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CLIMATE REPORT...PRELIMINARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
230 PM EST FRI MAR 7 2014

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...THE MARQUETTE MI CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1961 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              61   02/17/1981
 LOW              -34   02/17/1979
HIGHEST            41   02/20        24      17       38  02/13
                        02/19
LOWEST            -28   02/28         5     -33      -20  02/04
AVG. MAXIMUM     16.3              25.6    -9.3     22.5
AVG. MINIMUM     -5.1               5.3   -10.4      5.9
MEAN              5.6              15.5    -9.9     14.2
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     26              20.6     5.4       25
DAYS MIN <= 32     28              27.6     0.4       28
DAYS MIN <= 0      20              10.2     9.8       10

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         5.35   2002
 MINIMUM         0.48   1994
TOTALS           1.34              2.14   -0.80     2.79
DAILY AVG.       0.05              0.08   -0.03     0.10
DAYS >= .01        13              13.1    -0.1       18
DAYS >= .10         6               5.5     0.5        8
DAYS >= .50         0               1.0    -1.0        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.2    -0.2        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.61   02/20 TO 02/21

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           91.9   2002
TOTALS           20.9              35.9   -15.0     41.8
SINCE 7/1       129.5             152.4   -22.9    133.8
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     31                24       7       26
DAYS >= 1.0         7               8.0    -1.0       11
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        35   02/22                         33  02/28
                        02/21                             02/24
                                                          02/20
 24 HR TOTAL      6.1   02/13 TO 02/14

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1655              1387     268     1414
 SINCE 7/1       7322              6624     698     6310
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              MM
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    MM        DATE   MM
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    41/225    DATE  02/21

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER             MM
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR          MM
NUMBER OF DAYS PC            MM
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY        MM

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     MM

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                1     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW               24     SLEET                      2
FOG                       0     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      0
HAZE                      0

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

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...FEBRUARY 2014 MONTHLY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR UPPER MICHIGAN...
(THIS DISCUSSION DOES NOT INCLUDE CHIPPEWA AND MACKINAC COUNTIES)

...VERY COLD...
...COLDEST FEBRUARY AT THE MARQUETTE NWS...
...SECOND COLDEST FEBRUARY AT IRON MOUNTAIN...
...THIRD COLDEST FEBRUARY AT NEWBERRY AND MUNISING...
...FOURTH COLDEST FEBRUARY AT MANISTIQUE...
...FIFTH COLDEST FEBRUARY AT IRONWOOD AND HOUGHTON...
...NINTH COLDEST FEBRUARY AT MARQUETTE CITY...

...VARIABLE PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL...

FEBRUARY CLIMATE STATISTICS FOR THE MARQUETTE NWS IN NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP

                                    NORMAL   DEPARTURE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE          5.6     15.5  MINUS    9.9
AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE    16.3     25.6  MINUS    9.3
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE     -5.1      5.3  MINUS   10.4
HEATING DEGREE DAYS         1655     1387   PLUS    268
COOLING DEGREE DAYS            0        0             0
TOTAL PRECIPITATION         1.34     2.14  MINUS   0.80
TOTAL SNOWFALL              20.9     35.9  MINUS   15.0

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE:                    41 ON 2/19 AND 2/20
LOWEST TEMPERATURE:                    -28 ON 2/28
GREATEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION:  0.40 ON 2/20
GREATEST 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION:       0.61 ON 2/20-2/21
GREATEST CALENDAR DAY SNOWFALL:        4.2 ON 2/13
GREATEST 24 HOUR SNOWFALL:             6.1 ON 2/13-2/14
GREATEST SNOW DEPTH:                    35 ON 2/21 AND 2/22
PEAK WIND SPEED: 41 MPH FROM THE SOUTHWEST ON 2/21

DAILY RECORD LOW MINIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 2/11...-23 /OLD RECORD
                                                   -20...1981/
DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE TIED ON 2/26...8 /8...1964/
DAILY RECORD LOW MINIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 2/27...-25 /-15...1994/
DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 2/27...-1 /12...1980/
DAILY RECORD LOW MINIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 2/28...-28 /-18...1970/
DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE TIED ON 2/28...8 /8...1962/
RECORD LOWEST FEBRUARY MEAN TEMPERATURE...5.6 /5.7...1963/
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GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS (FEET/METERS ABOVE MEAN SEA LEVEL)

