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Alpena snowfall totals near normal for season

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on March 30, 2011 – 6:26 amOne Comment
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It appears snowfall totals across much of the region will be at or near normal when the last flake falls.

According to the most recent data available from the National Weather Service, snowfall totals across Northern Lower Michigan are at or near normal in many places.  

Alpena County falls into that category.  So far this season, 83.1 inches of snow has been measured at the airport, or about 4 inches above the long-term average through March.  The seasonal average of 87 inches accounts for a typical April snowfall total of around 6 inches.

Last year was the 8th driest on record for Alpena, with less than 50 inches of snow.  The prior year was one of the snowiest, with more than 119 inches. 

Snowfall totals north of Alpena and above the Mackinac Bridge this season are well below average.  So far only 74 inches has been measured in Sault Ste. Marie, or 49 inches below average. 

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Comment by bettyshemmanski
2011-03-30 20:34:11

Why does NOAA give 84.6 as our average? Huh? Doesn’t matter though… Global Warming is a farce.. So what if we only get Half the amount we normally do last year.. Its only temporary!

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