ANNUAL CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY FOR DETROIT - 1998
          ...1998 - WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD IN DETROIT...
JANUARY - NO SINGLE DIGIT TEMPERATURES (NOR DURING THE WINTER OF
          1997-98)
THE AFFECTS OF EL NINO GOT INTO HIGH GEAR DURING JANUARY...PUSHING
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WELL ABOVE NORMAL /32.8 DEGREES...+9.9/
THIS PLACED JANUARY 1998 IN A TIE WITH JANUARY 1989 AS THE 7TH 
WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD SINCE 1870. NO SINGLE DIGIT TEMPERATURES 
WERE RECORDED DURING JANUARY OR THE ENTIRE WINTER OF 1997-98. NORMALLY 
THE DETROIT AREA HAS ABOUT 4 BELOW ZERO DAYS IN JANUARY AND 8 FOR AN 
ENTIRE WINTER. ONE OUTSTANDING FACT DISCOVERED...IN NEARLY 40 YEARS OF 
RECORD KEEPING...THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME AT DETROIT METRO AIRPORT HAD 
GONE THROUGH A WINTER WITHOUT A SINGLE DIGIT TEMPERATURE. WHILE THERE 
WERE NO RECORD HIGHS DURING THE MONTH...THERE WERE TWO RECORD HIGH 
MINIMUMS...THE 5TH /42/ AND 6TH /49/.
WHILE JANUARY WAS CONSIDERABLY WETTER THAN NORMAL /+ 1.02/...IT DID
NOT MAKE THE LIST OF TOP TEN WETTEST JANUARY'S ON RECORD. EVEN WITH
THE MILD WEATHER...OVER EIGHT INCHES /8.3/ OF SNOW FELL.
FEBRUARY - SECOND WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD
THE EFFECTS OF EL NINO ONLY GOT STRONGER DURING FEBRUARY ACROSS THE 
DETROIT METRO AREA. THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 36.7 WAS OVER 
11 DEGREES /+11.3/ ABOVE NORMAL. SURPRISINGLY THOUGH...AS WARM AS THE 
MONTH WAS...IT ONLY ONLY PLACED SECOND AND WAS NOT THE WARMEST FEBRUARY 
ON RECORD /39.5/...WHICH IS ALMOST THREE DEGREES WARMER. JUST LIKE OUR 
WARM JANUARY...THERE WERE NO RECORD HIGHS DURING FEBRUARY. AN UNUSUALLY 
NICE STRETCH OF NEARLY DRY EARLY SPRING-LIKE WEATHER VISITED THE AREA 
DURING THE FIRST 10 DAYS.
BESIDES THE ABNORMAL WARMTH...ANOTHER EQUALLY OUTSTANDING WEATHER 
FEATURE IN FEBRUARY WAS THE ALMOST NON-EXISTENCE OF SNOW. JUST A MERE 
TRACE OF SNOW WAS RECORDED ON THE 24TH. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT 
ONLY A TRACE OF SNOW WAS RECORDED DURING ANY FEBRUARY IN DETROIT...SINCE 
MONTHLY SNOW RECORDS BEGAN IN THE WINTER OF 1879-80. THE PREVIOUS NEARLY 
SNOWLESS FEBRUARY WAS DURING THE EL NINO WINTER OF 1952-53 WHEN ONLY .7 
OF SNOW FELL. THOUGH THERE WAS A LACK SNOW...THERE WAS NOT A LACK OF 
RAIN WITH OVER THREE AND A HALF INCHES /3.60/ FALLING. EVEN THOUGH IT 
WAS NEARLY TWO INCHES /+1.86/ ABOVE NORMAL...IT DID NOT MAKE THE LIST 
OF TOP TEN WETTEST FEBRUARYS. NEARLY TWO THIRDS OF THE MONTH'S RAIN 
/2.24/ FELL DURING A HEAVY RAIN EVENT 17TH THAT CAUSED SOME FLOODING. 
IN ADDITION...A STRONG EASTERLY WIND CAUSED SOME SHORELINE EROSION ON 
LAKES ERIE AND ST. CLAIR.
MARCH - MID-MONTH THE LION ROARED
THE ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TREND OF FEBRUARY 
CONTINUED INTO THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH OVER METRO DETROIT. THEN... 
COLDER WEATHER DOMINATED THE AREA DURING THE SECOND AND THIRD WEEK
AS A NORTHWESTERLY WIND FLOW DOMINATED. DURING THAT TIME PERIOD... 
