An Exceptionally Warm Summer

 

      Much like the rest of the country, Northern Michigan experienced an exceptionally warm summer, with nearly all sites reporting one of their top ten warmest summer's on record, with Sault Ste. Marie tying their previous warmest summer (set back in 1955).

    As to be expected during the summer season, rainfall amounts varied substantially across the area.  Rainfall was sufficient enough to prevent the devastating drought conditions experienced just to our south and southwest from spreading north into Northern Michigan.  Still, with several multi-day periods of no rainfall, abnormally dry conditions were observed at times during the summer, with even periods of moderate drought development.

Summer Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

Summer Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Previous Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 67.2

63.3

+3.9 

 Tied Record Warmest

91 / August 4th 

37 / June 13th

67.2 / 1955

57.3 / 1982

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

Summer Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 68.4

65.0

+3.4 

 Tied 5th Warmest

95 / July 6th*

35 /  June 13th 

70.6 / 1995

61.8 / 1992

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

Summer Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 68.1

65.0

+3.1 

 2nd Warmest

95 / August 4th 

36 / June 13th

68.2 / 1988

60.6 / 1992

 

Traverse City Airport (1897 - 2012)

Summer Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

71.0 

66.8

 +4.2

Tied 2nd Warmest 

98 / July 16th 

39 / June 13th

71.6 / 1955

61.8 / 1965*

 

Gaylord COOP (1951 - 2001); Gaylord Airport (2001-2012)

Summer Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 67.2

64.1

+3.1 

 11th Warmest

92 / July 5th

34 / June 13th 

 69.2 / 1988

 61.3 / 1992

 

 

Summer Precipitation Data (inches):

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

8.55 

8.73

 -0.18

N/A

15.82 / 1974

3.61 / 1895

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 10.67

9.26

 +1.41

N/A

15.93 / 1975

3.74 / 1931

 

Alpena (1916 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 9.14

8.88

 +0.26

 N/A

16.16 / 1975

4.51 / 1927

 

Traverse City Airport (1930 - 1993); Traverse City COOP (2001 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

 Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 7.01

9.67

-2.66 

 N/A

 14.29 / 1969

 4.24 / 1930

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 9.42

9.54

 -0.12

N/A 

 14.94 / 1994

 5.29 / 1966

 

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

( ) = Consistent years of record

- only rankings in the top 15 will be entered, N/A = not in top 15

* = Record occurred in multiple years (dates); latest year (date) 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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