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CLIMATE REPORT...PRELIMINARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
605 AM EST THU FEB 13 2014

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...THE MARQUETTE MI CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 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              53   01/26/1973
 LOW              -32   01/09/1977
HIGHEST            30   01/13        20      10       42  01/12
                        01/12
LOWEST            -19   01/03         3     -22      -18  01/22
AVG. MAXIMUM     13.3              21.9    -8.6     23.0
AVG. MINIMUM     -1.8               5.2    -7.0      8.4
MEAN              5.8              13.6    -7.8     15.7
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     31              26.3     4.7       22
DAYS MIN <= 32     31              31.0     0.0       31
DAYS MIN <= 0      19              10.5     8.5        7

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         6.61   1997
 MINIMUM         0.61   1965
TOTALS           2.18              2.41   -0.23     2.76
DAILY AVG.       0.07              0.08   -0.01     0.09
DAYS >= .01        21              17.3     3.7       18
DAYS >= .10         9               7.1     1.9       10
DAYS >= .50         0               0.9    -0.9        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.2    -0.2        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.31   01/16 TO 01/17

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           91.7   1997
TOTALS           39.2              43.2    -4.0     42.7
SINCE 7/1       108.6             116.5    -7.9     92.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     22                19       3       13
DAYS >= 1.0        15              11.6     3.4       10
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        29   01/31                         27  01/31
                        01/25
 24 HR TOTAL      5.9   01/16 TO 01/17

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1827              1595     232     1523
 SINCE 7/1       5667              5237     430     4896
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    38/225    DATE  01/03

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                0     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       8
LIGHT SNOW               29     SLEET                      0
FOG                       1     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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...JANUARY 2014 MONTHLY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR UPPER MICHIGAN...
(THIS DISCUSSION DOES NOT INCLUDE CHIPPEWA AND MACKINAC COUNTIES)

...VERY COLD...
...THIRD COLDEST JANUARY AT IRON MOUNTAIN...
...FOURTH COLDEST JANUARY AT ONTONAGON...
...FIFTH COLDEST JANUARY AT MANISTIQUE...
...SIXTH COLDEST JANUARY AT THE MARQUETTE NWS...
...EIGHTH COLDEST JANUARY AT IRONWOOD...
...NINTH COLDEST JANUARY AT MUNISING AND NEWBERRY...

...PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL GENERALLY ABOVE NORMAL OVER THE SOUTH
CENTRAL AND IN THE NORTHWEST WIND LAKE EFFECT SNOW BELTS...
...SECOND HIGHEST JANUARY SNOWFALL AT NEWBERRY...

JANUARY CLIMATE STATISTICS FOR THE MARQUETTE NWS IN NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP

                                    NORMAL   DEPARTURE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE          5.8     13.6  MINUS    7.8
AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE    13.3     21.9  MINUS    8.6
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE     -1.8      5.2  MINUS    7.0
HEATING DEGREE DAYS         1827     1595   PLUS    232
COOLING DEGREE DAYS            0        0             0
TOTAL PRECIPITATION         2.18     2.41  MINUS   0.23
TOTAL SNOWFALL              39.2     43.2  MINUS    4.0

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE:                    30 ON 1/12 AND 1/13
LOWEST TEMPERATURE:                    -19 ON 1/3
GREATEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION:  0.29 ON 1/17
GREATEST 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION:       0.31 ON 1/16-1/17
GREATEST CALENDAR DAY SNOWFALL:        5.7 ON 1/17
GREATEST 24 HOUR SNOWFALL:             5.9 ON 1/16-1/17
GREATEST SNOW DEPTH:                    29 ON 1/25 AND 1/31
PEAK WIND SPEED: 38 MPH FROM THE SOUTHWEST ON 1/3

DAILY RECORD LOW MINIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 1/3...-19 /OLD RECORD
                                                   -17...1974/
DAILY RECORD LOW MINIMUM TEMPERATURE TIED ON 1/6...-17 /-17...1968/
DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 1/6...-4 /0...1968/
DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 1/27...-6 /0...1986/
DAILY RECORD LOW MINIMUM TEMPERATURE TIED ON 1/28...-17 /-17...1965/
SIXTH LOWEST JANUARY MEAN TEMPERATURE...5.8 /RECORD 2.8...1994/
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GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS (FEET/METERS ABOVE MEAN SEA LEVEL)

