Slightly Warmer Than Normal Temperatures for July

 

July Highlights:

(1)  Temperatures averaged a touch above normal across much of the region, but fell well short of any monthly records.  The warmest period occurred from the 15th through the 18th, when several 90 degree highs were observed.  A cool end of the month brought temperatures much closer to normal. 

(2)  As is usually the case during summer, scattered thunderstorm activity resulted in widely varying monthly rainfall totals across northern Michigan.  A very wet second half of the month resulted in much above normal rainfall totals across eastern upper Michigan, where Sault Ste Marie reported their 3rd wettest July (5.74 inches) since reliable records began at that location way back in 1888.  Rainfall totals dropped significantly further south, with much of the area along and south of M-32 receiving below normal totals.  The driest corridor was from M-55 and south, with Houghton Lake receiving just over an inch (1.14) of rain, their 10th driest July on record. 

July Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

July Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

66.9

65.3

+1.6

N/A

92 / 16th

46 / 24th

74.1 / 1921

57.4 / 1992

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

July Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

68.0

67.1

+0.9

N/A

94 / 18th*

41 / 25th*

74.4 / 1921

62.0 / 2009*

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

July Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

67.2

67.4

-0.2

N/A

97 / 17th

44 / 25th

73.5 / 1921

61.3 / 1992

 

Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport (1897 - 2013)

July Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

70.5

69.0

+1.5

N/A

96 / 18th*

46 / 2nd

76.8 / 1921

63.0 / 1965

 

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

July Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

67.2

66.0

+1.2

N/A

92 / 18th*

42 / 24th

73.5 / 1955

61.9 / 1992

July 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

5.74

2.86

+2.88

3rd Wettest

2.38 / 26th

11

7.23 / 1996

0.22 / 1906

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

1.14

2.76

-1.62

10th Driest

0.42 / 25th-26th

13

8.09 / 1952

0.55 / 1989

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date(s)

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

3.53

3.03

+0.50

N/A

1.88 / 26th-27th

9

7.17 / 1975

0.22 / 1989

 

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

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

3.63

2.88

+0.75

N/A

6.85 / 1937

0.27 / 1981

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2012)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

2.55

3.02

-0.47

N/A

6.77 / 1952

0.52 / 2011

Gaylord, MI (APX): July, 2013 Monthly Observed Precipitation Valid at 8/1/2013 1200 UTC - Created 8/1/13 17:41 UTC

Gaylord, MI (APX): July, 2013 Monthly Percent of Normal Precipitation Valid at 8/1/2013 1200 UTC - Created 8/1/13 17:44 UTC

- 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 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.



Return to News Archive

USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.