2009 Year in review

       ...2009 YEAR IN REVIEW...A YEAR OF MUCH VARIABILITY

SIMPLY PUT...A YEAR OF EXTREMES. AN EXCEEDINGLY COLD...RECORD SETTING
SUMMER WAS PARTIALLY OFFSET BY A WARMER THAN NORMAL SPRING AND FALL.
STILL...ON AVERAGE...MOST LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED A COOLER THAN NORMAL
YEAR...WITH EVEN A FEW RECORDS SET (SEE TEMPERATURE INFORMATION
BELOW).

PRECIPITATION WAS ALSO QUITE VARIABLE...WITH PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS
AND DEPARTURES FROM AVERAGE VARYING ACROSS THE AREA. HOWEVER...
PROBABLY OF BIGGER NEWS WAS THE COMPLETE LACK OF SIGNIFICANT SEVERE
WEATHER ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS THIS PAST SPRING AND SUMMER....WITH
INDICATIONS THIS MAY HAVE BEEN THE MOST QUIET SEVERE WEATHER SEASON
ON RECORD (AT LEAST SINCE THIS OFFICE OPENED IN 1995).

SNOWFALL...IN GENERAL...AVERAGED BELOW NORMAL FOR THE YEAR...MOSTLY
A RESULT OF BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL DURING THE SPRING AND A NEARLY
SNOWLESS NOVEMBER. DECEMBER TRIED MIGHTILY TO EVEN THINGS OUT...WITH
ALL OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN EXPERIENCING ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL.

FOLLOWING ARE LISTS OF MORE SPECIFIC TEMPERATURE...PRECIPITATION...
AND SNOWFALL DATA FOR SELECTED SITES ACROSS NORTHERN MICHIGAN DURING
2009. ENJOY.

HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW SOME LOCATIONS FARED WITH RESPECT TO THEIR
MEAN TEMPERATURES DURING 2009:

                 SSM     HTL     APN    TVC     GLR*    ALL

JAN MEAN DEP    -3.3    -7.4    -5.9   -5.2    -6.6    -5.7   
FEB MEAN DEP    +2.4    +0.7    +1.5   +1.6    -0.3    +1.2
MAR MEAN DEP    +0.9    +1.2    +0.3   +1.5    -1.8    +0.4
APR MEAN DEP    +1.7    +1.0    +0.9   +0.1    +0.6    +0.9
MAY MEAN DEP    -3.0    -0.8    -1.0   -1.9    -2.5    -1.8
JUN MEAN DEP    +0.3    -1.3    -1.1   -1.6    -1.9    -1.1
JUL MEAN DEP    -3.6    -4.7    -3.7   -5.5    -5.7    -4.6
AUG MEAN DEP    -0.4    -1.3    +0.1   -2.3    -1.9    -1.2
SEP MEAN DEP    +5.5    +0.7    +2.7   +1.5    +2.1    +2.5
OCT MEAN DEP    -1.5    -2.5    -1.3   -3.3    -4.6    -2.6
NOV MEAN DEP    +7.5    +4.8    +5.9   +4.7    +4.9    +5.6
DEC MEAN DEP    +1.0    -1.2    -0.2   -2.0    -1.8    -0.8

2009 AVG MEAN   40.7    42.2    42.4   44.3    41.5    42.2
2009 MEAN DEP   +0.6    -0.9    -0.1   -1.1    -1.8    -0.6

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

- WITH AN AVERAGE YEARLY TEMPERATURE OF 42.2 DEGREES AT HOUGHTON
LAKE FOR 2009...THIS TIED FOR THE 7TH COLDEST YEAR ON RECORD SINCE
CONSISTENT RECORDS BEGAN BACK IN 1917. THE COLDEST YEAR ON RECORD
REMAINS 41.1 DEGREES SET IN 1972.

- WITH AN AVERAGE YEARLY TEMPERATURE OF 44.3 DEGREES AT TRAVERSE
CITY FOR 2009...THIS TIED FOR THE 18TH COLDEST YEAR ON RECORD SINCE
CONSISTENT RECORDS BEGAN BACK IN 1896. THE COLDEST YEAR ON RECORD
REMAINS 42.0 DEGREES SET IN 1917.

- WITH AN AVERAGE YEARLY TEMPERATURE OF 41.5 DEGREES AT GAYLORD FOR
2009...THIS WAS THE COLDEST YEAR ON RECORD SINCE CONSISTENT RECORDS
BEGAN BACK IN 1952. THE PREVIOUS COLDEST YEAR ON RECORD WAS 41.7
DEGREES SET IN 1993.

HERE IS SOME ADDITIONAL TEMPERATURE INFORMATION FOR STATIONS LISTED
ABOVE:

SAULT SAINTE MARIE STATS

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE:   88  ON JUNE 24TH
LOWEST TEMPERATURE:   -18  ON JANUARY 16TH
DAYS ABOVE 90:          0
DAYS BELOW 32:        165
DAYS BELOW 0:          28

HOUGHTON LAKE STATS

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE:   93  ON JUNE 24TH
LOWEST TEMPERATURE:   -18  ON JANUARY 27TH
DAYS ABOVE 90:          1
DAYS BELOW 32:        168
DAYS BELOW  0:         29

ALPENA STATS

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE:   90 ON JUNE 24TH
LOWEST TEMPERATURE:   -18 ON FEBRUARY 5TH
DAYS ABOVE 90:          1
DAYS BELOW 32:        173
DAYS BELOW 0:          28

TRAVERSE CITY STATS

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE:   95 ON JUNE 24TH
LOWEST TEMPERATURE:    -9 ON MARCH 2ND
DAYS ABOVE 90:          2
DAYS BELOW 32:        158
DAYS BELOW 0:          12

GAYLORD STATS

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE:   95 ON JUNE 24TH
LOWEST TEMPERATURE:   -21 ON JANUARY 15TH
DAYS ABOVE 90:          1
DAYS BELOW 32:        172
DAYS BELOW 0:          31
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HERE IS A LOOK AT HOW SOME LOCATIONS FARED WITH RESPECT TO LIQUID
PRECIPITATION (RAIN AND MELTED FROZEN PRECIPITATION) DURING 2009:

                           SSM     HTL     APN    TVC*    GLR**

JANUARY                   1.29    1.12    1.39   1.79    1.09     
FEBRUARY                  1.81    2.46    2.69   2.75    2.19
MARCH                     0.83    1.81    1.78   2.05    1.35
APRIL                     1.31    4.25    2.95   2.45    2.32
MAY                       3.49    2.64    2.90   3.00    3.09
JUNE                      2.48    3.02    3.30   3.27    1.97
JULY                      1.96    2.54    3.78   2.34    1.39
AUGUST                    3.69    3.35    6.08   5.67    6.07
SEPTEMBER                 0.50    2.68    2.68   2.55    3.36
OCTOBER                   6.49    4.11    4.91   4.92    5.48
NOVEMBER                  1.77    1.20    0.82   1.81    1.81
DECEMBER                  2.85    1.91    2.21   2.81    2.28

2009 PRECIPITATION (IN)  28.47   31.09   35.49  35.41   32.40
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL    -6.20   +2.66   +7.09  +1.94   -4.19

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

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

- WITH 35.49 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION RECORDED AT ALPENA IN
2009...THIS WAS THE 4TH WETTEST YEAR ON RECORD SINCE CONSISTENT
RECORDS BEGAN BACK IN 1917. THE WETTEST YEAR ON RECORD REMAINS 38.81
INCHES IN 1954 (EVEN WITH 3 MISSING DAYS OF OBSERVATIONS).

- WITH 35.41 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION RECORDED AT TRAVERSE CITY IN
2009...THIS WAS THE 12TH WETTEST YEAR ON RECORD SINCE CONSISTENT
RECORDS BEGAN BACK 1896. THE WETTEST YEAR ON RECORD REMAINS AN
ASTONISHING 63.05 INCHES IN 1996.

HERE IS SOME ADDITIONAL PRECIPITATION INFORMATION FOR STATIONS
LISTED ABOVE:

SAULT SAINTE MARIE STATS

DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION:      153
DAYS WITH PRECIP GREATER THAN 0.50 INCH:  14
24 HOUR MAX RAIN:                       1.10 INCHES ON OCTOBER 30TH

HOUGHTON LAKE STATS

DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION:      118
DAYS WITH PRECIP GREATER THAN 0.50 INCH:  21
24 HOUR MAX RAIN:                       1.55 INCHES ON JUNE 8TH

ALPENA STATS

DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION:      129
DAYS WITH PRECIP GREATER THAN 0.50 INCH:  19
24 HOUR MAX RAIN:                       1.64 INCHES ON JULY 17TH

TRAVERSE CITY STATS

DAYS WITH MEASURABLE 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 MEASURABLE 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 2009:

                           SSM     HTL     APN     TVC*    GLR**

JANUARY                   21.7    16.4    30.0    27.9    30.8
FEBRUARY                  19.5    13.2    22.6    21.7    21.1
MARCH                      7.7     5.2    10.5    16.3    14.3
APRIL                      1.3     0.2     0.1     1.2     3.2
MAY                        0.3     0.0       T     0.0     0.0      
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                    0.6       T       T     0.0     0.4
NOVEMBER                   4.1     0.7     0.1       T     1.6
DECEMBER                  45.9    20.4    21.1    40.4    47.7

2009  SNOWFALL (IN)      101.1    56.1    84.4   107.5   119.1
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL    -31.5   -14.5    -1.4   +11.1   -30.1

*UNOFFICIAL DATA (OBSERVED SNOWFALL IS FROM THE COOPERATIVE OBSERVER
IN THE VICINITY OF THE ASOS SITE...WHILE NORMAL SNOWFALL IS DERIVED
FROM THE ASOS SITE.)

**UNOFFICIAL DATA (OBSERVED AND NORMAL SNOWFALL IS FROM THE  
COOPERATIVE OBSERVER SITE)

- WITH 107.5 INCHES OF SNOWFALL RECORDED AT TRAVERSE CITY DURING
2009...THIS WAS THE 14TH SNOWIEST CALENDAR YEAR ON RECORD SINCE
CONSISTENT RECORDS BEGAN BACK IN 1896. THE SNOWIEST CALENDAR YEAR ON
RECORD REMAINS 189.8 INCHES SET IN 1995.

HERE IS SOME ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL INFORMATION FOR STATIONS LISTED
ABOVE:

SAULT SAINTE MARIE STATS

MAX SNOW DEPTH:                          26 INCHES ON FEBRUARY 3RD
DAYS WITH ANY SNOWFALL:                  98
DAYS WITH SNOWFALL GREATER THAN 1 INCH:  33
24 HOUR MAX SNOWFALL:                   8.8 INCHES ON DECEMBER 10TH

HOUGHTON LAKE STATS

MAX SNOW DEPTH:                          21 INCHES ON JANUARY 18TH
DAYS WITH ANY SNOWFALL:                  92
DAYS WITH SNOWFALL GREATER THAN 1 INCH:  17
24 HOUR MAX SNOWFALL:                   6.6 INCHES ON JANUARY 17TH

ALPENA STATS

MAX SNOW DEPTH:                          28 INCHES ON JANUARY 20TH
DAY WITH ANY SNOWFALL:                   95
DAYS WITH SNOWFALL GREATER THAN 1 INCH:  24
24 HOUR MAX SNOWFALL:                   7.6 INCHES ON DECEMBER 9TH

TRAVERSE CITY STATS

MAX SNOW DEPTH:                          18 INCHES ON JANUARY 30TH
DAYS WITH ANY SNOWFALL:                  86
DAYS WITH SNOWFALL GREATER THAN 1 INCH:  34
24 HOUR MAX SNOWFALL:                  10.0 INCHES ON MARCH 9TH

GAYLORD STATS
MAX SNOW DEPTH:                          19 INCHES ON JANUARY 31ST
DAYS WITH ANY SNOWFALL:                 101
DAYS WITH SNOWFALL GREATER THAN 1 INCH:  37
24 HOUR MAX SNOWFALL:                  10.8 INCHES ON DECEMBER 10TH
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HERE ARE SEVERAL OF THE MORE NOTABLE WEATHER EVENTS DURING 2009:

- 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.

- 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.

- ON APRIL 3RD...A LATE WINTER STORM BROUGHT A COUPLE INCHES OF HEAVY
WET SNOW TO NORTHERN MICHIGAN...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE INTERIOR
HIGHLANDS. THE HIGHEST AMOUNT...3.6 INCHES...WAS RECORDED RIGHT HERE
AT THE OFFICE.