                            LAKE SUPERIOR  LAKE MICHIGAN-HURON
01/01/14 DAILY MEAN         601.44/183.32     577.28/175.96
01/31/14 DAILY MEAN         601.23/183.25     577.24/175.94
AVG DEC 2013 DAILY MEAN     601.55/183.35     577.33/175.97
AVG JAN 2013 DAILY MEAN     600.32/182.98     576.02/175.57
LONG TERM JAN DAILY MEAN    601.44/183.32     578.41/176.30
MAXIMUM JAN DAILY MEAN      602.69/183.70     581.30/177.18
                                (1986)           (1987)
MINIMUM JAN DAILY MEAN      599.84/182.83     576.02/175.57
                                (1926)           (2013)

...GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS FALL VERY SLOWLY IN JANUARY...

WATER LEVELS ON LAKES SUPERIOR AND MICHIGAN/HURON FELL NO MORE THAN
AN INCH OR TWO IN JANUARY...LESS THAN NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.
DESPITE THIS SLOW DECLINE...THE LEVEL ON LAKES MICHIGAN/HURON WAS
ALMOST 15 INCHES HIGHER AT THE END OF JANUARY THAN AT THE END OF
JANUARY 2013...WHEN THESE LAKES WERE AT OR NEAR A RECORD LOW. FOR
LAKE SUPERIOR...THE LEVEL ENDED ABOUT 11 INCHES HIGHER THAN AT THE
END OF JANUARY 2013. THESE HIGHER LEVELS WERE COURTESY OF A
COMBINATION OF COOLER WEATHER IN 2013 INTO 2014 THAT RESTRICTED
EVAPORATION AND OVERALL ABOVE NORMAL ANNUAL 2013 PRECIPITATION IN
THE DRAINAGE BASINS FOR THESE LAKES. EVEN WITH THIS IMPROVEMENT...
LAKES MICHIGAN/HURON WERE STILL 14 INCHES LOWER THAN THE LONG TERM
AVERAGE. LAKE SUPERIOR REMAINED 2 TO 3 INCHES LOWER THAN NORMAL.

DUE TO THE UNSEASONABLE DECEMBER AND JANUARY COLD...THERE WAS AN
UNUSUAL LARGE AMOUNT OF ICE BUILDUP ON LAKE SUPERIOR AT THE END OF
JANUARY. ALMOST ALL OF THE WEST HALF OF LAKE SUPERIOR WAS COVERED...
EXCEPT FOR AN AREA JUST OFF THE MINNESOTA NORTH SHORE. OVER THE EAST
HALF...ONLY THE EAST CENTRAL WHERE THE WATER IS DEEPEST WAS MAINLY
CLEAR OF ICE. THE BAY OF GREEN BAY HAD ICED UP BY THE END OF
DECEMBER AND REMAINED ALMOST ENTIRELY COVERED THROUGH JANUARY. THERE
WAS ALSO ICE GROWTH IN THE LAKE MICHIGAN NEARSHORE WATERS...
ESPECIALLY TO THE EAST OF MANISTIQUE. MOST OF FAR NORTHERN LAKE
MICHIGAN FROM BEAVER ISLAND EAST TO THE MACKINAC BRIDGE WAS MAINLY
ICE COVERED AS WELL BY 1/31.

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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                       JANUARY CLIMATE HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHEST REPORTED TEMPERATURE...39 AT MENOMINEE ON 1/13

LOWEST REPORTED TEMPERATURE...-35 AT STAMBAUGH IN IRON COUNTY
                               ON 1/9

HIGHEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...11.7 DEGREES AT GREENLAND IN ONTONAGON
                               COUNTY

LOWEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...1.9 DEGREES AT STAMBAUGH IN IRON COUNTY

HIGHEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...4.92 INCHES AT GRAND MARAIS IN
                                 ALGER COUNTY

LOWEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...1.04 INCHES AT STAMBAUGH

HIGHEST MONTHLY SNOWFALL...83.3 INCHES AT GRAND MARAIS

GREATEST SNOW DEPTH...56 INCHES AT HERMAN IN BARAGA COUNTY ON 1/23

LOWEST MONTHLY SNOWFALL...13.0 INCHES AT STAMBAUGH

MORE TO COME LATER.
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                 ...JANUARY 2014 MEAN TEMPERATURE...
          ...TOP 10 COLDEST ACROSS MUCH OF UPPER MICHIGAN...


