Looking back from the comfort of a balmy (64°F) June day, it’s easy to say that this year’s snowfall was nothing compared with the 208.75 inches we got last year. Of course, during the week of sub-zero high temperatures in February, “mild” wasn’t a word anyone was using with regard to winter.
The Copper Country was playful this year and kept us on our toes. Some unexpectedly warm days may have seduced newcomers and eternal optimists into believing spring had sprung, but the more wary kept snowblowers, plows, and shovels at hand until May. As always, such diligence paid off. There were even a few instances of windshield-scraping into mid-May.
This year’s Annual Snowfall Contest received 331 guesses, ranging from 32.5 inches to 394.5 inches. With a total, as recorded by the Keweenaw Research Center, of 181.5 inches, this year fell a little shy of the ten-year average.
This year’s winner, Nathan Wier, a 2010 Mechanical and Electrical Engineering alumnus, had the closest guess with 181.22 inches. He will receive A two night stay in a Memorial Union or Wadsworth Hall guest room on campus and a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit (Hoodie, Gloves, Hat, Scarf, Blanket, and Snowbrush).
Our consolation prize winner, Michelle O’Neill, class of 1999, Civil Engineering, was chosen at random from all entries and will receive a smaller Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit.
Thank you to all of you who entered the contest. Stay tuned for the Fifth Annual Snowfall Contest for the 2014-15 season which will kick off in November on mtu.edu/alumni.
Check out the snow memories of alumni and friends at mtu.edu/memories and post your own stories about winter at Tech.