Nearly end to end above normal temperatures for the year, really kicked off during the historic March heat-wave, resulted in almost all of northern Michigan experiencing their warmest year in recorded history.

     Although precipitation varied across the area, northern Michigan avoided the historic drought that plagued (and continues to do so) much of the nation, with most areas falling well within the realm of normal.  The above normal temperatures did continue the now multi-year trend of below normal snowfall for much of the area.  Houghton Lake was the one exception, a result of above normal snow last winter season. 

2012 Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

2012 Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Previous Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

45.7

41.7

+4.0

Warmest

91 / August 4th

-9 / March 5th*

45.5 / 1998

35.3 / 1917

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

2012 Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Previous Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

47.8

43.4

+4.4

Warmest

95 / July 6th*

-3 / March 5th

47.5 / 1931

41.1 / 1972

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

2012 Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Previous Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

47.2

43.5

+3.7

Warmest

95 / August 4th*

-4 / January 21st

46.5 / 1998

40.0 / 1924

 

Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport (1897 - 2012)

2012 Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Previous Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

50.1

45.3

+4.8

Warmest

98 / July 16th

0 / January 21st

49.6 / 1921

42.0 / 1917

 

Gaylord COOP (1951 - 2001); Gaylord Airport (2001-2012)

2012 Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

46.1

42.4

+3.7

Tied 2nd Warmest

92 / July 5th

-17 / March 5th

46.5 / 1973

41.7 / 1993

  

2012 Precipitation Data (inches):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

29.40

32.95

-3.55

N/A

45.84 / 1995

20.69 / 1925

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

33.32

28.75

+4.57

N/A

41.34 / 1951

20.02 / 2002

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

27.89

28.16

-0.27

N/A 

38.81 / 1954

20.21 / 1999

 

Traverse City Airport (1930 - 1993); Traverse City COOP (2001 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

37.14

34.30

+2.84

5th Wettest

40.28 / 1942

20.85 / 1935

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

35.44

36.21

-0.77 

N/A

45.81 / 1995

24.43 / 1955

Gaylord, MI (APX): Full Year 2012 Observed Precipitation Valid at 1/1/2013 1200 UTC - Created 1/2/13 21:44 UTC 

 Gaylord, MI (APX): Full Year 2012 Percent of Normal Precipitation Valid at 1/1/2013 1200 UTC - Created 1/2/13 21:48 UTC

2012 Snowfall Data (inches):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

119.0

120.4

-1.4

N/A

209.2 / 1995

55.6 / 2010

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

89.9

66.6

+23.3

N/A

116.7 / 1971

28.5 / 2010

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

61.8

84.3

-22.5 

N/A

149.2 / 1985

45.3 / 1925

 

Traverse City Airport (1930 - 1993); Traverse City COOP (2001 - 2012)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

69.4

101.4

-32.0

N/A

179.3 / 1985

36.2 / 1934

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2012)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

122.8

141.4

-18.6

N/A

210.0 / 1971

64.3 / 2010

- all averages are calculated using the new 1981 - 2010 period

( ) = Consistent years of record; Record temperature data for Gaylord is a combination of Gaylord Airport (2001-2011) and the Cooperative Observing Station records (1951-2001), Record precipitation data for Traverse City is a combination of Cherry Capital Airport (1930-1993) and the Cooperative Observing Station records (2001-2011)

- only rankings in the top 10 will be entered

* = Record occurred in multiple years/dates; latest year/date shown

**THESE DATA ARE PRELIMINARY AND HAVE NOT UNDERGONE FINAL QUALITY CONTROL BY THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER. THEREFORE, THESE DATA ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION. FINAL AND CERTIFIED CLIMATE DATA CAN BE ACCESSED AT WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV.*

For additional climate information and atmospheric and oceanic features that drive the patterns across our area, please visit the following links:

Latest Central Pacific Ocean Temperature Trends      Large Scale Atmospheric Blocking Features      Local Climate Home Page      Latest Drought Information

* 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.


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