March Preview

 

March Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

 

Normal

Record Warmest

Record Coldest

High 

 

42 / 6th

-9 / 14th

Low

     

Mean

     

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012) 
 

Normal

Record Warmest

Record Coldest

High

 

42 / 6th

-9 / 14th

Low

     

Mean

     

 

Alpena (1916-2012) 

 

Normal

Record Warmest

Record Coldest

High

 

42 / 6th

-9 / 14th

Low

     

Mean

     

 

Traverse City Airport (1897 - 2012)
 

Normal

Record Warmest

Record Coldest

High

 

42 / 6th

-9 / 14th

Low

     

Mean

     

 

 

 

 

Normal

Record Warmest

Record Coldest

High

 

42 / 6th

-9 / 14th

Low

     

Mean

     

 

 

Gaylord Airport (1951 - 2012)

Normal

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

17.2

46 / 31st

-9 / 15th

27.3 / 2006

7.2 / 1994

 

 

March Precipitation Data (inches):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

Normal

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.19

0.51 / 12th-13th

20

4.52 / 1982

0.51 / 1961

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

Normal

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

1.51

N/A

13

3.39 / 1950

0.19 / 1956

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

Normal

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

1.63

0.43 / 17th

12

4.12 / 1997

0.16 / 1961

 

Traverse City Cooperative Observing Station (1930 - 1993, 2001 - 2012)

Normal

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.21

4.73 / 2008

0.51 / 1931

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2011)

Normal

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.91

5.22 / 1990

0.59 / 1961

 

 

 

March Snowfall Data (inches):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

Normal

Greatest daily snowfall/date(s)

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

31.6

7.2 / 19th

17

98.7 / 1995

3.5 / 1913

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

Normal

Greatest daily snowfall/date(s)

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

17.8

7.4 / 17th

14

45.8 / 2008

1.2 / 1943

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

Normal

Greatest daily snowfall/date(s)

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

21.4

6.0 / 17th

12

48.1 / 2008

1.8 / 1994

 

Traverse City Cooperative Observing Station (1930 - 1993, 2001 - 2012)

Normal

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

33.2

57.9 / 1982

5.0 / 1933

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2011)

Normal

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

37.2

73.1 / 2004

10.3 / 1956

For additional monthly data, please use the following link: Local Monthly Climate Data. Simply select the month and location for a complete list of daily averages and records.

Now, what about the outlook for this March?  As can be seen by Climate Prediction Center's (CPC) monthly outlook, trends favor a better likelyhood for above normal temperatures and wetter than normal conditions across the Great Lakes.  Snowfall is a highly variable, and therefore, is not included in the montly outlook.

 

 

A technical discussion by CPC on the features driving the expected monthly conditions can be found here:  March Technical Discussion.

As we all know, the real culprit behind the warming for March is the rapidly increasing length of daylight, with most areas of Northern Michigan experiencing over a 90 minute increase in the amount of daylight from March 1st to the 31st. The U.S. Navel Observatory maintains the following site Sunrise and Sunset Information, listing surise and sunset for select locations across the United States.

For additional climate information and atmospheric and oceanic features that drive the patterns across our area, please visit the following links:

Latest Central Pacific Ocean Temperature Trends           Large Scale Atmospheric Blocking Features           Local Climate Home Page

INDEX:

 - 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)

* = Record occurred in multiple years; latest year shown

* 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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