DETROIT (AP) — A new winter misery index has confirmed what many people in the Midwest and Eastern United States have known for weeks -- this has been one of the harshest winters they have ever seen.
And nowhere has been hit harder than Michigan.
National Weather Service meteorologist Barbara Mayes Boustead created an index a few years ago to judge the severity of winters, based on snowfall and plunging temperatures. Boustead calls it a misery index.
For Detroit, this is the most extreme winter since 1950. And it has plenty of company. Half of the 24 cities in the index -- including Chicago, Philadelphia, Indianapolis and New York -- are slogging through winters that are among the 10 harshest since 1950.
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