fall over the top and set the record was 3.1 inches.
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