I was curious how many Christmases we had snow on the ground over the past few years I had time to go back to 2008. Seems we have had more green Christmases than white with little or no snow on the ground in the lower half of the Lower Penninsula.
Nationally last year there was 28% snow coverage on Christmas day. The year before we had 25% coverage. In 2017 we had 49% of the U.S. with snow on the ground. Looking back to 2012 we had 51% and 2009 with 63% for the most area with snow on the ground in the past 20 years.
I think we are going to have one of those on again off again winters this year with most of the snow coming on the back side, late January/February time frame. I am guessing the first half will be a roller coaster of rain, sleet, ice and snow. We can never really guess where the jetstream is going to set up and tracks of storms however this may be a year where we guess until the last moment on storm tracks coming up through the Ohio Valley. The big question is which way will the wind blow of the lake this winter. Last year we had more of a northerly wind which gave the U.P., northern and extreme SW Michigan snow squalls. I suspect we will do better than the meager 49 inches of snow we had last year in Otsego especially if the lake effect machine sets up from the west. Lake effect tends to be half or more of our snowfall totals. This is only a guess…
This is the reason I miss living in Maine. In 1972 we already had about 48 inches of snow on the ground by Thanksgiving. That winter we had well over 300 inches. Below is the current snow cover for New England and for 2019:
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