***2008 Year in Review***

THE PAST YEAR SAW MANY DIFFERENT WEATHER EXTREMES WHICH NORTHERN
MICHIGAN IS ACCUSTOMED TOO. JANUARY BEGAN IN A VERY UNTYPICAL
FASHION AS WARM AND RAINY CONDITIONS WERE OBSERVED THROUGH THE EARLY
PART OF THE MONTH. HOWEVER...MUCH LIKE 2007...JANUARY EVENTUALLY
RETURNED TO COLD CONDITIONS WITH MANY DIFFERENT ROUNDS OF SNOW.
DESPITE THIS COOLER WEATHER...JANUARY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE WELL
ABOVE NORMAL.

FEBRUARY SAW A CONTINUATION OF THE COOLER AND UNSETTLED WEATHER WITH
TWO DAYS OF BLIZZARD CONDITIONS STRIKING NORTHERN MICHIGAN ON THE
LAST DAY OF JANUARY...THEN AGAIN ON FEBRUARY 10TH. ALTHOUGH COOL
CONDITIONS CONTINUED THROUGH MUCH OF MARCH...SNOWFALL BEGAN TO TAPER
OFF AS IS TYPICAL IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN TOWARDS THE TAIL END OF
WINTER.

APRIL SAW A RETURN TO ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AS THE SNOW PACK IN
NORTHERN MICHIGAN VIRTUALLY SHRUNK DOWN TO NOTHING WITHIN A WEEK AND
A HALF EARLY IN THE MONTH. HEADING INTO THE MONTH OF
MAY...CONDITIONS COOLED OFF CONSIDERABLY...ESPECIALLY DURING THE
TAIL HALF OF THE MONTH...WERE A LATE SEASON FROST AND FREEZE PUT THE
GROWING SEASON ON HOLD.

FINALLY...MORE SUMMER-LIKE WEATHER ARRIVED IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN
DURING THE FIRST HALF OF JUNE...BRINGING WITH IT SEVERAL ROUNDS OF
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. IN FACT...THERE WERE 7 STRAIGHT DAYS WITH
SOME KIND OF WEATHER WARNING FOR A PORTION OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN FROM
JUNE 5TH...THROUGH THE 12TH. THE ACTIVE JUNE CONTINUED THROUGHOUT
WITH ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL ONE OF THE BIG STORIES DURING THE MONTH.

IF THERE WAS A FEW MONTH PERIOD DURING THE COURSE OF THE YEAR YOU
COULD CALL "NORMAL"...IT WOULD HAVE TO BE JULY AND AUGUST AS
SEASONABLE TEMPERATURES WERE SEEN DURING THE MAJORITY OF THESE
MONTHS.

BY SEPTEMBER...THE TROPICAL SEASON RAMPED UP IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
BASIN...WITH A NUMBER OF TROPICAL SYSTEMS IMPACTING THE SOUTHEASTERN
US. TWO OF THESE SYSTEMS TRACKED FAR ENOUGH NORTHWARD TO BRING RAIN
INTO NORTHERN MICHIGAN. THE STORMS WERE GUSTAV AND IKE. SAFE TO
SAY...NORTHERN MICHIGAN SAW ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL DURING SEPTEMBER.

A QUIETER OCTOBER WAS OBSERVED ACROSS NORTHERN MICHIGAN.
HOWEVER...THE ACTIVE WEATHER RETURNED DURING NOVEMBER WITH A QUICK
TRANSITION INTO WINTER. AFTER A SIGNIFICANT PERIOD OF WARM WEATHER
DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER...MUCH COOLER AND ACTIVE
CONDITIONS DEVELOPED ACROSS NORTHERN MICHIGAN BY THE SECOND HALF OF
THE MONTH. BY THE END NOVEMBER...MANY LOCATIONS IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN
ALREADY HAD A FOOT OF SNOW ON THE GROUND.

TO END THE YEAR...DECEMBER SAW A CONTINUATION OF COLD AND SNOWY
CONDITIONS WHERE WERE SEEN IN NOVEMBER. HOWEVER...TWO VERY WARM
DAYS...SEPARATED BY ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF HELPED TO TAKE
SIGNIFICANT CHUNKS OUT OF THE OVERALL SNOW DEPTH. SO...ALTHOUGH THE
MONTH WAS INCREDIBLY SNOWY...THE OVERALL SNOW DEPTH TENDED TO BE A
BIT LESS. EITHER WAY...OUTSIDE OF THE TWO WARM DAYS...TEMPERATURES
WERE MUCH BELOW NORMAL AND MADE FOR A GREAT START TO WINTER
CONDITIONS ACROSS NORTHERN MICHIGAN.

HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW SOME LOCATIONS FARED WITH RESPECT TO THEIR
MEAN TEMPERATURES DURING 2008:

                                        SSM     HTL     APN    TVC*     GLR*    ALL

JAN MEAN DEP           +7.3     +4.5     +4.7    +4.2       +4.1     +5.0
FEB MEAN DEP           -0.7      -3.0      -1.0      -1.1        -3.0      -1.8
MAR MEAN DEP           -4.1     -4.3      -2.6      -4.2        -6.4      -4.3
APR MEAN DEP          +3.9     +4.3     +4.9     +3.7       +3.5     +4.1
MAY MEAN DEP           -4.4      -3.3      -2.8      -4.3        -5.5      -4.1
JUN MEAN DEP         +1.2     +2.4      +2.7     +0.8        -0.4     +1.3
JUL MEAN DEP          +0.6     +0.8      +0.5      -0.2       -1.3      +0.1
AUG MEAN DEP         +1.8     +0.1      +0.6     +0.6       -1.2      +0.3
SEP MEAN DEP          +2.6    +1.5      +2.1     +1.7       +0.4     +1.6
OCT MEAN DEP         +1.2      -1.5      +0.2     -0.6        -1.6      -0.5
NOV MEAN DEP         +2.3     -0.9       +0.4    +0.7        -0.8     +0.4
DEC MEAN DEP          -3.1     -3.6       -3.8     -2.9         -4.0      -3.5

2008 AVG MEAN        40.8     42.9      43.0     45.3       41.9     42.8
2008 MEAN DEP       +0.7      -0.3      +0.5      -0.1        -1.4       -0.1

*UNOFFICIAL DATA (OBSERVED TEMPERATURE DATA IS FROM AUTOMATED
SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM (ASOS) AND NORMAL DATA IS COMPILED FROM
COOPERATIVE OBSERVER SITES IN VICINITY OF ASOS SITES)

NO SIGNIFICANT OVERALL TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE ACHIEVED FOR 2008.

SAULT SAINTE MARIE STATS

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE:     87 ON SEPTEMBER 2ND
LOWEST TEMPERATURE:    -12 ON FEBRUARY 27TH
DAYS ABOVE 90:                        0
DAYS BELOW 32:                  169
DAYS BELOW 0:                      31

HOUGHTON LAKE STATS

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE:     87 ON JULY 16TH
LOWEST TEMPERATURE:    -14 ON FEBRUARY 20TH
DAYS ABOVE 90:                         0
DAYS BELOW 32:                   175
DAYS BELOW  0:                      21

ALPENA STATS

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE:   90 ON JUNE 6TH AND 7TH
LOWEST TEMPERATURE:   -15 ON FEBRUARY 16TH
DAYS ABOVE 90:                        2
DAYS BELOW 32:                  170
DAYS BELOW 0:                      12

TRAVERSE CITY STATS

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE:   93 ON SEPTEMBER 2ND
LOWEST TEMPERATURE:    -7 ON DECEMBER 20TH
DAYS ABOVE 90:                       3
DAYS BELOW 32:                 158
DAYS BELOW 0:                        6

GAYLORD STATS

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE:   89 ON SEPTEMBER 2ND
LOWEST TEMPERATURE:   -15 ON FEBRUARY 20TH
DAYS ABOVE 90:                        0
DAYS BELOW 32:                  171
DAYS BELOW 0:                      18
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HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW SOME LOCATIONS FARED WITH RESPECT TO LIQUID
PRECIPITATION (RAIN AND MELTED FROZEN PRECIPITATION) DURING 2008:

                                                          SSM     HTL     APN    TVC*    GLR*

JANUARY                                       3.32      2.27     3.30    4.73      3.51
FEBRUARY                                    2.08      2.03     1.88    2.82      2.32
MARCH                                           2.78      1.66     1.27    0.99      1.24
APRIL                                              4.15      2.57     2.08    4.36      4.15
MAY                                                  2.59      1.11    1.91     2.55      3.30
JUNE                                               2.39      9.20    4.71     3.96      4.62
JULY                                                3.69      2.31    4.86     2.79      2.35
AUGUST                                         1.10      3.18    1.20     0.94      1.84
SEPTEMBER                                 3.29      2.82    3.79     2.48      3.45
OCTOBER                                      1.37      1.54    1.36     2.22      1.88
NOVEMBER                                   3.59      1.80    1.72     2.54      2.66
DECEMBER                                   4.53      4.60    3.85     6.39      4.55

