November 2008 Summary

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GAYLORD MI
848 AM EST SUN DEC 7 2008

...A TRANQUIL BEGINNING...A VERY WINTRY FINISH...

WELL...THE MONTH STARTED ON A NICE ENOUGH NOTE AS WARM HIGH PRESSURE
SETTLED OVER THE NORTHERN LAKES REGION...BRINGING UNSEASONABLY WARM
CONDITIONS FOR MUCH OF THE FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH...WITH SEVERAL
HIGH TEMPERATURES RECORDS BROKEN NOVEMBER 5TH AND 6TH. AS IS
EXPECTED DURING NOVEMBER...THE WARM WEATHER DID NOT LAST AS A QUICK
CHANGE IN THE UPPER LEVEL CONFIGURATION...WHICH FEATURED A RATHER
PERSISTENT GREAT LAKES TROUGH AXIS...DEVELOPED DURING THE MID MONTH
PERIOD AND CONTINUED NEARLY UNABATED. THIS ALLOWED SEVERAL SOUTHWARD
TRAVELING ROUNDS OF COLD CANADIAN AND ARCTIC AIR TO DROP THROUGH
NORTHERN MICHIGAN...SETTING UP A RATHER CHILLY AND SNOWY SECOND HALF
OF NOVEMBER. HOWEVER...AS CAN BE SEEN WITH THE STATISTICS BELOW...
THE MONTH ENDED ABOUT NORMAL IN THE TEMPERATURE DEPARTMENT...MOSTLY
DUE TO THE WARM FIRST WEEK AND WARMER THAN NORMAL OVERNIGHT LOWS
OWNING TO ALL THE CLOUD COVER OBSERVED.

AS FOR PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL...WHILE THE MONTHS PRECIPITATION
ENDED BELOW NORMAL FOR MOST LOCATIONS...THIS DOES NOT REFLECT THE
VERY ACTIVE SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH AS MUCH OF THE PRECIPITATION
FELL AS LAKE EFFECT SNOW...WHICH OFTEN HAS A LOW WATER CONTENT. WITH
REGARDS TO SNOW...NEARLY ALL LOCATIONS ACROSS NORTHERN MICHIGAN
REPORTED ABOVE AVERAGE SNOWFALL...A COMBINATION OF BOTH SYSTEM AND
LAKE EFFECT SNOW. PER THE USUAL...THE HEAVIEST SNOW WAS FOUND ACROSS
THE SNOWBELT REGIONS OF BOTH PENINSULAS...WITH SEVERAL REPORTS OF
TWO FEET OR MORE DURING THE MONTH. IN ADDITION...WITH THE SUSTAINED
COLD...MUCH OF WHAT FELL STAYED ON THE GROUND...LEADING TO NEARLY
UNPRECEDENTED SNOW DEPTHS FOR SO EARLY IN THE SEASON...WITH A SOLID
FOOT OR MORE COMMON OVER NORTHWEST LOWER AND EASTERN UPPER
MICHIGAN.

HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW SOME LOCATIONS FARED WITH RESPECT TO THEIR
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES DURING NOVEMBER 2008 (MAX...MIN...AND MEAN
VALUES REPRESENT AVERAGE VALUES DURING THE MONTH):

                                           SSM         HTL         APN         TVC         GLR*        ALL

NOV MAX 2008                39.6         40.8         42.0         43.5         39.5        41.1
MAX DEPARTURE          +0.7          -1.1          -0.2          -0.3          -1.8         -0.5

NOV MEAN 2008             34.7         33.9         35.0         37.9         33.8        35.1
MEAN DEPARTURE       +2.3          -0.9         +0.4         +0.7          -0.8        +0.4

NOV MIN 2008                 29.9         27.0         28.0         32.3         27.0        28.8
MIN DEPARTURE           +4.0          -0.6         +1.0         +1.7         +0.2        +1.3

*UNOFFICIAL DATA (OBSERVED TEMPERATURES ARE FROM AUTOMATED SURFACE
OBSERVING SYSTEMS (ASOS) AND NORMAL DATA IS COMPILED FROM
COOPERATIVE OBSERVER SITES IN VICINITY OF ASOS SITES)
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HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW SOME LOCATIONS FARED WITH RESPECT TO LIQUID
PRECIPITATION (RAIN AND MELTED FROZEN PRECIPITATION) DURING NOVEMBER
2008:

                                                               SSM          HTL        APN         TVC         GLR*

TOTAL PRECIPITATION (IN)            3.59          1.80        1.72         1.88         2.30
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL      +0.19         -0.34      -0.36        -0.79        -1.05

