Snowiest November in Grand Rapids: 29″

Ives Avenue on the west side Grand Rapids near John Ball Park. (Nov. 20, 2014)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A historic winter weather pattern for November continues to unfold across West Michigan.

Thursday, Grand Rapids broke the record for the snowiest November with a measured 29 inches, according to measurements taken by the National Weather Service.

That’s 0.7 inches past the previous record, which was set in 1895.


November snowfall in Grand Rapids:

  1. 2014: 29.0″
  2. 1895: 28.2″
  3. 1951: 26.9″
  4. 1991: 25.3″
  5. 2000: 23.1″

Some of the suburbs outside of Grand Rapids have had over 30 inches for the month of November so far.

There have been nine consecutive days of snow in West Michigan. Over the past two weeks, we have seen only 7 percent of possible sunshine.

The cold temperatures this week mixed with the relatively mild temperatures of Lake Michigan can produce an amazing amount of snow. Temperatures have been 15 degrees below average this past week, which has produced prolific lake effect snow.

>>Photos: Heavy snowfall from early winter storm

The first 20 days of this November were snowier than the first 20 days of any winter month last season, when Grand Rapids received its second-snowiest winter ever.

(Comparing snowfall in Grand Rapids from 2013 to 2014)
(Comparing snowfall in Grand Rapids from 2013 to 2014)

Storm Team 8 Chief Meteorologist Bill Steffen says that with 10 days left in the month, we could still top 35 inches by the end of November. If that happens, we would be at 47 percent of our average snowfall for the entire season before the start of December.

Meanwhile, in the Upper Peninsula, Bergland Dam has received 68.4 inches of snowfall this November and Mount Bohemia has received 55 inches.

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