Do you know that in the past that parts of Michigan have had accumulating snow in September. The snowiest September in Michigan was at Ironwood in 1995 when 6.9” of snow fell. Houghton is in 2nd place when in 1942 6.5” fell and at Marquette they reported 60” in 1899. In Munising there reported 4.2” in 1942 Ontonagon had 2.0” in 1995. In lower Michigan Gaylord reported 1.2” in 1956 and Alpena reported 0.2” in 1928. Grand Rapids has reported a Trace in several years the only years that look like it was cold enough were 1967, 1965 and 1928. As for the snow falls in northern lower and upper Michigan here is a better break down by location.
I will look at Ironwood first. In August 1995 was warmer than average in Ironwood and September started out warm as well. But on the 21st a strong cold front came thru and both the temperature and snow did fall. The temperature fell to 24 and 6.5” of snow fell on the morning of the 22nd 6” of snow was reported on the ground and 0.4” more fell that day. There was also 2” of snow fall at Ironwood in 1942. That year a trace fell ever day from September 22nd to the 26th and on the 27th 2” was reported.
Houghton seen 6.5” of snow fall during the overnight of September 26/27 1942. The snow stuck around for 3 days as the temperature did not get out of the 30’s for 3 days. More recently Houghton had 3” of overnight snow on September 22nd 1995.
At Marquette the snowiest September was in 1899 when 6.0” was reported. September 1899 started out on the warm side at Marquette with the high reaching 87 on the 2nd but late in the month a strong cold front must have came thru on the 28th as the temperature fell from 65 to 33 and on the 29th and 30th the temperature stayed in the mid 30’s for highs and low were 30 and 32 and 4.4” of snow fell on the 29th with 1.6” more on the 30th 1974 was the 2nd snowiest September at Marquette when 5.1” of snow fell over night of the 21st into the 22nd Like several other locations snow fell in September of 1942 when Marquette reported 0.5” on the 24th and another 1.5” on the 27th The most recent snow fall of over 1 inch fell on September 29th 1993 when 1.7” fell. Marquette also had over 1” of snow fall in September 1935 and has see over 0.1” of snow fall on 10 other years the most recent was in 2003.
You can add Munising to the list of locations that seen several inches of snow in September 1942. There 4” fell on September 27th 1942 and in 1928 2.0” was reported on September 25th
Sault Ste Marie
At the Sault the biggest September snow fall was on September 20th 1956 when 2.7” fell on the 20th 9 years later 1.5” fell on September 26th The Sault missed out on most of the snow in 1942 but 0.6” did fall there on the 28th The last time more that a trace fell at the Sault in September was in 1991 when 0.2” fell on both the 26th and 27th
In Lower Michigan some reported snow fall amounts of over a trace are
In September of 1956 Gaylord reported 1.2” of snow fall on September 20th 1956. A report of 0.5” was recorded in 1965 and 0.2” in 1928 but no other information is available. But on the September 1928 Alpena also reported 0.2” on September 24th 1928.
So yes, it can and has snowed in Michigan is September
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