January 13, 2012
Winter 2012 has been a huge bust so far. The Detroit News notes that so far this winter, Metro Detroit has only recorded 6.7 inches of snow compared with a normal of about 15 inches, including less than 1/2 an inch in January!
While for the most part it’s a boon for cities and towns strapped for funds in some areas, it’s a whole different story for others. Brian Bienowski at the Great Lakes Echo wrote about how No snow, no ice means no business for some, saying that:
…while some rejoice the mild winter, the late ice and warmer temperatures hurt regional economies and could lower springtime water levels.
“Ice and snow are a real boon for our local businesses,” said Linda Tuck, executive director of the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce. Houghton Lake is in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.
“We have one of the most popular fishing lakes in the state, in the summer and winter, and this winter we’re seeing a real downturn,” Tuck said.
…Joy VanDrie, executive director of the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau, said the late winter hurts the northern Michigan town.
“Snowmobile dealers, ski shops, lodging facilities … they all rely on the weather getting cold and snowy,” VanDrie said.
The good news is that Hell has frozen over and snow is falling in many areas and slated to start soon in others.
Have a fun and safe weekend everyone!