Winter Recap

                    ...A WINTER TO REMEMBER (OR FORGET)...

SNOW...AND LOTS OFF IT...WAS EASILY THE BIGGEST STORY OF THIS PAST
WINTER SEASON. SEVERAL LOCATIONS EXCEEDED THEIR 30 YEAR AVERAGE FOR
A FULL WINTER SEASON (JULY 1ST THROUGH JUNE 31ST) BY THE END OF
FEBRUARY...AND MANY HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCED ONE OF THEIR TOP 10
SNOWIEST SEASONS ON RECORD. DECEMBER WAS THE MONTH THAT SET THE
STAGE...WITH RECORD NORTHERN MICHIGAN SNOWFALLS AND SNOWDEPTHS.
INTERESTINGLY...BOTH JANUARY AND FEBRUARY CAME IN ABOUT AVERAGE
SNOWFALL FOR MOST AS THE ACTIVE STORM TRACK DEPARTED...AND PROBABLY
MOST IMPORTANTLY...SUSTAINED EARLY SEASON COLD BROUGHT EXTENSIVE
LAKE ICE TO THE EXTREME NORTHERN PORTION OF LAKE MICHIGAN. THIS
SEVERELY LIMITED LAKE EFFECT SNOW POTENTIAL...ESPECIALLY FROM
GAYLORD ON NORTH. HOWEVER...OPEN MID-LAKE MICHIGAN AND SUPERIOR
WATERS KEPT THE SNOW GUNS ACTIVE FOR PARTS OF EASTERN UPPER MICHIGAN
AND AROUND THE GRAND TRAVERSE BAY REGION.

TEMPERATURES ENDED UP BELOW NORMAL FOR MUCH OF THE AREA...ESPECIALLY
HELPED BY A RECORD SETTING COLD JANUARY. SOME MODERATION OCCURRED
DURING FEBRUARY...BUT BY THAT TIME THE DAMAGE HAD BEEN DONE. WHILE
THE COLD WAS OVERALL RATHER PERSISTENT...TWO SIGNIFICANT
WARM-UPS...ONE DURING LATE DECEMBER AND ANOTHER NEAR WEEK LONG ONE
IN MID FEBRUARY...KEPT SNOWDEPTHS FROM BECOMING TOO OUTRAGEOUS...
ALTHOUGH DEPTHS APPROACHING 40 INCHES WERE REPORTED IN THE WHITEFISH
POINT AREA AND PARTS OF THE NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN SNOWBELT.
HOWEVER...WITH PERSISTENT SNOW ON THE GROUND FROM ABOUT MID
NOVEMBER...IT WAS A SNOWMOBILERS AND SKIERS WINTER TO BEHOLD.

NOW...ON TO SOME WINTRY SPECIFICS:

HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW A FEW LOCATIONS FARED DURING THE WINTER OF
2008-2009 WITH RESPECT TO TEMPERATURES: (NOTE: VALUES REPRESENT
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL MAXIMUM... MEAN...AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES FOR
DECEMBER...JANUARY...AND FEBRUARY. NORMAL VALUES ARE CALCULATED FROM
THE 30 YEAR PERIOD OF 1971-2000)

                               SSM      HTL      APN      TVC      GLR*     ALL

DEC MAX              -2.9       -3.8       -3.3       -2.9       -4.6       -3.5
DEC MEAN           -3.1       -3.6       -3.8       -2.9       -4.0       -3.5
DEC MIN               -3.3       -3.2       -4.5       -2.9       -3.5       -3.5

JAN MAX               -3.1       -5.9       -4.6       -5.0       -6.8       -5.1
JAN MEAN            -3.3       -7.4       -5.9       -5.2       -7.3       -5.8
JAN MIN                -3.6       -9.0       -7.1       -5.4       -7.8       -6.6

FEB MAX              +1.3      +0.9      +2.4      +2.0       -0.4      +1.2
FEB MEAN           +2.4      +0.7      +1.5      +1.6       -0.3      +1.2
FEB MIN               +3.6      +0.5      +0.7      +1.3       -0.2      +1.2

WINTER MAX       -1.6       -2.9       -1.8       -2.0        -3.9      -2.5
WINTER MEAN    -1.3      -3.4        -2.7       -2.2        -3.9      -2.7
WINTER MIN        -1.1      -3.9        -3.6       -2.3        -3.8      -3.0

*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)

- WITH AN AVERAGE WINTER TEMPERATURE OF 16.1 AT GAYLORD...THIS WAS
THE 6TH COLDEST WINTER SEASON ON RECORD SINCE 1893.

