Summer 2013: Normal Temperatures with Widely Varied Rainfall

 

Summer 2013 Highlights:

Summer Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

Summer Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

64.5

63.3

+1.2

N/A

92 / July 16th 

37 / June 3rd 

67.2 / 1955

57.3 / 1982

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

Summer Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

65.6

65.0

+0.6

N/A

94 / July 18th*

36 / June 3rd

70.6 / 1995

61.8 / 1992

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

Summer Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

65.3

65.0

+0.3 

N/A

97 / July 17th 

37 / June 4th*

68.2 / 1988

60.6 / 1992

 

Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport (1897 - 2013) 

Summer Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

67.9 

66.8

+1.1

N/A

96 / July 18th*

35 / June 3rd

71.6 / 1955

61.8 / 1965*

 

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

Summer Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date(s)

Coolest Temp/Date(s)

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

64.8

64.1

+0.7

N/A

92 / August 25th

31 / June 3rd

69.2 / 1988

61.3 / 1992

 

 Summer Precipitation Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

14.03

8.73

+5.30

5th Wettest

15.82 / 1974

3.61 / 1895

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

4.16

9.26

-5.10

3rd Driest 

15.93 / 1975

3.74 / 1931

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

7.14

8.88

-1.74

N/A

16.16 / 1975

4.51 / 1927

 

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

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

9.28

9.67

-0.39

N/A

14.29 / 1969

4.24 / 1930

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

5.75

9.54

-3.79

4th Driest

14.94 / 1994

5.29 / 1966

 

- 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.

 

(1) Lack of any prolonged heat waves resulted in average temperatures for summer falling well within the range of normal across northern Michigan.  Another year with no 100 degree high temperatures observed, with the warmest highs mainly in the middle 90s (which occurred mostly in the middle of July). 

(2) Summer rainfall varied greatly from north to south, with eastern upper Michigan reporting one of their wettest summer’s on record (5th wettest at Sault Ste Marie, falling only 1.79 inches short of their wettest summer), while parts of northern Lower reported one of their driest (Houghton Lake and Gaylord observed their 3rd and 4th driest summer's respectively).



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