              OBSERVED  NORMAL  DEPARTURE     RECORD       2014 RANK

IRON MOUNTAIN    4.4     13.7     -9.3      -1.9 /1912/   3RD COLDEST

MANISTIQUE      10.4     17.6     -7.2       5.8 /1994/   5TH COLDEST

MARQUETTE NWS    5.8     13.6     -7.8       2.8 /1994/   6TH COLDEST

IRONWOOD         2.5     11.6     -9.1      -5.3 /1912/   8TH COLDEST

MUNISING         9.7     17.9     -8.2       3.6 /1912/   9TH COLDEST

NEWBERRY         9.7     16.7     -7.0       5.3 /1994/   9TH COLDEST

HOUGHTON         7.8     15.5     -7.7      -1.2 /1912/  11TH COLDEST

MARQUETTE CITY  10.2     18.8     -8.6       1.3 /1912/  14TH COLDEST
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 ...VERY COLD DECEMBER AND JANUARY WITH HEAVY SNOW IN SOME PLACES...

          ...DECEMBER 2013-JANUARY 2014 MEAN TEMPERATURE...

              OBSERVED  NORMAL  DEPARTURE     RECORD     2013-14 RANK

IRONWOOD         5.0     14.1     -9.1     2.9 /1976-77/  2ND COLDEST

IRON MOUNTAIN    7.8     16.6     -8.8     7.5 /1976-77/  2ND COLDEST

MANISTIQUE      12.3     20.5     -8.2    11.6 /1976-77/  2ND COLDEST

MARQUETTE NWS    8.3     16.1     -7.8     5.9 /1976-77/  2ND COLDEST

MUNISING        12.3     20.4     -8.1     8.4 /1919-20/  3RD COLDEST

NEWBERRY        11.3     19.5     -8.2     9.9 /1917-18/  4TH COLDEST

HOUGHTON        10.3     17.9     -7.6     8.3 /1976-77/  4TH COLDEST

MARQUETTE CITY  13.5     21.2     -7.7    11.4 /1919-20/  6TH COLDEST


              ...DECEMBER 2013-JANUARY 2014 SNOWFALL...

              OBSERVED  NORMAL  DEPARTURE     RECORD      2013-14 RANK

NEWBERRY       108.6     69.1     +39.5   118.6 /1977-78/  2ND HIGHEST

HOUGHTON       154.0    121.7     +32.3   207.3 /1978-79/  9TH HIGHEST

IRON MOUNTAIN   38.0     27.6     +10.4    76.5 /1934-35/ 11TH HIGHEST

MUNISING        94.5     84.5     +10.0   154.0 /1981-82/ 12TH HIGHEST

MARQUETTE NWS   86.1     86.0      +0.1   171.5 /1996-97/ 18TH HIGHEST

MANISTIQUE      34.1                       75.0 /2000-01/ 25TH HIGHEST

IRONWOOD        68.3     90.5     -22.2   151.5 /2000-01/     ****

MARQUETTE CITY  54.5     54.8      -0.3   107.5 /1996-97/     ****

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

IRONWOOD...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 2.5 (9.1 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
           PRECIPITATION 1.87 INCHES (0.06 INCH BELOW NORMAL)
           SNOWFALL 37.3 INCHES (6.9 INCHES BELOW NORMAL)

WATERSMEET (GOGEBIC COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 1.78 INCHES
                              SNOWFALL 31.0 INCHES

ONTONAGON...PRECIPITATION 2.49 INCHES
            SNOWFALL 44.2 INCHES

ONTONAGON...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 8.2 (8.6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
 (6 MILES   PRECIPITATION 3.20 INCHES (0.35 INCH ABOVE NORMAL)
  INLAND)   SNOWFALL 60.5 INCHES (7.1 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)