- WITH AN AVERAGE WINTER TEMPERATURE OF 17.5 AT ALPENA...THIS TIED
FOR THE 8TH COLDEST WINTER SEASON ON RECORD SINCE 1916.

- WITH AN AVERAGE WINTER TEMPERATURE OF 17.0 AT HOUGHTON LAKE...THIS
WAS THE 9TH COLDEST WINTER SEASON ON RECORD SINCE 1913.

- THE WARMEST REPORTED TEMPERATURE ACROSS NORTHERN MICHIGAN DURING
THE WINTER SEASON WAS 60 DEGREES...RECORDED 5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
STANDISH DURING THE AFTERNOON OF FEBRUARY 10TH.

- THE COLDEST REPORTED TEMPERATURE ACROSS NORTHERN MICHIGAN DURING
THE WINTER SEASON WAS -28 DEGREES...RECORDED AT PELLSTON ON THE
MORNING OF FEBRUARY 4TH.
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HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW A FEW LOCATIONS FARED WITH RESPECT TO LIQUID
PRECIPITATION DURING THE WINTER OF 2008-2009: (NOTE: PRECIPITATION
INFORMATION IS FOR THE MONTHS OF DECEMBER...JANUARY...AND FEBRUARY.
NORMAL VALUES USED TO CALCULATE DEPARTURES ARE FROM THE 30 YEAR
PERIOD OF 1971-2000)

                                                            SSM       HTL       APN       TVC*      GLR**

DEC PRECIPITATION                    4.53       4.60       3.85       6.39        4.55
DEC DEPARTURE                       +1.62     +2.85     +2.02    +3.73      +1.35

JAN PRECIPITATION                     1.29       1.12        1.39      1.79        1.16
JAN DEPARTURE                         -1.35      -0.49       -0.37    -1.19       -1.89

FEB PRECIPITATION                     1.81       2.46        2.69      2.75        2.19
FEB DEPARTURE                        +0.27     +1.26      +1.39   +0.96      +0.09

TOTAL PRECIPITATION(IN)         7.63        8.18        7.93    10.93       7.90
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL   +0.54     +3.62      +3.04   +3.50      -0.45

*UNOFFICIAL DATA (OBSERVED PRECIPITATION IS FROM THE COOPERATIVE
OBSERVER SITE IN THE VICINITY OF THE ASOS SITE AND NORMAL
PRECIPITATION DATA IS COMPILED FROM THE ASOS SITE)

**UNOFFICIAL DATA (OBSERVED AND NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS FROM THE
COOPERATIVE OBSERVER IN THE VICINITY OF THE ASOS SITE)

- WITH 8.18 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AT HOUGHTON LAKE DURING WINTER
...THIS WAS THE WETTEST WINTER SEASON ON RECORD SINCE 1913 (OLD
RECORD OF 7.40 INCHES IN 1952-1953).

- WITH 10.93 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AT TRAVERSE CITY DURING WINTER
...THIS WAS THE 3RD WETTEST WINTER ON RECORD SINCE 1896.

- WITH 7.93 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AT ALPENA DURING WINTER...THIS
WAS THE 7TH WETTEST WINTER ON RECORD SINCE 1916.
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HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW A FEW LOCATIONS FARED WITH RESPECT TO SNOWFALL
DURING THE WINTER OF 2008-2009: (NOTE SNOWFALL INFORMATION IS FOR
THE MONTHS OF SEPTEMBER...OCTOBER...AND NOVEMBER. NORMAL VALUES USED
TO CALCULATE DEPARTURES ARE FROM THE 30 YEAR PERIOD OF 1971-2000)

                                                           SSM       HTL       APN       TVC*      GLR**

DEC SNOWFALL                           46.7       45.8       48.1        47.9       57.1
DEC DEPARTURE                      +10.4     +29.9    +28.5      +23.3     +22.2

