Snowfall Records

For Michigan Tech students, alumni, and friends the region’s prodigious snowfall is a point of pride and a rite of passage. Every Husky has at least one great snow story, from digging out the wrong car in the parking lot after a blizzard to somehow making it to class during an epic whiteout.

The record-high seasonal total—a whopping 355.90 inches—came in the winter of 1978–79. The least amount of snowfall, in the winter of 1930–31, is 81.30 inches.

Snowfall is measured near Houghton County Memorial Airport by Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center. In the northernmost portion of the Keweenaw Peninsula, Keweenaw County Road Commission measures the snow near Delaware, where snowfall amounts are typically greater than those recorded in Houghton County.

2010-Current

WinterOct.Nov.Dec.Jan.Feb.Mar.Apr.MayTotal Inches
2015-1608.2519.2571.548.516.2511.251.5176.50
2014-151.7538.2535.7546.2541.510.257.750.00181.50
2013-14 2.00 10.75 74.25 55.25 29.00 15.00 22.50 0.00 208.75
2012-13 2.00 18.50 17.75 67.00 51.00 34.50 33.0 2.00 225.75
2011-12 0.00 18.00 24.00 52.50 25.50 10.50 1.50 0.00 132.00
2010-11 0.00 25.50 32.50 72.00 18.00 12.50 18.00 0.00 178.50

* denotes ongoing month/season

2000-2009

Winter Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Total Inches
2009-10 3.00 3.50 86.50 38.50 19.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 150.50
2008-09 0.00 17.00 69.50 84.50 27.00 4.50 14.50 0.00 217.00
2007-08 0.00 21.25 39.75 55.00 32.00 23.75 13.50 0.00 185.25
2006-07 6.00 5.50 26.50 37.75 36.50 20.00 30.50 0.00 162.75
2005-06 0.00 36.00 77.50 30.00 49.50 26.50 0.00 0.00 219.50
2004-05 5.50 7.25 50.63 57.38 25.75 17.75 0.20 0.25 164.71
2003-04 1.00 15.50 47.50  105.50 37.50 21.50 3.50 0.00 232.00
2002-03 5.00 27.50 40.50 68.00 44.00 35.00 8.00 0.00 228.00
2001-02 2.50 13.50 71.00 43.00 54.00 62.00 5.50 2.50 254.00
2000-01 1.50 25.0 107.50 57.10 72.00 38.50 2.00 0.00 303.60

1990-1999

Winter Oct. Nov. Dec Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Total Inches
1999-2000 0.00 3.10 45.90 64.00 7.70 19.40 9.10 0.00 155.00
1998-99 0.00 8.40 89.80 83.30 36.00 13.50 0.00 0.00 231.00
1997-98 4.60 32.70 22.60 53.80 5.50 12.30 0.00 0.00 131.50
1996-97 1.80 26.50 61.10 105.10 14.30 34.50 3.20 6.20 253.10
1995-96 2.20 30.80 90.60 98.20 39.30 39.60 16.20 8.30 328.20
1994-95 0.20 11.00 12.70 44.70 68.10 26.00 13.20 1.00 175.90
1993-94 5.00 22.50 37.70 83.40 14.60 15.00 7.10 0.00 185.30
1992-93 8.20 13.30 42.50 59.20 22.60 10.50 3.30 0.00 159.60
1991-92 1.00 42.70 33.80 42.80 35.40 6.00 4.50 0.00 166.20
1990-91  13.40 6.70 35.60 73.30 22.30 11.70 0.90 1.90 165.80

1980-1989

Winter Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Total Inches
1989-90 0.40 34.80 108.50 50.50 31.50 6.30 10.50 3.90 246.40
1988-89 11.10 37.90 71.60 80.20  86.70 34.50 7.80 3.40 333.20
1987-88 9.80 3.90 12.00 75.90 66.70 47.60 3.10 0.00 229.00
1986-87 0.00 54.42 31.60 34.70 9.90 25.03 9.21 6.00 170.86
1985-86 0.00  62.30 109.60 48.60 24.30 39.60 2.290 0.00 286.69
1984-85 1.00 4.60 57.30 70.30 42.50 55.20 4.20 0.00 235.10
1983-84 2.90 29.70 100.00 51.40 11.60 30.70 4.80 0.20 231.30
1982-83 10.80 32.20 32.50 37.20 15.00 26.60 13.50 0.00 167.80
1981-82 8.60 5.20 99.00 82.00 27.70 17.70 19.90 0.00 260.10
1980-81 3.20 11.50 52.60 72.50 30.50 8.60 5.30 0.00 184.20

