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MICHIGAN'S SUPER-SIZED SNOW STICK
Located on US Highway 41 near Mohawk, Michigan
Contributed by Rod & Judy Ness of Hermantown, Minnesota

Judy Ness
Rod Ness provides scale for this extra-large snow stick near Mohawk, Michigan

The ghost town of Delaware, Michigan (located just off the highway near Mohawk) is the official "Midwest Snow Capital." The Keweenaw County Road Commission has been measuring the snow fall in this area since 1957. They use an open-top wood box measuring about 18" square and ten inches deep and check it daily during the winter months to keep track of a cumulative total for the season. A record was set in the winter of 1978 to 1979, when the total snowfall topped 390.4 inches (approximately 32.5 feet or 9.9 meters). This is probably the highest record for any area east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States. Snow fall, measured in inches, during the winter months for that record year speaks volumes about the challenges of working and living in the area: November (49.2), December (116.4), January (111.4), February (53.0), March (52.6) and April (7.8). If you look at the red arrow about 2/3 of the way up, you can see that the 2005-2006 season total was only a "paltry" 25 feet of snow!

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Photographed by Judy Ness 7/1/06
Posted on RoadTrip America 8/06



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