GREENLAND (ONTONAGON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 11.7 DEGREES
                               PRECIPITATION 3.30 INCHES
                               SNOWFALL 57.5 INCHES

BERGLAND DAM (ONTONAGON COUNTY)...SNOWFALL 25.3 INCHES

HOUGHTON COUNTY...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 7.8 (7.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
 AIRPORT          PRECIPITATION 2.81 INCHES (0.23 INCH ABOVE NORMAL)
                  SNOWFALL 68.7 INCHES (0.1 INCH BELOW NORMAL)

ATLANTIC MINE (HOUGHTON COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 2.76 INCHES
                                  SNOWFALL 72.0 INCHES

PAINESDALE (HOUGHTON COUNTY)...SNOWFALL 73.8 INCHES

MOHAWK (KEWEENAW COUNTY)...SNOWFALL 55.0 INCHES

COPPER HARBOR...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 10.3 DEGREES

JACOBSVILLE (HOUGHTON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 6.4 DEGREES
                                PRECIPITATION 2.91 INCHES
                                SNOWFALL 38.4 INCHES

BARAGA...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 7.2 DEGREES
         PRECIPITATION 1.83 INCHES
         SNOWFALL 26.1 INCHES

WATTON (BARAGA COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 3.9 DEGREES
                         PRECIPITATION 2.18 INCHES
                         SNOWFALL 37.1 INCHES

HERMAN (BARAGA COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 2.1 DEGREES
                         PRECIPITATION 2.33 INCHES
                         SNOWFALL 62.5 INCHES

CLARKSBURG (MARQUETTE COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 2.8 DEGREES
                                PRECIPITATION 2.02 INCHES
                                SNOWFALL 31.1 INCHES

BIG BAY (MARQUETTE COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 8.2 DEGREES
                             PRECIPITATION 2.11 INCHES
                             SNOWFALL 34.1 INCHES

MARQUETTE CITY...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 10.2 (8.6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
                 PRECIPITATION 2.00 INCHES (0.17 INCH ABOVE NORMAL)
                 SNOWFALL 31.0 INCHES (1.5 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)

HARVEY (MARQUETTE COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 11.2 DEGREES
                            PRECIPITATION 1.82 INCHES
                            SNOWFALL 30.5 INCHES

GWINN (MARQUETTE COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 1.53 INCHES
                           SNOWFALL 23.8 INCHES

CHATHAM (ALGER COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 7.9 DEGREES
                         PRECIPITATION 2.40 INCHES
                         SNOWFALL 45.2 INCHES

MUNISING...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 9.7 (8.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
           PRECIPITATION 3.82 INCHES (0.55 INCH ABOVE NORMAL)
           SNOWFALL 56.0 INCHES (12.7 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)

GRAND MARAIS...PRECIPITATION 4.92 INCHES
(10 MILES SOUTH) SNOWFALL 83.3 INCHES

NEWBERRY...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 9.7 (7.0 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
           PRECIPITATION 3.22 INCHES (0.47 INCH ABOVE NORMAL)
           SNOWFALL 66.5 INCHES (30.7 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)

STAMBAUGH (IRON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 1.9 DEGREES
                          PRECIPITATION 1.04 INCHES
                          SNOWFALL 13.0 INCHES

AMASA (IRON COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 1.45 INCHES
                      SNOWFALL 22.0 INCHES

IRON MOUNTAIN...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 4.4 (9.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
                PRECIPITATION 1.46 INCHES (0.23 INCH ABOVE NORMAL)
                SNOWFALL 20.6 INCHES (6.9 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)

NORWAY (DICKINSON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 5.9 DEGREES
                            PRECIPITATION 1.62 INCHES
                            SNOWFALL 23.1 INCHES

DAGGETT (MENOMINEE COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 1.51 INCHES

MENOMINEE...PRECIPITATION 1.36 INCHES
            SNOWFALL 16.7 INCHES

GLADSTONE (DELTA COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 1.99 INCHES
                           SNOWFALL 27.0 INCHES

GARDEN CORNERS (DELTA COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 7.7 DEGREES
                                PRECIPITATION 1.83 INCHES
                                SNOWFALL 24.2 INCHES

COOKS (SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 1.94 INCHES
                             SNOWFALL 24.8 INCHES

MANISTIQUE...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 10.4 (7.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
             PRECIPITATION 1.32 INCHES (0.25 INCH BELOW NORMAL)
             SNOWFALL 19.1 INCHES (1.9 INCHES BELOW NORMAL)

                         FEBRUARY 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 FEBRUARY 2014.

