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133 years later the snow is just as deep, but life is a little different

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  • Spring storm breaks Detroit seasonal snowfall record

    Spring storm breaks Detroit seasonal snowfall record

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-04-15 15:36:25 GMT
    A spring storm that's left roads slippery across Michigan has shattered Detroit's seasonal snowfall record. As of Tuesday morning, the seasonal total reached 94.8 inches, breaking the previous record of 93.6 inches set back in the winter of 1880-81.
    A spring storm that's left roads slippery across Michigan has shattered Detroit's seasonal snowfall record. As of Tuesday morning, the seasonal total reached 94.8 inches, breaking the previous record of 93.6 inches set back in the winter of 1880-81.
DETROIT (WJBK) - The last time we had this much snow around here, Rutherford B. Hayes was in office, the light bulb was less than 2 years old and Henry Ford was 17.

The National Weather Service says that as of Tuesday morning Detroit Metropolitan Airport saw 3.1 inches of fresh snow, pushing the seasonal total to 94.8 inches. That exceeded the previous seasonal record for Detroit of 93.6 inches that was set in the winter of 1880-81.

1881. Wow.

No one alive right now has ever seen weather like this around here. On the contrary, everyone who is living right now is bonded. We can all say we have lived through the snowiest winter in Michigan since they began keeping records.

My kids, who are 7 and 10, can tell their kids and grand kids that they walked through mountains of snow to get to school. And of course the trek was uphill both ways.

Some things to consider about life 133 years ago:

1880: Detroit’s population is 116,342. It is a multicultural city, with over 40 nationalities represented.
1880: Detroit Council of Trades and Labor Unions is formed, which becomes the Detroit Federation of Labor in 1906. 
1881: Joseph L. Hudson establishes a men’s clothing store on the first floor of the Detroit Opera House.
1881: Detroit is the center of the nation's stove manufacturing industry.
1881: The Detroit Baseball Company is the first professional baseball team in Detroit.  It is a member of the National League.
1881: Rutherford B. Hayes was President of the United States until March 4, the day James Garfield was sworn into office.  Garfield was assassinated later that year.
1881: Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company.  Just two years earlier, the light bulb was invented and Detroit became the first city to assign individual telephone numbers.
1881: The modern automobile would not be invented for another 5 years (1886), the Benz 'Velo" model in Germany.  Ford introduced the Model T in the first affordable car for the public, in 1908.
1881: The national debt was around $3-billion.

What will life be like 133 years in the future? The year 2147. 

People will complain their solar car panels keep getting covered with snow and can't be charged. 
The nation's debt is 99-centillion.
Dow Jones Index is 285,188.36
The mind-powered snow shovel out-paces the third eye sourced snow blower at Lowes Depot (Merger in 2101)
Kids walk to school through mountains of snow, uphill both ways.

Hey look, enjoy this record. We are living through history and hopefully it doesn't repeat itself for another 133 years.
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