(1) This spring started rather cool, with both March and April coming in with below normal temperatures. This continued a trend first established during mid-winter. Some recovery occurred in May, when average temperatures were slightly above normal. Overall, this spring averaged just a touch on the cool side, but still fell well within long term normal levels.
(2) Despite a somewhat dry start, frequent bouts of rain and snow during April and May resulted in precipitation averaging well above normal, especially across northern lower Michigan. All northern lower Michigan sites listed reported one of their top ten wettest springs on record, led by Traverse City (3rd wettest) and Gaylord (tied 4th wettest).
(3) Much like the winter, snow primarily targeted the traditional snow belts of both peninsulas, where totals averaged several inches above normal. Sault Ste. Marie (39.4 inches) reported their 5th snowiest spring on record. Snowfall was less frequent away from the favored lake areas, where totals averaged at least a few inches below normal.
Spring Temperature Data:
Spring Precipitation Data:
Spring Snowfall Data:
For a running seasonal total snowfall from July 1st for the selected sites above, please visit Seasonal Snowfall Totals for Northern Michigan.
- 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:
* 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 1993-2001.
**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.