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2013-2014 long term snow cover records

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While snow is falling across West Michigan on this Monday, March 24, the official streak of consecutive days of snow cover has ended in Grand Rapids. From the Grand Rapids National Weather Service “the snow depth fell to a trace Sunday evening of March 23rd. This ends the streak at 105 days. This is tied for the 3rd longest time period with at least an inch of snow cover since records began in 1896. The previous occurrence was in the Winter of 1962/1963. The longest time with snow cover in Grand Rapids was 117 days from 11/28/1903 through 03/23/1904.”

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Here are the top records:
1. 117 days 11/28/1903 - 03/23/1904
2. 107 days 11/27/1978 - 03/13/1979
3. 105 days 12/07/1962 - 03/21/1963
105 days 12/09/2013 - 03/23/2014

On February 18, the snow depth at Grand Rapids was 24 inches. This was the second deepest snow depth of all time. The record for the greatest snow depth was set in January 1978 with 27 inches.

Lansing has already set a record for the longest streak of consecutive days of snow cover and still counting. From the Grand Rapids National Weather Service “The official snow depth in Lansing was at 1 inch on Sunday evening the 23rd of March and has been at or above 1 inch since the 9th of December. This is 105 days in a row and the longest streak in the climate record for Lansing, which extends back to 1863.”
Here are the top records:
1. 105 days 12/09/2013 - 03/23/2014 and still counting
2. 101 days 12/06/1962 - 03/16/1963

Muskegon currently sits in fourth place with a streak of 107 consecutive days. From the Grand Rapids National Weather Service With the cold weather and snow expected through Wednesday night, the total at Muskegon should move into 2nd place with 111 days. The longest period with at least an inch of snow cover for Muskegon is 118 days in a row from 12/02/1903 through 03/28/1904.”

See the slideshow at the top pf the page for more on the snow cover.

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