Fall 2013 Highlights:
(1) Average temperatures were about typical for what is expected for the fall season, with most of northern Michigan within a degree of long term normal.
(2) Persistent periods of rain and snow, especially along and west of the Interstate 75 corridor, resulted in record, to near record, fall precipitation amounts. Both Traverse City (16.19 inches) and Sault Ste Marie (17.69 inches) experienced their wettest fall on record, while Gaylord (16.31 inches) came in with its 4th wettest fall season. Precipitation amounts dropped off rather substantially further east; with parts of northeast lower actually reporting slightly below normal amounts.
(3) Snowfall was generally relegated to the traditional lake effect snowbelt regions, where snowfall totals came in at least a few inches above normal for fall. Snowfall was substantially less away from these favored regions, with the eastern half of the area receiving just a few inches of total snow (several inches below long term normal).
Fall Temperature Data:
Fall Precipitation Data:
Fall Snowfall Data:
- all averages are calculated using the 1981 - 2010 period
( ) = Consistent years of record; Record temperature data for Gaylord is a combination of Gaylord Airport (2001-2013) 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 (2001-2013)
- 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.*
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* 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.