JAN SNOWFALL                            21.7       16.4       30.0         27.9       31.7
JAN DEPARTURE                        -13.3        -1.9       +8.2          -2.3       -7.1

FEB SNOWFALL                            19.5       13.2       22.6         21.7       21.1
FEB DEPARTURE                           0.0       +0.9       +6.1         +2.8        -3.0

TOTAL SNOWFALL                       87.9       75.4     100.7         97.5     109.9
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL    -2.9     +28.9     +42.8       +23.8     +12.1

*UNOFFICIAL DATA (OBSERVED PRECIPITATION IS FROM THE COOPERATIVE
OBSERVER SITE IN THE VICINITY OF THE ASOS SITE AND NORMAL
PRECIPITATION DATA IS COMPILED FROM THE ASOS SITE)

**UNOFFICIAL DATA (OBSERVED AND NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS FROM THE
COOPERATIVE OBSERVER IN THE VICINITY OF THE ASOS SITE)

- WITH 75.4 INCHES OF SNOWFALL AT HOUGHTON LAKE DURING WINTER...THIS
WAS THE SNOWIEST WINTER SEASON ON RECORD SINCE 1913 (OLD RECORD OF
74.2 INCHES IN 1970-1971).

- WITH 100.7 INCHES OF SNOWFALL AT ALPENA DURING WINTER...THIS WAS
THE 2ND SNOWIEST WINTER SEASON ON RECORD SINCE 1916 (RECORD OF 114.5
INCHES IN 1970-1971).

- WITH 97.5 INCHES OF SNOW AT TRAVERSE CITY DURING WINTER...THIS WAS
THE 3RD SNOWIEST WINTER SEASON ON RECORD SINCE 1896.


HERE IS SOME ADDITIONAL TOTAL WINTER SNOWFALL REPORTS FROM OUR MANY
FINE COOPERATIVE OBSERVES. MANY THANKS ARE GIVEN TO OUR OBSERVERS
FOR TAKING THE TIME AND ENERGY (TRUDGING THROUGH THAT DEEP SNOW) TO
SEND US THIS VERY VALUABLE INFORMATION. IN ADDITION...THE ABOVE
CLIMATE SITES ARE ALSO INCLUDED TO SHOW TOTAL SNOW (FALL AND WINTER)
TO DATE.

                                          SNOWFALL ENDING       NORMAL                   RECORD
LOCATION                              FEB 28 2009          (IF AVAILABLE)         (IF AVAILABLE)

MANCELONA                                 205.0                    152.5               245.0 IN 1995/1996
                                                                                                                  245.0 IN 1996/1997

WELLSTON 1N                             191.7                        N/A              ~162.0 IN 2007/2008

SOUTH BOARDMAN 2W              181.8                       N/A                               N/A

TAHQUAMENON FALL SP           179.2                     179.9              332.8 IN 1976/1977

KALKASKA 11SE                            173.9                      N/A                               N/A

MAPLE CITY 1E                               172.6                    145.9             219.6 IN 1996/1997

KINGSLEY 2WSW                           171.9                      N/A                               N/A

GAYLORD NWS                               163.0                      N/A                               N/A

ELLSWORTH 2ENE                        157.3                      N/A                               N/A

LEELANAU PENINSULA                 141.7                      N/A                               N/A

FIFE LAKE 3WSW                             139.2                      N/A                               N/A

GAYLORD                                           138.7                   149.2            207.5 IN 1996/1997

TROUT LAKE 2WNW                       120.4                       N/A             132.0 IN 1996/1997

ONAWAY 4N                                      120.4                       N/A                              N/A

PETOSKEY                                        119.9                       N/A                              N/A

SAULT STE MARIE                           116.8                    132.6            222.0 IN 1995/1996

LAKE CITY                                          115.8                      73.5            107.6 IN 1996/1997

ALPENA                                              113.0                       85.8           166.0 IN 1970/1971

BEAVER ISLAND                              110.5                        N/A                             N/A

TRAVERSE CITY                               105.8                      96.4            191.5 IN 1995/1996

MORAN                                                 98.3                        N/A                             N/A

HOUGHTON LAKE                             93.7                       70.6           117.1 IN 1995/1996

STANDISH 5SW                                  71.9                        N/A                             N/A

*SNOWFALL TOTALS REPRESENT SEASONAL TOTALS TO DATE (JULY 1ST THROUGH
FEBRUARY 28TH)

*NORMAL SNOW VALUES REPRESENT AVERAGE SEASONAL TOTALS (JULY 1ST
THROUGH JUNE 31ST)

*UNFORTUNATELY...MOST LOCATIONS DO NOT HAVE A 30 YEAR RUNNING MEAN
OF AVERAGE SNOWFALL (1971-2000 USED FOR AVERAGE COMPUTATION).