2008 PRECIPITATION (IN)       34.88    35.09   31.93  36.77    35.87
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL+0.21    +6.66   +3.53  +3.30    -0.72

*UNOFFICIAL DATA (OBSERVED AND NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS FROM
COOPERATIVE OBSERVER SITES)

HOUGHTON LAKE EXPERIENCED THEIR 6TH WETTEST YEAR ON RECORD...WHILE
ALL OTHER SITES FAILED TO CRACK THE TOP 20.

SAULT SAINTE MARIE STATS

DAYS WITH ANY PRECIPITATION:                                  188
DAYS WITH PRECIP GREATER THAN 0.50 INCH:        20
24 HOUR MAX RAIN:                                                         1.19 INCHES ON APRIL 9TH

HOUGHTON LAKE STATS

DAYS WITH ANY PRECIPITATION:                                  155
DAYS WITH PRECIP GREATER THAN 0.50 INCH:        20
24 HOUR MAX RAIN:                                                         2.84 INCHES ON JUNE 5TH

ALPENA STATS

DAYS WITH ANY PRECIPITATION:                                  160
DAYS WITH PRECIP GREATER THAN 0.50 INCH:        20
24 HOUR MAX RAIN:                                                         2.14 INCHES ON JULY 17TH

TRAVERSE CITY STATS

DAYS WITH ANY PRECIPITATION:                                 186
DAYS WITH PRECIP GREATER THAN 0.50 INCH:       18
24 HOUR MAX RAIN:                                                        1.67 INCHES ON JUNE 13TH

GAYLORD STATS

DAYS WITH ANY PRECIPITATION:                                193
DAYS WITH PRECIP GREATER THAN 0.50 INCH:       20
24 HOUR MAX RAIN:                                                        1.63 INCHES ON SEPT 5TH
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HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW SOME LOCATIONS FARED WITH RESPECT TO SNOWFALL
DURING 2008:

                                                                 SSM     HTL     APN     TVC*    GLR*

JANUARY                                               36.7     15.2     16.7     26.4      48.3
FEBRUARY                                            32.5     22.9     21.2     22.2      23.1
MARCH                                                   18.9       6.4        3.8       6.4      12.3
APRIL                                                        9.3           T       1.1           T        3.4
MAY                                                            0.0       0.0        0.0       0.0           T
JUNE                                                         0.0       0.0        0.0       0.0        0.0
JULY                                                          0.0       0.0        0.0       0.0        0.0
AUGUST                                                   0.0       0.0        0.0       0.0        0.0
SEPTEMBER                                           0.0       0.0        0.0       0.0        0.0
OCTOBER                                                0.2          T           T       0.0        0.7
NOVEMBER                                           29.9    18.4      12.4       8.3     31.1
DECEMBER                                           46.7    45.8      48.1    47.9     57.1

2008  SNOWFALL (IN)                      174.2   108.7    103.3   111.2   176.0
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL        +41.6   +38.1    +17.5   +14.8   +26.8

*UNOFFICIAL DATA (OBSERVED SNOWFALL AND NORMAL SNOWFALL DATA IS
COMPILED FROM COOPERATIVE OBSERVER SITES)

SAULT SAINTE MARIE HAD THEIR 5TH SNOWIEST WINTER ON RECORD.
HOUGHTON LAKE HAD THEIR 2ND SNOWIEST WINTER ON RECORD.
ALPENA HAD THEIR 11TH SNOWIEST YEAR ON RECORD.
TRAVERSE CITY HAD THEIR 10TH SNOWIEST YEAR ON RECORD.
GAYLORD HAD THEIR 10TH SNOWIEST YEAR ON RECORD.