AFTER VIRTUALLY NO SNOW IN FEBRUARY...TWO POTENT STORM CENTERS A WEEK 
APART BROUGHT SNOW...STRONG WINDS AND BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES. A 
STRONG CLIPPER-TYPE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM BLEW THROUGH THE AREA ON
FRIDAY THE 13TH...DEPOSITED 1-3 INCHES OF SNOW...BROUGHT STRONG WINDS 
AND CREATED NEAR ZERO WIND CHILLS. THEN THE NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT /20TH-
FIRST DAY OF SPRING/...THE SECOND STORM CENTER BROUGHT AN UNSPRING-LIKE
NASTY MIX OF SNOW /2-5 INCHES/...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN TO THE AREA 
ALONG WITH STRONG NORTHEAST WINDS.
UNSEASONABLY WARM WEATHER TOOK HOLD AGAIN THE LAST WEEK OF THE MONTH. 
READINGS AVERAGED 20 TO 30 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AS HIGHS PUSHED INTO 
THE 70S WITH EVEN AN 81 DEGREES ON THE 30TH. TWO RECORD HIGHS WERE TIED 
WITH 79 ON THE 27TH AND 81 ON THE 30TH. THIS WARM WEATHER LATE IN THE 
MONTH...ALONG WITH A GENEROUS AMOUNT OF PRECIPITATION /4.08/...LEAD TO 
A RAPID GREEN-UP A FEW WEEKS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.
APRIL - MILD WITH PLENTY OF APRIL SHOWERS
MILD AND WET WEATHER CONTINUED RIGHT THROUGH APRIL ACROSS METRO 
DETROIT. DESPITE A COOL SPELL LATE IN THE MONTH...TEMPERATURES
AVERAGED ABOUT 3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALONG WITH THE MILD WEATHER
CAME THE RAINS. TWO DAYS IN PARTICULAR HAD SOAKING RAINS...THE 9TH
WHEN 1.40 INCHES FELL AND THE 26TH WITH 1.10. THESE TWO DAYS ALONE 
ACCOUNTED FOR 2 1/2 OF THE NEARLY FOUR INCHES OF RAIN THAT FELL. THOUGH 
THE RAINS WERE PLENTIFUL...SEVERE WEATHER WAS ALMOST NON-EXISTENT WITH 
JUST ISOLATED STORMS ON THE 8TH AND THE 16TH...FLIRTING WITH SEVERE 
LIMITS. 
NO SNOW WAS RECORDED IN APRIL...A COUPLE OF INCHES BELOW THE NORM.
SNOWFALL FOR THE 1997-98 SEASON WAS ONLY ABOUT HALF OF THE NORMAL 
/ABOUT 42.0/ WITH JUST 22.5 INCHES TOTAL...MORE OR LESS COMPLIMENTS OF 
EL NINO. THIS LIGHT AMOUNT OF SNOW PUT THE 1997-98 SEASON IN 12TH
PLACE FOR LEAST AMOUNT SNOW SINCE 1880. THE SEASONAL SNOWFALL NORTH AND 
WEST OF DETROIT... AS USUAL...WAS HIGHER WITH THE NWS IN WHITE LAKE 
(JUST WEST OF PONTIAC) RECEIVING JUST OVER 40 INCHES /40.2/.
MAY - SECOND WARMEST MAY ON RECORD
TEMPERATURES IN MAY AVERAGED SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE NORMAL. IN FACT... 
EVERY DAY UP THROUGH THE 21ST AVERAGED CLOSE TO 9 1/2 DEGREES ABOVE 
NORMAL. A COOL SPELL OVER THE AREA DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND...
HELPED DROP THE MONTHLY DEPARTURE BACK TO 7.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. 
THIS PLACED MAY OF 1998 AS SECOND WARMEST MAY ON RECORD WITH AN AVERAGE 
TEMPERATURE OF 65.6 DEGREES /WARMEST MAY ON RECORD - 1991 WITH 66.5/. 
EVEN AS WARM AS MAY WAS...NO NEW RECORD HIGHS WERE SET. WE DID COME 
CLOSE...HOWEVER...WITH A 90 DEGREE READING /RECORD 91/ ON THE 19TH.
MAY WAS SOMEWHAT ON THE DRY SIDE WITH ABOUT 2 1/2 INCHES OF RAIN 
FALLING. RAINFALL WAS SCATTERED DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH...
