ANNUAL CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY FOR FLINT - 1998
...1998 - WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD AND FIFTH DRIEST SINCE 1942...
JANUARY - FOURTH WARMEST/WETTEST ON RECORD
THE WARMING EFFECTS OF EL NINO GOT INTO HIGH GEAR DURING JANUARY... 
PUSHING THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE UP TO OF 29.9 DEGREES...
WHICH WAS 8.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS WAS THE FOURTH WARMEST 
JANUARY ON RECORD AND IT ALSO WAS THE FIRST JANUARY SINCE 1990...
WHERE THE TEMPERATURE FAILED TO FALL TO ZERO OR BELOW.
ALONG WITH BEING UNSEASONABLY MILD...IT WAS UNUSUALLY WET FOR A JANUARY. 
THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION OF 3.16 INCHES WAS OVER 1 3/4 INCHES ABOVE 
NORMAL. THIS ABUNDANCE OF MOSTLY RAIN PLACED JANUARY 1998 IN AGAIN... 
FOURTH PLACE...FOR THE WETTEST JANUARY IN FLINT. PRECIPITATION WAS 
SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE MONTH WITH THE HEAVIEST FALLING THE FIRST 
HALF. EIGHT INCHES OF SNOW ALSO FELL BUT THIS WAS 4.3 BELOW NORMAL.
FEBRUARY - WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD
           LEAST SNOW EVER RECORDED IN FEBRUARY OR A WINTER MONTH
THE EFFECTS OF EL NINO ONLY GOT STRONGER DURING FEBRUARY IN THE 
FLINT AREA. THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 34.6 WAS A HUGE 11.1 
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS DEPARTURE ABOVE NORMAL SHOT FEBRUARY 1998 
INTO FIRST PLACE AS THE WARMEST FEBRUARY EVER RECORDED IN FLINT. THE 
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 34.6 SUPERSEDED THE OLD FIRST PLACE WARMEST 
FEBRUARY /31.8 IN 1983...ALSO AN EL NINO YEAR/ BY NEARLY 3 DEGREES. 
EVEN SO...ONLY ONE RECORD HIGH WAS ATTAINED DURING THE MONTH AND THAT 
WAS 56 DEGREES ON THE 28TH. THERE WERE NO SINGLE DIGITS RECORDED DURING 
THE MONTH /THERE WERE HOWEVER...A FEW IN JANUARY/.
ANOTHER OUTSTANDING FEATURE DURING THE MONTH WAS THE ALMOST NON- 
EXISTENCE OF SNOW. JUST UNDER A HALF AN INCH /.4/ OF SNOW FELL DURING 
THE MONTH. THIS WAS THE LOWEST AMOUNT OF SNOW EVER RECORDED AT FLINT 
DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY...AND DECEMBER AND JANUARY FOR THAT 
MATTER...SINCE 1950. FEBRUARY WAS ALSO A LITTLE WETTER THAN NORMAL 
/+.37/. AN UNUSUALLY NICE STRETCH OF EARLY SPRING-LIKE WEATHER DID 
VISIT THE AREA DURING THE FIRST 10 DAYS...WHEN TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 
ABOUT 10 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND ONLY A TRACE OF RAIN FELL.
  MARCH - SHOWS IT TWO FACES: THE LION AND THE LAMB
          FIFTH WETTEST MARCH ON RECORD
MARCH STARTED OUT LIKE A LAMB WITH TEMPERATURES AVERAGING ABOUT 5 
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL DURING THE FIRST WEEK. THE WARM WEATHER ENDED 
ABRUPTLY DURING THE SECOND AND THIRD WEEK THOUGH...WHEN MUCH COLDER 
WEATHER DROPPED TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL. MARCH DID ANOTHER ABOUT-
FACE LATE IN THE MONTH WHEN UNSEASONABLY WARM WEATHER MOVED BACK IN. 
