..1998 ONE OF THE WARMEST YEARS EVER RECORDED IN SOUTHEAST LOWER 
MICHIGAN...
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR 1998 WAS ONE OF THE WARMEST ON RECORD 
ACROSS SOUTHEAST LOWER MICHIGAN. DETROIT METROPOLITAN AIRPORT HAD 
THEIR WARMEST YEAR EVER RECORDED. FLINT BISHOP AIRPORT HAD THEIR 
WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD AND IT WAS THE 2ND WARMEST YEAR EVER RECORDED 
FOR THE FLINT AREA. FINALLY...TRI-CITIES AIRPORT IN FREELAND HAD 
THEIR 2ND WARMEST YEAR EVER RECORDED. 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE RECORD TO NEAR RECORD WARMTH DURING 
1998 CAN BE FOUND IN THE FOLLOWING 3 SECTIONS...
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...THE DETROIT AREA HAS THEIR WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD...
DURING 1998...THE TEMPERATURE AVERAGED 53.5 DEGREES AT DETROIT 
METROPOLITAN AIRPORT. THIS WAS THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD. THE OLD 
RECORD FOR THE WARMEST YEAR WAS 1931 WHEN THE TEMPERATURE AVERAGED 
53.0 DEGREES. TEMPERATURE RECORDS FOR THE DETROIT AREA DATE BACK TO 
NOVEMBER 1870.
NORMALLY DURING THE YEAR...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IS 
48.6 DEGREES...THEREFORE...1998 ENDED UP BEING 4.9 DEGREES ABOVE 
NORMAL FOR THE YEAR.
THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE TOP FIVE WARMEST YEARS ON RECORD FOR
THE DETROIT AREA...
       TOP FIVE WARMEST YEARS FOR THE DETROIT AREA
                                AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
      RANK          YEAR            FOR THE YEAR
      ----          ----         -------------------
        1           1998             53.5 DEGREES  
        2           1931             53.0 DEGREES
        3           1921             52.6 DEGREES
        4           1991             52.0 DEGREES
        5           1953             51.9 DEGREES
THE FOLLOWING THE TABLE SHOWS A MONTHLY BREAKDOWN OF THE 
TEMPERATURES IN 1998 FOR DETROIT METROPOLITAN AIRPORT...
   1998 MONTHLY TEMPERATURES AT DETROIT METROPOLITAN AIRPORT
                  AVERAGE        DEPARTURE   RANK FOR WARMEST
      MONTH     TEMPERATURE     FROM NORMAL  DURING THE MONTH
      -----     -----------     -----------  ----------------
    JANUARY     32.8 DEGREES    +9.9 DEGREES        4TH-TIED
    FEBRUARY    36.7 DEGREES   +11.3 DEGREES        3RD
    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
    ---------   ------------    ------------       ---- 
    OVERALL     53.5 DEGREES    +4.9 DEGREES        1ST
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...FLINT BISHOP INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HAS THEIR WARMEST YEAR... 
...THE FLINT AREA HAS ITS SECOND WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD...
DURING 1998...THE TEMPERATURE AVERAGED 50.9 DEGREES AT FLINT BISHOP 
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THIS WAS WARMEST YEAR EVER RECORDED AT FLINT 
BISHOP INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE OLD RECORD WAS 50.1 DEGREES SET 
BACK IN 1987 THIS RANKED 6TH IN THE WARMEST YEARS FOR THE FLINT 
AREA. TEMPERATURE RECORDS FOR FLINT BISHOP AIRPORT DATE BACK TO JULY 
1942.
HOWEVER...LOOKING BACK AT THE COOPERATIVE TEMPERATURE RECORDS FOR
THE FLINT AREA WHICH DATE BACK TO JANUARY 1893...THIS WAS THE 2ND
WARMEST YEAR. THE WARMEST YEAR IN THE FLINT AREA OCCURRED BACK IN
1931. DURING THAT YEAR...THE TEMPERATURE AVERAGED 51.4 DEGREES.
NORMALLY DURING A YEAR...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN THE FLINT AREA 
WOULD BE 47.1 DEGREES...THEREFORE...THE FLINT AREA WAS 3.1 DEGREES 
ABOVE NORMAL DURING 1998.
THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE TOP FIVE WARMEST YEARS FOR THE FLINT
AREA...
        TOP FIVE WARMEST YEARS FOR THE FLINT AREA
                                AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
      RANK          YEAR            FOR THE YEAR
      ----          ----         -------------------
        1           1931             51.4 DEGREES
        2           1998             50.9 DEGREES
        3           1933             50.8 DEGREES
        4           1921             50.6 DEGREES
        5           1938             50.4 DEGREES
        
THE FOLLOWING THE TABLE SHOWS A MONTHLY BREAKDOWN OF THE 1998
TEMPERATURES FOR FLINT BISHOP INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...
       1998 MONTHLY TEMPERATURES AT FLINT BISHOP AIRPORT
                  AVERAGE        DEPARTURE   RANK FOR WARMEST
      MONTH     TEMPERATURE     FROM NORMAL  DURING THE MONTH
      -----     -----------     -----------  ----------------
    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    32.3 DEGREES    +5.1 DEGREES        5TH 
    ---------   ------------    ------------       ---- 
    OVERALL     50.8 DEGREES    +3.1 DEGREES        1ST*
* EVEN THOUGH THIS WAS THE WARMEST YEAR AT FLINT BISHOP AIRPORT...IT 
  WAS THE 2ND WARMEST YEAR IN THE FLINT AREA DATING BACK TO 1893.
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...SAGINAW AREA HAS THEIR 2ND WARMEST YEAR...
DURING 1998...THE TEMPERATURE AVERAGED 51.4 DEGREES AT TRI-CITIES 
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN FREELAND. THIS WAS THE 2ND WARMEST YEAR ON 
RECORD. TEMPERATURE RECORDS FOR THE SAGINAW AREA DATE BACK TO 
JANUARY 1900. THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD OCCURRED BACK IN 1931 WHEN 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 51.8 DEGREES.
NORMALLY DURING A YEAR...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WOULD BE 
46.9 DEGREES. DURING 1998...THE SAGINAW AREA AVERAGED 4.5 DEGREES 
ABOVE NORMAL.
THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE TOP FIVE WARMEST YEARS FOR THE
SAGINAW AREA...
      TOP FIVE WARMEST YEARS FOR THE SAGINAW AREA
                                AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
      RANK          YEAR            FOR THE YEAR
      ----          ----         -------------------
        1           1931             51.8 DEGREES
        2           1998             51.4 DEGREES
        3           1921             50.4 DEGREES
        4           1938             49.9 DEGREES
        5           1933             49.4 DEGREES
THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS A MONTHLY BREAKDOWN OF THE 1998
TEMPERATURES AT TRI-CITIES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...
        1998 MONTHLY TEMPERATURES AT TRI-CITIES AIRPORT
                  AVERAGE        DEPARTURE   RANK FOR WARMEST
      MONTH     TEMPERATURE     FROM NORMAL  DURING THE MONTH
      -----     -----------     -----------  ----------------
    JANUARY     28.6 DEGREES    +8.0 DEGREES        8TH
    FEBRUARY    33.4 DEGREES   +10.9 DEGREES        1ST
    MARCH       36.1 DEGREES    +3.1 DEGREES       20TH
    APRIL       48.2 DEGREES    +2.5 DEGREES       19TH
    MAY         64.1 DEGREES    +7.0 DEGREES        3RD
    JUNE        69.3 DEGREES    +2.9 DEGREES       19TH
    JULY        73.4 DEGREES    +2.2 DEGREES       17TH
    AUGUST      72.4 DEGREES    +3.8 DEGREES       13TH
    SEPTEMBER   66.0 DEGREES    +5.0 DEGREES        8TH
    OCTOBER     52.3 DEGREES    +2.5 DEGREES       28TH
    NOVEMBER    41.4 DEGREES    +3.0 DEGREES       15TH     
    DECEMBER    32.0 DEGREES    +5.2 DEGREES       10TH
    ---------   ------------    ------------       ----
    OVERALL     53.2 DEGREES    +4.5 DEGREES        2ND

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