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December 13, 2013

Snowpack isn't a record breaker

TRAVERSE CITY — Repeaters of a recently popular lament about the amount of snow that’s fallen before Christmas this year might want to take a close look at the numbers.

Snow on the ground across northwest Michigan is less than half of what it would need to be to break a record, according to numbers released by the National Weather Service.

An average of about 12 inches of snow rests on the Grand Traverse region as of Thursday morning, a far cry from the 26 inches that set a record in 1903.

Still, the Weather Service recorded a total of 23.7 inches of total snowfall this year through Thursday in Traverse City — 6.4 inches ahead of normal, according to the agency’s statistics.

And it’s a total that will continue to grow through the weekend when forecasters say unseasonably cold weather should continue to produce lake-effect snow.



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