                            LAKE SUPERIOR  LAKE MICHIGAN-HURON
02/01/14 DAILY MEAN         601.22/183.25     577.28/175.96
02/28/14 DAILY MEAN         601.17/183.23     577.30/175.96
AVG JAN 2014 DAILY MEAN     601.36/183.29     577.27/175.95
AVG FEB 2013 DAILY MEAN     600.21/182.95     576.14/175.61
LONG TERM FEB DAILY MEAN    601.25/183.26     578.35/176.28
MAXIMUM FEB DAILY MEAN      602.46/183.63     581.07/177.11
                                (1986)           (1986)
MINIMUM FEB DAILY MEAN      599.61/182.76     576.08/175.59
                                (1926)           (1964)

...GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS REMAIN NEARLY STEADY IN FEBRUARY...

DUE TO THE RECORD COLD WEATHER IN DECEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY...LAKE
SUPERIOR AND MUCH OF NORTHERN LAKE MICHIGAN WERE ALMOST COMPLETELY
ICE COVERED BY THE END OF FEBRUARY. EVEN THOUGH THERE IS NORMALLY A
SLOW DECLINE IN WATER LEVELS ON LAKES SUPERIOR AND MICHIGAN/HURON IN
FEBRUARY...THE GROWING ICE COVER AND/OR A NEAR ABSENCE OF
EVAPORATION IN THE PERSISTENTLY COLD WEATHER PATTERN CAUSED THE
LAKES TO REMAIN NEARLY STEADY IN FEBRUARY. BUT AT THE END OF
FEBRUARY...LAKES MICHIGAN/HURON WERE STILL ALMOST 13 INCHES UNDER
THE LONG TERM AVERAGE...WHILE LAKE SUPERIOR WAS ABOUT AN INCH BELOW
NORMAL. COMPARED TO THE END OF FEBRUARY IN 2013...THE LEVEL ON LAKES
MICHIGAN/HURON WAS ABOUT 14 INCHES HIGHER ON 2/28 IN 2014. LAKE
SUPERIOR WAS AT ALMOST THE SAME LEVEL IN FEBRUARY 2014 AS IN 2013.

OBTAIN GREAT LAKES WATER LEVEL DATA AS REPORTED BY THE U.S. ARMY
CORPS OF ENGINEERS AT

HTTP://WWW.LRE.USACE.ARMY.MIL/MISSIONS/GREATLAKESINFORMATION/
       GREATLAKESWATERLEVELS/CURRENTCONDITIONS.ASPX (ALL LOWER CASE).
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                      FEBRUARY CLIMATE HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHEST REPORTED TEMPERATURE...49 AT PELKIE IN BARAGA COUNTY ON 2/18

LOWEST REPORTED TEMPERATURE...-41 NEAR NEWBERRY ON 2/28

HIGHEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...10.9 DEGREES AT MARQUETTE AND HARVEY
                               IN MARQUETTE COUNTY

LOWEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...1.8 DEGREES AT STAMBAUGH IN IRON COUNTY

HIGHEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...2.30 INCHES NEAR CALUMET IN HOUGHTON
                                 COUNTY

LOWEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...0.73 INCH AT BARAGA

HIGHEST MONTHLY SNOWFALL...52.0 INCHES AT PAINESDALE IN HOUGHTON
                            COUNTY

GREATEST SNOW DEPTH...60 INCHES AT PAINESDALE ON 2/24

LOWEST MONTHLY SNOWFALL...10.5 INCHES AT MANISTIQUE

MORE TO COME LATER.

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      ...TOP 5 COLDEST FEBRUARY ACROSS MOST OF UPPER MICHIGAN...

                 ...FEBRUARY 2014 MEAN TEMPERATURE...

