A Record Setting Wet Fall for Some

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:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

Fall Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

45.4

45.6

-0.2

N/A

50.8 / 1931

39.7 / 1980

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

Fall Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

46.1

46.0

+0.1

N/A

52.7 / 1931

42.0 / 1976

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

Fall Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

45.9

46.5

-0.6

N/A

50.0 / 1971

42.6 / 1925

 

Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport (1897 - 2013) 

Fall Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

49.5

48.4

+1.1

N/A

55.1 / 1931

45.0 / 1951

 

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

Fall Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

45.0

45.1

-0.1

N/A

51.2 / 1963

42.8 / 1993*

 

 

Fall Precipitation Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Previous Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

17.69

10.99

+6.70

Wettest 

17.46 / 1916

5.00 / 1917

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

8.40

7.98

+0.42

N/A

17.22 / 1951

3.05 / 1976

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

7.40 

7.63

-0.23

N/A

14.49 / 1966

3.91 / 1971

 

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

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Previous Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

16.19

10.23

+5.96

Wettest

15.50 / 1931

4.78 / 1962

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

16.31

10.75

+5.56 

4th Wettest

18.45 / 1986

5.39 / 2002

 

 

Fall Snowfall Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

21.7

16.7

+5.0 

N/A

47.3 / 1989

0.4 / 1899

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

3.8

9.1

-5.3

N/A

41.9 / 1995

Trace / 2011*

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

2.6

8.1

-5.5

N/A

35.0 / 1995

Trace / 1954*

 

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

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

13.0

9.2

+3.8

N/A

26.7 / 1951

Trace / 2009

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

33.0 

22.5

+10.5 

N/A 

64.0 / 1995

Trace / 1984

 - 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.*

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 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.



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