Archives—June 2013

Snowfall Contest Winners Chosen

This was quite the winter in the Copper Country, in fact on May 8th the front page of the local paper described it as “persistent”.

There was a trace of snow on the morning of September 12th but it wasn’t until after the New Year that the majority of the season’s accumulation fell. We received 67 inches in January and our best snow day was February 19 with 12 inches falling in that 24 hour period with high winds causing Tech to close for a day and a half due to the extreme weather.

On the positive side, the Nordic ski trails were in excellent condition until the end of April and Mont Ripley had their longest season ever.

The Alumni Association’s third annual Snowfall Contest collected 560 entries ranging from a low of 75 inches to a high of 312 inches. The official snowfall total for the 2012-13 season was 225.75 according to the Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center’s weather station located near the Houghton County Airport.

There were four predictions of 225 inches and we used the tiebreaking question of when the snow would stop falling (May 12th) to choose the winner. Robert Ungeran ’67 will receive a two night stay in a campus guest room, plus a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit (Tech Hoodie, Gloves, Hat, Scarf, Blanket, and Snowbrush).

Paul Marttila ’95 was chosen from all entries to receive the consolation prize of a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit.

Thank you to all of you who entered the contest. Stay tuned for the Fourth Annual Snowfall Contest for the 2013-14 season which will kick off in November on

Check out the snow memories of alumni and friends at and post your own stories about winter at Tech.