- ON APRIL 7TH...COLD AIR CROSSING THE INCREASINGLY ICE FREE GREAT
LAKES BROUGHT A ROUND OF LATE SEASON LAKE EFFECT SNOW TO PARTS OF
NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN. THE SNOWFALL WAS CONCENTRATED JUST SOUTH
AND EAST OF TRAVERSE CITY...WHERE 1 TO 3 INCH TOTALS WERE FOUND.

- EASTER SUNDAY (APRIL 12TH)...A NEAR PERFECT EASTER ACROSS NORTHERN
MICHIGAN WITH ABUNDANT SUNSHINE AND TEMPERATURES WARMING WELL INTO
THE 40S AND LOWER 50S.

- APRIL 24TH...WARMEST AIR OF THE SPRING SEASON OVERSPREAD THE
NORTHERN LAKES ON SOUTHERLY WINDS. MOST AREAS REACHED WELL INTO THE
MID TO UPPER 70S...WITH EVEN THE FIRST 80 DEGREE READING OF THE
SEASON REPORTED AT TRAVERSE CITY...WHICH MADE IT ALL THE WAY TO 82
DEGREES.

- EARLY ON APRIL 25TH...AFTER THE WARM AIR OF THE 24TH...THE SEASONS
FIRST THUNDERSTORMS WERE OBSERVED ACROSS EASTERN UPPER AND NORTHWEST
LOWER MICHIGAN. SOME OF THE STORMS PRODUCED LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN...
WITH RADAR ESTIMATES SHOWING UP TO A HALF AN INCH OF MUCH NEEDED
RAINFALL IN SOME LOCATIONS.

- APRIL 25TH THRU THE 27TH...AFTER A EXCEEDINGLY DRY PERIOD TO START
THE MONTH (UNFORTUNATELY...IN A PERIOD KNOWN AS THE NORTHERN
MICHIGAN FIRE WEATHER SEASON)...MUCH NEEDED RAINFALL WAS OBSERVED
THROUGHOUT THIS PERIOD. THREE DAY RAINFALL TOTALS RANGED FROM A HALF
AN INCH TO NEARLY AN INCH AND THREE QUARTERS. THE GREATEST AMOUNT
WAS OBSERVED AT HOUGHTON LAKE...WHICH CAME IN WITH 1.78 INCHES FOR
THE PERIOD.

- MAY 8TH...LATE NIGHT STORMS BROUGHT SOME BRIEF HEAVY RAIN AND PEA
SIZE HAIL OVER PARTS OF NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN. UNFORTUNATELY...THE
STORMS EXITED FAIRLY QUICKLY OFF TO THE EAST...KEEPING PRECIPITATION
AMOUNTS LIGHT (A TENTH TO A THIRD OF AN INCH) WHERE RAIN WAS
REPORTED. HOWEVER...A LOCATION NEAR ATLANTA DID REPORT AROUND ONE
INCH OF RAIN.

- MAY 11TH...HIGH PRESSURE...DRY AIR...AND EXCEEDINGLY DRY GROUND SET
THE STAGE FOR VERY COLD TEMPERATURES DURING THE EARLY MORNING
HOURS...WITH MOST LOCATIONS AWAY FROM THE IMMEDIATE LAKE SHORES
DROPPING WELL INTO THE 20S. A FEW TEENS WERE ALSO REPORTED IN THE
TYPICAL COLDER LOCATIONS OF NORTHEAST LOWER MICHIGAN...WITH 18
DEGREES AT ATLANTA THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE REPORTED.

- MAY 13TH AND 14TH...FINALLY SOME MUCH NEEDED WIDESPREAD RAINFALL
ACROSS NORTHERN MICHIGAN OUT AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT CROSSING THROUGH
THE REGION. PER THE USUAL WITH SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS...RAINFALL
AMOUNTS VARIED GREATLY WITH LOCATION...RANGING FROM ONE HALF INCH TO
NEARLY ONE AND A HALF INCHES. THE HEAVIEST RAIN GENERALLY FELL SOUTH
OF THE M-72 CORRIDOR...WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNT OF 1.51 INCHES
REPORTED 6 MILES EAST OF CADILLAC.

- MAY 16TH...LAST SNOW OF THE SEASON (HOPEFULLY) WAS OBSERVED ACROSS
PORTIONS OF NORTHERN LOWER AND EASTERN UPPER MICHIGAN DURING THE
LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS. WHILE MOST LOCATIONS SAW ONLY
FLURRIES...SAULT STE MARIE DID RECEIVE 0.3 INCHES OF SNOW...ENOUGH
TO PUT A FRESH COAT OF THE WHITE STUFF ACROSS THE LANDSCAPE.

- MAY 18TH...ANOTHER CLEAR AND COLD NIGHT AS DRY HIGH PRESSURE
SETTLED OVERHEAD. ONCE AGAIN...TEMPERATURES DROPPED WELL INTO THE
20S ACROSS MOST OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN. ATLANTA CAME IN THE COLDEST
(LIKE THAT'S A SURPRISE :))...DROPPING ALL THE WAY DOWN TO 20 DEGREES.

- MAY 20TH AND 21ST...FIRST WIDESPREAD 80S OF THE SEASON OVERSPREAD
THE NORTHWOODS ON THE HEELS OF GUSTY SOUTHWEST WINDS. THE WARMEST
TEMPERATURES WAS EXPERIENCED NEAR HARRISVILLE...WHICH REACHED 91
DEGREES DURING THE AFTERNOON OF THE 21ST. A COLD FRONT DROPPING
SOUTH ACROSS THE AREA BROUGHT AN ABRUPT END TO THE SUMMERTIME WARMTH
LATER ON THE 21ST...WITH TEMPERATURES DROPPING 15 TO 20 DEGREES
QUICKLY AFTER THE FRONTAL PASSAGE.

- MAY 27TH AND 28TH...A COMBINATION OF A REMNANT SUB-TROPICAL SYSTEM
MOVING NORTH FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO...AND A LOW PRESSURE
APPROACHING FROM THE NORTHERN PLAINS...BROUGHT NORTHERN MICHIGAN
SOME MUCH NEEDED RAINFALL. ALL IN ALL...MOST LOCATIONS SAW IN EXCESS
OF AN INCH...WITH SOME AREAS REPORTING 2 INCHES OR MORE. SOUTH
BOARDMAN REPORTED THE MOST...CHECKING IN WITH 2.21 INCHES.

