October 2013 Highlights:
(1) A warm start to the month resulted in average temperature departures of several degrees above normal by mid-month. A drastic change in the upper level wind pattern brought a surge of much cooler air into the Great Lakes for a 10-day stretch beginning on the 19th. This brought monthly average temperatures much closer to normal levels, although overall, October ended up slightly warmer than the long term normal.
(2) Rainfall was remarkably persistent through the month, highlighted by record setting rainfall for some on the 5th (Pellston recorded 3.22 inches on that date). As a result, nearly all of northern Michigan received above normal rainfall during October, with the greatest amounts across the traditional snowbelt locations of northwest lower Michigan. Gaylord's 6.38 inches was its 5th wettest October on record.
(3) As is normal, the first snowfalls of the season occurred during October. At least some snow was reported across most of the area, with the exception of part of the immediate coastline area of Lake Michigan. Snowfall was most widespread in the favored lake effect areas, with the heaviest accumulations across parts of eastern upper and the highlands of northern lower Michigan. Gaylord's 10.4 inches of snow was 7.5 inches above the monthly normal, resulting in its 5th snowiest October on record. Sault Ste Marie came in with its 10th snowiest October, receiving 6.7 inches of snow (of which 4.7 inches fell on the 23rd).
October 2013 Temperature Data:
October 2013 Precipitation Data:
October 2013 Snowfall Data:
- 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 1993-2001.
**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.