May snowmaggedon: Michigan Upper Peninsula historic winter storm smashes snowfall records

Car under snow after May historic snow storm in Michigan
Car under snow after May historic snow storm in Michigan. By Moebius via MLive

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.

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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.

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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.

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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]

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  1. The 1923 blizzard was said to be front page news from Iowa to Michigan to Saint Louis, Missouri back on May 9 1923 and that so called history was touted as such by every major news outlet (today) after the ridiculous snowfall in the upper Midwest a few days ago.

    But you know me. I want FACTS not hearsay. So I checked it out. I checked newspaper headlines on the excellent site “Internet Archive” which allows you to view old newspapers and magazine publications. I pulled up St. Louis Post-Dispatch for the week of May 1-9 of 1923 and NOT A SINGLE WORD ABOUT SNOW IN ANY OF THOSE HEADLINES. My hunch was right. The media claims that the snow event (because of geoengineering and ice-nucleation of precipitation) this week in the upper Midwest happened similarly in 1923 but it DIDN’T.

    They thought that no one would check on their story but I did. They lied. Imagine that. They prevent the people from thinking anything is out of the ordinary by making false claims that it “happened a hundred years ago” so there’s no need for alarm. They do this often but I wanted solid proof and found it as if I had to do the research at all – they’re so obvious about their lies today.

  2. Hurley 7.7, that’s the “snow belt” for us from the north. Pretty amazing and also not too surprising. I’m sure they would love a balmy 60° day.

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