- MAY 31ST...THE MONTH ENDED ON A COLD NOTE...WITH EARLY MORNING
READINGS DROPPING INTO THE 20S AND 30S. THE COLD LOCATION WAS NEAR
ATLANTA...WHICH DROPPED ALL THE WAY DOWN TO 22 DEGREES...WITH INDIAN
RIVER NOT TOO FAR BEHIND...DROPPING TO 24 DEGREES.

- JUNE 1ST THROUGH THE 10TH...METEOROLOGICAL SUMMER KICKED OFF MORE
LIKE THE MIDDLE OF SPRING...WITH TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW NORMAL FOR
THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF THE MONTH. ON AVERAGE...DAILY TEMPERATURES WERE
A GOOD 5 TO 10 DEGREES (OR MORE!) BELOW NORMAL THROUGH THIS PERIOD.
THE COOLEST CONDITIONS OCCURRED DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF
JUNE 2ND THROUGH THE 5TH...WHEN MANY LOCATIONS SAW FROST-PRODUCING
LOWS IN THE 30S. A COUPLE OF THE INTERIOR COLDER LOCATIONS EVEN SAW
TEMPERATURES DIP INTO THE 20S...WITH ATLANTA REPORTING THE COLDEST
TEMPERATURES...DROPPING ALL THE WAY DOWN TO 24 DEGREES EARLY ON JUNE
4TH.

- JUNE 7TH AND 8TH...AFTER A DRY START TO THE MONTH...SLOW NORTHWARD
MOVING REMNANTS OF WHICH WAS ONCE A GULF OF MEXICO TROPICAL
DISTURBANCE BROUGHT SOME MUCH NEEDED RAIN TO THE NORTHWOODS...WITH
TWO DAY TOTALS IN MANY LOCATIONS EXCEEDING AN INCH AND A HALF.

- JUNE 21ST THROUGH THE 25TH...AS IF ON QUE...THE OFFICIAL ARRIVAL OF
SUMMER EARLY ON THE 21ST STARTED A 5 DAY STRETCH OF WARM (TO HOT)
WEATHER ACROSS NORTHERN MICHIGAN. HIGHS IN THE 80S ON THE 21ST AND
22ND WERE REPLACED BY READINGS IN THE 90S FOR MANY LOCATIONS DURING
THE AFTERNOON HOURS OF THE 23RD AND 24TH. ON THE 24TH...MID 90S WERE
COMMON (THE HOTTEST READINGS IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS) AWAY FROM
THE IMMEDIATE GREAT LAKES SHORELINES. AS ONE WOULD EXPECT...SEVERAL
RECORD HIGHS WERE RECORDED ON THE 24TH. THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURE
OBSERVED ACROSS NORTHERN MICHIGAN WAS 97 DEGREES AT BOTH FIFE LAKE
AND MIO.

- JUNE 28TH THROUGH THE 30TH...THE MONTH ENDED MUCH LIKE IT
BEGAN...WITH UNSEASONABLE COOL TEMPERATURES. THE CULPRIT THIS TIME
WAS A STRONG AND SLOW MOVING LOW PRESSURE...WHICH BROUGHT A
PROLONGED PERIOD OF CLOUDY AND COOL WEATHER TO THE NORTHWOODS.
SEVERAL LOCATION SAW HIGHS STUCK IN THE MID TO UPPER 50S ON THE
30TH...SETTING NEW RECORD LOW HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR THE DATE. IN
ADDITION TO THE COOL READINGS...AND IN DELIGHT TO LOCAL LAWNS AND
FARMERS...MORE RAIN ACCOMPANIED THE STORM SYSTEM...WITH MULTI-DAY
RAINFALL TOTALS OF A HALF INCH OR MORE FOR MANY LOCATIONS.

- JULY 1ST THROUGH THE 3RD...A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME AS PERSISTENT
NORTHWEST WINDS BROUGHT THE FIRST OF MANY UNSEASONABLY COOL
AIRMASSES INTO THE GREAT LAKES REGION. HIGH TEMPERATURES ALL THREE
DAYS STAYED IN THE 60S (A GOOD TEN OR MORE DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL)...WITH SEVERAL LOCATIONS STAYING IN THE 50S FOR AT LEAST ONE
OF THE DAYS IN THIS PERIOD.

- JULY 4TH...PROBABLY A LITTLE CHILLY FOR MOST ON THE NATIONS
BIRTHDAY (HIGHS GENERALLY IN THE LOW TO MID 70S)...BUT ALL IN
ALL...A RATHER ENJOYABLE DAY WITH MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES AND LOW
HUMIDITY.

- JULY 7TH...ANOTHER SOUTHWARD SURGING MASS OF COLD AIR (THANKS
CANADA!) KEPT TEMPERATURES MORE LIKE LATE SEPTEMBER AND EARLY
OCTOBER...WITH HIGHS TAKING THE PLUNGE BACK INTO THE 50S AND
60S...AND OVERNIGHT LOWS IN THE UPPER 30S INTO THE 40S.

- JULY 10TH...ISOLATED STORMS TRAINING OVER FAR NORTHWEST SECTIONS OF
CHIPPEWA COUNTY BROUGHT RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2.50 TO 3.00 INCHES.

- JULY 22ND...AFTERNOON STORMS BROUGHT LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN TO PARTS OF
NORTHEAST LOWER MICHIGAN...WITH CENTRAL MONTMORENCY COUNTY TAKING
THE BRUNT OF THE ACTION. A TRAINED SPOTTER IN ATLANTA REPORTED 2.99
INCHES OF RAIN IN ONLY A COUPLE HOURS. THIS WAS MORE RAIN THAN MOST
OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN RECEIVED DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH.

- JULY 23RD...UNSEASONABLY STRONG LOW PRESSURE DRIFTING ACROSS THE
NORTHERN GREAT LAKES BROUGHT HEAVY RAIN ONCE AGAIN TO PORTIONS OF
NORTHEAST LOWER MICHIGAN...WITH ALPENA SETTING A DAILY RECORD
RAINFALL OF 1.43 INCHES.

- JULY 24TH AND 25TH...HEAVY RAINS TARGETED AREAS NORTH OF THE MIGHTY
MAC...WITH SEVERAL LOCATIONS RECORDING WELL OVER AN INCH...INCLUDING
1.53 INCHES AT PICKFORD.

