Record Setting Heat

Amazingly Dry, For Some

A month for the record books, as almost daily above normal temperatures pushed the monthly average temperature into the top ten warmest July's on record for all of northern Michigan.  While not a whole lot of daily high temperature records were set, it was the persistent warm (hot) conditions that this July will be remembered for.

Perhaps even a bigger story was the wide range in rain totals for the month.  While no areas were particularly wet, areas across eastern Upper Michigan and south of M-72 over northern Lower Michigan received much more rain than those along the M-32 corridor.  While thunderstorms and their beneficial rains, by nature, are generally sporadic and scattered, they simply remained nearly non-existent for areas of northern Lower Michigan north of M-72.  Monthly rainfall totals through the M-32 corridor were mostly under an inch, especially west of I-75.  While not explicitly mentioned in the tables below (all records reserved for our Local Climate Data sites), Gaylord experienced their driest July on record (just beating out July of 1965) since consistent precipitation records began at that location back in 1940. 

July Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - Present)

July Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking*

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

68.7 

 63.9

+4.8 

8th Warmest 

88 / 17th 

50 / 7th 

 74.1 / 1921

57.4 / 1992 

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - Present)

July Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking*

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 72.5

66.7 

+5.8 

3rd Warmest 

 93 / 19th, 20th

48 / 14th, 27th  

74.4 / 1921 

62.0 / 2009 

 

Alpena (1916 - Present)

July Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking*

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 72.2

 66.7

 +5.5

Tied 2nd Warmest 

 97 / 17th

49 / 1st 

 73.5 / 1921

61.3 / 1992 

 

Traverse City (airport)

July Mean

Normal

Departure

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

74.8 

 69.6

+5.2 

96 / 17th, 20th 

53 / 4th 

 

Gaylord (airport)

July Mean

Normal

Departure

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

71.2 

 67.5

+3.7 

95 / 20th 

 48 / 14th, 27th

July Precipitation Data (inches):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - Present)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking*

Greatest 24-hr rainfall (in)

Days with measurable precip

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 2.80

 3.14

-0.34 

N/A 

 1.44 on the 11th

10 

7.23 / 1996 

0.22 / 1906 

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - Present)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking*

Greatest 24-hr rainfall (in)

Days with measurable precip

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.80 

2.75 

+0.05

 N/A

1.65 on the 24th 

 7

 8.09 / 1952

0.55 / 1989 

 

Alpena (1916 - Present)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking*

Greatest 24-hr rainfall (in)

Days with measurable precip

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 1.89

 3.17

 -1.28

N/A 

 0.72 on the 18th

 9

 7.17 / 1975

0.22 / 1989 

 

Traverse City (Coop)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

 0.99

 3.14

-2.15

 

Gaylord (Coop)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

 0.52

 3.22

-2.70 

 

- all averages are calculated using the 1971 - 2000 period

 ( ) = Consistent years of record

* = only rankings in the top 10 will be entered, and only for our Local Climate Data (LCD) sites

**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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