              OBSERVED  NORMAL  DEPARTURE     RECORD       2014 RANK

MARQUETTE NWS    5.6     15.5      -9.9     5.7 /1963/ RECORD COLDEST

IRON MOUNTAIN    5.9     17.5     -11.6     4.1 /1904/    2ND COLDEST

MUNISING         8.4     19.4     -11.0     4.8 /1936/    3RD COLDEST

NEWBERRY         7.4     18.7     -11.3     5.7 /1917/    3RD COLDEST

HOUGHTON         6.8     16.9     -10.1     1.7 /1936/    5TH COLDEST

MANISTIQUE       9.4     19.3      -9.9     8.5 /1994/    4TH COLDEST

IRONWOOD         5.3     14.9      -9.6    -0.3 /1936/    5TH COLDEST

MARQUETTE CITY  10.9     20.7      -9.8     1.8 /1875/    9TH COLDEST
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  ...VERY COLD DECEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY WITH SPOTTY HEAVY SNOW...

          ...DECEMBER 2013-FEBRUARY 2014 MEAN TEMPERATURE...

              OBSERVED  NORMAL  DEPARTURE     RECORD     2013-14 RANK

IRONWOOD         5.1     14.4     -9.3     5.9 /1978-79/ RECORD COLDEST

NEWBERRY        10.1     19.2     -9.1    11.0 /1919-20/ RECORD COLDEST

IRON MOUNTAIN    7.2     16.6     -8.8     8.7 /1903-04/ RECORD COLDEST

MANISTIQUE      11.4     20.1     -8.7    13.3 /1976-77/ RECORD COLDEST

MARQUETTE NWS    7.5     15.9     -8.4     8.5 /1976-77/ RECORD COLDEST

MUNISING        11.1     20.1     -9.0     9.1 /1919-20/  2ND COLDEST

HOUGHTON         9.2     17.6     -8.4     8.8 /1917-18/  2ND COLDEST

MARQUETTE CITY  12.7     21.0     -8.3    11.2 /1884-85/  5TH COLDEST


              ...DECEMBER 2013-FEBRUARY 2014 SNOWFALL...

              OBSERVED  NORMAL  DEPARTURE     RECORD      2013-14 RANK

NEWBERRY       125.1     92.8     +32.3   143.7 /2000-01/  5TH HIGHEST

HOUGHTON       191.9    152.6     +39.3   247.1 /1978-79/  8TH HIGHEST

IRON MOUNTAIN   52.9     36.3     +16.6    88.0 /1934-35/ 12TH HIGHEST

MUNISING       115.8    111.0      +4.8   178.3 /2008-09/ 16TH HIGHEST

MANISTIQUE      44.6                       99.0 /2000-01/ 25TH HIGHEST

MARQUETTE CITY  72.8     75.5      -2.7   123.5 /2000-01/     ****

MARQUETTE NWS  107.0    121.9     -14.9   190.2 /1996-97/     ****

IRONWOOD        98.5    118.7     -20.2   205.8 /2000-01/     ****

**** NOT IN TOP 25
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SOME OTHER TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION OBSERVATIONS ACROSS UPPER
MICHIGAN IN FEBRUARY 2014 INCLUDE:

IRONWOOD...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 5.3 (9.6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
           PRECIPITATION 1.77 INCHES (0.50 INCH ABOVE NORMAL)
           SNOWFALL 30.2 INCHES (2.0 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)

WATERSMEET (GOGEBIC COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 1.88 INCHES
                              SNOWFALL 25.8 INCHES

ONTONAGON...SNOWFALL 24.6 INCHES

ONTONAGON...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 8.9 (10.6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
 (6 MILES   PRECIPITATION 1.37 INCHES (0.26 INCH BELOW NORMAL)
  INLAND)   SNOWFALL 27.0 INCHES (0.1 INCH BELOW NORMAL)

GREENLAND (ONTONAGON COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 1.53 INCHES
                               SNOWFALL 29.9 INCHES

BERGLAND DAM (ONTONAGON COUNTY)...SNOWFALL 29.4 INCHES

HOUGHTON COUNTY...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 6.8 (10.1 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
 AIRPORT          PRECIPITATION 2.30 INCHES (0.93 INCH ABOVE NORMAL)
                  SNOWFALL 37.9 INCHES (7.0 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)

PAINESDALE (HOUGHTON COUNTY)...SNOWFALL 52.0 INCHES

COPPER HARBOR...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 7.1 DEGREES
                SNOWFALL 24.0 INCHES

