January-May Climate Statistics for Upper Michigan

...JANUARY-MAY CLIMATE STATISTICS FOR UPPER MICHIGAN...

...A WARM AND DRY FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 2010...

WITH AN UPPER RIDGE REINFORCED BY THE EL NINO INFLUENCE DOMINATING
THE WEATHER ACROSS UPPER MICHIGAN IN JANUARY THROUGH MAY 2010...
THIS 5-MONTH PERIOD WILL GO DOWN IN THE RECORD BOOKS AS ONE OF THE
TOP 5 WARMEST...DRIEST...AND LEAST SNOWY EVER OBSERVED AT MANY
PLACES IN UPPER MICHIGAN. ALTHOUGH THE EL NINO INFLUENCE TENDED TO
WANE LATER IN THE SPRING...A DEEP UPPER TROUGH OVER THE WESTERN
UNITED STATES TENDED TO STRENGTHEN THE RIDGE AND THE WARM...DRY
WEATHER PATTERN ACROSS THE UPPER GREAT LAKES IN MAY. THE 5-MONTH
PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL ANOMALIES WERE NOT AS PRONOUNCED IN THE
NORTH WIND SNOW BELTS OVER FAR WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL UPPER
MICHIGAN BECAUSE THESE LOCATIONS SAW SOME HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOWS IN
JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.

JANUARY-MAY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE

OBSERVED NORMAL DEPARTURE RECORD RANK
(OR PREVIOUS)

MUNISING 35.5 30.9 +4.6 35.1 (2006) RECORD
WARMEST

MARQUETTE NWS 34.7 28.4 +6.3 34.0 (1987) RECORD
WARMEST

MARQUETTE CITY 36.9 31.9 +5.0 38.1 (1878) 2ND
WARMEST

NEWBERRY 36.3 30.2 +6.1 36.5 (1998) 2ND
WARMEST

IRON MOUNTAIN 36.2 30.8 +5.4 36.7 (1998) 2ND
WARMEST

MANISTIQUE 34.9 29.9 +5.0 35.4 (1998) 2ND
WARMEST

ONTONAGON 36.8 31.8 +5.0 38.1 (1987) 3RD
6 MILES INLAND WARMEST

HOUGHTON 34.8 29.3 +5.5 36.1 (1998) 3RD
WARMEST

IRONWOOD 33.3 28.3 +5.0 35.2 (1987) 4TH
WARMEST


JANUARY-MAY PRECIPITATION

OBSERVED NORMAL DEPARTURE RECORD RANK
(OR PREVIOUS)

IRON MOUNTAIN 3.38 9.36 -5.98 4.12 (1925) RECORD
DRIEST

MANISTIQUE 4.01 8.49 -4.48 6.64 (1958/61) RECORD
DRIEST

NEWBERRY 4.46 11.13 -6.67 6.84 (1984) RECORD
DRIEST

ONTONAGON 7.07 11.33 -4.26 7.47 (1992) RECORD
6 MILES INLAND DRIEST

HOUGHTON 5.79 13.22 -7.43 5.66 (1925) 2ND
DRIEST

MARQUETTE CITY 5.20 10.73 -5.53 3.28 (1877) 3RD
DRIEST

MUNISING 7.92 11.46 -3.54 5.77 (1925) 3RD
DRIEST

MARQUETTE NWS 8.32 13.43 -5.11 7.31 (1966) 4TH
DRIEST

IRONWOOD 7.41 10.51 -3.10 5.24 (1902) 5TH
DRIEST

JANUARY-MAY SNOWFALL

OBSERVED NORMAL DEPARTURE RECORD RANK
(OR PREVIOUS)

IRON MOUNTAIN 11.0 42.3 -31.3 14.5 (1921) RECORD
LOWEST
SNOWFALL

MANISTIQUE 12.7 ---- ---- 16.1 (1949) RECORD
LOWEST
SNOWFALL

HOUGHTON 55.7 137.3 -81.6 70.2 (1998) RECORD
LOWEST
SNOWFALL

ONTONAGON 75.0 105.5 -30.5 50.5 (1998) 3RD
6 MILES INLAND LOWEST
SNOWFALL

NEWBERRY 39.5 77.2 -37.7 29.6 (1973) 5TH
LOWEST
SNOWFALL

MARQUETTE CITY 47.2 80.6 -33.4 27.8 (1941) 14TH
LOWEST
SNOWFALL

MUNISING 73.7 83.9 -16.1 49.0 (1973) 14TH
LOWEST
SNOWFALL

MARQUETTE NWS 105.8 117.6 -11.8 41.0 (1963) 19TH
LOWEST
SNOWFALL

IRONWOOD 101.5 105.3 -3.8 20.2 (1902) ****

**** RANK NOT IN TOP 25

THIRTY YEAR NORMALS USED ARE FOR THE PERIOD OF 1971 THROUGH 2000.
NOTE ALL TEMPERATURES ARE IN FAHRENHEIT AND PRECIPITATION IS IN
INCHES. SEE ARBCLMMQT (CXUS53 KMQT) FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON UPPER
MICHIGAN CLIMATE. ALL CLIMATE DATA LISTED IN THIS PRODUCT ARE
UNOFFICIAL. FOR OFFICIAL DATA...PLEASE REFER TO THE NATIONAL
CLIMATIC DATA CENTER.

NWS MARQUETTE WEB PAGE IS AT HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/MQT (ALL LOWER
CASE). CONTACT THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER AT (828) 271-4800
OR WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV.


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