Summer 2010 Recap

                 Warmer Than Normal Summer

In stark contrast to last summer, this past season was warmer than normal across the board, with all locations experiencing one of their top 10 warmest summers on record.

While precipitation was highly variable, in general, most locations experienced slightly wetter than normal conditions.

         Summer Average Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 65.6

 61.9

 +3.7

 7th Warmest

67.2 / 1955 

 57.3 / 1982

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

68.1 

 64.5

 +3.6

Tied 7th Warmest 

 70.6 / 1995

 61.8 / 1992

 

Alpena (1916 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 67.3

 64.2

 +3.1

Tied 5th Warmest 

68.2 / 1988 

 60.6 / 1992

 

Traverse City* (1897 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

69.7 

 67.2

+2.5 

Tied 10th Warmest 

 71.6 / 1955

 61.8 / 1965

 

Gaylord** (1951 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 67.5

 65.4

 +2.1

 Tied 8th Warmest

 69.2 / 1988

61.3 / 1992

  

Summer Temperature Comparison:

 

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - Present)

Days of

Average

2009

2010

 90 degrees or higher

 1

 0

 0

 80 degrees or higher

 21

 14

 25

Max high temperature (date)

 

 88 (June 24th)

88 (August 10th) 

Coolest low temperature (date)

 

 36 (June 2nd)

41 (June 8th) 

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - Present)

Days of

Average

2009

2010

 90 degrees or higher

 3

 1

 80 degrees or higher

 38

 24

 48

Max high temperature (date)

 

 93 (June 24th)

 89 (August 30th)

Coolest low temperature (date)

 

 31 (August 31st)

 36 (June 8th)

 

Alpena (1916 - Present)

Days of

Average

2009

2010

 90 degrees or higher

 6

 1

 5

 80 degrees or higher

 37

 21

 46

Max high temperature (date)

 

 90 (June 24th)

92 (August 30th) 

Coolest low temperature (date)

 

 32 (June 4th)

42 (June 8th) 

 

Traverse City* (1897 - Present)

Days of

Average

2009

2010

 90 degrees or higher

 8

 2

 6

 80 degrees or higher

 44

 32

 53

Max high temperature (date)

 

 95 (June 24th)

91 (August 30th) 

Coolest low temperature (date)

 

 34 (June 4th)

 40 (June 7th)

 

Gaylord** (1951 - Present)

Days of

Average

2009

2010

 90 degrees or higher

 4

 2

 0

 80 degrees or higher

 40

 20

 37

 Max high temperature (date)

 

 94 (June 24th)

89 (August 30th) 

 Coolest low temperature (date)

 

 35 (June 4th)

42 (July 1st) 

 

                                    Summer Precipitation Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

10.50 

 9.61

 +0.89

 N/A

 15.82 / 1974

 3.61 / 1895

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

12.79 

9.40 

 +3.39

9th Wettest 

 15.93 / 1975

 3.74 / 1931

 

Alpena (1916 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 12.27

9.20 

+3.07 

 8th Wettest

 16.16 / 1975

 4.51 / 1927

 

Traverse City* (1897 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 12.12

 9.85

+2.27 

15th Wettest 

 18.95 / 1994

3.08 / 1918 

 

Gaylord** (1951 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

10.13 

9.77 

 +0.36

 N/A

 14.94 / 1994

 5.29 / 1966

   - all averages are calculated using the 1971 - 2000 period

* Data for Traverse City is derived from a composite of observations taken at both Cherry Capital Airport and the cooperative observing station at Munson Medical Center.  This data is for informational purposes only and does not meet climatological standards.  This data set may include periods with missing data…particularly snowfall data from 1996-2001.

** Data for Gaylord is derived from a composite of observations taken at both Gaylord-Otsego County Airport and the cooperative observing station located near downtown Gaylord.    This data is for informational purposes only and does not meet climatological standards.  This data set may include periods with missing data and data that has been recorded from different observing points throughout history.

( ) = Consistent years of record

* = only rankings in the top 20 will be entered

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