SAULT SAINTE MARIE STATS

MAX SNOW DEPTH:                                                           25 INCHES ON MARCH 1ST
DAYS WITH ANY SNOWFALL:                                        120
DAYS WITH SNOWFALL GREATER THAN 1 INCH:    53
24 HOUR MAX SNOWFALL:                                            8.5 INCHES ON JANUARY 11TH

HOUGHTON LAKE STATS

MAX SNOW DEPTH:                                                        22 INCHES ON DECEMBER 22ND
DAYS WITH ANY SNOWFALL:                                     111
DAYS WITH SNOWFALL GREATER THAN 1 INCH:  34
24 HOUR MAX SNOWFALL:                                          8.4 INCHES DECEMBER 9TH

ALPENA STATS

MAX SNOW DEPTH:                                                        23 INCHES ON DECEMBER 22ND
DAYS WITH ANY SNOWFALL:                                     114
DAYS WITH SNOWFALL GREATER THAN 1 INCH:  32
24 HOUR MAX SNOWFALL:                                         8.0 INCHES ON DECEMBER 9TH

TRAVERSE CITY STATS

MAX SNOW DEPTH:                                                         13 INCHES ON DECEMBER 21ST
DAYS WITH ANY SNOWFALL:                                        99
DAYS WITH SNOWFALL GREATER THAN 1 INCH:  45
24 HOUR MAX SNOWFALL:                                          5.2 INCHES ON DECEMBER 22ND

GAYLORD STATS
MAX SNOW DEPTH:                                                        20 INCHES ON DECEMBER 25TH
DAYS WITH ANY SNOWFALL:                                     116
DAYS WITH SNOWFALL GREATER THAN 1 INCH:  58
24 HOUR MAX SNOWFALL:                                          7.9 INCHES ON DECEMBER 5TH
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HERE ARE SEVERAL OF THE MORE NOTABLE WEATHER EVENTS DURING 2008:

- ON JANUARY 30TH...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS DEVELOPED DURING THE EARLY
MORNING HOURS...CREATING TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS AND SHUTTING
DOWN NUMEROUS BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS. A STRONG ARCTIC COLD FRONT
PUSHED ACROSS NORTHERN MICHIGAN OVERNIGHT...WHILE A LOW PRESSURE
SYSTEM PUSHED NORTHWARD THROUGH THE AREA. THIS SET THE STAGE FOR
RAPIDLY FALLING TEMPERATURES...EXTREMELY GUSTY WINDS...SNOW...AND
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. ALTHOUGH SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ONLY RANGED FROM 3 TO
6 INCHES...WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 60 MPH CREATING POOR
VISIBILITIES. IN ADDITION...THE RAPIDLY FALLING TEMPERATURES
COMBINED WITH RECENT RAINFALL...CREATED VERY ICY CONDITIONS AT THE
ONSET OF THE STORM.

- BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WERE OBSERVED AGAIN ON FEBRUARY 10TH...
PROMPTING SOME ROADS TO BE CLOSED DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.
SNOW AMOUNTS RANGED FROM 2 TO 4 INCHES WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER
AMOUNTS. HOWEVER...WINDS GUSTING TO BETWEEN 30 AND 40 MPH CREATED
WIDESPREAD BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. SECTIONS OF M-28 AND US-2 WERE
CLOSED FOR A PERIOD OF TIME. VISIBILITIES WERE REDUCED TO A QUARTER
MILE OR LESS FOR MUCH OF THE DAY IN NORTHWEST LOWER AND EASTERN
UPPER MICHIGAN.

- AN ICE AND SNOW STORM SLAMMED NORTHERN MICHIGAN ON FEBRUARY 17TH
CREATING ANOTHER DAY OF HAZARDOUS TRAVEL. FREEZING RAIN WAS SEEN
DURING MOST OF THE DAYLIGHT HOURS IN NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN...WHILE
MAINLY SNOW WAS SEEN ACROSS EASTERN UPPER MICHIGAN. SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS IN THE NORTH RANGED FROM 4 TO 8 INCHES. THE ICY
CONDITIONS CREATED TREACHEROUS CONDITIONS FOR PEOPLE HEADING OUT FOR
SUNDAY SERVICES.

