Snow in May is rare. The state of Michigan took that as a challenge, apparently.
The National Weather Service post in state’s upper peninsula recorded an “historic snowstorm” this week after more than 26 inches fell on May 1 and 2.
This was the scene in downtown Negaunee on Monday evening, May 1, 2023. Some parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have seen at least a foot and a half of snow from this May storm…
“This historic snowstorm is finally coming to an end after setting impressive daily and monthly snowfall records at the Marquette National Weather Service Office where records date back to 1959,” read a tweet from the NWS Marquette post.
Among the records broken include:
Snowfall totals for May 1 – 19.8 inches
Snowfall totals over a two-day period in May – 26.2 inches
Snowiest May on record – 26.2 inches
Greatest May snow depth – 20 inches as of 8 a.m. on May 2
“This feels like the never-ending winter,” said a resident. “The snow was almost gone only to come back with a vengeance. We are so ready for spring to arrive.”
“Usually around this time of year, we have some snow on the ground still melting because we get so much in the winter, but I don’t remember getting snow like this in May.”
A climatologist that was following along the snowstorm said that weather station in Herman, which is in the west side of the U.P., recorded 27 inches of snow. It’s the greatest single-day May snowfall to happen in the eastern half of the continental U.S.
But keep in mind, May 9th will mark the 100th anniversary of the Great Michigan ‘Blizzard’ of 1923:
Some of the hardest hit parts of the peninsula include inland portions just west of Marquette and south of the Keweenaw peninsula. Ontonagon County also experienced heavy snowfall.
With the snow came some brutally cold wind gusts reaching 45 mph and power outage conditions.
Before it’s too late! Stock up on iodine pills for the next nuclear disaster…
The massive pile of snow that got dumped on the U.P. has to go somewhere, which means a grand snowmelt may be upon northern Michigan residents this week. Temperatures are expected to rise into the 40s and 50s, along with rain chances.
The heavy accumulation could mean flooding concerns are next on the weather service’s radar. Much of the U.P. will be under a Flood Watch this week. [MORE]