2010 was one of the warmest years on record across Northern Michigan, with all sites recording one of their top 10 warmest years in recorded history.  Another unusual feature to the year was the lack of precipitation, most notably snowfall, with several locations recording less than half of their normal yearly snowfall.

          2010 Average Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 44.7

 40.1

 +4.6

 2nd Warmest

 45.5 / 1998

35.3 / 1917

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 46.1

 43.1

 +3.0

4th Warmest 

 47.5 / 1931

41.1 / 1972 

 

Alpena (1916 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 45.9

 42.5

 +3.4

Tied 6th Warmest 

 46.5 / 1998

40.0 / 1924 

 

Traverse City* (1897 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 47.9

 45.4

 +2.5

4th Warmest 

 49.6 / 1921

42.0 / 1917 

 

Gaylord** (1951 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

45.1 

 43.3

 +1.8

4th Warmest 

 46.5 / 1973

 41.7 / 1993

                                

                                          2010 Precipitation Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 30.43

34.67 

 -4.24

 N/A

 45.88 / 1995

 20.69 / 1925

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 25.44

28.43 

 -2.99

 N/A

 41.34 / 1951

 20.02 / 2002

 

Alpena (1916 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 26.65

28.40 

 -1.75

 N/A

 38.83 / 1954

20.21 / 1999 

 

Traverse City* (1930 - 1996 : 2001 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 32.13

33.47 

 -1.34

 N/A

 63.05 / 1996

 20.85 / 1935

 

Gaylord** (1940 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 28.47

 36.59

 -8.12

 4th Driest

 45.81 / 1995

24.43 / 1955 

 

                2010 Snowfall Data (Calendar Year):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - Present)

Snowfall

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Snowiest/Year***

Record Least Snow/Year***

 54.4

 132.6

 -78.2

 Least Snowiest

 209.2 / 1995

54.4 / 2010 

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - Present)

Snowfall

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Snowiest/Year***

Record Least Snow/Year***

 28.5

 70.6

-42.1

 2nd Least Snowiest

 116.7 / 1971

 24.7 / 1937

 

Alpena (1916 - Present)

Snowfall

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Snowiest/Year***

Record Least Snow/Year***

 46.1

 85.8

 -39.7

 3rd Least Snowiest

149.2 / 1985 

45.3 / 1925 

 

Traverse City* (1930 - 1996 : 2001 - Present)

Snowfall

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Snowiest/Year***

Record Least Snow/Year***

 65.1

 96.4

 -31.3

 N/A

 189.8 / 1995

36.2 / 1934 

 

Gaylord** (1940 - Present)

Snowfall

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Snowiest/Year***

Record Least Snow/Year***

 63.1

 149.2

 -86.1

 Least Snowiest

210.0 / 1971 

64.3 / 2010 

   - all averages are calculated using the 1971 - 2000 period

* Data for Traverse City is derived from a composite of observations taken at both Cherry Capital Airport and the cooperative observing station at Munson Medical Center.  This data is for informational purposes only and does not meet climatological standards.  This data set may include periods with missing data…particularly snowfall data from 1996-2001.

**Data for Gaylord is derived from a composite of observations taken at both Gaylord-Otsego County Airport and the cooperative observing station located near downtown Gaylord.    This data is for informational purposes only and does not meet climatological standards.  This data set may include periods with missing data and data that has been recorded from different observing points throughout history.

***Calendar year snowfall

( ) = Consistent years of record

* = only rankings in the top 10 will be entered

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