- A SLOW MOVING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM BROUGHT AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF
INCLEMENT WEATHER FROM APRIL 10TH THROUGH THE 12TH. INITIALLY...THE
STORM BROUGHT A WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION TO THE REGION...WITH
PREDOMINATELY RAIN OVER NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN (OCCASIONALLY MIXED
WITH SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS) AND A
SNOW...SLEET...FREEZING RAIN MIXTURE NORTH OF THE BRIDGE. WIDESPREAD
REPORTS OF ONE TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN WHERE COMMON...WITH SNOWFALL
AMOUNTS APPROACHING FOUR INCHES AROUND WHITEFISH POINT. COLD AIR
FILTERING IN BEHIND THE STORM CHANGED PRECIPITATION OVER TO ALL SNOW
ON THE 12TH...PRODUCING ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS FROM M-72 AND
POINTS NORTH. BY THE TIME THE STORM DEPARTED...TOTAL SNOWFALL RANGED
FROM 6 TO 9 INCHES OVER EASTERN UPPER MICHIGAN...WITH 1 TO 5 INCHES
OVER NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN (HIGHEST AMOUNTS NEAR THE STRAITS).

- AFTER SEVERAL DAYS OF DRY WEATHER AND ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...
A LARGE AND QUICK MOVING WILDFIRE DEVELOPED SOUTHEAST OF GRAYLING
DURING THE AFTERNOON OF APRIL 24TH. THE FIRE CONSUMED APPROXIMATELY
1100 ACRES AND DAMAGED SEVERAL HOMES.

- THE COLDEST MORNING DURING THE MONTH OF MAY HELD OUT UNTIL MAY
28TH AS STRONG COLD CANADIAN HIGH PRESSURE...COUPLED WITH A DRY
GROUND...HELPED TEMPERATURES DROP WELL INTO THE 20S AND LOWER 30S
FOR MOST AREA. SOME OF COLDEST REPORTED TEMPERATURES WHERE AT
ATLANTA...WHICH REPORTED A LOW OF 21 DEGREES...WHILE BOTH CADILLAC
AND GRAYLING CAME IN WITH A READING OF 23 DEGREES. EVEN ISOLATED
COLDER TEMPERATURES WHERE OBSERVED...WITH SOME SPOTTERS REPORTING
TEMPERATURES WELL INTO THE TEENS.

- JUNE 5TH...THE FIRST OF WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE MANY SEVERE WEATHER
EVENTS ACROSS THE NORTHLAND AS SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS DELUGED
PARTS OF THE M-55 CORRIDOR...INCLUDING LAKE CITY AND HOUGHTON LAKE.
THE 2.84 INCHES OF RAIN REPORTED AT THE AIRPORT IN HOUGHTON LAKE
MADE IT THE WETTEST DAY IN HOUGHTON LAKE RECORDED JUNE
HISTORY...SURPASSING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 2.59 INCHES SET ON JUNE
17TH 1996.

- JUNE 6TH...A WARM AND HUMID AIRMASS OUT AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING
COLD FRONT SET THE STAGE FOR AFTERNOON SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS...
ESPECIALLY FOR THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE AREA. STRONG WINDS KNOCKED
DOWN POWERLINES...NUMEROUS TREES...AND CAUSED SOME STRUCTURAL
DAMAGE. THE SEASONS FIRST TORNADO ALSO WAS CONFIRMED...TOUCHING DOWN
NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF M-33 AND SAGE LAKE ROAD...WITH A PATH
LENGTH OF JUST UNDER 1 MILE AND A WIDTH OF 100 YARDS. DAMAGE TO
SEVERAL FARMS AND RESIDENCES WAS REPORTED.

- JUNE 8TH AND 9TH...THE ACTIVE WEATHER CONTINUED AS EXCEEDINGLY
UNSTABLE CONDITIONS LEAD TO ANOTHER ROUND OF LARGE HAIL AND HIGH
WIND PRODUCING THUNDERSTORMS...ONCE AGAIN PRIMARILY TARGETING THE
SOUTHERN THIRD OF THE AREA. WHILE HAIL THE SIZE OF 1.5 INCHES WAS
REPORTED IN ARENAC COUNTY...THE GREATEST DAMAGE WAS RESERVED FOR THE
CITY OF WEST BRANCH WHERE STRONG STRAIGHT LINE WINDS BLEW OFF
ROOFS...DOWNED NUMEROUS TREES...AND RESULTED IN OTHER EXTENSIVE
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO AREA BUSINESSES. IN ADDITION TO THE SEVERE
WEATHER...VERY HEAVY RAIN WAS ALSO REPORTED WITH SEVERAL LOCATION
RECEIVING WELL OVER AN INCH.

