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CLIMATE REPORT...PRELIMINARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
500 PM EST THU DEC 12 2014

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...THE MARQUETTE MI CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 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              73   11/09/1999
 LOW              -13   11/29/1976
HIGHEST            50   11/03        35      15       51  11/17
                                                          11/15
LOWEST             -4   11/27        22     -26        0  11/29
                        11/26
                        11/20
AVG. MAXIMUM     28.9              37.6    -8.7     35.3
AVG. MINIMUM     14.1              23.0    -8.9     23.1
MEAN             21.5              30.3    -8.8     29.2
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     18               9.2     8.8        9
DAYS MIN <= 32     28              25.8     2.2       24
DAYS MIN <= 0       6               0.5     5.5        1

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         8.25   1988
 MINIMUM         0.81   1962
TOTALS           5.22              3.18    2.04     3.03
DAILY AVG.       0.17              0.11    0.06     0.10
DAYS >= .01        19              15.2     3.8       21
DAYS >= .10        10               7.1     2.9        9
DAYS >= .50         3               1.7     1.3        2
DAYS >= 1.00        2               0.5     1.5        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    2.51   11/10 TO 11/11

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           48.9   1991
TOTALS           53.0R             24.4    28.6     19.0
SINCE 7/1        56.2              30.5    25.7     22.5
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     13                 4       9        1
DAYS >= 1.0        15               6.3     8.7        5
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        25   11/12                          5  11/30
                                                          11/29
                                                          11/28
 24 HR TOTAL     21.1R  11/10 TO 11/11

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1298              1041     257     1068
 SINCE 7/1       2530              2202     328     2169
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1        152               242     -90      280
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              MM
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    MM        DATE   MM
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    35/225    DATE  11/22

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                5     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          3     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                2     SNOW                       5
LIGHT SNOW               25     SLEET                      0
FOG                       4     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      3
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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...NOVEMBER 2014 MONTHLY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR UPPER MICHIGAN...
/THIS DISCUSSION DOES NOT INCLUDE CHIPPEWA AND MACKINAC COUNTIES/

...UNSEASONABLY COLD...

...RECORD COLDEST NOVEMBER AT THE MARQUETTE NWS AND MUNISING...
...SECOND COLDEST NOVEMBER AT IRONWOOD AND MANISTIQUE...
...THIRD COLDEST NOVEMBER AT NEWBERRY AND IRON MOUNTAIN...
...FIFTH COLDEST NOVEMBER AT MARQUETTE CITY...
...SEVENTH COLDEST NOVEMBER AT HOUGHTON...

...VERY WET WITH RECORD SNOWFALL AT SOME PLACES...

...RECORD NOVEMBER SNOWFALL AT NEWBERRY AND THE MARQUETTE NWS...
...RECORD NOVEMBER SNOWFALL AT IRONWOOD AND MUNISING...
...RECORD NOVEMBER SNOWFALL AT MANISTIQUE...
...FOURTH HIGHEST NOVEMBER SNOWFALL AT IRON MOUNTAIN...
...FIFTH HIGHEST NOVEMBER SNOWFALL AT HOUGHTON...
...SIXTH HIGHEST NOVEMBER SNOWFALL AT MARQUETTE CITY...

...FOURTH WETTEST NOVEMBER AT IRONWOOD AND MUNISING...
...SIXTH WETTEST NOVEMBER AT THE MARQUETTE NWS...
...NINTH WETTEST NOVEMBER AT NEWBERRY...

NOVEMBER CLIMATE STATISTICS FOR THE MARQUETTE NWS IN NEGAUNEE
 TOWNSHIP

                                    NORMAL   DEPARTURE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE         21.5     30.3  MINUS    8.8
AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE    28.9     37.6  MINUS    8.7
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE     14.1     23.0  MINUS    8.9
HEATING DEGREE DAYS         1298     1041   PLUS    257
COOLING DEGREE DAYS            0        0             0
TOTAL PRECIPITATION         5.22     3.18   PLUS   2.04
TOTAL SNOWFALL              53.0     24.4   PLUS   28.6

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE:                    50 ON 11/3
LOWEST TEMPERATURE:                     -4 ON 11/20...11/26
                                              AND 11/27
GREATEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION:  1.89 ON 11/11
GREATEST 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION:       2.51 ON 11/10-11/11
GREATEST CALENDAR DAY SNOWFALL:       16.0 ON 11/11
GREATEST 24 HOUR SNOWFALL:            21.1 ON 11/10-11/11
PEAK WIND SPEED: 35 MPH FROM THE SOUTHWEST ON 11/21 AND 11/22

