What? So none of you living in your parent's basement? (not that that's a bad thing if it's for a short-term need)
I've had a career as an Industrial Mechanical Designer pretty much here in The Mitt (tho 5 months in TX back in 2010 was interesting) through good times and some really horrible times. I began in the (ofc) native Auto Industry only to see that get derailed by globalization and off-shoring trends. Since stepping away from that instability, I have been involved in many other industries including Medical, Rail, Telecommunications, Marine, Aerospace, Consumer Appliances, and even the Baking Industry. Most often I've worked on designs for capital equipment that manufactures the products, but other times it's the products themselves. In the case of major appliances, items that folks see/buy at Lowes/Menard's/Home Depot I developed. The occupation itself was always rated as "highly satisfying" for job satisfaction surveys and the compensation can be above avg. The difficulty for myself has been the demise of our beloved Automotive "Big-3" here in SMI. Whereas the former generation enjoyed 3 decades of increasing prosperity, my career has spanned the 3 decades of demise in this part of the world. With kids from an Ex growing up here, I decided to navigate the tough times vs chasing the economic waves elsewhere. Thankfully, things have gotten much better here in Michigan since the Great Recession 10 yrs ago. Hopefully, that remains the case.
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Winter 2018-19 Snow Total = 55.9" Largest Storm: 2x 7" (1/28-29 & 1/18-19) Oct: 0.0 Nov: 15.2 Dec: 2.0 Jan: 21.7 Feb: 14.1 Mar: 2.4 Apr: 0.5
Annual avg for mby = 49.9" Avg for last 10 seasons = 67.4" (135% of normal)
2017-18 = 68.3" 2016-17 = 52" 2015-16 = 57.4" 2014-15 = 55.3" 2013-14 = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!) 2012-13 = 47.2" 2011-12 = 43.7"
Notable Blizzards/Snowstorms in SWMI: Nov 2015, Feb 2015, Jan 2014, Feb 2011, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Jan 1982, Jan 1979, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, March 1973, Jan 1967, March 1947, Jan 1918
Legit Blizzards (high winds and dbl digit snows): Feb 2011, Dec 2009, Jan 2005, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Nov 1989, Jan 1982, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, Apr 1975, Mar 1973, Jan 1967
"Long range winter forecasting - it's like tossing darts in a hurricane.." "In my day, they didn't name 'em, they just called 'em blizzards! *Shakes fist in air and ambles away mumbling to himself" “and to think kids nowadays get day's off school because the wind blew. I think in '78 we only got 1 day off” "..It's the U.P. where there are two seasons. Winter, and three months of bad skiing.."