Thx for your post - been wondering what JB has been thinking. While its great trying to forecast how a season will play out, at this point in my life I really just hope to see more headlines like this in my remaining winters:
Been poring over snowfall maps and such the way I like to do this time of year. I remembered the big flip in Jan of '85 from the warmth of Christmas '84. The first significant snowfall was NYE 1985 and it was "just" north of mby (I was only 20 so it was my parent's backyard tbh) and we had a major ice storm. The next 6 or 7 weeks continued very wintry and no doubt qualifies as one of the snowiest periods of record in The Mitt. There were places not even in any LES region that saw incredible depths at the peak in mid-February of 30-40" such as Standish along Saginaw Bay, and Lowell east of Grand Rapids (38" OTG). I was busy playing in large drifts on my two snowmobiles and never bothered to venture to NMI during that time. Which in retrospect is an opportunity missed. The deepest snow I've personally seen is 50" during Feb 1979 in NWMI. Going to be very hard to top that unless I want to go to some remote parts of the Yooperland intentionally on a mission. Looking at the data on file (and hearing firsthand accounts later when I lived in NWMI) I missed a golden opportunity to witness one of the deepest snow depths no doubt in the LP of Michigan. Here is Kalkaska. Imagine you've got 48" OTG and then you get 2 feet in one day on top of that. Must have been insane, even by that region's standards.