- THE GREATEST 24 HOUR SNOWFALL TOTAL FOR THE WINTER SEASON WAS 17
INCHES...REPORTED AT BOTH TROUT LAKE (ON DECEMBER 1ST) AND WELLSTON
(ON DECEMBER 21ST).
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HERE ARE SEVERAL OF THE MORE NOTABLE WEATHER EVENTS DURING THE
WINTER OF 2008-2009:

- DECEMBER 1ST...THE MONTH STARTS OFF WITH A BANG AS A STRONG STORM
SYSTEM PASSING THROUGH THE AREA BROUGHT HEAVY SNOW TO MANY
LOCATIONS. THE HARDEST HIT AREA WAS KALKASKA COUNTY...WHERE RADAR
ESTIMATES SHOWED A TOTAL ACCUMULATION OF 5 TO 6 INCHES. IN
ADDITION...GUSTY NORTH WINDS WHIPPED THE SNOW INTO 1 TO 2 FOOT
DRIFTS.

- DECEMBER 4TH AND 5TH...LAKE EFFECT SNOW TARGETED THE TRADITIONAL
SNOWBELTS...DROPPING SEVERAL INCHES OF FRESH POWDER. ONE
PARTICULARLY INTENSE SNOWBAND PRODUCED EXCEPTIONAL SNOWFALL RATES
OVER PARTS OF OTSEGO AND ANTRIM COUNTIES...WITH YOURS TRULY
OBSERVING 4.7 INCHES BETWEEN 9:30 PM AND 10:30 PM DURING THE EVENING
OF THE 4TH...WITH OTHER REPORTS OF 2 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR. BY THE
MORNING OF THE 5TH...TOTALS OF UP TO A FOOT WERE REPORTED.

- DECEMBER 6TH...ANOTHER INTENSE SNOWBAND TARGETED PARTS OF MACKINAC
COUNTY AS COLD SOUTHWEST WINDS BLEW ACROSS THE LONG AXIS OF LAKE
MICHIGAN. DURING THE MORNING HOURS ALONE...EPOUFETTE REPORTED 14
INCHES OF SNOW! DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS...AN INTENSE ARCTIC FRONT
SWEPT RAPIDLY SOUTHEAST ACROSS NORTHERN MICHIGAN...PRODUCING NEAR
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AS HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS AND VERY GUSTY
NORTHWEST WINDS DEVELOPED.

- DECEMBER 8TH AND 9TH...LOW PRESSURE MOVING ACROSS THE SOUTHERN
GREAT LAKES BROUGHT WIDESPREAD MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW ACROSS MUCH OF
NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN. SNOWFALL TOTALS BY THE EVENING OF THE 9TH
INCLUDED A FOOT OR MORE IN THE VICINITY OF WEST BRANCH AND POINTS
NORTH AND EAST...WITH A HALF FOOT OR MORE OVER MUCH OF THE REMAINDER
OF NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN.

- DECEMBER 15TH...AFTER A TEMPORARY REPRIEVE THAT ACTUALLY BROUGHT
LIGHT RAIN AND TEMPERATURES WELL ABOVE FREEZING ON THE 14TH...AN
INTENSE ARCTIC COLD FRONT SWEPT THROUGH THE AREA EARLY ON THE
15TH...DROPPING TEMPERATURES AS MUCH AS 30 DEGREES IN JUST 7
HOURS...WITH AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES STUCK IN THE SINGLE DIGITS AND
TEENS.

- DECEMBER 19TH...ANOTHER STRONG STORM CUTTING ACROSS THE SOUTHERN
LAKES DROPPED MORE HEAVY SNOW...ESPECIALLY TO AREAS SOUTH OF
M-72...WHERE SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 8 TO 10 INCHES WERE COMMON.

