Wednesday, March 19, 2014 article on record snow cover

Since this photo was taken on February 19th, Lake Michigan set a record of 93.29 percent ice cover on March 8th.
Photo by NASA/Getty Images
Detroit sets record for longest snow cover
New winter weather records continue to be set for Detroit.

The latest weather statistic went into the record books Tuesday, when the Detroit Office of the National Weather Service announced that the streak of consecutive days with snow cover of 1 inch or greater ended on March 17th at 77 days.  The new record exceeds the previous streak of 73 days that ended on March 15, 1978.

This record joins others that have been set this winter, including snowiest month and second snowiest season for Detroit so far, snowiest winter ever for Ann Arbor, longest consecutive snow cover and snowiest January for Flint, and most ice cover for Lake Michigan.
Details on all those records at the link.

I can tell you that I found Monday's weather exciting in a weird way.  I could finally see the grass in the back yard.  I also heard birds singing.  It looks like spring really is coming.

Of course, it's still Michigan, which means that anything can happen, and probably will.  For example...
As for Detroit breaking its previous record for total snowfall accumulation, that's still within reach.  Two storms will pass through the area Wednesday night into Thursday morning and again Friday night into Saturday.  The National Weather Service is currently predicting one-half inch of accumulation for the first storm and two to four inches for the second.  Only three inches are required to set a new record.
After a winter like this, I'd like to have the record to go along with it.  Snow!

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