- AUGUST 1ST THROUGH THE 8TH...THE MONTH BEGAN MUCH LIKE JULY
ENDED...WITH PERSISTENT COOL NORTHWEST FLOW CONTINUING THE BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURE THEME. HIGHS THROUGH THIS PERIOD GENERALLY
REMAINED IN THE 60S AND 70S...WITH OVERNIGHT LOWS DROPPING BACK INTO
THE 40S AND 50S. BY THE 8TH...AVERAGE AUGUST READINGS WERE ALREADY
SEVERAL DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

- AUGUST 9TH THROUGH THE 17TH...PROBABLY WHAT MOST NORTHERN
MICHIGANDERS HAD BEEN WAITING FOR ALL SUMMER LONG AS A TEMPORARY
BREAK IN THE PATTERN BROUGHT SUSTAINED WARMTH THROUGH THIS PERIOD.
DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES OFTEN PUSHED THE MID TO UPPER 80S...AND WITH
INCREASED HUMIDITY...OVERNIGHT LOWS SEVERAL NIGHTS STRUGGLED TO FALL
OUT OF THE 60S. THIS WARM SPELL HELPED OFFSET THE COOL BEGINNING TO
THE MONTH...WITH OVERALL AUGUST TEMPERATURE AVERAGES APPROACHING
NEAR NORMAL BY THE END OF THIS PERIOD. MORE GOOD NEWS...AFTER A
RELATIVELY DRY SUMMER...SHOWERS AND STORMS BECAME MUCH MORE NUMEROUS
(A BY-PRODUCT OF THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY). SOME LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN WAS
REPORTED AT TIMES. THE HEAVIEST RAIN OCCURRED DURING THE NIGHT OF
AUGUST 15TH...WHEN A SLOW MOVING DISTURBANCE BROUGHT WIDESPREAD
THUNDERSTORMS TO THE TIP OF THE MITT. SOME OF THE HEAVIER TOTALS
THAT NIGHT INCLUDED 2.50 INCHES AT PELLSTON...AND 2.60 INCHES NEAR
INDIAN RIVER. HOWEVER...DOPPLER PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES SHOWED
AMOUNTS IN EXCESS OF 6 INCHES OVER PARTS OF EMMET AND CHEBOYGAN
COUNTIES. MORE THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY ON THE 16TH BROUGHT LOCALIZED
HEAVY RAIN AND EVEN A FEW SEVERE WIND GUSTS...WITH TREES REPORTED
DOWN JUST NORTH OF GAYLORD AND NEAR CADILLAC (A BOAT WAS ALSO
REPORTED FLIPPED OVER ON LAKE CADILLAC).

- AUGUST 21ST THROUGH THE 23RD...BACK TO MORE TYPICAL CONDITIONS SEEN
AROUND THESE PARTS THIS SUMMER AS UNSEASONABLY STRONG LOW PRESSURE
BROUGHT A RENEWED SURGE OF COOL CANADIAN AIR TO THE NORTHWOODS. ONCE
AGAIN...HIGHS STRUGGLED TO GET MUCH OUT OF THE LOW TO MID 60S...WITH
EVEN A FEW UPPER 50 HIGHS REPORTED OVER INTERIOR ELEVATED REGIONS OF
NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN ON THE 22ND. TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY...OUR
OLD NEMESIS LAKE EFFECT RETURNED AS COOL AIR CROSSING THE RELATIVELY
(AND I DO MEAN "RELATIVELY") WARM WATERS OF NORTHERN LAKE MICHIGAN
BROUGHT WELL DEFINED LAKE EFFECT RAIN BANDS TO PARTS OF NORTHWEST
LOWER MICHIGAN. ALTHOUGH NOT UNPRECEDENTED...LAKE EFFECT RAIN SHOWERS
ARE UNUSUAL DURING AUGUST...WHICH IS STILL CONSIDERED PART OF THE
STABLE SEASON OVER THE GREAT LAKES.

- AUGUST 28TH THROUGH THE 31ST...ANOTHER UNSEASONABLY STRONG LOW
PRESSURE SYSTEM SLOWLY CROSSING THE NORTHERN LAKES BROUGHT
WIDESPREAD MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL AND ANOTHER ROUND OF COOL
CONDITIONS TO THE AREA. THE HEAVY RAIN FELL DURING THE EVENING OF
THE 28TH...THROUGH MUCH OF THE 29TH...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE NORTH
HALF OF THE AREA. BY THE END OF THE 29TH...MANY LOCATIONS ALONG AND
NORTH OF THE M-72 CORRIDOR RECEIVED WELL OVER AN INCH OF RAIN...WITH
SOME SITES APPROACHING 2 INCHES. THIS PUSHED SEVERAL LOCATIONS ABOVE
NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST...A WELCOME REPRIEVE TO THE
RELATIVELY DRY START TO SUMMER. ONCE THE STORM BEGAN TO PUSH OFF TO
THE EAST...COOL NORTHWEST WINDS ONCE AGAIN VISITED THE NORTHWOODS...
FORCING HIGHS TO STAY IN THE THE 50S FOR SEVERAL LOCATIONS BOTH ON
THE 29TH AND 30TH. AS SKIES CLEARED DURING THE EVENING OF THE 30TH
INTO THE MORNING OF THE 31ST...TEMPERATURE PLUMMETED...ESPECIALLY
INLAND FROM THE IMMEDIATE GREAT LAKES SHORELINES. SEVERAL LOCATIONS
DROPPED WELL INTO THE FROST-PRODUCING 30S...WITH EVEN A FEW
UNOFFICIAL UPPER 20 DEGREE READINGS REPORTED.

- THE FIRST 20 DAYS OF SEPTEMBER WENT RAIN FREE IN MOST
LOCATIONS...WHICH WAS THE MOST NOTEWORTHY WEATHER OCCURRENCE DURING
THE MONTH.

- HIGH WINDS ROARED THROUGH THE REGION OVERNIGHT FROM THE 28TH TO
THE 29TH OF SEPTEMBER. THE STRONGEST WIND GUST WAS RECORDED AT BIG
SABLE POINT WITH REPORTED A WIND GUST OF 52 MPH. FRANKFORT ALSO
REPORTED A WIND GUSTS AT 46 MPH. SOME PLACES DOWNSTATE EVEN REPORTED
SOME DAMAGE FROM THESE WINDS.