DAILY RECORD PRECIPITATION ON 11/10...1.20 /OLD RECORD 0.77...1998/
DAILY RECORD SNOWFALL ON 11/10...10.2 /9.5...1997/
DAILY RECORD PRECIPITATION ON 11/11...1.89 /1.04...1974/
DAILY RECORD SNOWFALL ON 11/11...16.0 /6.0...1977/
DAILY RECORD LOW MINIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 11/15...0 /3...2002/
DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 11/15...18 /24...2002/
DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 11/16...21 /24...1989/
DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 11/17...16 /17...2005/
DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 11/18...17 /18...1989/
DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 11/19...17 /23...1996/
DAILY RECORD LOW MINIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 11/20...-4 /1...1964/
DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 11/20...14 /18...1969&78/
DAILY RECORD LOW MINIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 11/27...-4 /0...1977&82/
DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE TIED ON 11/27...18 /18...1967/
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GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS (FEET/METERS ABOVE MEAN SEA LEVEL)

                            LAKE SUPERIOR  LAKE MICHIGAN-HURON
11/01/14 DAILY MEAN         602.68/183.70     579.19/176.54
11/30/14 DAILY MEAN         602.54/183.66     579.23/176.55
AVG OCT 2014 DAILY MEAN     602.71/183.71     579.20/176.54
AVG NOV 2013 DAILY MEAN     601.71/183.40     577.47/176.01
LONG TERM NOV DAILY MEAN    601.90/183.46     578.64/176.37
MAXIMUM NOV DAILY MEAN      603.31/183.89     581.96/177.38
                                (1985)           (1986)
MINIMUM NOV DAILY MEAN      600.43/183.01     576.28/175.65
                                (1925)           (1964)

...GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS ABOVE NORMAL IN NOVEMBER...

EVEN THOUGH WATER LEVELS TYPICALLY FALL SLOWLY IN NOVEMBER...ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE UPPER GREAT LAKES AND SURROUNDING
AREAS THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO GREATER
RUNOFF AS WELL AS RELATIVELY CHILLY LAKE WATER TEMPERATURES THAT
HAVE LIMITED EVAPORATION CONTRIBUTED TO A SLOW RISE IN THE LEVELS OF
LAKES MICHIGAN AND HURON IN NOVEMBER 2014. AT THE END OF THE
MONTH...THE LEVEL OF THESE LAKES WAS ALMOST 21 INCHES HIGHER THAN IN
NOVEMBER 2013 AND ABOUT 7 INCHES ABOVE THE LONG TERM NORMAL. THE
LEVEL OF LAKE SUPERIOR FELL SLOWLY DURING NOVEMBER BECAUSE MUCH OF
THE PRECIPITATION IN ITS DRAINAGE BASIN FELL AS SNOW AND LIMITED
RUNOFF. EVEN SO...THE LAKE SUPERIOR WATER LEVEL ON 11/30 WAS AROUND
10 INCHES HIGHER THAN DURING NOVEMBER 2013 AND 7 TO 8 INCHES HIGHER
THAN THE MONTHLY NORMAL DUE TO THE LONGER TERM WET PATTERN AND
DIMINISHED EVAPORATION.

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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                      NOVEMBER CLIMATE HIGHLIGHTS

MORE TO COME LATER
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SOME OTHER TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION OBSERVATIONS ACROSS UPPER
MICHIGAN IN NOVEMBER 2014 INCLUDE:

IRONWOOD...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 21.2 (8.6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
           PRECIPITATION 5.87 INCHES (3.17 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)
           SNOWFALL 89.2 INCHES (64.7 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)

WATERSMEET (GOGEBIC COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 3.07 INCHES
                              SNOWFALL 40.4 INCHES

ONTONAGON...SNOWFALL 30.3 INCHES


GREENLAND (ONTONAGON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 26.9 DEGREES
                               PRECIPITATION 4.76 INCHES
                               SNOWFALL 51.8 INCHES

BERGLAND DAM (ONTONAGON COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 7.05 INCHES
                                  SNOWFALL 87.4 INCHES

