November Recap

                 ...EXTREMELY "NON-NOVEMBERISH"...

IN A MONTH TYPICAL KNOWING FOR WEATHER VOLATILITY...STRONG STORMS
("THE GALES OF NOVEMBER")...INCREASING SHOTS OF WINTER-TIME
COLD...AND OFTEN SIGNIFICANT LAKE EFFECT SNOWS...THIS MONTH WAS
ANYTHING BUT...WITH VERY MILD AND DRY CONDITIONS PREVAILING
THROUGHOUT THE MONTH. TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE BOARD WERE SEVERAL
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...WHILE PRECIPITATION WAS SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW
NORMAL. PERHAPS EVEN MORE INTERESTING WAS A TRUE LACK OF ANY
SIGNIFICANT COLD OUTBREAKS...WITH ALL OF OUR LISTED STATIONS
REPORTING HIGH TEMPERATURES EXCEEDING FREEZING EACH DAY...AND MANY
DAYS WELL INTO THE 40S AND 50S. TO NO SURPRISE...ALL STATIONS LISTED
BELOW RECORDED ONE OF THEIR TOP TEN WARMEST NOVEMBERS ON RECORD...
WHILE ALSO RECORDING ONE OF THEIR DRIEST NOVEMBERS.

COMBINATION OF WARM AND DRY WEATHER ALSO YIELDED LITTLE IN THE WAY
OF SNOW...WITH ALL OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN COMING IN WELL BELOW NORMAL.
MUCH LIKE TEMPERATURES...MOST LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED ONE OF THEIR
LEAST SNOWIEST NOVEMBERS ON RECORD.  
                      
HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW SOME LOCATIONS FARED WITH RESPECT TO THEIR
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES DURING NOVEMBER 2009 (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

NOV MEAN 2009   39.9    39.6    40.5    41.9    39.0    40.2
MEAN DEPARTURE  +7.5    +4.8    +5.9    +4.7    +4.9    +5.6

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

- WITH AN AVERAGE NOVEMBER TEMPERATURE OF 39.9 DEGREES AT SAULT STE
MARIE ...THIS WAS THE 3RD WARMEST NOVEMBER SINCE CONSISTENT
RECORDS BEGAN IN 1886. THE RECORD WARMEST NOVEMBER REMAINS 40.7
DEGREES SET IN 1931.

- WITH AN AVERAGE NOVEMBER TEMPERATURE OF 39.6 DEGREES AT HOUGHTON
LAKE...THIS WAS THE 8TH WARMEST NOVEMBER SINCE CONSISTENT RECORDS
BEGAN IN 1917. THE RECORD WARMEST NOVEMBER REMAINS 42.5 DEGREES SET
IN 1931.

- WITH AN AVERAGE NOVEMBER TEMPERATURE OF 40.5 DEGREES AT ALPENA...
THIS TIED FOR THE 5TH WARMEST NOVEMBER SINCE CONSISTENT RECORDS
BEGAN IN 1917. THE RECORD WARMEST NOVEMBER REMAINS 42.8 DEGREES SET
IN 2001.

- WITH AN AVERAGE NOVEMBER TEMPERATURE OF 41.9 DEGREES AT TRAVERSE
CITY ...THIS TIED FOR THE 7TH WARMEST NOVEMBER SINCE CONSISTENT
RECORDS BEGAN IN 1896. THE RECORD WARMEST NOVEMBER REMAINS 44.2
DEGREES SET IN 1931.

- WITH AN AVERAGE NOVEMBER TEMPERATURE OF 39.0 DEGREES AT GAYLORD...
THIS WAS THE 4TH WARMEST NOVEMBER SINCE CONSISTENT RECORDS BEGAN IN
1952. THE RECORD WARMEST NOVEMBER REMAINS 40.5 DEGREES SET IN 1999.
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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 2009 (NORMAL VALUES USED TO CALCULATE DEPARTURES ARE FROM
THE 30 YEAR PERIOD OF 1971-2000):

                           SSM     HTL     APN     TVC*    GLR**

TOTAL PRECIPITATION (IN)  1.77    1.20    0.82    1.81    1.81
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL    -1.63   -0.94   -1.26   -0.86   -1.54

*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 ONLY 1.77 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AT SAULT STE MARIE DURING
NOVEMBER ...THIS TIED FOR 16TH DRIEST NOVEMBER SINCE CONSISTENT
RECORDS BEGAN IN 1886. THE DRIEST NOVEMBER REMAINS 0.52 INCHES SET
IN 1917.

- WITH ONLY 1.20 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AT HOUGHTON LAKE DURING
NOVEMBER... THIS TIED FOR THE 15TH DRIEST NOVEMBER SINCE CONSISTENT
RECORDS BEGAN IN 1917. THE DRIEST NOVEMBER REMAINS 0.45 INCHES SET
IN 1986.

- WITH ONLY 0.82 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AT ALPENA DURING
NOVEMBER...THIS WAS THE 7TH DRIEST NOVEMBER SINCE CONSISTENT RECORDS
BEGAN IN 1917. THE DRIEST NOVEMBER REMAINS 0.61 INCHES SET IN 1986.
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HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW SOME LOCATIONS FARED WITH RESPECT TO SNOWFALL 
DURING NOVEMBER 2009 (NORMAL VALUES USED TO CALCULATE DEPARTURES ARE
FROM THE 30 YEAR PERIOD OF 1971-2000):

                           SSM     HTL     APN    TVC*    GLR**

TOTAL SNOWFALL (IN)        4.1     0.7     0.1      T     1.6
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL    -12.4    -8.1    -8.4   -9.1   -20.7

*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)

- WITH ONLY 4.1 INCHES OF SNOWFALL AT SAULT STE MARIE DURING
NOVEMBER...THIS WAS THE 11TH LEAST SNOWIEST NOVEMBER SINCE
CONSISTENT RECORDS BEGAN IN 1886. THE LEAST SNOWIEST NOVEMBER
REMAINS 0.3 INCHES SET IN 1899.