READINGS AVERAGED 20 TO 30 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AS HIGHS PUSHED INTO 
THE 70S. A RECORD HIGH WAS SET ON THE 26TH WITH 74 DEGREES AND A 
RECORD HIGH MINIMUM WITH 50. RECORD HIGH MINIMUMS WERE ALSO SET ON THE 
27TH WITH 62...THE 28TH WITH 57 AND THE 30TH WITH 62. BECAUSE OF THE 
ABUNDANCE OF RAIN ALONG WITH THE WARM TEMPERATURES...A RAPID SPRING 
GREEN-UP TOOK PLACE A FEW WEEKS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.
AFTER VIRTUALLY NO SNOW IN FEBRUARY...NEARLY SEVEN INCHES OF SNOW FELL 
DURING THE FIRST HALF OF MARCH. THE LION CAME OUT OF HIS DEN AND ROARED 
ON FRIDAY THE 13TH...WHEN A POTENT STORM CENTER DROPPED 3 - 5 INCHES OF 
SNOW. THIS WAS ACCOMPANIED BY STRONG WINDS...COLDER TEMPERATURES AND 
NEAR ZERO DEGREE WIND CHILLS. ANOTHER STRONG LOW PRESSURE MOVED SOUTH 
OF THE REGION ON THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING...CREATING A STRONG EAST TO 
NORTHEAST WIND. THIS SYSTEM CAUSED SOME MINOR SHORELINE FLOODING AND 
BEACH EROSION ALONG THE LAKE HURON. WITH PRECIPITATION EVENTS BEING 
FREQUENT...MARCH 1998 BECAME THE 5TH WETTEST ON RECORD.
APRIL - MILDER WEATHER CONTINUED BUT WITH LESS RAIN
        SEVENTH DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD
FLINT RECEIVED LESS RAINFALL DURING APRIL THAN NORMAL. AT 1.45 INCHES... 
ONLY ABOUT HALF OF THE NORMAL RAIN FELL DURING THE MONTH. THIS MADE IT 
THE SEVENTH DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD IN FLINT AND WAS NOTICEABLY LESS 
THAN THE NEARLY FOUR INCHES THAT FELL IN DETROIT. THIS WAS MAINLY DUE 
TO THE STORM TRACK HOLDING SOUTH OF THE FLINT AREA. THIS REVERSED AN 
ONGOING TREND OF WETTER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS SINCE JANUARY AND WAS 
JUST THE START OF THE DRY WEATHER TO COME.
A BOUT OF SEVERE WEATHER HIT PORTIONS OF THE AREA...ESPECIALLY THE 
SAGINAW VALLEY AND THUMB REGION...ON THE 16TH. AN AREA OF STRONG TO 
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MOVED THROUGH THIS AREA IN THE AFTERNOON AND 
EVENING AND SPAWNED A TORNADO IN SANILAC COUNTY. THE TORNADO CUT A 
NARROW PATH FROM NEAR CARSONVILLE EAST TO PORT SANILAC.
THE MILDER THAN NORMAL WEATHER CONTINUED THE TREND SEEN BACK THROUGH 
LAST DECEMBER. THE RAPID GREEN UP IN THE AREA...HOWEVER...WAS DAMPENED 
BY A COLD HIGH PRESSURE AREA LATE IN THE MONTH THAT CAUSED SOME FROST/ 
FREEZING CONDITIONS. NO SNOW WAS SEEN DURING THE MONTH...WHICH IS 
UNUSUAL SINCE...ON AVERAGE...NEARLY THREE INCHES FALL. ONLY 28.3 INCHES 
OF SNOW FELL DURING THE 1997-98 SEASON...WELL BELOW THE NORMAL OF 49.
MAY - THIRD WARMEST AND SEVENTH DRIEST MAY ON RECORD ENDS ON A STORMY
TEMPERATURES DURING MAY IN FLINT AVERAGED WELL ABOVE NORMAL. IN FACT... 
EVERY DAY UP THROUGH THE 20TH AVERAGED ABOUT 9 1/2 DEGREES ABOVE 
NORMAL. A COOL SPELL OVER THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND (OF ALL WEEKENDS)... 