HOUGHTON COUNTY...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 25.7 (5.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
 AIRPORT          PRECIPITATION 3.35 INCHES (1.22 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)
                  SNOWFALL 51.9 INCHES (29.7 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)

ATLANTIC MINE (HOUGHTON COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 3.78 INCHES
                                  SNOWFALL 58.0 INCHES

PAINESDALE (HOUGHTON COUNTY)...SNOWFALL 82.0 INCHES

MOHAWK (KEWEENAW COUNTY)...SNOWFALL 57.2 INCHES

COPPER HARBOR...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 29.7 DEGREES
                PRECIPITATION 3.51 INCHES
                SNOWFALL 26.9 INCHES

JACOBSVILLE (HOUGHTON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 25.1 DEGREES
                                PRECIPITATION 3.55 INCHES
                                SNOWFALL 35.2 INCHES

BARAGA...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 26.3 DEGREES
         PRECIPITATION 3.90 INCHES
         SNOWFALL 43.3 INCHES

HERMAN (BARAGA COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 19.0 DEGREES
                         PRECIPITATION 5.00 INCHES
                         SNOWFALL 75.0 INCHES

CLARKSBURG (MARQUETTE COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 19.2 DEGREES
                                PRECIPITATION 3.06 INCHES
                                SNOWFALL 38.1 INCHES

BIG BAY (MARQUETTE COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 27.3 DEGREES
                             PRECIPITATION 5.33 INCHES
                             SNOWFALL 42.3 INCH

MARQUETTE CITY...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 28.0 (6.8 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
                 PRECIPITATION 3.27 INCHES (0.65 INCH ABOVE NORMAL)
                 SNOWFALL 32.0 INCHES (21.1 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)

HARVEY (MARQUETTE COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 27.8 DEGREES
                            PRECIPITATION 4.38 INCHES
                            SNOWFALL 36.0 INCHES

CHATHAM (ALGER COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 25.4 DEGREES
                         PRECIPITATION 5.41 INCHES
                         SNOWFALL 63.5 INCHES

MUNISING...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 26.1 (7.9 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
           PRECIPITATION 6.50 INCHES (2.76 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)
           SNOWFALL 57.9 INCHES (44.9 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)

NEWBERRY...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 26.6 (7.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
           PRECIPITATION 4.34 INCHES (1.38 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)
           SNOWFALL 47.7 INCHES (33.6 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)

STAMBAUGH (IRON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 19.4 DEGREES
                          PRECIPITATION 3.00 INCHES
                          SNOWFALL 36.2 INCHES

AMASA (IRON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 21.3 DEGREES
                      PRECIPITATION 3.58 INCHES
                      SNOWFALL 32.1 INCHES

IRON MOUNTAIN...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 24.7 (7.5 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
                PRECIPITATION 3.25 INCHES (1.31 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)
                SNOWFALL 17.9 (12.1 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)

NORWAY (DICKINSON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 24.7 DEGREES
                            PRECIPITATION 2.59 INCHES
                            SNOWFALL 13.6 INCHES

MENOMINEE...PRECIPITATION 2.47 INCHES
            SNOWFALL 8.1 INCHES

GLADSTONE (DELTA COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 3.54 INCHES
                           SNOWFALL 23.8 INCHES

GARDEN CORNERS (DELTA COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 27.7 DEGREES
                                PRECIPITATION 3.81 INCHES
                                SNOWFALL 18.0 INCHES

COOKS (SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 4.54 INCHES
                             SNOWFALL 24.2 INCHES

MANISTIQUE...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 27.7 (6.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL)
             PRECIPITATION 3.66 INCHES (1.19 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)
             SNOWFALL 21.5 INCHES (17.0 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL)

                      NOVEMBER WEATHER SUMMARY

MORE TO COME LATER.

                         DECEMBER FORECAST

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

                        DECEMBER CLIMATOLOGY

TEMPERATURES CONTINUE THEIR DOWNWARD SLIDE IN DECEMBER AS WINTER
ARRIVES IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE.  AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURES IN
DECEMBER ACROSS UPPER MICHIGAN ARE AS MUCH AS 12 DEGREES LOWER THAN
IN NOVEMBER AS TOTAL POSSIBLE SUNSHINE DECLINES TO 514 MINUTES
AROUND THE WINTER SOLSTICE. WINTER OFFICIALLY BEGINS THIS YEAR AT
6:03 PM EST ON 12/21. ON THAT DAY...THE SUN RISES TO ONLY ABOUT 20
DEGREES ABOVE THE SOUTHERN HORIZON AT LOCAL NOON IN UPPER MICHIGAN.

