February 2012 Review...Near Record Warm Temperature Departures

 

February Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

February Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

26.1

17.6

+8.5

2nd Warmest

38 / 3rd, 20th

-3 / 11th

29.1 / 1998

2.2 / 1934

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

February Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

26.9

20.0

+6.9

3rd Warmest

40 / 4th, 20th

2 / 11th, 19th

30.1 / 1998

9.6 / 1936

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

February Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

27.9

20.3

+7.6

3rd Warmest

42 / 1st

3 / 20th

29.7 / 1998

7.7 / 1934

 

Traverse City Airport (1897 - 2012)

February Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

29.9

22.7

+7.2

Warmest

43 / 4th

8 / 19th

29.9 / 2012

9.2 / 1979

 

Gaylord Airport (1951 - 2012)

February Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

24.1

18.8

+5.3

10th Warmest

38 / 1st, 4th

-2 / 19th

29.9 / 1998

9.6 / 1963

 

 

February Precipitation Data (inches):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

1.02

1.34

-0.32

N/A

0.22 / 16th

14

3.74 / 1971

0.21 / 1993

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.13

1.21

+0.92

9th Wettest

0.82 / 29th

10

3.36 / 1971

0.15 / 2003

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

1.71

1.32

+0.39

N/A

0.63 / 24-25th

7

4.93 / 1922

0.12 / 1982

 

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

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

1.37

1.76

-0.39

N/A

4.14 / 1985

0.31 / 1935

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

1.36

2.02

-0.66

N/A

3.60 / 1971

0.29 / 2010

 

 

February Snowfall Data (inches):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest daily snowfall/date(s)

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

16.3

17.9

-1.6

N/A

4.0 / 11th

14

41.3 / 1972

2.2 / 1901

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest daily snowfall/date(s)

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

24.5

11.7

+12.8

2nd Snowiest

7.3 / 24th

10

25.3 / 1959

2.1 / 1937

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest daily snowfall/date(s)

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

20.2

18.0

+2.2

N/A

6.4 / 29th

8

35.3 / 2006

2.0 / 1998

 

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

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

17.4

18.9

-1.5

N/A

46.8 / 1985

3.3 / 1987

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2012)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

16.7

25.4

-8.7

N/A

58.0 / 2006

4.0 / 1998

 

- 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 20 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.**

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

* 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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