- JUNE 10TH...A SURFACE TROUGH DROPPING SOUTH COMBINED FORCES WITH A
POTENT UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE...IGNITING ISOLATED SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN. HAIL TO NICKEL SIZE
AND RAINFALL UP TO A HALF AN INCH WHERE REPORTED.

- JUNE 12TH...A NORTHWARD BOWING WARM FRONT WAS THE CULPRIT THIS
TIME...BRINGING THE SECOND TORNADO OF THE MONTH AND UNPRECEDENTED
RAINFALL TO AREAS ALONG THE M-55 CORRIDOR. THE ONE MILE
LONG...QUARTER MILE WIDE TORNADO (WINDS ESTIMATED 75 TO 85 MPH) WAS
CONFIRMED NEAR SKOCELAS ROAD 8 MILES EAST OF THE CITY OF MANISTEE IN
MANISTEE COUNTY. FORTUNATELY...THE TORNADO PASSED THROUGH FORESTED
LAND. AS IS USUALLY THE CASE...STRAIGHT LINE WINDS (UP TO 8 MPH) WAS
RESPONSIBLE FOR MOST OF THE WIND DAMAGE IN MANISTEE. THE OTHER BIG
STORY WAS THE EXTREMELY HEAVY RAINFALL...WITH TOTALS PUSHING 5 TO 7
INCHES IN AREAS SOUTH OF M-72 AND WEST OF M-66...RESULTING IN
SEVERAL WASHED OUT ROADS.

- JUNE 14TH AND 15TH...AND THE STORMS JUST KEPT ON COMING AS A WEAK
AREA OF LOW PRESSURE AND A COLD FRONT DROPPED SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE
AREA. SEVERE WEATHER ONCE AGAIN TARGETED NORTHERN LOWER
MICHIGAN..WITH REPORTS OF LARGE HAIL AND HIGH WINDS. THE LARGEST
HAIL...AS LARGE AS 1.75 INCHES...FELL NEAR FIFE LAKE IN KALKASKA
COUNTY.

- JUNE 21ST AND 22ND...ANOTHER UNSEASONABLY STRONG AND SLOW MOVING
UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE KICKED OFF AFTERNOON AND EVENING SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS BOTH AFTERNOONS. LAKE BREEZES OFF LAKE HURON HELPED
FOCUS MOST OF THE ACTIVITY ALONG AND EAST OF 1-75 IN NORTHERN LOWER
MICHIGAN. WITH THE COLD AIR ALOFT AND SLOW MOVEMENT TO THE STORMS.
...HAIL AND HEAVY RAIN WAS THE PRIMARY PROBLEMS. MIKADO IN ALCONA
COUNTY WAS THE HARDEST HIT...WITH SUNDAY AFTERNOON STORMS DROPPING
SEVERAL INCHES OF GOLF-BALL SIZED HAIL AND RAIN...DAMAGING SOME
HOMES AND WASHING OUT ROADS. EVEN HEAVIER RAIN OCCURRED FROM JUST
EAST OF GLENNIE TO NEAR THE LAKE HURON SHORE...WITH DOPPLER RADAR
ESTIMATES INDICATING 3 TO 7 INCHES IN THIS AREA. FARTHER
WEST...ACCUMULATING PEA TO HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL FELL ALONG A MILE
STRETCH OF I-75 ABOUT 4 MILES NORTHWEST OF WEST BRANCH...CAUSING AT
LEAST ONE SERIOUS ACCIDENT WHEN A VAN SLID OFF THE ROAD AND
OVERTURNED. NOT TO BE OUTDONE...ONE STORM NEAR HUBBARD LAKE MANAGED
TO DROP THE THIRD...AND FINAL...TORNADO OF THE MONTH (ON
AVERAGE...NORTHERN MICHIGAN EXPERIENCES ONE TO TWO TORNADOES FOR THE
ENTIRE YEAR). FORTUNATELY...THIS EF1 TORNADO WITH WINDS TO 100 MPH
REMAINED OVER FORESTED LAND ON THE SOUTHWEST SIDE OF HUBBARD LAKE.
MANY LARGE TREES WHERE DOWNED ALONG ITS 3/4 MILE LONG...200 YARD
WIDE...PATH.

