With one of the most active winter weather seasons in the United States, residents of Northern Michigan have to be prepared for changeable and sometimes severe winter weather. Michigan is one of the few states in the country which experience lake effect snow. Lake effect snow occurs when cold air crosses the still relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes, picking up moisture and depositing it over northern Michigan. With the lakes unfrozen for much of the winter, the lake effect snow machine creates staggering snowfall totals of more than 15 feet in some locations. This makes northern Michigan a unique and challenging location for winter weather, for both residents and weather forecasters.
If you are interested in learning more about winter weather in the Great Lakes, we encourage you to attend this presentation. The class is FREE, open to everyone and will last approximately 90 minutes.
Topics covered this year include:
➢ Winter precipitation types. How does snow, freezing rain, and sleet occur?
➢ Snow measurement and reporting
➢ National Weather Service winter product changes and simplification
➢ A look back at the winter of 2016-2017
➢ Winter outlook for this year
➢ Winter folklore
For details on other winter talk dates and locations, please visit the NWS Gaylord Outreach Page at:
You may also call the NWS office with any questions at 989-731-3384.
A few interesting Michigan winter records
* Most snow in one winter: 390 inches Delaware (Keweenaw Peninsula) 1978-1979
* Record low temperature: -51 degrees Fahrenheit Vanderbilt February 9, 1934
* Record snow depth Lower Michigan: 68 inches Kalkaska February 15, 1985
* Record snow depth Upper Michigan: 117 inches Eagle Harbor January 27-31, 1948