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Pure Michigan

Many people know Michigan for the surrounding Great Lakes. In fact, a person can stand anywhere in Michigan and be 85 miles to a Great Lake. Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes, more than 36,000 miles of streams and 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes water area. For this reason, Michigan has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights.

Did you know? Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office. The J.W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world that delivers mail to ships while they are still underway.

Michigan is ranked number 37, in the United States of Energy data series, in residential electricity prices compared to 52 other US States averaging $12.46 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants include coal, hydroelectric and natural gas. Michigan has the most underground natural gas storage capacity of any state in the nation and supplies natural gas to neighboring States during high-demand winter months.

Michigan gets rather cold in the winter months so it’s a good thing they have so much natural gas. The coldest recorded temperature was −51 Fahrenheit in 1934. The state also gets heavy lake-effect snow, which contributes to 30–40 inches of precipitation annually with some areas in the northern lower peninsula and the upper peninsula averaging almost 160″ of snowfall per year. The weather this past winter in Michigan was hard on the cherry crops, which is a big deal considering Michigan is the largest producer of cherries of all the states.

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