A Wet and Relatively Mild January

 Monthly Highlights:

(1) Two big warm-ups, centered on the 12th and the 29th, allowed temperatures to climb well into the 40s and 50s, and several daily high temperature records were set. This resulted in the month averaging several degrees above normal across northern Michigan.  Despite the above normal temperatures, no monthly average temperature records were set, with all sites failing to reach even a top ten warmest January.

(2)  Precipitation averaged well above normal, highlighted by a period of heavy rain to end the month.  This heavy rain, combined with melting snow, brought some minor flooding to parts of the region on the 29th and 30th.  The heaviest rain fell across the southern third of the area.  Houghton Lake reported its wettest January since consistent and reliable records began at that location in 1919, with both Gaylord and Traverse City recording one of their top ten wettest.

(3) The heaviest, and most persistent snows were confined to the traditional snow belts of northern Lower and eastern Upper Michigan.  The lack of sustained cold, however, resulted in snowfall averaging below normal, especially away from the favored lake belts.  Alpena experienced their 8th lowest January snowfall since 1916, receiving only 7.3 inches.

January Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

January Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

19.0 

15.3

+3.7

N/A

47 / 12th

-15 / 14th*

27.4 / 1932

0.1 / 1912

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

January Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

22.6

18.1

+4.5

N/A

52 / 12th

-5 / 22nd

29.9 / 1932

8.7 / 1977

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

January Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

23.1

19.1

+4.0

N/A

57 / 12th

-7 / 24th

30.8 / 1932

7.5 / 1918

 

Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport (1897 - 2013)

January Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

25.6

21.5

+4.1

N/A 

55 / 12th

0 / 22nd*

31.9 / 2006*

11.3 / 1918

 

Gaylord COOP (1951 - 2001); Gaylord Airport (2001-2013)

January Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

21.2

17.2

+4.0

N/A

51 / 12th

-6 / 24th

27.3 / 2006

7.2 / 1994

 

 

January Precipitation Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

3.29

2.19

+1.10

N/A

0.59 / 17th-18th

22

4.52 / 1982

0.51 / 1961

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date

Days with measurable precipitation

Previous record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

3.56

1.51

+2.05

Wettest

1.44 / 29th-30th

21

3.39 / 1950

0.19 / 1956

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.77

1.66

+1.11

N/A

1.03 / 29th-30th

17

4.12 / 1997

0.16 / 1961

 

Traverse City Airport (1930 - 1993); Traverse City COOP (2001 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

4.00

2.21

+1.79

4th Wettest

4.73 / 2008

0.51 / 1931

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

4.03 

2.91

+1.12

7th Wettest

5.22 / 1990

0.59 / 1961

 Gaylord, MI (APX): January, 2013 Monthly Observed Precipitation Valid at 2/1/2013 1200 UTC - Created 2/2/13 17:39 UTC

 Gaylord, MI (APX): January, 2013 Monthly Percent of Normal Precipitation Valid at 2/1/2013 1200 UTC - Created 2/2/13 17:43 UTC

 

January Snowfall Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest daily snowfall/date

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

37.4

31.4

+5.8

N/A

5.9 / 18th

21

71.0 / 1982

6.5 / 1905

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest daily snowfall/date

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

12.6

17.1

-5.2

N/A

3.8 / 27th

11

38.0 / 1982

1.5 / 1933

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest daily snowfall/date

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

7.3

21.3

-14.0

8th Lowest Snowfall

2.9 / 28th

13

43.5 / 1978

3.7 / 1926

 

Traverse City Airport (1930 - 1993); Traverse City COOP (2001 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

27.6

33.2

-5.6

N/A

57.9 / 1982

5.0 / 1933

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

31.5

37.2

-5.7 

N/A

73.1 / 2004

10.3 / 1956

 

- 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/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.*

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      Latest Drought Information

* 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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