A painful reminder from the National Weather Service

The National Weather Service folks out of Gaylord are great people — they really are.

Sometimes, though, we find their information painfully accurate.

Earlier in the week, they sent out an infographic via Twitter that highlighted the seasonal snowfall from this past winter. It was exactly the type of information that people love to talk about, great “water cooler” material, if you will.

And, for those of you curious, Alpena had 99 inches and Rogers City 100. In the northern Lower Peninsula, Mancelona had the most snow, with 171 inches, with Gaylord finishing second at 127.

The numbers are not official, as they are gathered from a variety of sources.

It wasn’t the snowfall numbers that caught our attention, however. Instead, it was the words that accompanied the infographic.

“Here’s a recap of the winter 2018-2019’s total snowfall. Only 16 days until the amount of daylight starts to shrink and a subtle reminder that #snow really isn’t more than a few short months away.”


Are you kidding? Summer officially hasn’t arrived yet, and already we are thinking about winter again. As of Friday Alpena only has reached 75 degrees this year two times. Instead, it seems, since May 1 we have been hanging in the 50s and 60s most days.

For the record, there is a chance — a slim one — we could see 75 this weekend.

And please, don’t remind us that soon the days of sunlight will begin getting shorter again. How can that be, with temperatures more like early spring than late spring?

Certainly the NWS tweet this week gives credence to the saying that Michigan weather is “nine months of winter and three months of tough sledding.”




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