1970-1979

Winter Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Total Inches
1979-80 11.30 30.50 23.70 95.60 41.00 6.50 6.70 0.00 215.30
1978-79 0.70 55.00  118.90 88.30 39.80 43.20 9.40 0.60 355.90
1977-78 0.00 22.40 83.70 70.20 36.00 18.10 4.30 0.00 234.70
1976-77 6.50 37.00 72.40 68.50 30.10 10.80 9.70 0.00 234.80
1975-76 0.00 10.50 58.90 69.80 47.10  72.30 0.60 0.00 259.20
1974-75 0.00 29.80 26.70 85.40 54.10 42.10 1.90 0.00 240.00
1973-74 0.00 10.10 61.10 68.70 40.30 8.00 18.40 3.00 209.60
1972-73 0.00 18.80 58.60 66.20 43.80 3.90 1.60 8.70 201.60
1971-72 0.00 18.10 18.40 104.50 49.90 45.10 21.90 0.00 287.90
1970-71 0.00 15.90 50.60 97.80 56.90 34.90 19.80 3.80 279.70

1960-1969

Winter Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Total Inches
1969-70 0.00 24.50 35.90 69.40 18.10 8.70 8.50 0.00 165.10
1968-69 0.00 24.00 78.00 87.50 27.00 5.50 5.50 0.00 227.50
1967-68 10.50 40.50 26.50 25.50 36.00 4.50 8.00 0.00 151.50
1966-67 2.00 23.00 50.00 65.50 37.50 14.00 6.00 0.50 199.00
1965-66 0.00 46.00 36.00 57.50 18.50 28.00 16.00 1.00 203.00
1964-65 5.00 42.00 68.00 63.50 56.50 25.50 7.00 1.00 268.50
1963-64 0.00 5.00 83.50 27.50 33.00 33.50 11.00 0.00 193.50
1962-63 3.50 9.00 65.00 51.00 34.50 24.50 2.50 2.00 192.00
1961-62 0.00 18.50 57.00 61.50 45.00 5.00 4.00 1.00 192.00
1960-1961 0.00 18.50 36.50 49.00 44.00 15.00 6.00 5.50 174.50

1950-1959

Winter Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Total Inches
1959-60 3.00 54.00 26.00 63.50 41.50 17.50 10.00 7.00 222.50
1958-59 0.00 23.50 96.00 85.50 14.50 25.50 0.00 0.00 247.00
1957-58 0.00 29.50 30.00 39.50 35.00 16.00 0.00 0.00 150.00
1956-57 0.00 29.50 36.50 58.50 26.00 5.00 12.00 0.00 167.50
1955-56 0.00 30.25 77.50 40.00 17.00 12.00 12.50 4.00 193.25
1954-55 4.00 14.25 6.00 51.50 12.50 54.00 0.50 0.00 142.75
1953-54 0.00 8.00 20.00 43.00 13.00 21.00 1.50  11.00 117.50
1952-53 1.00 13.00 18.00 39.50 59.00 12.00 17.00 0.00 159.00
1951-52 7.00 33.00 62.00 35.00 9.00 21.00 10.00 0.00 177.00
1950-51 0.00 35.00 85.00 49.00 49.00 26.00 13.00 0.00 257.00

1940-1949

Winter Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Total Inches
1949-50 0.50 31.00 26.50 89.00 41.00 31.00 28.00 7.00 254.00
1948-49 0.50 17.50 61.00 47.00 45.00 18.00 0.00 0.00 189.00
1947-48 0.00 52.00 50.00 44.00 16.00 18.00 2.00 0.00 182.00
1946-47 2.00 14.00 42.00 30.50 60.50 18.50 8.50 0.00 176.00
1945-46 0.00 17.50 77.00 47.00 29.00 8.00 7.00 0.50 186.00
1944-45 0.00 14.00 42.50 68.50 59.00 7.00 18.50 0.50 212.00
1943-44 0.00 13.00 24.00 13.50 20.00 43.00 4.00 0.00 117.50
1942-43 7.00 22.00 66.00 39.50 26.50 31.00 9.50 0.00 208.00
1941-42 0.00 15.00 25.50 41.50 29.00 33.00 1.00 2.00 147.00
1940-41 0.00 27.00 30.50 51.00 43.50 10.50 7.00 0.00 169.50

1930-1939

Winter Oct. Nov. Dec Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Total Inches
1939-40 4.00 2.00 25.50 61.00 27.50 31.50 12.50 8.00 172.00
1938-39 2.00 23.00 51.00 41.50 60.00 35.00 13.50 0.00 226.00
1937-38 1.50 15.20 42.50 46.00 12.50 8.50 1.00 0.00 127.25
1936-37 1.75 25.50 25.25 77.00 51.00 2.50 8.00 0.00 191.00
1935-36 1.20 28.25 41.25 50.50 38.00 15.75 2.00 0.50 177.45
1934-35 0.50 13.00 54.00 59.00 11.00 7.50 1.50 0.00 146.50
1933-34 7.50 25.25 30.50 21.00 11.00 14.25 15.25 0.00 124.75
1932-33 12.00 10.00 35.75 15.00 23.00 14.20 5.50 0.00 115.45
1931-32 0.00 3.00 5.00 33.50 25.00 23.00 2.50 0.00 92.00
1930-31 2.80 6.00 23.00 21.50 12.50 11.50 4.00 0.00 81.30