BUT AFTER THE 8TH...ONLY THREE DAYS RECORDED ANY MEASURABLE RAIN.
MOST OF THE RAIN FELL ON THE 31ST WHEN...A LINE OF VIOLENT THUNDER-
STORMS PLOWED THROUGH SOUTHEAST LOWER MICHIGAN JUST AFTER SUNRISE. 
THESE SEVERE STORMS RAKED THE AREA WITH VERY STRONG STRAIGHT-LINE 
WINDS RANGING FROM AROUND 50 MPH TO AS HIGH AS 100 MPH. AT THE NWS 
OFFICE IN WHITE LAKE...A WIND GUST OF 67 MPH WAS CLOCKED AT 656 AM. 
NUMEROUS TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES WERE DOWNED...ESPECIALLY ACROSS 
DETROIT'S WEST AND NORTHERN SUBURBS.
JUNE - COLD THE FIRST HALF...HOT AND STORMY THE SECOND
THOUGH JUNE 1998 AVERAGED SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL...THIS WAS VERY 
MISLEADING. THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH WAS UNSEASONABLY COLD AS
THE JET STREAM SWITCHED TO NORTHWEST FLOW RIGHT OUT OF THE ARCTIC.
THE COLD AIR THAT HAD STORED UP DURING OUR MILD WINTER BROKE LOOSE 
AND PLUNGED SOUTHEAST INTO THE GREAT LAKES. IN FACT...BY THE END OF
THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE...TEMPERATURES AVERAGED NEARLY 9 DEGREES BELOW 
NORMAL...QUITE A REVERSAL FROM OUR WARM MAY. NOT ONLY WAS THE FIRST 
WEEK OF JUNE COLD... THERE WAS ACTUALLY SOME SLEET REPORTED AROUND 
MILAN AND ANN ARBOR DURING THE FORENOON HOURS OF THE SIXTH. THE 
LATEST THAT SNOW OR SLEET WAS EVER REPORTED IN DETROIT WAS ON MAY 31ST, 
1910...WHEN A MIX OF LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW FELL DURING THE EARLY MORNING 
HOURS. BUT "OFFICIALLY"...NO SLEET OR SNOW WAS OBSERVED AT DETROIT 
METRO AIRPORT. ALL THIS COMING AFTER SUCH A MILD AND SNOWLESS WINTER! 
A RECORD LOW WAS TIED ON THE 6TH WITH 41 DEGREES...WHILE A RECORD LOW 
MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE WAS SET THE DAY BEFORE /5TH/ WITH A HIGH OF JUST 53. 
THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY POURED INTO THE AREA THE SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH. 
WHILE NO RECORD HIGHS WERE SET IN JUNE...IT WAS ESPECIALLY MISERABLE ON 
THE 25TH. TEMPERATURES REACHED THE MID 90S AND DEW POINTS WERE IN THE 
MID TO UPPER 70S...MAKING IT FEEL LIKE IT WAS 110.
ALONG WITH THE HEAT DURING THE SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH...THUNDERSTORMS 
OFTEN POPPED UP AND OCCASIONALLY BECAME SEVERE. IN FACT...FROM THE 16TH 
TO THE 30TH...THERE WERE NINE SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS ACROSS SOUTHEAST 
LOWER MICHIGAN. THIS CERTAINLY MADE UP FOR THE RELATIVELY BENIGN SEVERE 
WEATHER SEASON UP UNTIL LATE MAY.
JULY - WARM...SULTRY AND STORMY
THE VERY WARM WEATHER OF LATE JUNE CONTINUED THROUGH MUCH OF JULY
AND WAS FREQUENTLY ACCOMPANIED BY VERY HUMID CONDITIONS. THE HOTTEST
OF THE WEATHER CAME THE THIRD WEEK AND PEAKED ON THE 21ST WHEN THE 
TEMPERATURE HIT 95 AND WITH THE HUMIDITY...IT FELT LIKE IT ABOUT
110 DEGREES...MIMICKING THE MISERABLY HOT AND HUMID DAY OF JUNE 25TH. 
EVEN WITH THE OVERALL WARM WEATHER...COOLER AND LESS HUMID AIR MASSES 
VISITED ROUTINELY DURING JULY GIVING METRO AREA AND IT'S INHABITANTS
A NEEDED BREAK.
