Although temperatures averaged a degree or two above normal for August, the bigger story was lack of sufficient rains during the month.  For most areas, monthly rainfall totals averaged an inch or more below normal, with only a handful of days reporting measurable precipitation.  As a result, latest updated drought information has placed all of Northern Lower Michigan as abnormally dry, with areas down near Saginaw Bay experiencing moderate drought conditions (latest drought information link provided below). 

August Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

August Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 67.1

64.6

 +2.5

N/A 

91 / 4th

44 / 19th

69.8 / 1947

57.2 / 1977

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

August Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 66.3

65.0

 +1.3

 N/A

89 / 4th

38 / 20th

72.5 / 1947

61.5 / 1950

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

August Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 67.2

65.4

 +1.8

 N/A

95 / 4th

44 / 20th

73.2 / 1955

60.1 / 1934

 

Traverse City Airport (1897 - 2012)

August Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 70.3

67.4

+2.9 

 N/A

94 / 25th

46 / 20th

 74.1 / 1947

 61.6 / 1915

 

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

August Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

66.3 

64.2

+2.1 

 N/A

91 / 4th, 25th

41 / 20th

 71.2 / 1959

 60.6 / 2004

  

August Precipitation Data (inches):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precip

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 2.12

3.17

 -1.05

N/A 

 0.97 / 16th-17th

 8

9.48 / 1974

0.40 / 1930*

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precip

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.26 

3.40

 -1.14

N/A 

0.83 / 10th-11th 

8 

7.18 / 1975

0.35 / 1954

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precip

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 2.72

3.23

 -0.51

 N/A

 1.34 / 10th-11th

 8

6.26 / 1994

0.68 / 1925

 

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

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

 Record Wettest/Year  Record Driest/Year

 1.00

3.74

 -2.74

 8th Driest

 8.07 / 2002

 0.26 / 1954

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

 Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year 

1.82 

3.65

 -1.83

 N/A

 8.50 / 1995

 0.34 / 1969

 Gaylord, MI (APX): Current Month to Date Observed Precipitation Valid at 8/31/2012 1200 UTC - Created 8/31/12 23:42 UTC

 Gaylord, MI (APX): Current Month to Date Percent of Normal Precipitation Valid at 8/31/2012 1200 UTC - Created 8/31/12 23:46 UTC

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

( ) = Consistent years of record

- only rankings in the top 10 will be entered, N/A = Not in top 10

* = 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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