1920-1929

Winter Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Total Inches
1929-30 5.50 19.50 36.20 42.50 12.00 8.80 1.00 0.00 125.50
1928-29 0.00 1.20 25.80 61.00 14.00 11.00 1.00 1.50 115.50
1927-28 0.00 24.25 58.48 36.75 12.00 9.00 26.00 0.00 166.48
1926-27 5.50 31.50 30.50 15.00 23.00 1.00 2.00 0.00 108.50
1925-26 8.50 4.00 18.50 17.00 11.00 21.50 3.50 0.50 84.50
1924-25 0.00 17.25 44.00 17.00 11.00 6.00 0.00 0.00 95.25
1923-24 8.25 6.00 25.00 45.00 11.00 5.00 3.50 0.00 103.75
1922-23 1.49 5.25 46.00 48.50 27.00 5.80 6.50 0.25 140.79
1921-22 1.00 16.50 25.00 41.50 34.50 4.00 11.00 0.00 133.50
1920-21 0.00 17.00 41.00 19.00 19.00 15.00 0.00 1.50 112.50

1910-1919

Winter Oct. Nov. Dec Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Total Inches
1919-20 9.00 41.00 53.00 27.00 11.00 18.00 6.50 0.00 165.50
1918-19 2.00 11.00 38.00 18.00 29.00 5.00 1.00 2.00 106.00
1917-18 2.00 4.00 46.00 40.00 6.00 4.00 1.00 0.00 103.00
1916-17 5.00 8.00 46.00 19.00 13.00 27.00 4.00 0.00 122.00
1915-16 1.50 9.00 25.00 53.00 23.00 22.00 4.00 0.00 137.50
1914-15 0.00 6.00 21.00 40.00 12.00 6.00 1.00 0.25 86.25
1913-14 3.00 4.00 4.00 25.00 23.00 12.00 16.00 0.00 87.00
1912-13 0.00 12.00 46.00 29.00 33.00 30.00 7.00 0.00 157.00
1911-12 1.00 31.50 29.00 40.00 7.00 4.00 8.00 0.00 120.50
1910-11 4.00 21.00 33.00 29.50 32.00 11.00 5.50 0.00 136.00

1900-1909

Winter Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Total Inches
1909-10 10.00 20.50 40.50 51.00 24.00 0.50 9.00 0.50 156.00
1908-09 0.00 30.00 28.50 25.00 28.50 16.25 19.00 4.00 151.25
1907-08 0.00 18.50 19.50 19.00 26.50 20.50 12.00 0.00 116.00
1906-07 1.00 27.00 40.50 39.00 10.00 16.50  35.00 2.50 171.50
1905-06 6.25 24.25 31.00 22.00 27.00 25.00 0.50 0.00 136.00
1904-05 0.25 16.25 55.50 37.00 14.50 7.50 5.50 3.00 139.50
1903-04 0.00 39.00 52.00 33.50 11.00 21.00 10.50 3.00 170.00
1902-03 0.80 8.00 52.00 22.00 24.00 11.00 18.00 3.00 138.80
1901-02 0.00 15.00 31.00 43.00 24.00 12.00 7.50 0.00 132.50
1900-01 0.00 13.50 20.00 32.50 15.00 18.50 0.00 0.00 99.50

1890-1899

Winter Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Total Inches
1899-1900 0.00 1.00 42.50 22.00 19.50 13.00 0.00 0.00 100.00
1898-99 1.20 15.30 36.00 30.50 15.00 13.00 0.00 6.50 112.50
1897-98 1.00 13.00 36.50 19.50 20.00 12.00 1.50 0.00 103.50
1896-97 3.00 37.00 16.70 36.50 18.50 12.00 1.50 2.00 127.20
1895-96 2.80 14.00 62.00 29.00 15.80 6.00 8.50 0.00 138.10
1894-95 0.00 29.50 18.30 74.00 9.00 5.25 0.00 1.50 137.55
1893-94 1.00 30.00 48.50 37.00 14.50 23.00 10.00 1.00 165.00
1892-93 0.00 23.00 44.00 24.50 16.50 17.00 13.00 1.00 139.00
1891-92 0.00 31.00 23.00 44.00 18.00 12.50 1.00 0.00 129.50
1890-91 1.00 12.20 12.00 33.00 28.50 22.00 2.50 0.00 111.20

Snowfall totals 2004-present by Keweenaw Research Center. Totals 2000-2003 courtesy local meteorologist John Dee.