                        FEBRUARY CLIMATOLOGY

ALTHOUGH DAYLIGHT LENGTHENS NOTICEABLY DURING FEBRUARY (580 MINUTES
OF POSSIBLE SUNSHINE ON 2/1 TO 664 MINUTES ON 2/28)...WINTER USUALLY
MAINTAINS ITS ICY GRIP ON UPPER MICHIGAN DURING THE MONTH. IN
FACT...THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE DURING THE YEAR OFTEN OCCURS IN THE
SECOND MONTH. HUMBOLDT IN MARQUETTE COUNTY OBSERVED A FRIGID -49 LOW
ON THE MORNING OF 2/10/1899...THE LOWEST READING EVER RECORDED IN
UPPER MICHIGAN. THE FREQUENT ARRIVAL OF ARCTIC AIRMASSES CAN STILL
CAUSE TEMPERATURES TO PLUNGE AS LOW AS 25 TO 35 BELOW ZERO EVEN
DURING THE LAST WEEK OF THE MONTH. THE COLDEST FEBRUARIES IN RECENT
MEMORY WERE IN 2003 AND 1994...WHEN TEMPERATURES ACROSS UPPER
MICHIGAN AVERAGED 6 TO 9 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. DURING FEBRUARY
1994...THE MEAN TEMPERATURE AT IRONWOOD WAS A BRUTAL 6.5 DEGREES.
BUT THAT WAS WARM COMPARED TO FEBRUARY 1936...WHEN IRONWOOD`S
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS -0.5 DEGREES. FEBRUARY 2003 RANKS AS THE
COLDEST AT MICHIGAN TECH UNIVERSITY (AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 8.7
DEGREES) AND IN THE TOP FIVE COLDEST AT MUNISING...THE MARQUETTE
NWS...AND IRON MOUNTAIN. MORE RECENTLY...INTENSE COLD PREVAILED
THROUGH MUCH OF FEBRUARY 2007...WHEN THE MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE
RAN 4 TO 8 DEGREES BELOW AVERAGE. THAT MONTH WAS ONE OF THE TOP TEN
COLDEST FEBRUARYS AT ONTONAGON...IRONWOOD...MANISTIQUE...MUNISING...
MARQUETTE CITY AND THE MARQUETTE NWS.

BUT THE CONTINUED CLIMB OF THE SUN IN THE SOUTHERN SKY PROMISES THE
END OF WINTER IS IN SIGHT AND THAT SPRINGTIME IS GETTING CLOSER.
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RISE STEADILY AFTER THE FIRST WEEK OF THE
MONTH...FROM 12 ON 2/7 TO 17 ON 2/28 AT THE MARQUETTE NWS. DURING
THE LAST HALF OF FEBRUARY...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES REACH WELL INTO
THE 50S AND 60S. AT MANY SITES...FEBRUARY 1998...1999...2000 AND
2002 ALL FALL INTO THE TOP 10 WARMEST ON RECORD. IN FEBRUARY 2000...
RECORD WARMTH AFTER 2/21 CAUSED RAPID SNOW MELT...AND ICE JAM
FLOODING WAS OBSERVED ON THE ONTONAGON RIVER. IN FACT...THE
TEMPERATURE AVERAGED 39.3 DEGREES BETWEEN 2/22/2000 AND 2/29/2000 AT
THE MARQUETTE NWS...MARKING THIS 8-DAY PERIOD AS THE WARMEST WEEK IN
THE SECOND MONTH SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1961. BUT AT MOST LOCATIONS
IN UPPER MICHIGAN...FEBRUARY 1998 GOES DOWN IN THE RECORD BOOKS AS
THE WARMEST FEBRUARY EVER. TEMPERATURES AT SOME PLACES ENDED THE
MONTH AS MUCH AS 15 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AS A STRONG EL NINO AND
ZONAL PACIFIC FLOW ALOFT PREVENTED THE NORMAL PARADE OF ARCTIC
AIRMASSES FROM INVADING THE UPPER GREAT LAKES.

