Michigan experiences a record-breaking winter

Michigan experiences a record-breaking winter

Has it felt like this year was one of the worst winters in Michigan in history? In mid-February, there had been six snow days already in the West Bloomfield School District, and to be honest, there were more days where snow days were not out of the question completely. The district even had another day off due to snow and ice in early March. There have been many days where some places have gotten upwards of five inches of snow, and an abnormally high amount of days where it has been sub-zero temperatures.

January itself was a record-breaking winter. 31.1 inches of snow fell in January in metro-Detroit (that is just about an inch of snow every single day, on average), breaking the 1978 record of 29.8 inches of snow. As of February, this winter, metro Detroit has gotten 67.8 inches of snow, making it the seventh snowiest winter in history. And there was still at least a month to go.

Unlike other snowy winters, however, this one is also unrelentingly cold. There have been a lot of days of sub-zero temperatures. It has been consistently warmer in North America’s northernmost city; on January 26th, it was at least 10 degrees warmer in Barrow, Alaska than it was in the majority of the midwest. In a USA Today article, it reminded a woman from Siberia of her home with the temperatures. That is just how cold it is here.

“This weather is hard to deal with,” says freshman Braedon Somers, who has had to wait out at the bus stop for the bus several times during this winter, “I am out in the cold waiting for the bus for five minutes in my winter coat, gloves, and hat, and I still get really cold.”

Senior Maddi Ishbia said, “I’m tired of this. It’s March and I still have to warm up my car for 20 minutes before I get in the car.”