Warm...and Wet for some

     Despite the absence of a prolonged heat wave, average July temperatures were at least a few degrees above normal across Northern Michigan.  While no location experienced their warmest July on record, all selected cities below did experience one of their top 20 warmest, with both Sault Ste Marie and Alpena leading the way, experiencing their 8th warmest July on record.  Interestingly, despite the above normal temperatures, no record highs were recorded at the sites listed below.

     Per the usual in summer, precipitation amounts varied widely across the area, ranging from nearly 2 inches below normal at Sault Ste Marie, to the 3rd wettest July on record at Houghton Lake.   In general, and continuing the theme of spring and early summer, the heaviest amount of precipitation fell south of the M-72 corridor, with amounts tapering off steadily to the north.

                    July Average Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 68.4

 63.9

 +4.5

Tied 8th Warmest 

 74.1 / 1921

 57.4 / 1992

 

Houghton Lake (1917 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 70.3

66.7 

 +3.6

 10th Warmest

74.4 / 1921 

 62.0 / 2009

 

Alpena (1917 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

70.1 

 66.7

 +3.4

 Tied 8th Warmest

 73.5 / 1921

61.3 / 1992 

 

Traverse City* (1896 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 72.5

 69.6

 +2.9

 12th Warmest

 76.8 / 1921

 63.0 / 1965

 

Gaylord** (1952 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 69.3

 67.5

 +1.8

Tied 17th Warmest 

 73.5 / 1955

 61.8 / 2009

  

                              

                                            July Precipitation Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 1.19

 3.14

-1.95 

 18th Driest

 7.23 / 1996

 0.22 / 1906

 

Houghton Lake (1917 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

6.14 

 2.75

+3.39 

 3rd Wettest

 8.09 / 1952

 0.28 / 1918

 

Alpena (1917 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

4.27 

 3.17

 +1.10

 19th Wettest

 7.17 / 1975

 0.22 / 1989

 

Traverse City* (1896 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 2.80

 3.14

-0.34 

N/A 

 9.99 / 1994

 0.27 / 1981

 

Gaylord** (1952 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 3.12

 3.22

 -0.10

 N/A

 6.77 / 1952

0.55 / 1965 

 

  - all averages are calculated using the 1971 - 2000 period

* Traverse City - Normal and observed temperature data is compiled from the ASOS site at Cherry Capital Airport.  Snowfall and precipitation amounts are recorded at the cooperative observer at Traverse City Munson Hospital, while snowfall and precipitation normals are compiled from the ASOS site at Cherry Capital Airport.

** Gaylord - All normal data is compiled from the cooperative observer site in the vicinity of the Gaylord Regional Airport ASOS site.  Observed precipitation and snowfall amounts are recorded from the cooperative observer, while temperature data is taken from the ASOS site.

( ) = Consistent years of record

* = only rankings in the top 20 will be entered

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