- DECEMBER 21ST AND 22ND...WELL...THE OFFICIAL START OF WINTER CAME
IN WITH...YOU GUESSED IT...MORE SNOW. WHILE MOST AREAS RECEIVED A
GENERAL 3 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW...A COMBINATION OF SYSTEM AND LAKE
EFFECT SNOW POUNDED PARTS OF MANISTEE AND WEXFORD COUNTIES. SOME
PHENOMENAL TOTALS INCLUDED 23 INCHES IN JUST 23 HOURS 1 MILE NORTH
OF WELLSTON (INCLUDING 5 INCHES IN JUST ONE HOUR!) IN MANISTEE
COUNTY...AND 16 INCHES IN JUST 15 HOURS IN MEAUWATAKA IN WEXFORD
COUNTY.

- DECEMBER 24TH...I GUESS MOTHER NATURE WANTED TO MAKE SURE SANTA
AND HIS REINDEER HAD ENOUGH SNOW AS ANOTHER 4 TO 8 INCHES FELL
ACROSS THE AREA NORTH OF PASSING LOW PRESSURE.

- DECEMBER 26TH AND 27TH...THE BIG MELTDOWN AS A STRONG STORM PASSED
WELL WEST OF THE REGION...ALLOWING VERY WARM AIR (AT LEAST FOR THIS
MONTH) TO SPREAD NORTH. TEMPERATURES WELL INTO THE 40S AND LOWER
50S...COMBINED WITH PLENTIFUL MOISTURE AND RAINFALL...HELPED ERASE A
SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF THE NORTHERN MICHIGAN SNOWPACK...WITH SEVERAL
LOCATIONS LOSING A FOOT OR MORE OF SNOW. THIS...COMBINED WITH UP TO
AN INCH OR MORE OF RAIN...CAUSED LOCALIZED FLOODING ISSUES.

- DECEMBER 28TH...WINTER CAME BACK WITH A VENGEANCE AS ANOTHER
STRONG COLD FRONT PLOWED ACROSS THE AREA. THE RAPIDLY DROPPING
TEMPERATURES CAME ON THE HEELS OF WIDESPREAD WIND GUSTS OF 50 TO 60
MPH.

- JANUARY 1ST THRU 3RD...MONTH BEGAN THE SAME WAY DECEMBER
ENDED...ON A SNOWY NOTE. COLD AIR CROSSING THE STILL MAINLY UNFROZEN
GREAT LAKES (THIS WOULD SOON CHANGE) KICKED OFF SEVERAL BOUTS OF
LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS. SEVERAL LOCATION IN THE FAVORED SNOWBELTS
RECEIVED WELL OVER A HALF FOOT OF SNOW THROUGH THIS PERIOD.

- JANUARY 8TH AND 9TH...MORE LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS TARGETED THE
TRADITIONAL AREAS OF NORTHWEST LOWER AND EASTERN UPPER MICHIGAN. THE
HEAVIEST AMOUNTS FELL AT PARADISE...WHICH RECORDED 8.5 INCHES...AND
BELLAIRE...WHICH RECEIVED 8.0 INCHES.

- JANUARY 12TH AND 13TH...A COMBINATION OF SYSTEM AND LAKE SNOW OUT
AHEAD OF RAPIDLY ADVANCING POLAR AIRMASS BROUGHT MORE WIDESPREAD
ACCUMULATING SNOW TO THE NORTHWOODS. AS IS OFTEN THE CASE...THE
GREATEST AMOUNTS WERE RESERVED FOR THE LAKE EFFECT ZONES...WHERE 4
TO 6 INCHES WERE COMMON.

