Regional Weather Summary

The Morning Issue


The "What" and "Why"...

All was quiet in the weather department once again overnight.  A blanket of clouds (enhanced through the lakes) hung overhead...keeping temperatures mild for this time of year...and actually closer to late December daily highs, then overnight lows.  That said...the wind never really calmed down though.  So any reading in the 20's, combined with a breeze, certainly feels colder.

    Here's how today's low temperatures stack up against history: 


Today's Low

Departure from Normal

Record Low/Year

Last Year



+8 -17 in 1989 18
Houghton Lake


+8 -15 in 1945 16
Sault Ste. Marie 24 +11 -14 in 1943 9
Traverse City 23 +4 -6 in 1960 & 1945 24
Pellston 9 -4 -18 in 1989 14
Gaylord * 17 +3 -8 in 2009 & 1960 7

 * Values are a composite between readings taken at the Otsego County Airport and the Cooperative Observing Site.

 Looking ahead...  

A relatively quiet period of weather will settle into Northern Michigan this weekend and into the upcoming work week.  Seasonably cool weather will occur with only some light lake effect snow showers and flurries in parts of Eastern Upper and Northwest Lower.  The best chances are with a weak area of low pressure passing by Monday and then again Wednesday into Thursday.



This date in Weather History...


In 1982 - A major winter storm struck Colorado producing heavy snow and blizzard conditions. A record two feet of snow was reported at Stapleton Airport in Denver, which was shut down for 33 hours. Up to 44 inches of snow fell in the foothills surrounding Denver. The storm hurt the ski industry as skiers were unable to make it out of Denver to the slopes, and the closed airport became a campground for vacationers.

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