FREQUENT THUNDERSTORMS DURING THE MONTH GAVE RISE TO THE OCCASIONAL 
SEVERE WEATHER EVENT. THE STRONGEST AND MOST WIDESPREAD PLOWED THROUGH 
THE AREA LATE ON THE 21ST. STRONG DAMAGING WINDS /67 MPH-DETROIT METRO 
ARPT/ ALONG WITH HAIL AND VERY HEAVY RAIN WAS SEEN. TWO DEATHS AND TWO 
INJURIES WERE REPORTED IN WOODHAVEN. NUMEROUS TREES AND POWER LINES 
WERE DOWNED CAUSING WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES. A THUNDERSTORM THAT WAS 
TROPICAL IN NATURE...DUMPED 4.34 INCHES OF RAIN ON METRO AIRPORT ON 
THE 7TH. EVEN WITH 5.72 INCHES OF RAIN IN JULY...IT DID NOT MAKE THE 
TOP TEN WETTEST JULYS.
AUGUST - WARM AND WET N' DRY
THE WARM SUMMER PATTERN ESTABLISHED BY LATE JUNE PERSISTED THROUGH 
AUGUST IN THE METRO DETROIT AREA. ALONG WITH THE HEAT...OCCASIONAL 
BOUTS OF HIGH HUMIDITY MADE IT SEEM WORSE AT TIMES. BUT EVEN WHILE 
TEMPERATURES AVERAGED ABOVE NORMAL...THERE WAS NOT ANY EXTENDED PERIOD 
OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH JUST NICKED 
90 DEGREES ON THE 8TH AND 89 WAS REGISTERED ON THE 23RD. BOTH READINGS 
WERE ACCOMPANIED BY HUMID WEATHER THAT MADE IT FEEL WORSE.
OCCASIONAL THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE AREA...PRODUCED OUR NORMAL RAINFALL 
FOR ALL OF AUGUST BY MID-MONTH. IN FACT...OVER THREE INCHES OF RAIN 
FELL IN THE FIRST WEEK ALONE. THUNDERSTORMS CONTAINING TORRENTIAL 
DOWNPOURS CAUSED SOME LOCAL FLASH FLOODING... URBAN AND RIVER FLOODING 
EARLY IN THE MONTH. ON THE 6TH...RAINFALL TOTALS RANGED FROM 1.39 IN 
ALLEN PARK TO 5.09 IN MANCHESTER. THEN ON THE 9TH...FLASH FLOOD 
WARNINGS WERE ISSUED FOR MACOMB AND OAKLAND COUNTIES WHEN THUNDERSTORMS 
DUMPED EXTREMELY HEAVY RAIN. THE HIGHEST AMOUNT WAS AROUND EIGHT INCHES 
IN CLINTON TOWNSHIP. THESE SERIES OF STORMS ALSO HELPED ALLEVIATE THE 
DRIER CONDITIONS EXPERIENCED NORTH OF METRO AIRPORT IN DETROIT AND IT'S 
NORTHERN SUBURBS. AFTER A RAINY START...AUGUST TEMPORARILY DRIED OUT 
BETWEEN THE 9TH AND THE 25TH WITH ONLY TWO DAYS DURING THAT PERIOD 
HAVING MEASURABLE RAIN.
SEPTEMBER - EIGHTH WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD AND DRY
OUR AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 68.0...MADE SEPTEMBER THE 8TH WARMEST 
SEPTEMBER ON RECORD. EVEN WITH THE WARMTH...ONLY ONE RECORD HIGH WAS 
ESTABLISHED ON THE 26TH WITH 91. THAT 91 WAS THE THIRD LATEST 90 DEGREE 
OR BETTER RECORDED SO LATE IN THE SEASON. SEPTEMBER WAS A FAVORITE FOR 
WEEKEND JAUNTS AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WITH NICE WEATHER EACH WEEKEND 
AND TEMPERATURES PEAKING.
SEPTEMBER'S RAINFALL WAS ONLY ABOUT HALF OF WHAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN. 
JUST 1.50 INCHES OF RAIN FELL DURING THE MONTH /NORMAL 2.89/ BUT 
SEPTEMBER WAS NOT ANYWHERE NEAR THE 10TH DRIEST. THE DRY PATTERN KEPT 
ANY NOTABLE SEVERE WEATHER AT BAY.