- JANUARY 13TH THRU 20TH...AIRMASS DIRECTLY FROM THE NORTH POLE PAID
AN EXTENDED VISIT TO NORTHERN MICHIGAN...WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES
STRUGGLING TO REACH EVEN THE LOWER TEENS (MOST LOCATIONS REMAINED IN
THE SINGLE DIGITS...BOTH ABOVE AND BELOW ZERO) AND OVERNIGHT LOWS
WELL BELOW ZERO. IN FACT...IN THE TYPICAL COLDER LOCATIONS IN
INTERIOR LOCALES...OVERNIGHT LOWS DIPPING BELOW -20F WERE COMMON
THROUGH THIS PERIOD. AS ONE CAN IMAGINE GIVEN SUCH COLD
CONDITIONS...LAKE EFFECT SNOWS WERE COMMON PLACE. INCREASING GREAT
LAKES ICE COVER AND CONDITIONS TOO COLD FOR GOOD SNOW GROWTH (VERY
COLD TEMPERATURES FAVOR SMALL FLAKE SIZE...WHICH WHILE GREATLY
REDUCING VISIBILITIES...STRUGGLE TO ACCUMULATE)...KEPT OVERALL LAKE
CONTRIBUTIONS IN CHECK THROUGH THIS PERIOD. HOWEVER...A VIGOROUS
ALBERTA CLIPPER ON JANUARY 16TH...COMBINING WITH SOME OF THIS LAKE
MOISTURE...DROPPED LOCALLY VERY HEAVY SNOW ALONG THE US-131 CORRIDOR
OVER ANTRIM AND KALKASKA COUNTIES...WITH TOTALS APPROACHING 13
INCHES IN THIS REGION. SNOW AMOUNTS WERE LIGHTER ELSEWHERE FROM THIS
SYSTEM...WITH AMOUNTS GENERALLY 2 TO 6 INCHES. ALL IN ALL...THROUGH
THIS WEEK LONG PERIOD...ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 12 TO 24
INCHES FELL ACROSS FAVORED LAKE ZONES...WITH SUBSTANTIALLY LESSER
AMOUNTS ELSEWHERE.

- JANUARY 23RD AND 24TH...AFTER A BRIEF 2 DAY WARM-UP (MAYBE MORE
APPROPRIATELY CALLED "A MODIFICATION")...ANOTHER ARCTIC SURGE
DROPPED TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW ZERO OVER FAVORED AREAS...WITH
INDIAN RIVER AND KINROSS COMING IN WITH OVERNIGHT LOWS OF -15F AND
-16F RESPECTIVELY. LAKE EFFECT SNOWS DROPPED ANOTHER 4 TO 5 INCHES
ACROSS PARTS OF KALKASKA COUNTY (BY FAR THE SNOWIEST COUNTY DURING
JANUARY).

- JANUARY 29TH AND 30TH...GUESS WHAT? MORE OF THE SAME ACROSS THE
NORTHWOODS AS AN ALBERTA CLIPPER TYPE SYSTEM BROUGHT A GENERAL LIGHT
SNOW TO THE AREA...WITH ACCUMULATIONS AVERAGING AN INCH OR TWO.
HOWEVER...AS WAS THE CASE ALL MONTH...COLD AIR BLOWING OVER THE
REMAINING VESTIGES OF OPEN NORTHERN LAKE MICHIGAN WATER BROUGHT
ADDITIONAL SNOW TO THE FAVORED SNOWBELTS. TOTAL GENERALLY RANGED
FROM 3 TO 6 INCHES BETWEEN EAST JORDAN AND WELLSTON. ISOLATED HIGHER
TOTALS WERE REPORTED...WITH 8.4 INCHES NEAR ELLSWORTH AND 8.1 INCHES
NEAR LAKE LEELANAU.

- FEBRUARY 1ST...AFTER A PERSISTENTLY COLD JANUARY...THE MONTH OF
FEBRUARY GOT OFF ON A MUCH MILDER NOTE AS LOW PRESSURE PASSING WELL
NORTH OF THE REGION BROUGHT WARM AND GUSTY SOUTHWEST WINDS TO THE
NORTHWOODS. BY EARLY AFTERNOON ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY...TEMPERATURES
ACROSS MUCH OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN REACHED WELL INTO THE 30S...WITH
EVEN A COUPLE LOWER 40S THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE. HOWEVER...THE
WARM TEMPERATURES WERE TEMPERED SOMEWHAT BY WINDS GUSTING IN EXCESS
OF 40 MPH...WITH EVEN A 56 MPH GUST OBSERVED AT THE PRESQUE ISLE
LIGHT HOUSE.

