One Wet October

October 2013 Highlights:

(1) A warm start to the month resulted in average temperature departures of several degrees above normal by mid-month.  A drastic change in the upper level wind pattern brought a surge of much cooler air into the Great Lakes for a 10-day stretch beginning on the 19th.  This brought monthly average temperatures much closer to normal levels, although overall, October ended up slightly warmer than the long term normal.   

(2) Rainfall was remarkably persistent through the month, highlighted by record setting rainfall for some on the 5th (Pellston recorded 3.22 inches on that date).  As a result, nearly all of northern Michigan received above normal rainfall during October, with the greatest amounts across the traditional snowbelt locations of northwest lower Michigan.  Gaylord's 6.38 inches was its 5th wettest October on record.

(3) As is normal, the first snowfalls of the season occurred during October.  At least some snow was reported across most of the area, with the exception of part of the immediate coastline area of Lake Michigan.  Snowfall was most widespread in the favored lake effect areas, with the heaviest accumulations across parts of eastern upper and the highlands of northern lower Michigan.  Gaylord's 10.4 inches of snow was 7.5 inches above the monthly normal, resulting in its 5th snowiest October on record.  Sault Ste Marie came in with its 10th snowiest October, receiving 6.7 inches of snow (of which 4.7 inches fell on the 23rd).  

 

October 2013 Temperature Data: 

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

October Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

47.0

45.6

+1.4

N/A

73 / 1st

27 / 29th*

54.5 / 1900

37.4 / 1925

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

October Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

47.7

45.8

+1.9

N/A

76 / 12th*

18 / 29th

57.6 / 1963

38.0 / 1925

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

October Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

47.1

46.2

+0.9

N/A

77 / 1st

18 / 29th

55.8 / 1947

37.9 / 1925

 

Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport (1897 - 2013)

October Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

51.1

48.2

+2.9

N/A

79 / 1st

25 / 29th

58.6 / 1947

42.3 / 1925

 

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

October Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Warmest Temp/Date

Coolest Temp/Date

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

46.6

45.5

+1.1

N/A

76 / 12th

18 / 29th

56.7 / 1963

41.2 / 2002

 

 October 2013 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

4.53

3.80

+0.73

N/A

1.32 / 30th-31st

22

6.84 / 2001

0.16 / 1963

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

3.43

2.56

+0.87

N/A

0.71 / 31st

17

8.38 / 1951

0.21 / 1924

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest 24-hr rainfall/date

Days with measurable precipitation

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

3.79

2.61

+1.18

N/A

1.71 / 5th-6th

16

6.53 / 1991

0.18 / 1924

 

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

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

5.50

3.60

+1.90

N/A

7.13 / 1991

0.56 / 1952

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

6.38

3.70

+2.68

5th Wettest

7.74 / 1969

0.32 / 2000

 Gaylord, MI (APX): October, 2013 Monthly Observed Precipitation Valid at 11/1/2013 1200 UTC - Created 11/1/13 13:40 UTC 

 

 Gaylord, MI (APX): October, 2013 Monthly Percent of Normal Precipitation Valid at 11/1/2013 1200 UTC - Created 11/1/13 13:44 UTC

October 2013 Snowfall Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest Calendar Day snowfall

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

6.7

1.6

+5.1

10th Snowiest 

4.7 / 23rd

5

19.7 / 1895

0.0 / 2005

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greastest Calendar Day snowfall

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

Trace

0.6

-0.6

N/A

Trace / Multiple days

0

9.5 / 1962

0.0 / 2011

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Greatest Calendar Day snowfall

Days with measurable snowfall

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

Trace

0.4

-0.4

N/A

Trace / Multiple days

0

8.5 / 1933

0.0 / 2011

 

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

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

0.0

0.2

-0.2

N/A

3.5 / 1976

0.0 / 2013

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

10.4

2.9

+7.5

5th Snowiest 

17.0 / 2006

0.0 / 2007

- 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.



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