JACOBSVILLE (HOUGHTON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 5.6 DEGREES
                                PRECIPITATION 1.60 INCHES
                                SNOWFALL 21.3 INCHES

BARAGA...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 9.0 DEGREES
         PRECIPITATION 0.73 INCH
         SNOWFALL 11.8 INCHES

WATTON (BARAGA COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 7.2 DEGREES
                         PRECIPITATION 1.52 INCHES
                         SNOWFALL 21.8 INCHES

HERMAN (BARAGA COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 3.4 DEGREES
                         PRECIPITATION 1.98 INCHES
                         SNOWFALL 35.6 INCHES

CLARKSBURG (MARQUETTE COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 3.2 DEGREES
                                PRECIPITATION 1.00 INCH
                                SNOWFALL 15.9 INCHES

BIG BAY (MARQUETTE COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 9.9 DEGREES
                             PRECIPITATION 1.37 INCHES
                             SNOWFALL 21.5 INCHES

MARQUETTE CITY...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 10.9 (9.8 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
                 PRECIPITATION 1.33 INCHES (0.02 INCH ABOVE NORMAL)
                 SNOWFALL 18.3 INCHES (2.4 INCHES BELOW NORMAL)

HARVEY (MARQUETTE COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 10.9 DEGREES
                            PRECIPITATION 1.12 INCHES
                            SNOWFALL 15.6 INCHES

CHATHAM (ALGER COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 6.8 DEGREES
                         PRECIPITATION 1.45 INCHES
                         SNOWFALL 27.1 INCHES

MUNISING...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 8.4 (11.0 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
           PRECIPITATION 1.41 INCHES (0.60 INCH BELOW NORMAL)
           SNOWFALL 21.3 INCHES (5.2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL)

GRAND MARAIS...PRECIPITATION 1.48 INCHES
(10 MILES SOUTH) SNOWFALL 21.5 INCHES

NEWBERRY...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 7.4 (11.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
           PRECIPITATION 1.09 INCHES (0.77 INCH BELOW NORMAL)
           SNOWFALL 16.5 INCHES (7.2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL)

STAMBAUGH (IRON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 1.8 DEGREES
                          PRECIPITATION 1.15 INCHES
                          SNOWFALL 14.6 INCHES

AMASA (IRON COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 0.98 INCH
                      SNOWFALL 17.7 INCHES

IRON MOUNTAIN...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 5.9 (11.6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
                PRECIPITATION 1.43 INCHES (0.43 INCH ABOVE NORMAL)
                SNOWFALL 14.9 INCHES (6.2 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)

NORWAY (DICKINSON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 8.5 DEGREES
                            PRECIPITATION 1.17 INCHES
                            SNOWFALL 12.7 INCHES

MENOMINEE...PRECIPITATION 1.16 INCHES
            SNOWFALL 11.2 INCHES

GLADSTONE (DELTA COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 1.45 INCHES
                           SNOWFALL 15.5 INCHES

GARDEN CORNERS (DELTA COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 4.4 DEGREES
                                PRECIPITATION 1.33 INCHES
                                SNOWFALL 13.2 INCHES

COOKS (SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY)...SNOWFALL 17.2 INCHES

MANISTIQUE...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 9.4 (9.9 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
             PRECIPITATION 0.99 INCH (0.15 INCH BELOW NORMAL)
             SNOWFALL 10.5 INCHES (4.1 INCHES BELOW NORMAL)

                      FEBRUARY WEATHER SUMMARY

MORE TO COME LATER.

                           MARCH FORECAST

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) IS FORECASTING A GREATER THAN
CLIMATOLOGICAL CHANCE OF A BELOW NORMAL MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE BUT
AN EQUAL CHANCE OF ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION OVER
ALL OF UPPER MICHIGAN IN MARCH 2014.