*UNOFFICIAL DATA (OBSERVED PRECIPITATION IS FROM AUTOMATED SURFACE
OBSERVING SYSTEMS (ASOS) AND NORMAL DATA IS COMPILED FROM
COOPERATIVE OBSERVER SITES IN VICINITY OF ASOS SITES)
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HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW SOME LOCATIONS FARED WITH RESPECT TO SNOWFALL
DURING NOVEMBER 2008:

                                                                  SSM         HTL        APN        TVC*       GLR*

TOTAL SNOWFALL (IN)                       29.9         18.4        12.4          8.3         31.1
 DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL        +13.4         +9.6        +3.9         -0.8         +8.8

*UNOFFICIAL DATA (OBSERVED SNOWFALL AND NORMAL SNOWFALL DATA IS
COMPILED FROM COOPERATIVE OBSERVER SITES IN VICINITY OF ASOS
SITES)

- WITH 29.9 INCHES OF SNOW RECORDED AT SAULT STE MARIE DURING THE
MONTH OF NOVEMBER...THIS TIED FOR THE 7TH SNOWIEST NOVEMBER SINCE
1888.

- WITH 18.4 INCHES OF SNOW RECORDED AT HOUGHTON LAKE DURING THE
MONTH OF NOVEMBER...THIS WAS THE 6TH SNOWIEST NOVEMBER SINCE
1913.
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE MORE NOTABLE WEATHER EVENTS DURING NOVEMBER
2008:

- THE MONTH STARTED OUT ON A MILD NOTE...WITH THE FIRST WEEK
AVERAGING MUCH ABOVE NORMAL...WITH EVEN A FEW RECORD HIGHS SET.
ELECTION DAY...NOVEMBER 4TH...WAS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS WARM
PERIOD...WITH HIGHS WELL INTO THE 60S AND 70S ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS.

- NOVEMBER 9TH AND 10TH...FIRST SIGNIFICANT LAKE EFFECT SNOWS OF THE
SEASON (DON/T WORRY...MANY MORE TO FOLLOW) TARGETS THE TRADITIONAL
SNOWBELT REGIONS OF NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN AND NORTHERN CHIPPEWA
COUNTY. AS IS USUALLY THE CASE IN EARLY SEASON EVENTS...THE HEAVIEST
SNOW WAS CONFINED TO THE INTERIOR ELEVATED REGIONS OF NORTHERN
MICHIGAN. HERE AT THE OFFICE (9 MILES SSW OF GAYLORD)...8.8 INCHES
WAS RECORDED FOR THE 24 HOUR PERIOD...WHILE SOME OTHER REPORTS
INCLUDED 6 TO 7 INCHES IN PARTS OF ANTRIM AND KALKASKA
COUNTIES...AND 3.5 INCHES AT SAULT SAINT MARIE.

- NOVEMBER 15TH...OPENING DAY OF THE FAMED FIREARM DEER SEASON
BROUGHT JUST SOME SCATTERED RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS TO NORTHERN
MICHIGAN AS A COLD FRONT CUT THROUGH THE STATE. HOWEVER...THE
INCOMING COLD AIR SET THE STAGE FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF SIGNIFICANT
LAKE EFFECT SNOW (SEE BELOW)

- NOVEMBER 16TH AND 17TH...LAKE SNOWS ONCE AGAIN TARGET THE
TRADITIONAL SNOWBELT AREAS...WITH AMOUNTS PUSHING 5 TO 10 INCHES
ALONG AND WEST OF THE US-131 CORRIDOR.

- NOVEMBER 19TH...THE WINTER-TIME ALL TOO FAMILIAR ALBERTA CLIPPER
PASSED ACROSS EASTERN UPPER MICHIGAN. THIS...COMBINED WITH SOUTHWEST
FLOW LAKE MICHIGAN ENHANCEMENT...BROUGHT A ROUND OF VERY HEAVY SNOW
TO PARTS OF EASTERN UPPER MICHIGAN. TOTALS INCLUDED 8 INCHES AT
ENGADINE...WITH WIDESPREAD 6 AND 7 INCH AMOUNTS ACROSS MUCH OF
CENTRAL MACKINAC AND CHIPPEWA COUNTIES.

- NOVEMBER 20TH AND 21ST...DEEP COLD AIR DROPPING BEHIND THE
DEPARTING CLIPPER SYSTEM KICKED THE LAKE GUNS INTO
OVERDRIVE...ESPECIALLY FOR AREAS WEST OF US-131...WITH SEVERAL
REPORTS OF 6 INCHES OR MORE OF ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION IN THE
FAVORED AREAS. ON THE OTHER HAND...CONDITIONS CLEARED OUT ACROSS
INTERIOR REGIONS OF NORTHERN LOWER. THIS...COUPLED WITH A FRESH SNOW
PACK...ALLOWED TEMPERATURES TO DROP QUICKLY THE NIGHT OF THE 20TH.
BY MORNING...BOTH GAYLORD (-2F) AND GRAYLING (-6F) DROPPED BELOW
ZERO. THE LOW IN GAYLORD EASILY BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD LOW FOR
THE DATE OF 1F SET IN 1987.

