February...More Traditional Winter Weather

Monthly Highlights:

(1) Temperatures averaged near, to slightly below, normal for the month, a rather rare event for recent times.  For example, since January 2010, this is only the 6th month with below normal temperatures at Sault Ste Marie (a total of 38 month's).

(2) A combination of lake effect and passing storms resulted in precipitation averaging above normal, with the greatest departures in the snowbelts.  Sault Ste Marie (2.80 inches), Gaylord (3.13 inches), and Traverse City (3.21 inches) reported one of their top ten wettest February's on record.

(3) Snowfall was abundant, especially in the traditional snowbelt regions, where totals averaged several inches above normal.  Both Traverse City (33.2 inches) and Gaylord (46.4 inches) reported one of their top ten snowiest February's on record. 

February Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

February Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coldest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 16.5

17.6

-1.1 

 N/A

37 / 27th

-8 / 4th

29.1 / 1998

2.2 / 1934

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

February Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coldest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 19.9

20.0

-0.1 

 N/A

40 / 19th*

-10 / 17th

30.1 / 1998

9.6 / 1936**

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

February Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coldest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

20.3 

20.3

0.0 

 N/A

40 / 13th

-10 / 9th

29.7 / 1998

7.7 / 1934

 

Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport (1897 - 2013)

February Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coldest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 23.0

22.7

 +0.3

 N/A

44 / 11th

-3 / 9th

29.9 / 2012**

9.2 / 1979

 

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

February Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coldest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 17.8

18.8

 -1.0

 N/A

38 / 19th*

-18 / 17th

29.9 / 1998

9.6 / 1963

 

 February Precipitation Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr precipitation/date

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.80 

1.34

 +1.46

9th Wettest 

1.15 / 18th-19th

 15

3.74 / 1971

0.21 / 1993

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr precipitation/date

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 1.70

1.21

 +0.49

N/A 

0.69 / 7th-8th

 21

3.36 / 1971

0.15 / 2003

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr precipitation/date

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 1.71

1.32

+0.39 

 N/A

0.35 / 7th-8th

 14

4.93 / 1922

0.12 / 1982

 

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

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 3.21

1.76

+1.45 

4th Wettest 

4.14 / 1985

0.31 / 1935

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 3.13

2.02

+1.11 

6th Wettest 

3.60 / 1971

0.29 / 2010

 

 

February 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

 31.4

18.6

 +12.8

N/A 

9.5 / 19th

 19

41.3 / 1972**

2.2 / 1901

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest daily snowfall/date

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

 18.2

12.4

+4.6 

N/A 

4.6 / 7th

 18

25.3 / 1959

2.1 / 1937

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest daily snowfall/date

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

 17.3

17.5

-0.2 

 N/A

3.7 / 27th

 13

35.3 / 2006

2.0 / 1998

 

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

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

 33.2

18.9

+14.3 

 5th Snowiest

46.8 / 1985

3.3 / 1987

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

46.4 

25.4

+21.0 

2nd Snowiest 

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 10 will be entered

* = Record occurred in multiple years/dates; latest year/date shown

** = Leap Year

**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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