- OCTOBER STARTED OUT HISTORICALLY COLD...WITH NEARLY ALL OF THE FIRST
18 DAYS OF THE MONTH AVERAGING BELOW...TO MUCH BELOW...NORMAL. BY
THE 18TH...MOST LOCATIONS HAD EXPERIENCED ONE OF THE TOP 5 COLDEST
STARTS TO OCTOBER SINCE 1950. AS ONE WOULD EXPECT DURING
OCTOBER...THE EXCEEDINGLY COLD TEMPERATURES SPARKED THE FIRST SNOW
OF THE YOUNG SNOW SEASON ON OCTOBER 10TH...WITH INTERMITTENT
EPISODES OF LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS CONTINUING THROUGH THE 15TH.
HOWEVER...GIVEN THE GENERAL LIGHT NATURE OF THE ACTIVITY AND THE
STILL WARM GROUND TEMPERATURES...MOST AREAS RECEIVED JUST TRACE
AMOUNTS OF SNOW THROUGH THIS PERIOD...WITH ANY LIGHT ACCUMULATION
ONLY FOUND ACROSS PARTS OF EASTERN UPPER MICHIGAN AND THE INTERIOR
HIGHLANDS OF NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN. EVEN IN THESE LOCATIONS...
SNOWFALL TOTALS FOR THE MONTH REMAINED UNDER AN INCH.

- A SHIFT IN THE UPPER LEVEL PATTERN BROUGHT MODERATING TEMPERATURES
FOR MUCH OF THE REMAINDER OCTOBER...WITH MANY OF THE FINAL 13 DAYS OF THE
MONTH AVERAGING ABOVE NORMAL. THIS PARTIALLY OFFSET THE COLD
START...AND AS A RESULT...MOST AREAS FELL SHORT OF RECORDING ONE OF
THEIR COLDER OCTOBERS. THE LARGEST DAILY DEPARTURE DURING THIS
PERIOD WAS ON THE 30TH...WHEN GUSTY SOUTH WINDS AHEAD OF AN
APPROACHING STRONG COLD FRONT HELPED TEMPERATURES SOAR WELL INTO THE
60S (THE FIRST 60 DEGREE TEMPERATURES OF THE MONTH). THE WARMEST
TEMPERATURE REPORTED WAS 68 DEGREES...WHICH OCCURRED AT SEVERAL
LOCATIONS...INCLUDING TRAVERSE CITY. HOWEVER...THE WARM-UP WAS SHORT
LIVED...AS THE STRONG FRONT PLOWED ACROSS THE AREA DURING THE
EVENING...QUICKLY DROPPING TEMPERATURES AND SETTING UP A BRIEF
PERIOD OF VERY GUSTY WINDS. SOME OF THE HIGHER GUSTS REPORTED
INCLUDED 53 MPH AT GAYLORD AND 50 MPH AT EAST JORDAN. THERE WAS ALSO
A CONFIRMED REPORT OF A GUST OF 73 MPH AT MID-SPAN OF THE MACKINAC
BRIDGE...WHICH IS 200 FT ABOVE THE WATER SURFACE.

- 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 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 IN EASTERN UPPER.

- DECEMBER 1ST AND 2ND...THE BENIGN AND SEASONABLY MILD NOVEMBER
CONDITIONS CONTINUED TO START DECEMBER...WITH DRY CONDITIONS AND
HIGHS WELL INTO THE 40S BOTH DAYS.

- DECEMBER 4TH THROUGH THE 6TH...THE FIRST HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW
EVENT OF THE SEASON CENTERED ITSELF OVER FAR NORTHWEST LOWER AND
SOUTH CENTRAL PARTS OF EASTERN UPPER MICHIGAN (THE NORTH SHORE OF
LAKE HURON). PERSISTENT SOUTHWEST WINDS AND COLD AIR FLOWING OVER THE
STILL MID TO UPPER 40S LAKE MICHIGAN WATER BROUGHT FREQUENT PERIODS
OF HEAVY SNOW TO THIS REGION. BY THE TIME THE LAKE EFFECT
ENDED...SOME LOCALES HAD BETWEEN 18 AND 24 INCHES OF THE WHITE
STUFF. THE GREATEST ACCUMULATIONS WERE CENTERED OVER PARTS OF EMMET
AND CHEBOYGAN COUNTIES.

- DECEMBER 9TH THROUGH THE 11TH...MULTIFACETED WINTER STORM SLAMMED
THE NORTHWOODS...FIRST BRINGING A WIDESPREAD HEAVY SNOW FROM THE
STORM ITSELF ON THE 9TH...FOLLOWED BY VERY HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOWS
IN THE TYPICAL SNOWBELT REGIONS OF NORTHWEST LOWER AND EASTERN UPPER
MICHIGAN THROUGH THE NIGHT OF THE 10TH. IN ADDITIONS...VERY GUSTY
WINDS FREQUENTLY RESULTED IN SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING
SNOW...OCCASIONALLY DROPPING VISIBILITIES TO NEAR ZERO. SNOWFALL
RATES WERE EXTREME AT TIMES...WITH THUNDERSNOW OVER PARTS OF
KALKASKA...ANTRIM...AND OTSEGO COUNTIES (SEVERAL REPORTS OF
LIGHTNING) DURING THE MORNING OF THE 9TH DROPPING UP TO 3 INCHES OF
SNOW IN AN HOUR. THESE SAME RATES WERE OBSERVED ON THE 10TH IN
INTENSE LAKE EFFECT BANDS ACROSS ANTRIM AND OTSEGO COUNTIES. AS ONE
CAN IMAGINE GIVEN SUCH RATES...SNOWFALL TOTALS WERE
IMPRESSIVE...EVEN BY NORTHERN MICHIGAN STANDARDS...WITH SOME OF THE
SNOWBELT REGIONS APPROACHING 2 FEET BY THE MORNING OF THE 11TH. SOME
OF THE HEAVIER TOTALS INCLUDED 23.5 INCHES IN ELMIRA...21.8 INCHES
IN GAYLORD...18.8 INCHES HERE AT THE OFFICE 9 MILES SOUTH SOUTHWEST
GAYLORD...AND 18.2 INCHES IN TRAVERSE CITY. FOR GAYLORD...THIS WAS
THE 2ND LARGEST THREE DAY SNOWFALL SINCE CONSISTENT RECORDS BEGAN
BACK IN 1950 (RECORD STILL REMAINS 24.5 INCHES IN JANUARY
1990)...AND FOR TRAVERSE CITY...THIS WAS THE 10TH LARGEST THREE DAY
SNOWFALL SINCE 1950 (RECORD STILL REMAINS 27.6 INCHES IN FEBRUARY
1985).