HELPED BRING THE MONTHLY DEPARTURE BACK DOWN TO JUST OVER 6 DEGREES 
ABOVE NORMAL. BUT THIS STILL PLACED MAY OF 1998 AS THIRD WARMEST MAY
ON RECORD. AS WARM AS THE MONTH WAS...ONLY TWO NEW RECORD HIGHS WERE 
SET...90 ON THE 15TH AND THE 18TH.
ALONG WITH BEING A UNUSUALLY WARM MONTH...FOR THE MOST PART...MAY WAS 
DRY. THERE WERE INTERVALS OF ONLY LIGHT RAINFALL DURING THE FIRST WEEK 
THEN...MUCH OF THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH WAS RAIN FREE WITH THE 
EXCEPTION OF THE LAST DAY. ON THIS DAY /31ST/...A LINE OF SEVERE STORMS 
MOVED THROUGH SOUTHEAST LOWER MICHIGAN AROUND SUNRISE. THESE STORMS 
PRODUCED WIDESPREAD STRAIGHT-LINE WIND GUSTS OF AT LEAST 50 MPH TO AS 
HIGH AS 100 MPH WITH TRI-CITIES AIRPORT NEAR SAGINAW RECORDING A WIND 
GUST OF 86 MPH.
JUNE - RECORD COLD FOLLOWED BY NEAR RECORD HEAT
       SIXTH DRIEST JUNE ON RECORD
EVEN THOUGH JUNE'S TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE WAS SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL... 
THE TEMPERATURES WERE ANYTHING BUT SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL. THE BEGINNING 
OF THE MONTH WAS UNSEASONABLY COLD. WHAT WAS LEFT OF THE COLD AIR THAT 
HAD STORED UP DURING OUR MILD WINTER PLUNGED SOUTHEAST INTO THE GREAT 
LAKES DURING THE FIRST WEEK. BY THE END OF THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF JUNE... 
TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS WAS QUITE A 
REVERSAL FROM MAY WHICH AVERAGED OVER 6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE COLD 
WEATHER FOR JUNE WAS WELL REPRESENTED BY THE RECORD LOWS SET DURING THE 
FIRST WEEK. ON THE 3RD...A LOW OF 36 TIED THE RECORD LOW FOR THE DATE. 
THEN ON THE 4TH...A FROSTY LOW OF 33 SET A RECORD LOW...AND A LOW OF 34 
ON THE 6TH SET ANOTHER. EVEN A LOW OF 36 ON THE 5TH...CAME WITHIN ONE 
DEGREE OF TYING THE OLD RECORD OF 35. MOTHER NATURE DID AN ABOUT-FACE 
BY POURING ON THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY DURING THE THIRD AND THE FOURTH 
WEEK. WHILE NO RECORD HIGHS WERE SET...ON SEVEN DAYS THE TEMPERATURE 
ROSE TO 90 OR BETTER. THE MISERABLE HEAT AND HUMIDITY REACHED AN APEX 
ON THE 25TH WITH A HIGH OF 94 AND A TEMPERATURE HUMIDITY INDEX OF 105.
ALONG WITH THE HEAT DURING THE SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH...STORMS 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 A RELATIVELY BENIGN SEVERE WEATHER 
SEASON UP UNTIL THEN. EVEN WITH THE FREQUENT STORMS AND SPOTTY 
RAINFALL...RAINFALL GENERALLY AVERAGED BELOW NORMAL WITH ONLY 1.25 
INCHES FALLING IN FLINT. THIS MADE JUNE OF 1998 THE SIXTH DRIEST JUNE 
ON RECORD.
JULY -  FOURTH DRIEST JULY ON RECORD
PERIODS OF RELATIVELY HOT AND COOL WEATHER DURING JULY RESULTED IN
THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BEING JUST SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL.
