2013 Year in Review

2013 Highlights:

(1) After last year's record setting warmth, temperatures returned to much more normal levels this past year.

(2)  Both precipitation and snowfall were highly variable, with well above normal amounts of both confined to the more traditional lake snow belt regions, while other areas received amounts much closer to normal.  Parts of northwest lower and eastern upper Michigan were exceptionally wet, with both Sault Ste Marie (48.78 inches) and Traverse City (46.86 inches) reporting their wettest year on record!

 

2013 Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

2013 Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

40.9

41.7

-0.8 

N/A 

45.7 / 2012

35.3 / 1917

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

2013 Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

43.3

43.4

-0.1

N/A 

47.8 / 2012

41.1 / 1972

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

2013 Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

42.8

43.5

-0.7

N/A 

47.2 / 2012

40.0 / 1924

 

Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport (1897 - 2013)

2013 Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

45.7

45.3

+0.4

N/A 

50.1 / 2012

42.0 / 1917

 

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

2013 Mean

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

41.8

42.4

-0.6

N/A

46.5 / 1973

41.7 / 1993

  

2013 Precipitation Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

 Previous Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

48.78

32.95

+15.83

Wettest 

45.84 / 1995

20.69 / 1925

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

30.69

28.75

+1.94

N/A

41.34 / 1951

20.02 / 2002

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

31.61

28.16

+3.45

N/A 

38.81 / 1954

20.21 / 1999

 

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

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Previous Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

46.86

34.30

+12.56

Wettest

40.28 / 1942

20.85 / 1935

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2013)

Precipitation

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

43.61

36.21

+7.40 

3rd Wettest

45.81 / 1995

24.43 / 1955

Gaylord, MI (APX): Full Year 2013 Observed Precipitation Valid at 1/1/2014 1200 UTC - Created 1/2/14 17:40 UTC 

 Gaylord, MI (APX): Full Year 2013 Percent of Normal Precipitation Valid at 1/1/2014 1200 UTC - Created 1/2/14 17:43 UTC

2013 Snowfall Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

162.8

120.4

+42.4

7th Snowiest

209.2 / 1995

55.6 / 2010

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

65.4

66.6

-1.2

N/A

116.7 / 1971

28.5 / 2010

 

Alpena (1916 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

61.7

84.3

-22.6 

N/A

149.2 / 1985

45.3 / 1925

 

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

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

138.8

101.4

+37.4 

3rd Snowiest

179.3 / 1985

36.2 / 1934

 

Gaylord Cooperative Observing Station (1940 - 2013)

Snowfall

Normal

Departure

Ranking

Record Snowfall/Year

Least Snowfall/Year

197.8

141.4

+56.4 

5th Snowiest

210.0 / 1971

64.3 / 2010

 - 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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