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Grey and gloomy; Where's the sun?

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Are the Grey skies making you feel a little gloomy? Do you feel like it’s been weeks since you’ve seen the sun? You aren’t alone. Of course clouds are typical for winter in Michigan. You are guaranteed to see more overcast skies than mostly sunny or even partly sunny skies.  But it’s not just cloudy in Michigan in the winter. If fact Michigan is listed as one of the cloudiest states in the U.S.


The biggest factor is the Great Lakes. Michigan is surrounded by big bodies of water that pick up moisture and transport it over Michigan making the states one of the cloudiest in America. (We shouldn’t complain though at least it’s not Seattle or Portland.) We do of course see our fair share of sun, it’s just more likely in the warmer months.

But this year is a little different thanks to our above normal temperatures over the last few months. We have actually managed to see a few more peeks of sun than normal.

The numbers:

In December, Flint and Saginaw generally see 3 mostly or completely sunny days, 6 partly cloudy days and 22 cloudy or mostly cloudy day.

This past December Flint saw 6 sunny days, 8 partly cloudy days and 17 overcast days.

Saginaw saw 3 sunny days, 11 partly cloudy and 17 overcast.

In January it’s a similar story for Mid-Michigan’s two largest cities. With an average of 4 sunny, 6 partly cloudy and the rest mostly cloudy or overcast days.

Last month Flint saw 3 sunny days, 12 partly sunny days and 16 overcast days.

Saginaw was cloudier with 4 sunny days, 8 partly cloudy days and 19 days with mostly cloudy or overcast skies.


While we were not too far off from the normal number of sunny or cloudy days, the above normal temperatures the past two months have actually helped keep some lake effect cloudiness at bay. That has helped generate more sun. This month we are also on track to see above normal temps, and being a leap year, maybe we manage to squeeze out an extra day of sun.

Regardless of grey skies or blue in the dead of winter when we are blessed with a sunny day we just appreciate it that much more.  If that doesn’t help just wait a few more months for spring and summer to arrive.

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