AVERAGE SNOWFALL OVER UPPER MICHIGAN DURING FEBRUARY IS LESS THAN IN
JANUARY AS THE MEAN POSITION OF THE JET STREAM AND STORM TRACK MOVES
A BIT FARTHER SOUTH. FALLING LAKE SUPERIOR WATER TEMPERATURES AND
THE FORMATION OF ICE ON THE LAKE SOME YEARS ALSO REDUCE THE
INTENSITY OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW. EVEN SO...THERE IS A SHARP DECREASE
IN AVERAGE SNOWFALL FROM AREAS NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR TO INLAND
LOCATIONS ALONG THE WISCONSIN BORDER. WHILE HOUGHTON TYPICALLY
TALLIES ALMOST 33 INCHES OF THE WHITE STUFF...IRON MOUNTAIN WILL LOG
ONLY 10 INCHES DURING A TYPICAL FEBRUARY. ALTHOUGH MONTHLY
TEMPERATURES AVERAGED WELL ABOVE NORMAL...FEBRUARY 2002 WILL LONG BE
REMEMBERED FOR HEAVY PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL...ESPECIALLY IN THE
LAKE EFFECT SNOW BELTS. VERY MILD WEATHER INTO FEBRUARY THAT WINTER
MAINTAINED LAKE SUPERIOR TEMPERATURES WELL ABOVE NORMAL...SO THAT
HEAVIER THAN USUAL LAKE EFFECT AND LAKE ENHANCED SNOW ACCOMPANIED A
GREATER THAN AVERAGE NUMBER OF SYNOPTIC STORMS. THE 91.9 INCHES OF
SNOW THAT FELL AT THE MARQUETTE NWS THAT MONTH PUSHES FEBRUARY 2002
TO THE TOP OF THE LIST OF NOT ONLY THE SNOWIEST FEBRUARY...BUT ALSO
THE SNOWIEST CALENDAR MONTH. THE 5.35 INCHES OF LIQUID EQUIVALENT
PRECIPITATION THAT FELL AT THAT LOCATION EASILY ECLIPSED THE
PREVIOUS STANDARD OF 3.62 INCHES OBSERVED IN FEBRUARY 1971. MANY
LOCATIONS FROM IRONWOOD TO NEWBERRY ALSO RECORDED A TOP FIVE
SNOWIEST AND WETTEST FEBRUARY IN 2002. DURING THE COLD FEBRUARY OF
1989...THE HOUGHTON COUNTY AIRPORT RECORDED 89.8 INCHES OF SNOW. NOT
ONLY IS FEBRUARY 1998 THE WARMEST AT MANY LOCATIONS...IT IS ALSO THE
LEAST SNOWY AT MANISTIQUE (1.0 INCH)...IRONWOOD (2.8 INCHES)...
ONTONAGON (5.0 INCHES)...AND THE HOUGHTON COUNTY AIRPORT (5.5
INCHES). MONTHLY SNOWFALLS OF 3.0 INCHES AT NEWBERRY AND 8.8 INCHES
AT MUNISING PLACE FEBRUARY 1998 AMONG THE TOP FIVE LEAST SNOWY.

                         OUTLOOK FOR SPRING

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) IS FORECASTING A GREATER THAN
CLIMATOLOGICAL CHANCE OF A BELOW NORMAL 3-MONTH MEAN TEMPERATURE
OVER THE NORTHWEST HALF OF UPPER MICHIGAN BUT EQUAL CHANCES OF
ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES OVER THE REST OF UPPER MICHIGAN
IN MARCH THROUGH MAY 2014. THE CPC FORECAST SHOWS EQUAL CHANCES OF
ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL 3-MONTH PRECIPITATION OVER ALL OF UPPER
MICHIGAN FOR THIS COMING MARCH THROUGH MAY.

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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