WHILE TEMPERATURES AVERAGED NEARLY TWO DEGREES BELOW NORMAL THE FIRST 
HALF OF THE MONTH...A HOT AND HUMID SPELL DURING THE THIRD WEEK ERASED 
THE BELOW NORMAL DEPARTURE. WITH THAT HOT SPELL...IT WAS EASY TO FORGET 
THE NEAR RECORD LOW OF 43 DEGREES /RECORD 41-1945/ ON THE 11TH. THE
HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS PEAKED ON THE 21ST WHEN THE TEMPERATURE HIT 95 
BUT WITH THE HUMIDITY...IT FELT MORE LIKE 110 DEGREES. THIS 95 DEGREE 
READING BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF HIGH OF 94 SET BACK IN 1987.
WITH THE SURPLUS OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY AND THE OCCASIONAL COLD FRONT TO 
ACT AS A CATALYST...SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS THE REGION 
DURING THE MONTH. WHILE RAINFALL VARIED OVER THE AREA DURING JULY... 
MOST LOCATIONS AGAIN RECEIVED LIGHT AMOUNTS OF RAIN. AT FLINT BISHOP 
AIRPORT...JUST A LITTLE BETTER THAN AN INCH /1.13/ OF RAIN WAS RECORDED. 
THIS WAS ABOUT 1 1/2 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL AND PLACED JULY 1998 AS 
THE FOURTH DRIEST ON RECORD AT THE AIRPORT SINCE 1942 AND IT WAS THE 
WAS THE DRIEST JULY SINCE 1978 /DRIEST ON RECORD/. SCATTERED SEVERE 
WEATHER EVENTS CONTINUED DURING THE MONTH WITH THE STRONGEST WIND GUST 
/49 MPH/ ON THE EVENING OF THE 14TH.
AUGUST -  DRY SPELL WORSENS
          TIES FOR NINTH WARMEST
RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST CONTINUED TO BE WELL BELOW NORMAL. 
WITH 2.62 FALLING...AUGUST BECAME THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH WITH 
SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL /-.87/. OBVIOUSLY...THE DRY 
WEATHER COULD NOT COME AT A WORSE TIME...DURING THE 1998 GROWING 
SEASON. NORMALLY...RAINFALL FOR THE FIVE MONTH PERIOD /APRIL THROUGH 
AUGUST/ AVERAGES 15 INCHES IN AND AROUND FLINT AND THIS YEAR...ONLY 
ABOUT HALF THAT AMOUNT FELL. A TOTAL OF 7.69 INCHES WAS RECORDED DURING 
THE FIVE MONTH PERIOD...7.31 BELOW NORMAL AND THIS MADE IT THE DRIEST 
APRIL THROUGH AUGUST PERIOD EVER RECORDED IN FLINT. THESE DRY 
CONDITIONS WERE COMMONPLACE FURTHER NORTH IN THE SAGINAW VALLEY AND 
THUMB REGION OF SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN. EVEN THOUGH DRY...SCATTERED 
THUNDERSTORMS...SOME WITH TREMENDOUS LIGHTENING DISPLAYS AND SCATTERED 
SEVERE WEATHER...OCCURRED THE 6TH THROUGH THE 10TH.
EVEN WITH TEMPERATURES AVERAGING OVER 2 DEGREES /2.2/ ABOVE NORMAL 
DURING AUGUST...THERE WERE NO RECORD HIGHS BUT...THERE WAS A RECORD 
LOW. THE TEMPERATURE FELL TO 41 DEGREES ON THE 19TH AND BROKE THE OLD 
RECORD OF 43. ALSO...WE JUST MISSED SETTING ANOTHER RECORD LOW ON THE 
1ST WHEN THE TEMPERATURE DIPPED TO 45 /RECORD 43/. ON THE WARM 
SIDE...THREE 90 DEGREE DAYS WERE RECORDED WITH 93 THE HIGHEST ON THE 
24TH. MANY OF THE WARM OR HOT DAYS WERE ACCOMPANIED BY HUMID 
CONDITIONS.
