Michigan Snow Depths
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Strommen, N. D.
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SubjectSnow Depth; Snow; Michigan Snow Depths; Michigan Weather Service; Michigan Department of Agriculture; ESSA - Weather Bureau; United States Department of Commerce; February 1969
An understanding of the variability, duration and causes of snow depths in Michigan is important to the planner, developer or engineer in optimizing the use and development of an area at a minimal cost. Snowmobile trails must be placed in areas where substantial amounts of natural snow occur and remain on the ground for long periods. Ski slopes are most frequently located in the areas of heavy natural snowfall to reduce the need for artificially produced snow. Roofs must be reinforced in areas of heavy snow to carry the increased weight of the snow. The cost of road maintenance increases in areas of heavier snowfall. Timber cutting becomes more difficult and expensive during periods of heavy snow cover. Some game, particularly deer herds, find it difficult to move about and find sufficient food when a heavy snow cover accumulates and often become easy prey for other predators. The risk of flooding increases with the presence of a heavy snow cover during the spring months. Frost depth, or penetration, under a heavy snow cover is limited to a few inches of the surface soil. Survival rates for certain insects are increased by a heavy snow cover. The slow melting of the snow cover is an important source of moisture for the recharge of the soil-water supply.