- FEBRUARY 4TH AND 5TH...A BRIEF...BUT SIGNIFICANT SHOT OF ARCTIC
AIR PAID A VISIT TO NORTHERN MICHIGAN. AFTER HIGHS STUCK IN THE
SINGLE DIGITS AND LOWER TEENS ON THE 4TH...LIGHT WINDS AND CLEAR
SKIES HELPED DROP EARLY MORNING READINGS ON THE 5TH WELL BELOW
ZERO AWAY FROM THE "WARMING" INFLUENCES OF THE GREAT LAKES. THE COLD
SPOT WENT TO BOTH GAYLORD AND ALPENA...WHICH REPORTED LOWS OF -16F
DEGREES.

- FEBRUARY 6TH THROUGH THE 11TH...A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN THE MID
AND UPPER LEVEL PATTERN ACROSS NORTH AMERICA BROUGHT ALMOST A WEEK
LONE "HEAT WAVE" TO THE NORTHERN GREAT LAKES. THE WARM TEMPERATURES
PEAKED ON BOTH THE 7TH AND THE 10TH...WHEN MANY RECORD HIGHS...WITH
TEMPERATURES REACHING THE 40S AND 50S...WERE BROKEN. SOME OF THE
WARMEST TEMPERATURES AND LOCATIONS ON THE 7TH INCLUDED ALPENA AND
TRAVERSE CITY...WHICH MADE IT ALL THE WAY TO 51 AND 50 DEGREES
RESPECTIVELY. IT WAS EVEN WARMER ON THE 10TH...WHEN WIDESPREAD 50S
OVERSPREAD MUCH OF THE AREA SOUTH OF THE MIGHTY MAC. TRAVERSE CITY
TRIED ITS BEST TO PUSH THE 60 DEGREE MARK...MAKING IT A LATE APRIL
LIKE 57 DEGREES. FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF RECORD HIGHS THROUGH THIS
PERIOD...PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING RECORD SECTION. PER USUAL THE CASE
IN WINTER...WARM AIR IS OFTEN ACCOMPANIED BY A WETTER PATTERN. A
SIGNIFICANT STORM SYSTEM RIDING UP ACROSS SOUTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN ON
THE 11TH BROUGHT WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION TO MUCH OF NORTHERN LOWER
MICHIGAN. ALTHOUGH THIS IS A VERY FAVORED STORM PATH FOR SIGNIFICANT
NORTHERN MICHIGAN SNOW...THE LINGERING UNSEASONABLY WARM
TEMPERATURES KEPT MUCH OF THE PRECIPITATION AS RAIN UNTIL THE
MORNING HOURS OF THE 12TH. TOTAL RAINFALL FROM THE STORM REACHED IN
EXCESS OF AN INCH FOR AREAS SOUTHEAST OF A LINE EXTENDING FROM
ALPENA TO HOUGHTON LAKE. THIS RAIN...ACCOMPANIED BY A FAST AND
FURIOUS SNOW PACK MELT...LED TO MANY AREAS OF STANDING WATER AND
RISES IN AREA RIVER AND STREAMS. HOWEVER...DESPITE SOME RIVER FLOOD
WARNING BEING ISSUED...NO SIGNIFICANT FLOODING WAS REPORTED.

- FEBRUARY 12TH...WINTER RETURNS TO NORTHERN MICHIGAN (AND WOULD
REMAIN FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH) AS OVERNIGHT RAIN CHANGED TO
SNOW...BRINGING A FEW INCHES OF FRESH POWDER (TO MUCH REJOICE WITH
SNOWMOBILERS AND SKIERS)...ESPECIALLY TO THE HIGHLANDS OF NORTHERN
LOWER MICHIGAN.

- FEBRUARY 17TH THRU 19TH...MUCH MORE TYPICAL WINTER CONDITIONS
RETURNED TO THE NORTHWOODS AS LOW PRESSURE FROM THE CENTRAL PLAINS
CUT ACROSS THE STATE...FIRST BRING "SYNOPTIC" SNOW TO THE
AREA...WITH COLD WINDS IN THE WAKE OF THE SYSTEM BRINGING THE ALL TO
FAMILIAR LAKE EFFECT SNOWS TO FAVORED AREAS. BY THE TIME THINGS
WRAPPED UP ON THE EVENING OF THE 19TH...A HALF FOOT OR MORE OF SNOW
WAS REPORTED ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA...WITH A FOOT OR MORE IN
LOCALIZED LAKE EFFECT AREAS AROUND THE GRAND TRAVERSE BAY REGION.