                         MARCH CLIMATOLOGY

AS THE SUN CONTINUES ITS MARCH NORTHWARD DURING THE THIRD MONTH OF
THE YEAR...DAYLIGHT AND AVERAGE TEMPERATURES INCREASE STEADILY. THE
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE INCREASES FROM 666 MINUTES ON 3/1 TO 765 MINUTES
ON 3/31. ON 3/1...NORMAL MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES AT THE
MARQUETTE NWS ARE 30 AND 8...BUT REBOUND TO 40 AND 20 ON 3/31.
MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES THROUGHOUT UPPER MICHIGAN ARE 8 TO 11
DEGREES HIGHER IN MARCH THAN FEBRUARY. REMEMBER TO TURN YOUR CLOCKS
AHEAD ONE HOUR AT 2 AM EST ON SUNDAY 3/9 AS MOST OF THE UNITED
STATES TRANSITIONS FROM STANDARD TIME TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME.
SPRING ARRIVES IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE THIS YEAR ON 3/20 AT 12:57
PM EDT.

SPRING OFTEN TEASES UPPER MICHIGAN RESIDENTS DURING MARCH WITH
RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES REACHING WELL INTO THE 60S AND 70S COMMON
BY MONTH`S END. BUT IN MARCH 2012...UNPRECEDENTED WARMTH ARRIVED AT
MID-MONTH AS A SPRAWLING RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE DOMINATED THE GREAT
LAKES FOR ALMOST 3 WEEKS. MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURES ENDED UP 10 TO
16 DEGREES ABOVE THE LONG TERM AVERAGE...ENOUGH TO PLACE MARCH 2012
AS THE WARMEST THIRD MONTH ON RECORD ALMOST EVERYWHERE EXCEPT FOR
MANISTIQUE. DURING THE WARMEST STRETCH FROM 3/17 TO 3/21...MEAN
DAILY TEMPERATURES AVERAGED AN INCREDIBLE 35 TO 40 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. MANY LOCATIONS REPORTED THE HIGHEST MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM
TEMPERATURE EVER OBSERVED IN MARCH DURING THIS WARM SPELL...
INCLUDING SOME DAYTIME HIGHS IN THE LOW 80S AND OVERNIGHT LOWS IN
THE 50S AND LOW 60S. HARVEY IN MARQUETTE COUNTY LOGGED THE HIGHEST
TEMPERATURE...AN INCREDIBLE 85 ON 3/21. SOME OF THESE DAYS WOULD
HAVE BEEN WARM BY MID-SUMMER STANDARDS. IN RECENT MEMORY...MARCH
2010...2000 AND 1995 WERE ALSO QUITE WARM AND AMONG THE TOP FIVE
WARMEST AT MANY SPOTS. THE EARLY ONSET OF 70- TO 75-DEGREE PLUS
TEMPERATURES BY 3/7 IN MARCH 2000 WAS ALMOST UNPRECEDENTED.

RECORD LOW SNOWFALL AT ALL LOCATIONS DURING MARCH IS AN INCH OR
LESS. MANY LOCATIONS SET THIS MONTHLY RECORD FOR LOW SNOWFALL IN THE
WARM AND DRY MARCH OF 2010. A STRONG EL NINO ALSO RESULTED IN VERY
LOW SNOW TOTALS IN MARCH 1973...WHEN EVEN NORMALLY SNOWY MUNISING
RECORDED A MEAGER 0.5 INCHES OF THE WHITE STUFF.

BUT WINTER CAN ALSO SHOW ITS NASTY SIDE DURING MARCH. EVEN ON
3/31...RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES REACH BELOW ZERO AT MANY PLACES...
INCLUDING -17 AT IRONWOOD (3/31/75). DURING THE VERY COLD MARCH
1965...RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES AT THE MARQUETTE NWS DROPPED TO -20
AS LATE AS 3/24/65. ON 3/7/84 (1984 FEATURED A VERY COLD MARCH WITH
TEMPERATURES AVERAGING OVER 6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)...THE LOW
TEMPERATURE AT IRONWOOD PLUMMETED TO 34 BELOW ZERO. MARCH 2002
TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 5 TO 8 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. IRONWOOD OBSERVED
THE SECOND COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD SINCE 1901...AND THE MARQUETTE
NWS SAW ITS THIRD COLDEST MARCH. IN 2003...AN ARCTIC INVASION AT THE
BEGINNING OF THE MONTH DROPPED THE MERCURY AS LOW AS 42 BELOW ZERO
AT EWEN IN ONTONAGON COUNTY ON 3/3. THE -30 DEGREE LOW AT THE
MARQUETTE NWS ON THE SAME MORNING SMASHED NOT ONLY THE DAILY LOW
TEMPERATURE RECORD FOR 3/3 BUT ALSO THE ALL TIME LOW MARCH
TEMPERATURE EVER OBSERVED AT THAT SITE (-27 ON 3/1/1962). THIS COLD
WAVE HELPED DROP THE MARCH 2003 MONTHLY TEMPERATURE 2 TO 6 DEGREES
BELOW THE AVERAGE.

