Another above normal temperature month, with all locations coming in several degrees warmer than what is typical for average temperatures for July.  As the final numbers show, every site recorded a top ten warmest July, with Sault Ste. Marie reporting its second warmest July since consistent records began for that location way back in 1888.

     Per the usual for summer, monthly rainfall was highly sporadic, owing to periodic widely scattered heavy-rain producing thunderstorms.  In general, most of the area received below normal rain amounts.  A notable exception was the far southwest and across western portions of Mackinac County in Eastern Upper, where end of the month heavy rains brought totals to above normal levels.

July Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

July Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

70.5

65.3

+5.2

2nd Warmest

89 / 5th, 13th

52 / 11th

74.1 / 1921

57.4 / 1992

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

July Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

72.5

67.1

+5.4

Tied 3rd Warmest

95 / 4th, 6th

49 / 25th

74.4 / 1921

62.0 / 2009*

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

July Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

71.0

67.4

+3.6

7th Warmest

95 / 23rd

47 / 11th

73.5 / 1921

61.3 / 1992

 

Traverse City Airport (1897 - 2012)

July Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

74.4

69.0

+5.4

Tied 7th Warmest

98 / 16th

50 / 20th

76.8 / 1921

63.0 / 1965

 

Gaylord Airport (1951 - 2012)

July Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

70.3

66.0

+4.3

8th Warmest

92 / 5th

48 / 11th

73.5 / 1955

61.9 / 1992

 

 

July Precipitation Data (inches):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.11

2.86

-0.75

N/A

0.66 / 6th

11

7.23 / 1996

0.22 / 1906

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

4.81

2.76

+2.05

10th Wettest

1.54 / 3rd

10

8.09 / 1952

0.55 / 1989

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.15

3.03

-0.88

N/A

1.41 / 25th

8

7.17 / 1975

0.22 / 1989

 

Traverse City Cooperative Observing Station (1930 - 1993, 2001 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

1.92

2.88

-0.96

N/A

6.85 / 1937

0.27 / 1981

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.07

3.02

-0.95

4th Wettest

6.77 / 1952

0.52 / 2011

 Gaylord, MI (APX): July, 2012 Monthly Observed Precipitation Valid at 8/1/2012 1200 UTC - Created 8/1/12 23:42 UTC

 Gaylord, MI (APX): July, 2012 Monthly Percent of Normal Precipitation Valid at 8/1/2012 1200 UTC - Created 8/1/12 23:46 UTC

- 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- 2012) 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 (2001-2012)

- only rankings in the top 10 will be entered

* = Record occurred in multiple years; latest year shown

** = New all-time record high for the month

**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.**

For additional climate information and atmospheric and oceanic features that drive the patterns across our area, please visit the following links:

Latest Central Pacific Ocean Temperature Trends      Large Scale Atmospheric Blocking Features      Local Climate Home Page

* 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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