SEPTEMBER - DRIEST GROWING SEASON ON RECORD
            THIRD WARMEST/NINTH DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD
WITHOUT QUESTION THE BIGGEST ONGOING WEATHER STORY ABOUT FLINT...THE 
SAGINAW VALLEY AND THUMB REGION DURING THE GROWING SEASON /APRIL- 
SEPTEMBER/ OF 1998...WAS THE PERSISTENT DRY SPELL WHICH DOMINATED THE 
REGION. SEPTEMBER'S LACK OF RAINFALL WAS JUST AS BAD AS THE REST OF 
THE SEASON WITH ONLY 1.28 /2.28 BELOW NORMAL/ FALLING. FOR THE ENTIRE 
GROWING SEASON /APRIL-SEPTEMBER/...JUST UNDER NINE INCHES /8.97/...
OFFICIALLY FELL AT FLINT BISHOP AIRPORT WHICH WAS 9.59 BELOW NORMAL. 
THIS BIG DEFICIT MADE IT THE DRIEST GROWING SEASON ON RECORD. THE LACK 
OF RAIN WAS MAINLY DUE TO A LACK CONVECTIVE RAINFALL MID AND LATE 
MONTH.
NOT ONLY WAS IT DRY BUT...TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY /CROP AND PLANTWISE/ 
...THERE WAS A SURPLUS OF HEAT. TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 4.0 DEGREES ABOVE 
NORMAL DURING THE MONTH WITH A MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 65.4. THIS TIED IT 
WITH SEPTEMBER 1978 FOR THIRD WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD. A RECORD 
HIGH WAS TIED ON THE 6TH WITH 91 DEGREES...THEN LATE IN THE MONTH... 
THREE CONSECUTIVE RECORD HIGHS WERE ESTABLISHED ON THE 25TH...26TH AND 
27TH WITH 81...90 AND 86...RESPECTIVELY. THAT 90 DEGREE TEMPERATURE ON 
THE 26TH WAS THE LATEST 90 OR BETTER TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN FLINT 
IN THE FALL. IT WAS INTERESTING TO NOTE...THE "SEMI-ARID" CLIMATE WAS 
REFLECTED WELL BY THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HIGHS AND LOWS AND THE 
NORMALS. WHILE THE AVERAGE HIGH OF 78.9 WAS A BIG 7.3 DEGREES ABOVE THE 
NORMAL OF 71.6...THE AVERAGE LOW OF 51.8 WAS ONLY .7 OF A DEGREE ABOVE 
THE NORMAL OF 51.1. THESE LARGE AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE SWINGS REFLECT
MORE OF A DRIER CLIMATE WITH LOWER MOISTURE IN THE SOIL /SIMILAR TO A 
DESERT/. NICE WEATHER...ALONG WITH TEMPERATURES PEAKING...OCCURRED 
EVERY WEEKEND.
OCTOBER -  EXTRAORDINARILY NICE OCTOBER...BUT STILL DRY
WITHOUT A DOUBT...OCTOBER OF 1998 WAS ONE OF THE NICEST IN RECENT 
MEMORY ACROSS THE REGION. CONSIDERABLE DAILY SUNSHINE AND ABOVE NORMAL 
TEMPERATURES OCCURRED. TEMPERATURES AVERAGED ABOUT A DEGREE AND A HALF 
ABOVE NORMAL. THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH...HOWEVER...WAS QUITE A 
CONTRAST WITH COOL AND WET CONDITIONS. IN FACT...THE MAJORITY OF 
OCTOBER'S RAINFALL /2.23/ OCCURRED THE FIRST WEEK WITH 1.84 INCHES 
MEASURED. EVEN WITH THE RAINFALL...ONLY 11.20 INCHES OF THE NORMAL 
20.74 FELL SINCE APRIL. THIS MADE IT THE DRIEST APRIL THROUGH OCTOBER 
PERIOD EVER RECORDED IN FLINT. THERE WAS HOWEVER...LOCALLY HEAVY 
RAINFALL ON THE 6TH IN SOME AREAS. FOR INSTANCE...TRI-CITIES AIRPORT 
NEAR SAGINAW RECORDED 3.06 INCHES.