ALTHOUGH LAKE EFFECT SNOW BECOMES LESS LIKELY DURING MARCH AS LAKE
SUPERIOR TEMPERATURES USUALLY REACH THEIR LOWEST READINGS...AVERAGE
PRECIPITATION DURING MARCH IS MORE THAN DURING FEBRUARY BECAUSE THE
NORTHWARD MOVING JET STREAM BRINGS MORE STORMS TO THE UPPER GREAT
LAKES. THIS INCREASED STORMINESS RESULTS IN HIGHER AVERAGE SNOWFALL
AT INLAND LOCATIONS THAN IN FEBRUARY. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY SNOW AT
IRON MOUNTAIN DURING FEBRUARY IS 9.1 INCHES...BUT RISES TO 11.1
INCHES IN MARCH. HEAVY SNOW CAN FALL WHEN LARGE STORM SYSTEMS FUELED
BY THIS ACTIVE MARCH JET STREAM PUSH NORTHEAST FROM THE PLAINS INTO
THE GREAT LAKES. IN FACT...THE SNOWIEST DAY EVER AT THE MARQUETTE
NWS WAS 3/14/97...WHEN A POTENT LOW PRESSURE CENTER MOVED THROUGH
WISCONSIN AND DUMPED 26.2 INCHES OF THE WHITE STUFF...PUSHING THE
SNOW DEPTH TO A RECORD 63 INCHES ON 3/15/97. SINCE THE EARLY WINTER
IN 2001-2002 WAS SO WARM AND LAKE SUPERIOR WATER TEMPERATURES WERE
WELL ABOVE NORMAL LATE IN THE WINTER...HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW FELL
IN MARCH 2002 ONCE VERY COLD AIR PUSHED SOUTH AND CONTRIBUTED TO A
RECORD MARCH SNOWFALL AT THE MARQUETTE NWS (83.1 INCHES)...NEWBERRY
(66.9 INCHES)...AND IRONWOOD (60.8 INCHES). A TOTAL OF 63.5 INCHES
OF SNOW SMOTHERED THE HOUGHTON COUNTY AIRPORT IN MARCH 1976. DURING
THAT SAME MARCH...60.6 INCHES ACCUMULATED AT THE MARQUETTE NWS.

                 OUTLOOK FOR SPRING INTO EARLY SUMMER

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) IS FORECASTING A GREATER THAN
CLIMATOLOGICAL CHANCE OF A BELOW NORMAL 3-MONTH MEAN TEMPERATURE BUT
AN EQUAL CHANCE OF ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL 3-MONTH PRECIPITATION OVER
ALL OF UPPER MICHIGAN IN APRIL THROUGH JUNE.

GO TO HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/CLIMATE/L3MTO.PHP TO ACCESS DETAILED
LOCAL THREE-MONTH AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS FOR A NUMBER OF SITES
IN UPPER MICHIGAN.

CHECK OUT HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER AND MORE LONG RANGE PREDICTIONS.

NOTE THAT STATISTICS FOR THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN
NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP ARE BASED ON RECORDS WHICH BEGAN IN OCTOBER 1961.
THIRTY YEAR NORMALS USED ARE FOR THE PERIOD OF 1981 THROUGH 2010.
NOTE ALL TEMPERATURES ARE IN FAHRENHEIT AND PRECIPITATION IS IN
INCHES. ALL CLIMATE DATA LISTED IN THIS PRODUCT ARE UNOFFICIAL. FOR
OFFICIAL DATA...PLEASE REFER TO THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER.
ALSO NOTE THIS DISCUSSION DOES NOT INCLUDE DATA FROM CHIPPEWA AND
MACKINAC COUNTIES.

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.

$$

KC





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