- CHRISTMAS...WINTER WEATHER TOOK A TEMPORARY REPRIEVE JUST IN TIME
FOR CHRISTMAS...WITH HIGHS REACHING THE MID TO UPPER 30S AND BOUTS
OF LIGHT RAIN AND DRIZZLE. HOWEVER...BY LATER IN THE AFTERNOON...A
PERIOD OF WET SNOW WITH VERY LARGE FLAKES DRIFTED NORTH ACROSS THE
REGION...HELPING ADD TO THE CHRISTMAS FEEL. THE GOOD NEWS...AFTER
SOME LIGHT FREEZING RAIN AND DRIZZLE CHRISTMAS EVE...THE WARM
CONDITIONS RESULTED IN VERY LITTLE TRAVEL PROBLEMS.

- DECEMBER 28TH...WINTER WEATHER RETURNS WITH A VENGEANCE AS A
STRONG ARCTIC COLD FRONT DROPPING SOUTH BROUGHT FALLING
TEMPERATURES...VERY GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS...LIGHT TO MODERATE
SNOW...AND PERIODS OF NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY IN BLOWING AND DRIFTING
SNOW. HOWEVER...GIVEN HOW QUICK THE FRONT EXITED THE
REGION...SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WERE NOT ALL THAT IMPRESSIVE...WITH A
GENERAL 1 TO 5 INCHES FALLING ACROSS THE AREA. THE HEAVIEST
AMOUNTS...WERE...PER THE USUAL...CONFINED TO THE SNOWBELT REGIONS AS
LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS PERSISTED FOR SEVERAL HOURS BEHIND THE
FRONT. EARLY MORNING TEMPERATURES NEAR FREEZING DROPPED TO THE TEENS
BY EVENING...WITH WIND CHILL VALUES SEVERAL DEGREES COLDER.
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HERE ARE THE DAILY TEMPERATURE...PRECIPITATION...AND SNOWFALL
RECORDS THAT OCCURRED DURING 2008:

JANUARY

- A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 6.6 INCHES WAS SET AT HOUGHTON LAKE JANUARY
17TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 4.2 INCHES SET IN 1992.

- A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 6.2 INCHES WAS SET AT ALPENA JANUARY 18TH.
THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 6.1 INCHES...SET IN 1960.

FEBRUARY

- A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 17 DEGREES BELOW ZERO WAS SET AT
GAYLORD ON FEBRUARY 5TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 16 DEGREES
BELOW ZERO SET IN 1995.

- A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 51 DEGREES WAS SET AT ALPENA FEBRUARY
7TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 49 SET IN 1925.

- A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 50 DEGREES WAS SET AT TRAVERSE CITY
FEBRUARY 7TH. THIS TIED THE OLD RECORD OF 50 DEGREES LAST SET IN
1925.

- A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 45 DEGREES WAS SET AT GAYLORD
FEBRUARY 7TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 44 DEGREES FROM 1990.

- A NEW RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR FEBRUARY 10TH OF 46 DEGREES WAS
SET AT SAULT STE MARIE. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 43 SET IN 1966.

- A NEW RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 54 DEGREES WAS SET AT HOUGHTON
LAKE FEBRUARY 10TH. THIS ECLIPSED THE OLD RECORD OF 49 DEGREES SET
BACK IN 1998.

- A NEW RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 55 DEGREES WAS SET IN ALPENA
FEBRUARY 10TH. THIS WIPED OUT THE OLD RECORD OF 50 DEGREES SET BACK
IN 1966.

- A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 57 DEGREES WAS SET AT TRAVERSE CITY
FEBRUARY 10TH. THIS SHATTERED THE LONG STANDING RECORD OF 50 DEGREES
SET WAY BACK IN 1903.

- A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 54 DEGREES WAS SET AT GAYLORD
FEBRUARY 10TH. THIS SMASHED THE OLD RECORD OF 49 DEGREES SET BACK IN
1984.

- A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 6.3 INCHES WAS SET AT HOUGHTON LAKE FEBRUARY
21ST. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 5.9 INCHES SET IN 1976.

- A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 6.1 INCHES WAS SET IN ALPENA FEBRUARY 21ST.
THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 5.2 INCHES SET IN 1993.

- A RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM PRECIPITATION AMOUNT OF 0.57 INCHES WAS SET
AT HOUGHTON LAKE MI ON FEBRUARY 26TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF
0.54 INCHES SET WAY BACK IN 1946.

MARCH

- 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 WAS ORIGINALLY SET IN 1944.

APRIL

- A RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.94 INCHES WAS SET AT ALPENA ON APRIL 3RD.
THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 0.85 INCHES SET IN 2006.

- A RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.90 INCHES WAS SET AT ALPENA ON APRIL 20TH.
THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 0.85 INCHES SET IN 1970.

MAY

- A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 25 DEGREES WAS SET AT GAYLORD ON MAY
11TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 26 DEGREES SET IN 1983.

- A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 27 DEGREES WAS SET AT GAYLORD ON MAY
18TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 30 DEGREES SET IN 2002.

- A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 31 DEGREES WAS SET AT SAULT STE MARIE
ON MAY 30TH. THIS TIED THE OLD RECORD OF 31 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1996.

- A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 29 DEGREES WAS SET AT ALPENA ON MAY
30TH. THIS TIED THE OLD RECORD OF 29 DEGREES SET IN 1964.

- A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 29 DEGREES WAS SET AT GAYLORD ON MAY
31ST. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 30 DEGREES SET IN 2001.

- A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 32 DEGREES WAS SET AT HOUGHTON LAKE ON
MAY 31ST. THIS TIED THE OLD RECORD OF 32 DEGREES SET IN 1966 AND
2001.

JUNE

- A RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.29 INCHES WAS SET AT ALPENA ON JUNE 8TH.
THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 0.84 INCHES SET IN 1989.

- A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 93 DEGREES WAS TIED AT THE ROSCOMMON
COUNTY AIRPORT IN HOUGHTON LAKE ON JUNE 24TH. THIS TIED THE OLD
RECORD...SET IN 1921 AND 1923.