- AUGUST 23RD...THE WETTEST DAY OF THE MONTH FOR MANY AS A STRONG
COLD FRONT PLOWED INTO WARM AND HUMID AIR OVER NORTHERN MICHIGAN. A
LINE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED ALONG THIS FRONT...
PRODUCING ISOLATED SEVERE WIND GUSTS AND LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN. WHILE
WIDESPREAD AMOUNTS OF AROUND AN INCH WERE REPORTED...THE AREA AROUND
HOUGHTON LAKE RECEIVED UPWARDS OF 4 INCHES OF RAIN IN JUST A 2 HOUR
PERIOD.

- WARMEST TEMPERATURES OF THE SUMMER GREETED THE RESIDENTS OF
NORTHERN MICHIGAN EARLY IN SEPTEMBER...WITH SEVERAL SITES
EXPERIENCING THEIR ONLY 90 DEGREE WEATHER OF THE SEASON. THE 93
DEGREES OBSERVED AT TRAVERSE CITY ON SEPTEMBER 2ND WAS THEIR WARMEST
TEMPERATURE OF THE YEAR.

- NOVEMBER 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 TARGETED 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 ON NORTHERN MICHIGAN. HERE AT THE OFFICE...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.

- 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 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.

- FINALLY IN DECEMBER...NEARLY EVERY DAY EXCEPT TWO OR THREE SAW
MEASURABLE SNOWFALL...PUTTING DECEMBER AMONG THE SNOWIEST MONTHS IN
RECORDED HISTORY FOR SEVERAL DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. NUMEROUS WINTER
STORM WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES WERE IN EFFECT THROUGH A GOOD CHUNK OF
THE MONTH. THE WEATHER GREATLY IMPACTED TRAVEL CONDITIONS AROUND THE
HOLIDAYS. HERE AT OUR WEATHER OFFICE 9 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF
GAYLORD...WE PICKED UP 70.0 INCHES OF SNOWFALL DURING DECEMBER.
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HERE ARE THE DAILY TEMPERATURE...PRECIPITATION...AND SNOWFALL
RECORDS THAT OCCURRED DURING 2008:

JANUARY

JANUARY 6TH - TRAVERSE CITY RECORD HIGH OF 51 DEGREES
JANUARY 6TH - GAYLORD RECORD HIGH OF 44 DEGREES
JANUARY 7TH - ALPENA RECORD PRECIP OF 1.41 IN
JANUARY 7TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD HIGH OF 53 DEGREES
JANUARY 7TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD PRECIP OF 0.61 IN
JANUARY 7TH - TRAVERSE CITY RECORD HIGH OF 50 DEGREES
JANUARY 7TH - TRAVERSE CITY RECORD PRECIP OF 1.12 IN
JANUARY 7TH - GAYLORD RECORD HIGH OF 48 DEGREES
JANUARY 7TH - GAYLORD RECORD PRECIP OF 1.09 IN
JANUARY 8TH - ALPENA RECORD HIGH OF 50 DEGREES
JANUARY 8TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD HIGH OF 52 DEGREES
JANUARY 8TH - SAULT SAINTE MARIE RECORD PRECIP OF 0.56 IN
JANUARY 8TH - TRAVERSE CITY RECORD HIGH OF 49 DEGREES
JANUARY 8TH - GAYLORD RECORD HIGH OF 47 DEGREES
JANUARY 8TH - GAYLORD RECORD PRECIP OF 0.48 IN
JANUARY 11TH - SAULT SAINTE MARIE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 8.5 IN
JANUARY 29TH - GAYLORD RECORD HIGH OF 42 DEGREES

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 6TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 5.9 IN
FEBRUARY 12TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 2.1 IN
FEBRUARY 14TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 3.7 IN
FEBRUARY 17TH - ALPENA RECORD PRECIP OF 0.55 IN
FEBRUARY 17TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD PRECIP OF 0.68 IN
FEBRUARY 17TH - SAULT SAINTE MARIE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 6.6 IN
FEBRUARY 17TH - TRAVERSE CITY RECORD PRECIP OF 0.61 IN
FEBRUARY 17TH - GAYLORD RECORD PRECIP OF 0.64 IN
FEBRUARY 18TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 4.0 IN
FEBRUARY 28TH - GAYLORD RECORD LOW OF -12 DEGREES
FEBRUARY 29TH - ALPENA RECORD SNOWFALL OF 2.2 IN
FEBRUARY 29TH - SAULT SAINTE MARIE RECORD PRECIP 0.24 IN
FEBRUARY 29TH - SAULT SAINTE MARIE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 6.2 IN

