...March 2009 Recap...

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GAYLORD MI
300 PM EST THU APR 2 2009

...A FAIRLY SEASONABLE MARCH...

MARCH FAILED TO COME IN LIKE A LION AND IN FACT...THE FIRST SEVERAL
DAYS WERE VERY QUIET...BUT CHILLY. A PERIOD OF WARMER WEATHER WAS
RIGHT ON THE HEELS OF THE COLD START...PERISTING FROM THE END OF THE
FIRST WEEK...THROUGH THE EARLY PART OF THE SECOND WEEK OF THE MONTH.
HOWEVER...WITH THE WARMER WEATHER CAME ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW ON
MARCH 8TH AND 9TH...WHERE SOME PLACES REPORTED JUST OVER A FOOT OF
SNOW.

WE SAW SOME EXTREMES AROUND THE MIDDLE OF MARCH...WITH A COLD SHOT
OF AIR ON MARCH 10TH...THEN MUCH MILDER AIR ARRIVING BY ST PATRICKS
DAY. THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH WAS VERY QUIET WITH ONLY ONE
SIGINFICANT STORM PASSING ACROSS THE AREA ON THE 29TH. THE COLDER
AND WARMER EXTREMES SEEN DURING THE MONTH ARE NOT UNCOMMON AS WE
TRANSITION TO A NEW SEASON. DESPITE SEEING SOME TEMPERATURE EXTREMES
DURING MARCH...THESE EXTREMES ACTED TO CANCEL EACH OTHER
OUT...ESTABLISHING OVERALL MEAN TEMPERATURES FAIRLY CLOSE TO NORMAL
FOR THE MONTH. ALSO...NO TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE BROKEN DURING
MARCH.

HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW SOME LOCATIONS FARED WITH RESPECT TO THEIR
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES DURING MARCH 2009 (MAX...MIN...AND MEAN
VALUES REPRESENT AVERAGE VALUES DURING THE MONTH. NORMAL VALUES USED
TO CALCULATE DEPARTURES ARE FROM THE 30 YEAR PERIOD OF 1971-2000):

                                                 SSM       HTL     APN     TVC     GLR*    ALL

MAR MAX 2009                      33.7      41.2      38.3     42.0     38.1     38.9         
MAX DEPARTURE                +0.1      +1.8      +1.0     +2.3      -1.3     +0.8

MAR MEAN 2009                   25.8      30.5      28.3     32.2     28.0     29.0
MEAN DEPARTURE             +0.9      +1.2      +0.3     +1.5      -0.9     +0.6

MAR MIN 2009                       17.9      19.8      18.3     22.4     17.9     19.3 
MIN DEPARTURE                 +1.8      +0.6       -0.4     +0.8      -0.4     +0.5

*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)
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MARCH CAN BE QUITE STORMY IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN. HOWEVER...WITH ONLY
A FEW SIGNIFICANT STORMS IMPACTING THE REGION...PRECIPTIATION TOTALS
FELL NEAR OR BELOW NORMAL ACROSS THE REGION.

HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW SOME LOCATIONS FARED WITH RESPECT TO LIQUID
PRECIPITATION (RAIN AND MELTED FROZEN PRECIPITATION) DURING MARCH
2009 (NORMAL VALUES USED TO CALCULATE DEPARTURES ARE FROM THE 30 YEAR
PERIOD OF 1971-2000):

                                                               SSM     HTL     APN    TVC*    GLR**

TOTAL PRECIPITATION (IN)            0.83     1.81     1.78     2.05     1.35
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL       -1.58    -0.24    -0.35   +0.07   -1.18         

*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)
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HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW SOME LOCATIONS FARED WITH RESPECT TO SNOWFALL 
DURING MARCH 2009 (NORMAL VALUES USED TO CALCULATE DEPARTURES ARE
FROM THE 30 YEAR PERIOD OF 1971-2000):

                                                              SSM     HTL     APN    TVC*    GLR**

TOTAL SNOWFALL (IN)                      7.7      5.2      10.5    16.3     14.3
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL         -7.3    -4.9       -2.4    +6.0      -4.1

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

**UNOFFICIAL DATA (OBSERVED AND NORMAL SNOWFALL DATA IS COMPILED
FROM THE COOPERATIVE OBSERVER SITE IN THE VICINITY OF THE ASOS SITE)
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE MORE NOTABLE WEATHER EVENTS DURING MARCH
2009:

-ON MARCH 8TH AND 9TH...A QUICK HITTING WINTER STORM STRUCK NORTHERN
MICHIGAN. HEAVY WET SNOW FELL ACROSS MUCH OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN. THE
HIGHEST SNOWFALL TOTAL CAME FROM LAKE LEELANAU...WHERE AN INCREDIBLE
15.1 INCHES OF SNOW FELL. IN ADDITION...WINDS WERE GUSTING TO 30 TO
40 MPH CREATING DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

-ANOTHER WINTER STORM ON THE 29TH GENERATED A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW
ACROSS THE REGION. HEAVY WET SNOW FELL ACROSS NORTHWEST LOWER AND
EASTERN UPPER MICHIGAN WHERE 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW WERE COMMON. THIS
SNOW CREATED DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS FOR SUNDAY MORNING
SERVICES.
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HERE ARE DAILY TEMPERATURE...PRECIPITATION...AND SNOWFALL RECORDS
THAT OCCURRED DURING MARCH 2009:

-A RECORD DAILY PRECIPITATION OF 0.56 INCH WAS TIED AT HOUGHTON LAKE
ON MARCH 29TH. THE RECORD WAS ORIGINALLY SET IN 1988.

-A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 2.9 INCHES WAS SET AT HOUGHTON LAKE ON MARCH
8TH. THE OLD RECORD WAS 1.2 INCHES SET IN 1982.

-A RECORD DAILY PRECIPITATION OF 0.77 INCH WAS SET AT ALPENA ON
MARCH 29TH. THE RECORD WS ORIGINALLY SET IN 1944.

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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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