As we all have heard by now, this year is one of the coldest and snowiest winters in metro Detroit. Believe it or not, currently we are ranked 5th in snowfall amounts since records began in the late 1800′s. Everyone, no matter their age, seems to say that this is how the winters were when they were kids. I began doing a little research to find out who was right and what I found seems to prove we are all wrong.
According to the National Weather Service the following is a list of the top 10 snowiest winters in Detroit:
1. 1880-1881 93.6 inches 6. 2010-2011 69.1 inches
2. 1925-1926 78.9 inches 7. 1907-1908 67.2 inches
3. 1981-1982 74.0 inches 8. 1929-1930 67.2 inches
4. 2007-2008 71.7 inches 9. 2008-2009 65.7 inches
5. 1899-1900 69.1 inches 10. 2004-2005 63.8 inches
To date we have received 70.1 inches of snow this season putting us at number 5. What’s interesting is that with this year included 5 of the top 11 snowiest seasons in the Detroit area have happened in the last 10 years and 5 others occurred before 1930. I guess if you were born prior to the 1930′s or after the millennium change you can say that it really did snow a lot more when you were little. As for the rest of us we can just embellish our stories.