- WITH ONLY 0.7 INCHES OF SNOWFALL AT HOUGHTON LAKE DURING
NOVEMBER...THIS WAS THE 7TH LEAST SNOWIEST NOVEMBER SINCE CONSISTENT
RECORDS BEGAN IN 1917. THE LEAST SNOWIEST NOVEMBER REMAINS JUST A
TRACE LAST SET IN 1948.

- WITH ONLY 0.1 INCHES OF SNOWFALL AT ALPENA DURING NOVEMBER...THIS
WAS THE 5TH LEAST SNOWIEST NOVEMBER SINCE CONSISTENT RECORDS BEGAN
IN 1917. THE LEAST SNOWIEST NOVEMBER REMAINS JUST A TRACE LAST SET
IN 1954.

- WITH ONLY A TRACE OF SNOWFALL AT TRAVERSE CITY DURING NOVEMBER...
THIS TIED FOR THE LEAST SNOWIEST NOVEMBER SINCE CONSISTENT RECORDS
BEGAN IN 1896. THE LAST NOVEMBER WITH JUST A TRACE OF SNOW WAS 1988.

- WITH ONLY 1.6 INCHES OF SNOWFALL AT GAYLORD LAKE DURING
NOVEMBER...THIS WAS THE 2ND LEAST SNOWIEST NOVEMBER SINCE CONSISTENT
RECORDS BEGAN IN 1952. THE LEAST SNOWIEST NOVEMBER REMAINS JUST A
TRACE LAST SET IN 1984.
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE MORE NOTABLE WEATHER EVENTS DURING NOVEMBER 2009:

- NOVEMBER 1ST THROUGH THE 6TH...THE MONTH BEGAN AS MOST NOVEMBER
DO...FEATURING COOL TEMPERATURES AND SOME INTERMITTENT PERIODS OF
LIGHT SNOW. NORMALLY...THIS WOULD NOT BE NOTEWORTHY...BUT THIS WAS
THE ONLY SUSTAINED PERIOD OF NEAR TO COOL THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS FOR
THE MONTH. IN ADDITION...SNOW WOULD NOT BE REPORTED AGAIN UNTIL THE
THE LAST WEEK OF NOVEMBER...SIMPLY INCREDIBLE!

- NOVEMBER 15TH...THE GREAT NORTHERN MICHIGAN HOLIDAY...ALSO NOTED
AS THE OPENER OF FIREARM DEER SEASON...FEATURED TEMPERATURES MORE
TYPICAL FOR MID NOVEMBER AS A COLD FRONT PLOWING ACROSS THE STATE
DROPPED EARLY MORNING READINGS IN THE 50S TO THE 30S AND 40S BY
AFTERNOON. OTHERWISE...THE PERSISTENT DRY CONDITIONS CONTINUED UNDER
PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY SKIES.

- NOVEMBER 26TH...TURKEY DAY WAS RATHER WET...AND SOMEWHAT
WHITE...AS UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE CROSS THE NORTHERN LAKES KEPT
CONDITIONS UNSETTLED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. SOME RAINFALL TOTALS WHERE
RATHER IMPRESSIVE...WITH 1.22 INCHES REPORTED NEAR KINGSLEY AND 1.10
INCHES NEAR FRANKFORT. AS MENTIONED...THE RAIN GRADUALLY TURNED OVER
TO SNOW AS THE DAY WORN ON...WITH MOST AREAS SEEING AT LEAST SOME OF
THE WHITE STUFF BY EARLY ON THE 27TH. HOWEVER...SNOWFALL AMOUNTS
GENERALLY REMAINED LIGHT...WITH MOST LOCATIONS REPORTING JUST A
DUSTING OF SNOW. THERE WHERE SOME EXCEPTIONS...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE
HIGHLANDS OF NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN IN FAVORED NORTHWEST FLOW LAKE
INDUCED SNOW AREAS. AMOUNTS APPROACHED NEAR 2 INCHES JUST WEST AND
NORTHWEST OF GAYLORD...WITH JUST OVER AN INCH OBSERVED HERE AT THE
OFFICE 9 MILES SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF GAYLORD.

- NOVEMBER 30TH...WEAK CLIPPER SYSTEM TRAVERSING THE NORTHERN LAKES
BROUGHT THE FIRST WIDESPREAD MEASURABLE SNOW OF THE SEASON...WITH
MOST AREAS SEEING AT LEAST AN INCH OR SO. HOWEVER...LOCALLY HEAVIER
AMOUNTS WERE REPORTED NORTH OF THE BRIDGE...WITH SOME LOCATIONS
REPORTING 4 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW.
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HERE ARE DAILY TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION RECORDS THAT OCCURRED
DURING NOVEMBER 2009:

- A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 65 DEGREES WAS SET AT THE ALPENA
COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT NOVEMBER 7TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF
64 DEGREES SET IN 1916.

- A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 64 DEGREES WAS SET AT THE GAYLORD
REGIONAL AIRPORT NOVEMBER 8TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 62
DEGREES SET IN 1986.

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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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