THE TREND OF GOOD WEEKEND WEATHER HELD THROUGH MOST OF OCTOBER WITH
THE EXCEPTION OF 17-18TH IN WHICH RAIN FELL BOTH DAYS. EVEN WITH THE 
RAIN...IT MANAGED TO REACH 77 DEGREES ON THE 17TH... NOT BAD WHEN YOU 
CONSIDER THE NORMAL HIGH WAS 59.
NOVEMBER - TIES FOR SIXTH WARMEST NOVEMBER
           THE RELATIVELY TRANQUIL WEATHER MARRED BY ONE STORM
OCTOBER'S PLEASANT WEATHER TREND CONTINUED RIGHT THROUGH NOVEMBER WITH 
TEMPERATURES ABOVE NORMAL AND RELATIVELY DRY WEATHER. ALSO...ABOVE 
NORMAL SUNSHINE WAS A BIG PLUS /NOVEMBER IS USUALLY SECOND TO DECEMBER 
FOR LACK OF SUNSHINE/. THROUGH MID MONTH...TEMPERATURES AVERAGED ABOUT 
TWO DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. BUT DURING THE LAST WEEK...UNSEASONABLY WARM 
WEATHER CAUSED READINGS TO AVERAGE OVER 11 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS 
PUSHED UP NOVEMBER'S AVERAGE TEMPERATURE TO 41.8 AND THIS TIED WITH 
SIXTH PLACE /1953/ FOR WARMEST NOVEMBER. THE WARM WEATHER PRODUCED TWO 
RECORD HIGHS AT THE END OF THE MONTH. THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 64 ON THE 
29TH...BUSTING THE OLD RECORD OF 56 BY 8 DEGREES. THEN ON THE 30TH... 
ANOTHER 64 READING BROKE THE OLD RECORD 61 BY 3 DEGREES. UNFORTUNATELY 
THE NICE WEATHER...DID LITTLE TO RELIEVE THE DROUGHT LIKE CONDITIONS 
OVER THE REGION SINCE SPRING. THERE WAS HOWEVER...ONE VERY INTENSE 
STORM CENTER THAT PUSHED THROUGH THE REGION ON 10TH AND 11TH...VETERANS 
DAY. THE INTENSE LOW PRESSURE AREA PRODUCED VERY STRONG AND DAMAGING 
WINDS. WIND GUSTS REACHED 54 MPH AT BISHOP AIRPORT ON THE 10TH AND 55 
MPH ON THE 11TH.
DECEMBER - LIKE SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE IT IN 1998...DECEMBER ALSO
           RANKED IN THE TOP TEN WARMEST /FIFTH/
           UNUSUALLY MILD AND SUNNY WITH VERY LITTLE SNOW
TEMPERATURES DURING DECEMBER AVERAGED ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH THE 21ST 
(WINTER ARRIVED THAT EVENING)...THEN RETURNED TO MORE NORMAL READINGS 
THEREAFTER. THE MILD DECEMBER WEATHER MADE THIS THE 5TH WARMEST 
DECEMBER ON RECORD IN FLINT. THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER WAS EXCEPTION- 
ALLY MILD WITH TEMPERATURES AVERAGING CLOSE TO 20 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. 
A RECORD HIGH WAS SET ON THE 5TH WITH 63 DEGREES...AND ON THE 6TH WITH 
66 DEGREES /ONE DEGREE SHY OF THE ALL-TIME HIGH TEMPERATURE IN DECEMBER 
FOR FLINT /67/. THE PERCENTAGE OF SUNSHINE WAS ALSO UNUSUALLY HIGH FOR 
DECEMBER...A MONTH THAT NORMALLY PRODUCES OUR LOWEST SUNSHINE /APPROX 
30 PERCENT/. AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WHITE LAKE (JUST SOUTH 
OF FLINT)... 49 PERCENT OF THE OF POSSIBLE SUNSHINE OCCURRED. THIS WAS 
THE SECOND MOST SUNSHINE EVER OBSERVED DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER IN 
SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN.