- A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 95 DEGREES WAS SET AT GAYLORD REGIONAL
AIRPORT ON JUNE 24TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 93 DEGREES SET IN
1983.

- A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 95 DEGREES WAS TIED AT CHERRY CAPITAL
AIRPORT IN TRAVERSE CITY ON JUNE 24TH. THIS TIED THE OLD RECORD LAST
SET IN 2005.

JULY

- A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 62 DEGREES WAS SET AT THE
ROSCOMMON COUNTY AIRPORT IN HOUGHTON LAKE ON JULY 2ND. THIS BROKE
THE RECORD OF 63 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1929.

- A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 36 DEGREES WAS SET AT THE ROSCOMMON
COUNTY AIRPORT IN HOUGHTON LAKE ON JULY 13TH. THIS TIED THE OLD
RECORD OF 36 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1940.

- A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 59 DEGREES WAS SET AT THE
ROSCOMMON COUNTY AIRPORT IN HOUGHTON LAKE ON JULY 18TH. THIS CRUSHED
THE RECORD OF 65 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2000. IN ADDITION...THE HIGH OF
59 DEGREES WAS THE 3RD COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE READING EVER
RECORDED IN THE MONTH OF JULY (COLDEST IS 57 DEGREES).

- A RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.28 INCHES FELL AT THE ROSCOMMON COUNTY
AIRPORT IN HOUGHTON LAKE ON JULY 22ND. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF
0.59 INCHES LAST SET IN 1991.

- A RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.47 INCHES WAS SET AT ALPENA ON JULY 23RD.
THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 1.27 LAST SET IN 1975.

- A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 58 DEGREES WAS SET AT GAYLORD
REGIONAL AIRPORT ON JULY 2ND. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 62
DEGREES LAST SET IN 1929.

- A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 58 DEGREES WAS SET AT GAYLORD
REGIONAL AIRPORT ON JULY 7TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 60
DEGREES LAST SET IN 2004.

- A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 57 DEGREES WAS SET AT GAYLORD
REGIONAL AIRPORT ON JULY 18TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 63
DEGREES LAST SET IN 1909. IN ADDITION...THE HIGH OF 57 DEGREES WAS
THE 4TH COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE READING EVER RECORDED IN THE MONTH
OF JULY (COLDEST IS 54 DEGREES).

AUGUST

- A RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.81 INCHES WAS SET AT THE ROSCOMMON COUNTY
AIRPORT IN HOUGHTON LAKE ON AUGUST 1ST. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF
0.58 INCHES SET IN 1973.

- A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 64 DEGREES WAS SET AT THE
ROSCOMMON COUNTY AIRPORT IN HOUGHTON LAKE ON AUGUST 22ND. THIS BROKE
THE RECORD OF 65 DEGREES SET IN 1975.

- A RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.31 INCHES WAS SET AT ALPENA ON AUGUST 9TH.
THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 1.06 INCHES SET IN 1943.

- A RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.71 INCHES WAS SET AT ALPENA ON AUGUST 29TH.
THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 0.94 INCHES SET IN 1975.

- A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 61 DEGREES WAS TIED AT THE
GAYLORD REGIONAL AIRPORT IN GAYLORD ON AUGUST 22ND. THIS RECORD WAS
ORIGINALLY SET IN 1923.

- A RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.01 INCHES WAS TIED AT THE GAYLORD REGIONAL
AIRPORT IN GAYLORD ON AUGUST 28TH. THIS RECORD WAS ORIGINALLY SET
BACK IN 1961.

- A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 34 DEGREES WAS TIED AT THE GAYLORD
REGIONAL AIRPORT IN GAYLORD ON AUGUST 31ST. THIS RECORD WAS
ORIGINALLY SET IN 1978.

- A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 62 DEGREES WAS TIED AT THE
CHERRY CAPITAL AIRPORT IN TRAVERSE CITY ON AUGUST 22ND. THIS RECORD
WAS ORIGINALLY SET IN 1926.

SEPTEMBER

- A RECORD RAINFALL WAS SET IN ALPENA ON SEPTEMBER 23RD WITH 1.33
INCHES OF RAIN RECORDED AT THE ALPENA COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT. THIS
BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 1.23 INCHES SET IN 2001.

OCTOBER

- A RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.56 INCHES WAS SET AT SAULT STE MARIE ON
OCTOBER 2ND. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 0.49 INCHES SET IN 1960.

- A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 0.6 INCHES WAS SET AT SAULT STE MARIE ON
OCTOBER 12TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 0.2 INCHES SET IN 1980.

- THE HIGH TEMPERATURE AT THE AIRPORT IN HOUGHTON LAKE ONLY REACHED
42 DEGREES ON OCTOBER 15TH. THIS TIED THE PREVIOUS RECORD LOW
MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR THE DATE...ORIGINALLY SET IN 1991 AND 1978.

- A RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.65 INCHES WAS SET AT ALPENA ON OCTOBER 2ND.
THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 0.64 INCHES SET IN 1927.

- THE HIGH TEMPERATURE AT THE ALPENA COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT ONLY
REACHED 43 DEGREES ON OCTOBER 15TH. THIS BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD LOW
MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE...WHICH WAS 44 DEGREES IN 1991.

- THE LOW TEMPERATURE AT TRAVERSE CITY CHERRY CAPITAL AIRPORT FELL
TO 30 DEGREES DURING THE MORNING OF OCTOBER 1ST. THIS TIED THE OLD
RECORD SET IN 1960.

- A RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.61 INCHES WAS SET AT TRAVERSE CITY ON
OCTOBER 30TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 0.60 INCHES SET IN
1919.

NOVEMBER

- 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.

DECEMBER

- A RECORD LIQUID EQUIVALENT OF 0.47 INCHES WAS SET AT HOUGHTON LAKE
ON DECEMBER 25TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 0.30 INCHES SET IN
1945 AND 1936.

- A RECORD DAILY RAINFALL /LIQUID EQUIVALENT/ OF 0.69 INCHES WAS SET
AT ALPENA ON DECEMBER 9TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 0.52 INCHES
SET IN 2008.

- A RECORD LIQUID EQUIVALENT OF 0.63 INCHES WAS SET AT ALPENA ON
DECEMBER 25TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 0.55 SET IN 1918.

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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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