ARCTIC INVASIONS ARE COMMON ACROSS THE NORTHWEST GREAT LAKES IN
DECEMBER...RESULTING IN CONSIDERABLE CLOUD COVER AND LAKE EFFECT
SNOW. AS THE COLD AIR PASSES OVER THE RELATIVELY WARM WATERS OF LAKE
SUPERIOR...THE AIRMASS BECOMES INCREASINGLY UNSTABLE. THE RESULT IS
A GREATER FREQUENCY OF LOW CLOUD AND SNOW SHOWERS...WHICH ARE
TYPICALLY HEAVIER AND MORE WIDESPREAD OVER HIGHER TERRAIN JUST
DOWNWIND OF LAKE SUPERIOR. THE LOCATION OF MAXIMUM SNOWFALL IS VERY
DEPENDENT ON THE LOW LEVEL WIND DIRECTION BECAUSE THE LONGEST WIND
FETCH ACROSS THE WATER RESULTS IN GREATEST DESTABILIZATION. A WEST
WIND FAVORS THE KEWEENAW PENINSULA; A NORTHWEST WIND USUALLY RESULTS
IN HEAVIER SNOW AROUND ONTONAGON AND IN ALGER AND LUCE COUNTIES; AND
A NORTH TO NORTHEAST WIND CAUSES THE HEAVIEST SNOW AROUND IRONWOOD
AND IN THE NORTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS OF BARAGA AND MARQUETTE COUNTIES.
ALTHOUGH LARGE SCALE STORM SYSTEMS THAT TYPICALLY MOVE NORTHEAST
FROM THE PLAINS STATES INTO THE GREAT LAKES CAN ALSO BRING HEAVY
SNOW TO INLAND LOCATIONS...AVERAGE DECEMBER PRECIPITATION IS QUITE A
BIT LESS AWAY FROM LAKE SUPERIOR.  FOR INSTANCE...THE HOUGHTON
COUNTY AIRPORT PICKS UP 52.9 INCHES OF SNOW AND 3.25 INCHES OF
LIQUID EQUIVALENT PRECIPITATION DURING A TYPICAL DECEMBER. IRON
MOUNTAIN WILL RECEIVE ONLY 14.7 INCHES OF SNOW AND 1.48 INCHES OF
LIQUID EQUIVALENT PRECIPITATION ON AVERAGE. THE HOUGHTON COUNTY
AIRPORT WAS BURIED UNDER 119 INCHES OF SNOW IN DECEMBER 1978. RECORD
SNOWS AT INLAND LOCATIONS ARE CLOSER TO 36 INCHES. IN MORE RECENT
YEARS...HEAVY SNOW FELL IN DECEMBER IN 2008...2000...1996 AND 1995
AT MANY LOCATIONS. ROCKLAND IN ONTONAGON COUNTY MEASURED 127 INCHES
OF THE WHITE STUFF IN DECEMBER 2000. IN DECEMBER 2008...TWIN LAKES
IN HOUGHTON COUNTY LOGGED ALMOST 106 INCHES.

ALTHOUGH LAKE SUPERIOR OFTEN MODERATES THE CHILL OF THE ARCTIC
AIR...BELOW ZERO READINGS ARE COMMON DURING THE TWELFTH MONTH.
RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES ARE AS LOW AS 36 BELOW ZERO AT IRONWOOD...
OBSERVED DURING A BRUTAL COLD SNAP IN MID DECEMBER 1983 THAT ALSO
DROPPED THE TEMPERATURE TO A MONTHLY RECORD 28 BELOW ZERO AT THE
MARQUETTE NWS. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURES RECORDED AT MANY LOCATIONS IN
UPPER MICHIGAN OCCURRED DURING AN ARCTIC OUTBREAK AT THE END OF
DECEMBER 1976...INCLUDING 26 BELOW ZERO AT IRON MOUNTAIN...25 BELOW
ZERO AT MANISTIQUE...21 BELOW ZERO AT MUNISING AND 15 BELOW ZERO AT
THE HOUGHTON COUNTY AIRPORT. DECEMBER 1985 AND DECEMBER 1989 ALSO
SAW FREQUENT ARCTIC INVASIONS WITH MONTHLY TEMPERATURES AVERAGING AS
MUCH 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. A COLD WAVE ARRIVED IN DECEMBER 2004
JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS. MORNING LOWS ON CHRISTMAS DAY THAT YEAR FELL
AS LOW AS 34 BELOW ZERO AT CHAMPION IN MARQUETTE COUNTY. MORE
RECENTLY...DECEMBER 2013 FEATURED VERY COLD WEATHER MOST OF THE TIME
AND A MEAN DAILY TEMPERATURE THAT ENDED UP BETWEEN 6 AND 10 DEGREES
BELOW NORMAL. IN FACT...DECEMBER 2013 GOES DOWN IN THE RECORD BOOKS
AMONG THE TOP 10 COLDEST ACROSS UPPER MICHIGAN.