SNOWFALL WAS WELL BELOW NORMAL FOR DECEMBER WITH ONLY 3.4 INCHES 
FALLING. THAT PUT THE MONTH IN FOURTH PLACE FOR SNOWLESS DECEMBERS.
A STRONG COLD FRONT PLOWED THROUGH THE REGION LATE ON 6TH AND CREATED 
A STRONG SQUALL-LINE OF HEAVY SHOWERS AND GUSTY WIND /46 MPH AT FLINT 
BISHOP AIRPORT/.
THE FOLLOWING THE TABLE SHOWS A MONTHLY BREAKDOWN OF TEMPERATURES
AT FLINT BISHOP AIRPORT DURING 1998
       1998 MONTHLY TEMPERATURES AT FLINT BISHOP AIRPORT
                  AVERAGE        DEPARTURE   RANK FOR WARMEST
     MONTH     TEMPERATURE     FROM NORMAL  DURING THE MONTH
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   JANUARY     29.9 DEGREES    +8.4 DEGREES        4TH
   FEBRUARY    34.6 DEGREES   +11.1 DEGREES        1ST
   MARCH       36.4 DEGREES    +2.4 DEGREES       11TH
   APRIL       47.6 DEGREES    +1.6 DEGREES       13TH
   MAY         62.9 DEGREES    +6.1 DEGREES        3RD
   JUNE        66.8 DEGREES    +0.9 DEGREES       19TH
   JULY        70.4 DEGREES    -0.2 DEGREES       20TH
   AUGUST      71.1 DEGREES    +2.2 DEGREES        9TH-TIED
   SEPTEMBER   65.4 DEGREES    +4.0 DEGREES        3RD
   OCTOBER     51.7 DEGREES    +1.6 DEGREES       40TH
   NOVEMBER    41.8 DEGREES    +2.4 DEGREES        6TH-TIED
   DECEMBER    32.2 DEGREES    +5.1 DEGREES        5TH
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   OVERALL     50.8 DEGREES    +3.1 DEGREES        1ST
THE FOLLOWING TABLE GIVES A MONTHLY BREAK DOWN OF THE PRECIPITATION 
DURING 1998...
 1998 MONTHLY BREAK DOWN FOR PRECIPITATION AT FLINT BISHOP AIRPORT
           AMOUNT OF       NORMAL       DEPARTURE  RANK FOR DRIEST/ 
MONTH    PRECIPITATION  PRECIPITATION  FROM NORMAL WETTEST MONTH*
-----    -------------  -------------  ----------- ----------------
JANUARY   3.16 INCHES    1.39 INCHES  +1.77 INCHES   4TH WETTEST 
FEBRUARY  1.65 INCHES    1.28 INCHES  +0.37 INCHES  22ND WETTEST
MARCH     3.67 INCHES    2.16 INCHES  +1.51 INCHES   5TH WETTEST
APRIL     1.45 INCHES    2.94 INCHES  -1.49 INCHES   7TH DRIEST
MAY       1.24 INCHES    2.65 INCHES  -1.41 INCHES   7TH DRIEST
JUNE      1.25 INCHES    3.21 INCHES  -1.96 INCHES   6TH DRIEST
JULY      1.13 INCHES    2.71 INCHES  -1.58 INCHES   4TH DRIEST
AUGUST    2.62 INCHES    3.49 INCHES  -0.87 INCHES  18TH DRIEST 
SEPTEMBER 1.28 INCHES    3.56 INCHES  -2.28 INCHES   9TH DRIEST
OCTOBER   2.23 INCHES    2.18 INCHES  +0.05 INCHES  30TH DRIEST 
NOVEMBER  1.58 INCHES    2.60 INCHES  -1.02 INCHES  18TH DRIEST 
DECEMBER  1.50 INCHES    2.11 INCHES  -0.61 INCHES  24TH DRIEST 
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OVERALL  22.76 INCHES   30.28 INCHES  -7.52 INCHES   5TH DRIEST
* RANKINGS ARE FOR FLINT BISHOP AIRPORT BASED ON 56 YEARS OF
  RECORDS.
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