Updated: Dry Start to April at NWS Marquette

Canadian high pressure has brought dry conditions to Upper Michigan for the first part of April. This continued the very dry conditions that were experience across most of Upper Michigan during March. Through April 15th, the total precipitation for April only stands at 0.02" at the NWS office in Negaunee Township, which is 1.49" below normal. This is the 3rd driest start to April on record. Here are the Top 10 driest starts to April at the NWS office in Negaunee Township:

                     April 1-15
Rank         Precipitation          Year
    1                   0.01                  1971
    1                   0.01                  1975
    3                   0.02                  2009
    4                   0.04                  1962
    5                   0.15                  1976
    6                   0.19                  1970
    7                   0.28                  1984
    8                   0.31                  1998
    9                   0.36                  1967
  10                   0.40                  2006

NWS Marquette Experiences Driest March 1 through April 15

The NWS office in Negaunee Township has experienced the driest March 1 through April 15 period on record. With no precipitation received on April 15th, the NWS office has only received 0.98" of precipitation since March 1. The normal precipitation from March 1 through April 15 is 4.64". Here are the Top 10 driest March 1 through April 15 at the NWS office in Negaunee Township:

                March 1 - April 15
Rank          Precipitation          Year    
    1                   0.98                   2009
    2                   0.99                   1962
    3                   1.22                   1967
    4                   1.34                   1970
    5                   1.41                   1978
    6                   2.23                   1963
    7                   2.59                   1968
    8                   2.60                   1971
    9                   2.68                   1965
  10                   2.73                   1993

What can we expect for this summer? It is hard to say; especially when you consider the large influence Lake Superior has on this area. But, when looking at the two years at the top of the list, 1962 and 1967, both of those years had below normal temperatures and precipitation during the summer.


Weather records for the Marquette National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township date back to 1961.



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