DECEMBER 1994 GOES DOWN IN THE RECORD BOOKS AS ONE OF THE WARMEST
AND LEAST SNOWY IN UPPER MICHIGAN HISTORY WITH TEMPERATURES AS MUCH
AS 10 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND MANY PLACES PICKING UP LESS THAN 10
INCHES OF TOTAL SNOW. THE MARQUETTE NWS AND NEWBERRY ALL OBSERVED
THEIR WARMEST DECEMBER EVER. ALTHOUGH BROWN CHRISTMASES ARE RARE IN
UPPER MICHIGAN (BEFORE 1994 DOWNTOWN MARQUETTE OBSERVED A BROWN
CHRISTMAS IN 1923...1931... 1941...1946...1957 AND 1982)...MANY
LOCATIONS THAT YEAR HAD LITTLE IF ANY SNOW ON THE GROUND TO GREET
SANTA CLAUS. TEMPERATURES ON CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY IN 1994
WERE NEAR 50 OR EVEN HIGHER AT IRONWOOD...IRON MOUNTAIN... NEWBERRY
AND MARQUETTE. MANY RECENT DECEMBERS HAVE ALSO BEEN ON THE MILD
SIDE. IN DECEMBER 2006...MONTHLY TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 5 TO 8
DEGREES ABOVE THE MEAN ACROSS UPPER MICHIGAN...AND THE MONTH ENDED
UP AS THE WARMEST DECEMBER ON RECORD AT THE HOUGHTON COUNTY AIRPORT.
SINCE SNOWFALL OVER MUCH OF UPPER MICHIGAN WAS ALSO BELOW NORMAL...
MANY AREAS EAST OF CRYSTAL FALLS AND THE HURON MOUNTAINS SAW A BROWN
CHRISTMAS IN 2006. DECEMBER 2001 WAS THE WARMEST ON RECORD AT
MUNISING...MANISTIQUE...AND ONTONAGON. ON 12/5/2001...RARE DECEMBER
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FORMED IN A RECORD WARM AIRMASS AHEAD OF A COLD
FRONT AND PUMMELED IRON AND DICKINSON COUNTIES WITH LARGE HAIL.
IRON MOUNTAIN RECORDED ITS WARMEST DECEMBER IN 1997. THE FIRST
SEVERAL DAYS OF DECEMBER 1998 FEATURED RECORD WARMTH. MONTHLY RECORD
HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE SET AT IRON MOUNTAIN (64 ON 12/4)...IRONWOOD
(59 ON 12/4)...MANISTIQUE (59 ON 12/1) AND THE MARQUETTE NWS (59 ON
12/3). BUT THE ARRIVAL OF COLDER AIR AND HEAVY SNOW THE LAST HALF OF
DECEMBER 1998 PREVENTED THE MONTH FROM GOING DOWN AS ONE OF THE
WARMEST ON RECORD. ALTHOUGH DECEMBER 2002 STARTED ON A COLD
NOTE...TEMPERATURES THE LAST THREE WEEKS OF THE MONTH AVERAGED 10
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. MANY PLACES NOT IMPACTED BY LAKE EFFECT SNOW
HAD A BROWN CHRISTMAS IN 2002.

                   OUTLOOK FOR JANUARY THROUGH MARCH

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) IS FORECASTING EQUAL CHANCES OF
AN ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL 3-MONTH AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BUT A GREATER
THAN CLIMATOLOGICAL CHANCE OF BELOW NORMAL 3-MONTH PRECIPITATION
OVER ALL OF UPPER MICHIGAN IN JANUARY THROUGH MARCH 2015.

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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