OCTOBER - BEAUTIFUL FALL WEATHER GETS INTO FULL SWING
OCTOBER...FOR THE MOST PART...WAS EXCEPTIONALLY NICE. TEMPERATURES 
AVERAGED OVER TWO AND ONE-HALF DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THESE MILD 
READINGS WERE ACCOMPANIED BY PLEASANT WEATHER AND CONSIDERABLE
DAILY SUNSHINE AND...LIKE SEPTEMBER...THE GOOD WEATHER HELD OVER MOST 
WEEKENDS. DURING THE FIRST WEEK...HOWEVER...TEMPERATURES AVERAGED BELOW 
NORMAL AND OVER AN INCH OF RAIN FELL. THEN ANOTHER MINI-COOL SNAP LATE 
IN THE MONTH...PUSHED MORNING LOWS ON THE 22ND AND 23RD TO 33 DEGREES 
AT DETROIT METRO AIRPORT. SCATTERED FROST ACCOMPANIED THIS COLDER 
WEATHER IN SUBURBAN AND RURAL AREAS.
OCTOBER WAS ON THE DRY SIDE WITH ONLY 1.34 OF THE NORMAL 2.10 INCHES 
FALLING. A GOOD PORTION OF THAT FELL ON THE 6TH AND 7TH ALONE.
NOVEMBER - UNUSUALLY PLEASANT AND MILD...MARRED BY ONE BIG STORM
NOVEMBER ON THE WHOLE WAS UNUSUALLY PLEASANT WITH A CONSIDERABLE
AMOUNT OF SUNSHINE. A PARTIAL ESTIMATE OF THE SUNSHINE /COMPARED TO 
POSSIBLE/ GAVE US BETWEEN 45 AND 50 PERCENT...PUTTING NOVEMBER 
SOMEWHERE IN THE TOP 20 SUNNIEST NOVEMBERS ON RECORD /NORMAL 35 
PERCENT/. A GENEROUS PORTION OF SUNSHINE /NEAR 90 PERCENT POSSIBLE/
CAME DURING ONE OF THE NICEST THANKSGIVING WEEKENDS SEEN IN THE 
AREA...ESPECIALLY THANKSGIVING DAY THROUGH SATURDAY. IT WAS ALSO 
EXCEPTIONALLY MILD WITH HIGHS IN THE 50S AND 60S. TEMPERATURES FOR THE 
MONTH AVERAGED ABOUT 3 1/2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...WHILE PRECIPITATION 
/1.36/ CONTINUED WELL BELOW NORMAL /-1.31/.
THE ONLY REAL BIG NEGATIVE WEATHER FEATURE WAS THE DESTRUCTIVE INTENSE 
LOW PRESSURE AREA /CENTRAL PRESSURE AROUND 28.40/ THAT BLEW THROUGH THE 
GREAT LAKES ON THE 10TH AND 11TH...VETERANS DAY. WIND GUSTS AVERAGED IN 
THE 50S AND 60S /STRONGEST GUST-70 MPH AT THE NWS AT WHITE LAKE/. SOME 
POWER OUTAGES WERE CAUSED BY THE WIND WHICH DOWNED TREE LIMBS AND SOME 
POWER LINES.
DECEMBER - UNUSUALLY MILD AND SUNNY FOR DECEMBER
           LATEST SNOW OBSERVANCE (TRACE AND MEASURABLE) EVER
LIKE MANY OTHER MONTHS IN 1998...DECEMBER WAS NOT WITHOUT ITS SEVERAL 
RECORDS. THE MOST NOTABLE WEATHER TREND DURING DECEMBER WAS THE UNUSUAL 
WARMTH AND SUNSHINE. THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER WAS ESPECIALLY MILD 
WITH TWO RECORD HIGHS ESTABLISHED /5TH-65 AND THE 6TH-69 (ALSO THE 
HIGHEST TEMP EVER RECORDED IN DECEMBER)/. THOUGH THE MONTH AVERAGED
7.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...IT DID NOT PLACE IN THE TOP TEN WARMEST 
DECEMBERS BECAUSE OF COLDER WEATHER LATE IN THE MONTH. SUNSHINE WAS 
ABUNDANT WHEN ONE CONSIDERS THAT DECEMBER IS NORMALLY OUR CLOUDIEST 
MONTH. FORTY-NINE PERCENT /NORMAL 30/ OF THE POSSIBLE SUNSHINE WAS 
RECORDED AT THE NWS IN WHITE LAKE. THIS PLACED DECEMBER 1998 IN A TIE 
FOR SECOND PLACE WITH 1978 FOR THE SECOND SUNNIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD. 