- NOVEMBER 24TH AND 25TH...WELL...AS IF LAKE EFFECT WASN/T
ENOUGH...MOTHER NATURE DECIDED A FRESH BLANKET OF WET SYSTEM SNOW
WAS NEEDED ACROSS THE AREA. ALL OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN WAS BLANKETED
WITH 2...TO AS MUCH AS...8 INCHES OF FRESH SNOW ON THE NORTHERN SIDE
OF LOW PRESSURE THAT PIVOTED ACROSS THE LOWER LAKES. FARTHER
NORTH...MUCH OF THE AREA NORTH OF THE MIGHTY MAC WAS SPARRED THE
HEAVIEST SNOW...WITH JUST AN INCH OR TWO REPORTED.

- NOVEMBER 27TH...NOT A BAD THANKSGIVING DAY...SAY FOR THE DEEP SNOW
COVER ALREADY IN PLACE...AS JUST A FEW LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS DOTTED THE
LANDSCAPE. IT WAS EVEN A LITTLE MILDER...WITH READINGS GENERALLY IN
THE 30S.

- NOVEMBER 28TH...THE BREAK WAS SHORT-LIVED AS THE LAKE MACHINE ONCE
AGAIN GOT STARTED...THIS TIME TARGETING ANTRIM AND OTSEGO COUNTIES.
A SPOTTER SOUTHEAST OF MANCELONA REPORTED 7 INCHES OF FRESH POWDER.

- NOVEMBER 30TH...WHILE MUCH OF THE MORNING WAS DRY...AN
INTENSIFYING STORM SYSTEM APPROACHING SOUTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN SPREAD
MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW ACROSS MUCH OF NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN DURING
THE AFTERNOON. ONE INTENSE SNOWBAND STAYED NEARLY STATIONARY NEAR
THE SHORELINE OF LAKE MICHIGAN...WITH A BULLSEYE OF 4 TO 8 INCHES
FALLING IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME OVER LEELANAU COUNTY. ELSEWHERE...
A GENERAL 2 TO 4 INCHES WAS RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT.
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HERE ARE DAILY TEMPERATURE...PRECIPITATION...AND SNOWFALL RECORDS
THAT OCCURRED DURING NOVEMBER 2008:

- A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 68 DEGREES WAS SET AT SAULT STE MARIE
NOVEMBER 5TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 65 DEGREES SET IN 1978.

- A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 71 DEGREES WAS SET AT TRAVERSE CITY
NOVEMBER 5TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 70 DEGREES SET IN 1975.

- A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 64 DEGREES WAS SET AT SAULT STE MARIE
NOVEMBER 6TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 58 DEGREES SET IN 2001.

- A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 69 DEGREES WAS SET AT HOUGHTON LAKE
NOVEMBER 6TH. THIS TIED THE OLD RECORD OF 69 DEGREES SET IN 1975.

- A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 3.3 INCHES WAS SET AT HOUGHTON LAKE NOVEMBER
17TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 1.0 INCHES SET IN 2005.

- A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 8.0 INCHES WAS SET AT SAULT STE MARIE
NOVEMBER 19TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 3.9 INCHES SET IN 1978.

- A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 2 DEGREES BELOW ZERO WAS SET AT
GAYLORD NOVEMBER 21ST. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 1 DEGREE SET IN
1987.

- A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 3.0 INCHES WAS SET AT HOUGHTON LAKE NOVEMBER
21ST. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 1.8 INCHES SET IN 1995.

- A RECORD PRECIPITATION AMOUNT (MELTED FROZEN PRECIPITATION AND
RAIN) OF 0.55 INCHES WAS SET AT ALPENA NOVEMBER 24TH. THIS BROKE THE
OLD RECORD OF 0.49 INCHES SET IN 1959.

- A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 2.0 INCHES WAS SET AT HOUGHTON LAKE NOVEMBER
30TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 1.5 INCHES SET IN 1983.

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FOR ADDITIONAL CLIMATE INFORMATION INCLUDING UP TO DATE LOCAL
CLIMATE GRAPHICS...SEASONAL OUTLOOKS...AND EL NINO INFORMATION...
PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES:

GAYLORD NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
  WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/APX/CLIMATE.PHP

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
  HTTP://WWW.CPC.NOAA.GOV/PRODUCTS/PREDICTIONS/

EL NINO AND LA NINA INFORMATION
  HTTP://WWW.CPC.NOAA.GOV/PRODUCTS/ANALYSIS_MONITORING/ENSO_ADVISORY/

FOR MORE INFORMATION...CONTACT THE GAYLORD NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
AT (989) 731-3384...EXTENSION 726 OR 766.

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