- FEBRUARY 21ST AND 22ND...ANOTHER STRONG UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE
BROUGHT A COMBINATION OF SYSTEM AND LAKE ENHANCED SNOW TO THE GREAT
LAKES REGION. SNOW ADVANCED STEADILY NORTH DURING THE MORNING OF THE
21ST...WITH SNOWFALL RATES APPROACHING 2 INCHES PER HOURS NEAR
CADILLAC. THE "SYSTEM" PART OF THE STORM BROUGHT A GENERAL 6 INCHES
OR MORE TO AREAS ALONG AND SOUTH OF THE M-32 CORRIDOR OVER NORTHERN
LOWER MICHIGAN...WITH AMOUNTS DECREASING QUICKLY NEAR THE STRAITS
AND EASTERN UPPER MICHIGAN. THE BIG WINNER (OR OTHER TERMINOLOGY...
DEPENDING ON HOW ONE FEELS) FOR THE FIRST PART OF THE EVENT WAS
AFOREMENTIONED CADILLAC...WHICH REPORTED A WHOPPING 16 INCHES OF
SNOW. OTHERS INCLUDED MCKINLEY IN OSCODA COUNTY AND ONEKAMA IN
MANISTEE COUNTY WHICH REPORTED 12 INCHES AND 11 INCHES RESPECTIVELY.
ONCE AGAIN...AFTER THE SYSTEM DEPARTED...COLD NORTH TO NORTHWEST
WINDS TARGETED THE GRAND TRAVERSE BAY REGION WITH LAKE EFFECT SNOW
SHOWERS...BRINGING SEVERAL ADDITIONAL INCHES OF ACCUMULATION.

- FEBRUARY 26TH AND 27TH...MOISTURE RICH LOW PRESSURE CUT ACROSS
CENTRAL LOWER MICHIGAN LATE ON THE 26TH...BRINGING A HEAVY WINTRY
MIX OF PRECIPITATION TO ALL OF NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN. LOCATION
NORTH OF M-68 RECEIVED SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW...WITH SEVERAL REPORTS
OF 6 OR MORE INCHES. ACROSS THE REST OF NORTHERN LOWER
MICHIGAN...THE PRECIPITATION FELL AS A MIX OF RAIN...FREEZING
RAIN...SNOW...AND SLEET...LEADING TO VERY HAZARDOUS DRIVING
CONDITIONS. LATE SEASON ARCTIC AIR FOLLOWED THIS STORM...BRINGING
BITING COLD BACK TO THE NORTHWOODS ON THE 27TH.
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HERE ARE DAILY TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION RECORDS THAT OCCURRED
DURING WINTER OF 2008-2009:

- 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

- JANUARY 17TH  - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 6.6 IN

- JANUARY 18TH  - ALPENA RECORD SNOWFALL OF 6.2 IN

- FEBRUARY 5TH  - GAYLORD RECORD LOW OF 17 DEGREES BELOW ZERO

- FEBRUARY 7TH  - ALPENA RECORD HIGH OF 51 DEGREES

- FEBRUARY 7TH  - TRAVERSE CITY TIED A RECORD HIGH OF 50 DEGREES

- FEBRUARY 7TH  - GAYLORD RECORD HIGH OF 45 DEGREES

- FEBRUARY 10TH - SAULT STE MARIE RECORD HIGH OF 46 DEGREES

- FEBRUARY 10TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD HIGH OF 54 DEGREES

- FEBRUARY 10TH - ALPENA RECORD HIGH OF 55 DEGREES

- FEBRUARY 10TH - TRAVERSE CITY RECORD HIGH OF 57 DEGREES

- FEBRUARY 10TH - GAYLORD RECORD HIGH OF 54 DEGREES

- FEBRUARY 21ST - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD SNOWFALL OF 6.3 IN

- FEBRUARY 21ST - ALPENA RECORD SNOWFALL OF 6.1 IN

- FEBRUARY 26TH - HOUGHTON LAKE RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM PRECIPITATION
AMOUNT OF 0.57 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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MSB/SWR



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