MARCH

MARCH 3RD - SAULT SAINTE MARIE RECORD PRECIP OF 1.08 IN
MARCH 10TH - GAYLORD RECORD LOW OF -14 DEGREES
MARCH 23RD - GAYLORD RECORD LOW OF 2 DEGREES
MARCH 24TH - GAYLORD RECORD LOW OF -10 DEGREES
MARCH 25TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 4.0 IN
MARCH 25TH - SAULT SAINTE MARIE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 4.8 IN

APRIL

APRIL 9TH - SAULT SAINTE MARIE RECORD PRECIP OF 1.19 IN
APRIL 25TH - SAULT SAINTE MARIE RECORD PRECIP OF 1.09 IN

MAY

MAY 2ND - TRAVERSE CITY RECORD PRECIP OF 1.41 IN
MAY 28TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD LOW OF 27 DEGREES
MAY 28TH - TRAVERSE CITY RECORD LOW OF 29 DEGREES
MAY 28TH - GAYLORD RECORD LOW OF 26 DEGREES

JUNE

JUNE 5TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD PRECIP OF 2.84 IN
JUNE 8TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD PRECIP OF 1.90 IN
JUNE 13TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD PRECIP OF 2.10 IN

JULY

JULY 17TH - ALPENA RECORD PRECIP OF 2.14 IN

AUGUST

AUGUST 23RD - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD PRECIP OF 2.50 IN
AUGUST 26TH - GAYLORD RECORD LOW OF 39 DEGREES

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 4TH - ALPENA RECORD PRECIP OF 1.02 IN
SEPTEMBER 4TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD PRECIP OF 0.97 IN
SEPTEMBER 5TH - ALPENA RECORD PRECIP OF 1.17 IN

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 13TH - SAULT SAINTE MARIE RECORD HIGH OF 78 DEGREES
OCTOBER 13TH - GAYLORD RECORD HIGH OF 80 DEGREES
OCTOBER 22ND - ALPENA RECORD LOW OF 20 DEGREES
OCTOBER 22ND - TRAVERSE CITY RECORD LOW OF 22 DEGREES
OCTOBER 23RD - TRAVERSE CITY RECORD LOW OF 22 DEGREES

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 4TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD HIGH OF 70 DEGREES
NOVEMBER 4TH - GAYLORD RECORD HIGH OF 72 DEGREES
NOVEMBER 5TH - SAULT SAINTE MARIE RECORD HIGH OF 68 DEGREES
NOVEMBER 5TH - TRAVERSE CITY RECORD HIGH OF 71 DEGREES
NOVEMBER 6TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD HIGH OF 69 DEGREES
NOVEMBER 6TH - SAULT SAINTE MARIE RECORD HIGH OF 64 DEGREES
NOVEMBER 17TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 3.3 IN
NOVEMBER 19TH - SAULT SAINTE MARIE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 8.0 IN
NOVEMBER 21ST - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 3.0 IN
NOVEMBER 21ST - GAYLORD RECORD LOW OF -2 DEGREES
NOVEMBER 24TH - ALPENA RECORD PRECIP OF 0.55 IN
NOVEMBER 30TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 2.0 IN

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 9TH - ALPENA RECORD PRECIP OF 0.52 IN
DECEMBER 9TH - ALPENA RECORD SNOWFALL OF 8.0 IN
DECEMBER 9TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD PRECIP OF 0.65 IN
DECEMBER 9TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 8.4 IN
DECEMBER 19TH - ALPENA RECORD SNOWFALL OF 5.4 IN
DECEMBER 19TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 5.7 IN
DECEMBER 21ST - ALPENA RECORD PRECIP OF 0.48 IN
DECEMBER 21ST - ALPENA RECORD SNOWFALL OF 8.0 IN
DECEMBER 21ST - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 7.3 IN
DECEMBER 27TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD HIGH OF 50 DEGREES
DECEMBER 27TH - SAULT SAINTE MARIE RECORD HIGH OF 44 DEGREES
DECEMBER 27TH - SAULT SAINTE MARIE RECORD PRECIP OF 0.64 IN
DECEMBER 27TH - TRAVERSE CITY RECORD HIGH OF 53 DEGREES
DECEMBER 27TH - GAYLORD RECORD HIGH OF 49 DEGREES
DECEMBER 27TH - GAYLORD RECORD PRECIP OF 0.87 IN

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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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KAS



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