While not quite the record setting heat that occurred during July, the above normal temperatures continued unabated into August.  While no individual daily high temperatures were set, by months end, all three of our Local Climate Data Sites experienced one of their top 20 warmest August's on record.

The area of greatest rainfall migrated north during the month, at least partially offsetting the very dry conditions that occurred during July.  The heaviest rain fell along and north of the M-32 corridor, with Sault Ste. Marie establishing their 18th wettest August.

 

               August Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - Present)

August Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 66.6

 64.6

+2.0 

 12th Warmest

 87 / 5th

 49 / 26th

 69.8 / 1947

57.2 / 1977 

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - Present)

August Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 67.2

 65.0

 +2.2

 Tied 19th Warmest

 90 / 1st

40 / 22nd 

 72.5 / 1947

61.5 / 1950 

 

Alpena (1916 - Present)

August Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 67.6

65.4 

 +2.2

17th Warmest 

 88 / 1st

 44 / 26th

 73.2 / 1955

 60.1 / 1934

 

Traverse City (airport)

August Mean

Normal

Departure

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

70.5 

 67.4

+3.1 

 90 / 1st

 47 / 22nd

 

Gaylord (airport)

August Mean

Normal

Departure

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

 66.1

 65.4

+0.7 

 85 / 5th, 6th

 44 / 22nd, 26th, 29th

 

 

                August Precipitation Data (inches):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - Present)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precip

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

4.47 

 3.17

 +1.30

 18th Wettest

1.41 / 17th

 13

 9.48 / 1974

0.40 / 1930* 

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - Present)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precip

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 2.04

 3.40

-1.36 

 N/A

 1.32 / 13th

 10

7.18 / 1975 

0.35 / 1954 

 

Alpena (1916 - Present)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precip

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

3.58 

 3.23

 +0.35

 N/A

1.62 / 12th-13th

 12

 6.26 / 1994

 0.68 / 1925

 

Traverse City (Coop)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

 2.74

 3.74

-1.00 

 

Gaylord (Coop)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

4.69 

3.65 

+1.04 

 

 

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

 ( ) = Consistent years of record

- only rankings in the top 20 will be entered, and only for our Local Climate Data (LCD) sites

 * = Record occurred in multiple years; latest year 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.**

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 * 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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