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CLIMATE REPORT...FINAL
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
505 AM EDT THU APR 28 2016

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...THE MARQUETTE MI CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1961 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              81   03/21/2012
 LOW              -30   03/03/2003
HIGHEST            61   03/12        33      28       58  03/10
LOWEST            -11   03/03        14     -25      -17  03/05
AVG. MAXIMUM     39.2              34.7     4.5     35.0
AVG. MINIMUM     19.5              13.8     5.7     14.0
MEAN             29.3              24.2     5.1     24.5
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     10              12.8    -2.8       14
DAYS MIN <= 32     27              29.2    -2.2       29
DAYS MIN <= 0       4               4.4    -0.4        4

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         6.08   1979
 MINIMUM         0.28   2010
TOTALS           3.34              3.03    0.31     1.26
DAILY AVG.       0.11              0.10    0.01     0.04
DAYS >= .01        12              14.5    -2.5       11
DAYS >= .10         6               7.2    -1.2        4
DAYS >= .50         3               1.4     1.6        0
DAYS >= 1.00        1               0.6     0.4        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.62   03/16 TO 03/17

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           83.1   2002
TOTALS           18.8              34.9   -16.1     11.3
SINCE 7/1       118.9             187.3   -68.4    165.3
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     12                21      -9       24
DAYS >= 1.0         6               7.2    -1.2        3
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        25   03/06                         33  03/09
                        03/05                             03/08
                                                          03/07
 24 HR TOTAL     10.0   03/16 TO 03/17

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1096              1263    -167     1249
 SINCE 7/1       6863              7887   -1024     8560
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    34/225    DATE  03/06

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               11     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          2     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW               14     SLEET                      1
FOG                      10     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      5
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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...MARCH 2016 MONTHLY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR UPPER MICHIGAN...
/THIS DISCUSSION DOES NOT INCLUDE CHIPPEWA AND MACKINAC COUNTIES/

...WARM FOR A FIFTH MONTH IN A ROW...
...SEVENTH WARMEST MARCH AT NEWBERRY AND THE MARQUETTE NWS...
...EIGHTH WARMEST MARCH AT MUNISING...
...NINTH WARMEST MARCH AT MANISTIQUE...

...BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL AT MOST LOCATIONS...

...GENERALLY NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION...

MARCH CLIMATE STATISTICS FOR THE MARQUETTE NWS IN NEGAUNEE
TOWNSHIP

                                    NORMAL   DEPARTURE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE         29.3     24.2   PLUS    5.1
AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE    39.2     34.7   PLUS    4.5
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE     19.5     13.8   PLUS    5.7
HEATING DEGREE DAYS         1096     1263  MINUS    167
COOLING DEGREE DAYS            0        0             0
TOTAL PRECIPITATION         3.34     3.03   PLUS   0.31
TOTAL SNOWFALL              18.8     34.9  MINUS   16.1

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE:                    61 ON 3/12
LOWEST TEMPERATURE:                    -11 ON 3/3
GREATEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION:  1.34 ON 3/16
GREATEST 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION:       1.62 ON 3/16-3/17
GREATEST CALENDAR DAY SNOWFALL:        8.2 ON 3/17
GREATEST 24 HOUR SNOWFALL             10.2 ON 3/16-3/17
GREATEST SNOW DEPTH                     25 ON 3/5 AND 3/6
PEAK WIND SPEED: 34 MPH FROM THE SOUTHWEST ON 3/6

DAILY RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE ON 3/8...37 /OLD RECORD
                                                   32...1983/
DAILY RECORD HIGH MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE TIED ON 3/12...61 /61...1995/
DAILY RECORD PRECIPITATION ON 3/16...1.34 /0.25...1978&2013/
DAILY RECORD PRECIPITATION ON 3/17...0.61 /0.43...1965/
DAILY RECORD SNOWFALL ON 3/17...8.2 /5.9...1965/
SEVENTH HIGHEST MARCH MEAN TEMPERATURE...29.3 /RECORD 39.7...2012/
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GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS (FEET/METERS ABOVE MEAN SEA LEVEL)

                            LAKE SUPERIOR  LAKE MICHIGAN-HURON
3/01/16 DAILY MEAN          601.92/183.47     579.30/176.57
3/31/16 DAILY MEAN          601.96/183.48     579.77/176.71
AVG FEB 2016 DAILY MEAN     602.01/183.49     579.26/176.56
AVG MAR 2015 DAILY MEAN     601.78/183.42     579.01/176.48
LONG TERM MAR DAILY MEAN    601.15/183.23     578.38/176.29
MAXIMUM MAR DAILY MEAN      602.40/183.61     581.10/177.12
                                (1986)           (1986)
MINIMUM MAR DAILY MEAN      599.54/182.74     576.05/175.58
                                (1926)           (1964)

...GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS RISE AND REMAIN WELL ABOVE NORMAL IN
MARCH...

GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS BEGAN TO RISE IN MARCH DUE TO EARLY SNOW
MELT AND A GOOD PROPORTION OF THE MONTHLY PRECIPITATION THAT FELL AS
RAIN. THE RISE ON LAKES MICHIGAN AND HURON WAS GREATER DUE TO THE
EARLIER SNOW MELT THAT INFLUENCED RIVERS THAT FLOWED INTO THESE
LAKES. AT THE END OF MARCH...WATER LEVELS ON LAKE SUPERIOR WERE 9 TO
10 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND ABOUT 2 INCHES ABOVE THE LEVEL OBSERVED
IN MARCH 2015. THE LEVEL ON LAKES MICHIGAN AND HURON WAS 16 TO 17
INCHES ABOVE AVERAGE ON 3/31 AND 9 TO 10 INCHES HIGHER THAN IN MARCH
2015.

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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                       MARCH CLIMATE HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHEST REPORTED TEMPERATURE...71 AT KENTON IN SOUTHERN HOUGHTON
                                COUNTY ON 3/12

LOWEST REPORTED TEMPERATURE...-22 AT CLARKSBURG/CHAMPION IN MARQUETTE
                               COUNTY ON 3/2

HIGHEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...33.2 DEGREES AT IRON MOUNTAIN

LOWEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...25.4 DEGREES AT HERMAN IN BARAGA COUNTY

HIGHEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...3.58 INCHES AT HERMAN

LOWEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...1.78 INCHES AT MARQUETTE CITY

HIGHEST MONTHLY SNOWFALL...28.4 INCHES AT ATLANTIC MINE IN HOUGHTON
                            COUNTY

LOWEST MONTHLY SNOWFALL...3.9 INCHES AT STAMBAUGH IN IRON COUNTY

GREATEST SNOW DEPTH...38 INCHES AT PAINESDALE IN HOUGHTON COUNTY
                       ON 3/1

ALTHOUGH THERE WERE TIMES WHEN AN UPPER TROUGH DOMINATED CENTRAL AND
EASTERN NORTH AMERICA IN MARCH...LEADING TO OUTBREAKS OF ARCTIC AIR
ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES...A WARM STRETCH OF WEATHER FROM THE END OF
THE FIRST WEEK INTO MID MARCH ASSOCIATED WITH THE ONGOING EL NINO
AND AN INFLUX OF PACIFIC AIR INTO THE UNITED STATES WAS SO NOTABLE
THAT MARCH 2016 ENDED UP MUCH WARMER THAN NORMAL ACROSS ALL OF UPPER
MICHIGAN. AT SOME PLACES...MARCH 2016 GOES DOWN IN THE RECORD BOOKS
AS ONE OF THE TOP TEN WARMEST THIRD MONTHS. MEAN MONTHLY
TEMPERATURES RANGING FROM ABOUT 25 TO 33 DEGREES ENDED UP 3 TO 6
DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE AND 8 TO 13 DEGREES HIGHER THAN THE FEBRUARY
MEANS.

THE CHANGEABLE UPPER FLOW AND PRESENCE OF MOISTER PACIFIC AIR AT
TIMES IN MARCH RESULTED IN ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AT MOST
PLACES. AS MUCH AS 3 TO 3.5 INCHES OF WATER EQUIVALENT PRECIPITATION
FELL AT THE WETTER LOCATIONS...AS MUCH AS ALMOST 185 PERCENT OF
NORMAL AT IRON MOUNTAIN. BUT SINCE MARCH WAS WARM...A GOOD DEAL OF
THIS PRECIPITATION DID NOT FALL AS SNOW. SO MARCH SNOWFALL WAS BELOW
NORMAL AT MOST PLACES...AND AS LITTLE AS 33 PERCENT OF THE MONTHLY
AVERAGE. THE ONLY EXCEPTION WAS OVER PORTIONS OF THE KEWEENAW...WHERE
AS MUCH AS A NEAR AVERAGE 28.5 INCHES OF SNOW FELL AT ATLANTIC MINE
IN HOUGHTON COUNTY.

