December Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

December Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

26.7 

22.2 

+4.5

N/A

55 / 4th

6 / 28th

30.9 / 2001

7.3 / 1989

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

December Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

29.5

23.9

+5.6

9th Warmest

60 / 3rd

10 / 28th

31.4 / 2001

12.9 / 1989

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

December Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

30.1

25.0

+5.1

8th Warmest

60 / 4th

8 / 28th

32.3 / 1923

12.5 / 1989

 

Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport (1897 - 2012)

December Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

33.0

26.7 

+6.3

Tied 5th Warmest 

64 / 3rd

20 / 31st*

37.6 / 1913

16.2 / 1989

 

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

December Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

28.0

22.6

+5.4

6th Warmest

59 / 4th*

10 / 11th

31.4 / 1982

12.2 / 1989

 

 

December Precipitation Data (inches):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/dates

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

3.19

2.79

+0.40

N/A

1.33 / 20th-21st

19

6.24 / 1995

0.45 / 1913

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/dates

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.91

1.65

+1.26

N/A

1.17 / 20th-21st

16

4.60 / 2008

0.18 / 1960

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/dates

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.84

1.75 

+1.09

N/A 

1.01 / 20th-21st

13

5.07 / 1996

0.39 / 1994

 

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

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.99

2.72

+0.27 

N/A

6.39 / 2008

0.56 / 1935

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.73 

3.11 

-0.38

N/A

5.38 / 1985

0.83 / 1997

 Gaylord, MI (APX): December, 2012 Monthly Observed Precipitation Valid at 1/1/2013 1200 UTC - Created 1/1/13 23:41 UTC

 

 Gaylord, MI (APX): December, 2012 Monthly Percent of Normal Precipitation Valid at 1/1/2013 1200 UTC - Created 1/1/13 23:44 UTC

 

December Snowfall Data (inches):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest daily snowfall/dates

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

29.0

35.6

-6.6

N/A

10.3 / 20th

19

98.7 / 1995

3.5 / 1913

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest daily snowfall/dates

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

13.3

16.0 

-2.7

N/A

4.4 / 20th

8

45.8 / 2008

1.2 / 1943

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest daily snowfall/dates

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

11.5

18.9

-7.4

N/A

4.4 / 9th

9

48.1 / 2008

1.8 / 1994

 

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

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

9.7

26.7

-17.0

N/A

50.8 / 1985

3.3 / 2011

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2012)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

25.5

33.0

-7.5

N/A

60.5 / 1985

9.8 / 2011

- 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.*

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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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