WITH THE SEVERAL DAYS OF SUNSHINE...DECEMBER WAS ON THE DRY SIDE /1.16/ 
AND THE NOTICEABLE LACK OF SNOWFALL CONTINUED WITH ONLY 1.2 INCHES 
FALLING. THIS RANKED DECEMBER AS THE 4TH SNOWLESS DECEMBER ON RECORD.
IN ADDITION...NO SNOW WAS OBSERVED THIS SEASON UNTIL A TRACE ON THE 
16TH...WHICH WAS THE LATEST ON RECORD /OLD RECORD-NOV 30TH IN 1918 AND 
1963/. ALSO...THE FIRST MEASURABLE SNOW DID NOT COME UNTIL THE 29TH 
WHEN .1 OF AN INCH FELL...BEATING THE OLD RECORD BY 10 DAYS /DEC 19TH 
1948/. A STRONG SQUALL-LINE OF HEAVY SHOWERS AND SEVERE WIND WAS 
GENERATED BY THE FRONT AS IT SURGED THROUGH SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN JUST 
BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON THE 6TH. SEVERAL WIND GUSTS OF 55 MPH TO AS HIGH 
AS 75 MPH CAUSED SOME POWER OUTAGES AND DAMAGE.
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...1998 MONTHLY BREAKDOWN OF TEMPERATURE/PRECIPITATION AT DETROIT
   METROPOLITAN AIRPORT...
   1998 MONTHLY TEMPERATURES AT DETROIT METROPOLITAN AIRPORT
                  AVERAGE        DEPARTURE  RANK FOR WARMEST
     MONTH     TEMPERATURE     FROM NORMAL  DURING THE MONTH*
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   JANUARY     32.8 DEGREES    +9.9 DEGREES      7TH-TIED
   FEBRUARY    36.7 DEGREES   +11.3 DEGREES      2ND
   MARCH       39.5 DEGREES    +3.8 DEGREES     16TH
   APRIL       50.4 DEGREES    +3.1 DEGREES     17TH
   MAY         65.6 DEGREES    +7.2 DEGREES      2ND
   JUNE        69.1 DEGREES    +1.5 DEGREES     30TH
   JULY        73.4 DEGREES    +1.1 DEGREES     30TH-TIED
   AUGUST      73.2 DEGREES    +2.7 DEGREES     20TH-TIED
   SEPTEMBER   68.0 DEGREES    +4.8 DEGREES      8TH
   OCTOBER     53.9 DEGREES    +2.2 DEGREES     41ST
   NOVEMBER    43.8 DEGREES    +3.6 DEGREES     13TH
   DECEMBER    35.3 DEGREES    +7.0 DEGREES     12TH
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   OVERALL     53.5 DEGREES    +4.9 DEGREES      1ST
   * THERE HAVE BEEN 128 YEARS OF RECORD /1870/
    1998 MONTHLY PRECIPITATION AT DETROIT METROPOLITAN AIRPORT
                  TOTAL         DEPARTURE     RANK DURING
     MONTH     PRECIPITATION   FROM NORMAL     THE MONTH*
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    JANUARY     2.78 INCHES   +1.02 INCHES   29TH WETTEST
    FEBRUARY    3.60 INCHES   +1.86 INCHES   15TH WETTEST
    MARCH       4.08 INCHES   +1.53 INCHES   12TH WETTEST
    APRIL       3.96 INCHES   +1.01 INCHES   24TH WETTEST
    MAY         2.55 INCHES   -0.37 INCHES   44TH DRIEST
    JUNE        2.69 INCHES   -0.92 INCHES   43RD DRIEST
    JULY        5.72 INCHES   +2.54 INCHES   14TH WETTEST
    AUGUST      4.19 INCHES   +0.76 INCHES   26TH WETTEST
    SEPTEMBER   1.50 INCHES   -1.39 INCHES   23RD DRIEST
    OCTOBER     1.34 INCHES   -0.76 INCHES   33RD DRIEST
    NOVEMBER    1.36 INCHES   -1.31 INCHES   17TH DRIEST
    DECEMBER    1.16 INCHES   -1.66 INCHES   16TH DRIEST
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    OVERALL    34.93 INCHES   +2.31 INCHES   36TH WETTEST
    * THERE HAVE BEEN 128 YEARS OF RECORD /1870/
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