November 2011 Review...Near Record Warmth

 

 

A persistent upper level pattern that kept the building Arctic air well to our north resulted in one of the warmest November's on record across Northern Michigan.  All long term climate sites recorded one of their top ten warmest November's since consistent records began.

Despite a relatively wet month, especially across the north and west half of the area, the warm temperatures resulted in significantly below normal snowfall totals.  While all sites reported below normal snowfall, this was especially true outside the typical snowbelts, where generally only trace to very light amounts (well under an inch) occurred.  Looking through the historic database, this continues an uninterrupted stretch of at least a trace of snow being reported during the month of November at all the following data sites.

November Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2011)

November Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

38.8 

34.1 

+4.7 

Tied 4th Warmest 

 57 / 6th

 21 / 18th

 40.7 / 1931

24.1 / 1933 

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2011)

November Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 39.7

 34.9

 +4.8

 Tied 6th Warmest

 63 / 6th

 18 / 21st

42.5 / 1931 

28.2 / 1976 

 

Alpena (1916 - 2011)

November Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

39.9 

 35.7

+4.2 

7th Warmest 

 62 / 6th

 19 / 22nd

 42.8 / 2001

28.5 / 1933 

 

Traverse City Airport (1897 - 2011)

November Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

42.2 

37.3 

+4.9 

5th Warmest 

 63 / 6th

 21 / 23rd

 44.2 / 1931

29.2 / 1951 

 

Gaylord Airport (1951 - 2011)

November Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 37.9

 33.3

 +4.6

6th Warmest 

 61 / 6th

 19 / 22nd

 42.2 / 2001

 27.0 / 1995

 

 

 November Precipitation Data (inches):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2011)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 4.03

 3.37

 +0.66

N/A 

1.11 / 9th-10th 

 16

 7.72 / 1988

0.52 / 1917 

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2011)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 2.59

 2.32

 +0.27

N/A 

 1.34 / 8th-9th

 9

 5.10 / 1988

0.45 / 1986 

 

Alpena (1916 - 2011)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 1.87

2.10 

 -0.23

N/A 

 1.23 / 8th-9th

 8

 7.45 / 1966

0.61 / 1986 

 

Traverse City Cooperative Observing Station (1930 - 1993, 2001 - 2011)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 4.18

2.80 

+1.38 

9th Wettest 

 5.51 / 2005

0.41 / 1962 

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2011)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

4.17 

3.28 

+0.89 

 N/A

 7.68 / 1966

0.97 / 1962 

Gaylord, MI (APX): November, 2011 Monthly Observed Precipitation Valid at 12/1/2011 1200 UTC - Created 12/1/11 23:42 UTC

 Gaylord, MI (APX): November, 2011 Monthly Percent of Normal Precipitation Valid at 12/1/2011 1200 UTC - Created 12/1/11 23:45 UTC

 

   November Snowfall Data (inches):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2011)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest daily snowfall/date(s)

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least  Snowfall/Year

 6.9

 16.3

 -9.4

N/A 

 3.4 / 17th

 5

46.8 / 1989 

0.3 / 1899 

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2011)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest daily snowfall/date(s)

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least  Snowfall/Year 

 Trace

 9.2 

-9.2

 Tied Least Snowiest

N/A

 0

41.9 / 1995 

Trace / 2011* 

 

Alpena (1916 - 2011)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest daily snowfall/date(s)

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least  Snowfall/Year 

 0.2

 8.2

-8.0 

 Tied 6th Least Snowiest

 0.1 / 10th, 17th

 2

 34.8 / 1995

Trace / 1954* 

 

Traverse City Cooperative Observing Station (1930 - 1993, 2001 - 2011)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least  Snowfall/Year 

 2.4

 9.0

-6.6 

N/A 

 26.7 / 1951

Trace / 2009 

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2011)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least  Snowfall/Year 

8.1 

 19.6

-11.5 

 N/A

 63.0 / 1995

 Trace / 1984

 

- all averages are calculated using the new 1981 - 2010 period

 ( ) = Consistent years of record; Record temperature data for Gaylord is a combination of Gaylord Airport (2001- 2011) and the Cooperative Observing Station records (1951-2001), Record precipitation data for Traverse City is a combination of Cherry Capital Airport (1930-1993) and the Cooperative Observing Station records (2001-2011)

- only rankings in the top 10 will be entered

 * = Record occurred in multiple years; latest year shown 

**THESE DATA ARE PRELIMINARY AND HAVE NOT UNDERGONE FINAL QUALITY CONTROL BY THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER.  THEREFORE, THESE DATA ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION.  FINAL AND CERTIFIED CLIMATE DATA CAN BE ACCESSED AT WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV.**

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 * 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.



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