I thought it would be a great idea from time to time look at a Michigan city or area and post some information on that city and or area and look at some of the weather that city enjoys (or must live with) This week I thought I would start out with the Houghton/Hancock area. The twin cities of Houghton/Hancock are located at the base of the Keweenaw Peninsula they are separated by the Portage canal that looks more like a river than a canal. The cities are connected by a historic lift bridge. Houghton is the larger of the two cities with a 2020 population of 8,386. Houghton is home of Michigan Tech. The Michigan Tech web site states that the university has around 7000 students so I would guess that the city population doubles when counting the students. Across the canal the city of Hancock has a 2020 population of 4526. Together the cities have a population of 12912. Hancock is home to the much smaller Finlandia university with around 420 students. The area is well known for its copper that was once mined in the area. Both cities have many very large old homes. That were built when copper was king in the area. The area is one of the snowiest locations in the United States. We I was at Houghton several years ago we stayed at a motel on the channel (more like a river) and there was a walk way that I walked on from the motel to the lift bridge. It was a nice walk and was just behind the downtown area. One of the things I noticed was that there were a lot of older cars there with little or no rust on them. They use sand on the roads instead of salt.
The area has some of the most snow fall in the eastern US but for some reason the weather station stopped reported snow fall amounts in 2000. For the years that do have snow fall totals the mean average snow fall amount is a reported 167.5 with the most being 354.1 in 1979 and the least amount being 83.1 in 1931. The average mean temperature for January is 16.7 the coldest January of -1.2 was set in 1912 the warmest of 25.1 was set in 2006. The warmest July of 72.0 was set in 1921 and the coldest July of 59.4 was set in 1992. August is the only month that has not had a reading of 32 or below. For anyone who likes cold snowy winter and mostly cool summers then the Houghton/Hancock area would be a great place for them to live.