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2013-2014 snowiest winter in Detroit history

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This morning, the National Weather Service office in Detroit made it official. This has been the snowiest winter in Detroit history.

As of 6:00 A.M., 3.1 inches of snow had fallen overnight, raising the total for the season to 94.8 inches. Only 1.9 inches had been required to break the previous record of 93.6 inches set in 1880-1881.

This record joins three others for the Motor City set this season, the snowiest January, snowiest month, and longest snow cover, now set at 78 days.

Flint also set a record for total snowfall. By 2:00 A.M, a total of 83.4 inches had fallen this season, edging past the old record of 82.9 inches that fell during the winter of 1974-1975.

Ealier this year, Flint set three other records for winter weather. The first was the snowiest January ever with 32.9 inches total, beating the old record of 28.5 inches set in 1976.

Then on March, 19, 2014, at least one inch of snow had covered the ground for 101 consecutive days, shattering the previous record for snow cover of 88 days set on March 3, 1963.

Finally, Flint set the record for the coldest cold season (November through March) in the city's history. The temperature averaged 24.0 degrees Fahrenheit during those four months, half a degree colder than the 24.5 degrees set during the winter of 1962-1963.

Ann Arbor also added to its record accumulation, with the Ann Arbor News reporting that 97 inches of snow have fallen so far this season. The university town had beaten its previous record of 89.8 inches set during 2007-2008 back on March 12th.

Detroit made the top ten list in other cold weather statistics. This has been the eighth coldest winter (December through February) since 1977-1978 and fourth coldest cold season since 1911-1912. So far, the season has tied for seventh in below zero nights with 13, the most since 1983-1984 when there were 15, and ranks third in below freezing days with 79, the most since 1903-1904, when there were 85.

After witnessing records like these, Detroiters can proudly say, "We survived the winter of 2013-2014."

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