THE COLDEST WEATHER IN MARCH OCCURRED DURING THE FIRST FOUR
DAYS...WHEN A DEEP UPPER TROUGH DOMINATED THE EAST HALF OF NORTH
AMERICA. MEAN DAILY TEMPERATURES RAN UP TO 10 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW
AVERAGE ON 3/1 THROUGH 3/3. THE MERCURY FELL BELOW ZERO AT MANY
LOCATIONS IN THE MORNING ON 3/1 THROUGH 3/4 AND EVEN LOWER THAN -10
AT THE COLDEST SPOTS...INCLUDING THE MONTHLY MINIMUM OF -22 AT
CLARKSBURG/CHAMPION IN MARQUETTE COUNTY ON 3/2. A LOW PRESSURE
SYSTEM TRACKING THROUGH WISCONSIN BROUGHT A WIDESPREAD 2 TO 3 INCH
SNOWFALL TO UPPER MICHIGAN FROM LATE ON 3/4 INTO 3/5.

THE UPPER TROUGH OVER EASTERN NORTH AMERICA WEAKENED DRAMATICALLY BY
THE END OF THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH...ALLOWING AN UPPER RIDGE AND
PACIFIC AIR TO DOMINATE THE UPPER GREAT LAKES. MEAN DAILY
TEMPERATURES AVERAGED AS MUCH AS 15 TO 25 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ON
MANY DAYS FROM 3/6 THROUGH 3/15. MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES PEAKED IN THE
60S AT SOME SPOTS AWAY FROM LAKE MODERATION ON 3/7...3/8...3/12 AND
3/29...ESTABLISHING SOME NEW DAILY RECORD MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES. THE
WARMEST DAY WAS 3/12...WHEN THE MERCURY REACHED 70 AT A FEW
LOCATIONS. READINGS PEAKED AS HIGH AS THE MONTHLY MAXIMUM OF 71 AT
KENTON IN HOUGHTON COUNTY ON 3/12.  THERE WERE ALSO SOME NEW DAILY
RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURES ABOVE THE FREEZING MARK ON SOME OF
THE MORE BALMY MORNINGS DURING THIS WARM STRETCH OF WEATHER BEFORE
MID MARCH. THE NEW RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES AT HOUGHTON ON 3/12 WAS A
MILD 41 DEGREES.

MUCH OF THE MONTHLY PRECIPITATION AND SNOW FELL DURING A MAJOR
WINTER STORM THAT IMPACTED THE UPPER GREAT LAKES ON 3/16 INTO 3/17
AFTER AN UPPER TROUGH DEVELOPED OVER CENTRAL NORTH AMERICA. THIS ST
PATRICK`S DAY STORM STARTED MAINLY AS RAIN ON 3/16 WITH THE
LINGERING WARMTH ASSOCIATED WITH THE WEAKENING UPPER RIDGE. BUT AS
THE RESPONSIBLE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM SHIFTED ACROSS NORTHERN LOWER
MICHIGAN AND COLD AIR SURGED INTO UPPER MICHIGAN...THE PRECIPITATION
CHANGED TO ALL SNOW WEST-TO-EAST BY DAYBREAK ON 3/17 BEFORE
DIMINISHING DURING THE DAY. AS MUCH AS 2 INCHES OF WATER EQUIVALENT
PRECIPITATION FELL AT SOME PLACES...WITH UP TO 10 TO 20 INCHES OF
WET...HEAVY SNOW ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE WEST AND NORTH
CENTRAL. ATLANTIC MINE PICKED UP 20.5 INCHES OF ITS MARCH SNOWFALL
DURING THIS EVENT.

ANOTHER LOW PRESSURE CROSSING CENTRAL LOWER MICHIGAN ON 3/24 BROUGHT
SOME MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW TO SOUTHEAST UPPER MICHIGAN. MOST PLACES
SOUTHEAST OF A LINE FROM CRYSTAL FALLS TO MUNISING PICKED UP 4
INCHES OR MORE OF SNOW BEGINNING LATE ON 3/23 INTO THE AFTERNOON ON
3/24...WHEN THE PRECIPITATION DIMINISHED FOLLOWING THE EXIT OF THE
LOW TO THE EAST. AS MUCH AS 11 INCHES OF THE WHITE STUFF ACCUMULATED
NEAR MENOMINEE AND AT FAYETTE AT THE SOUTH END OF THE GARDEN
PENINSULA IN DELTA COUNTY DURING THIS EVENT.

ALTHOUGH COLDER WEATHER RETURNED AT TIMES AFTER THE RIDGE WEAKENED
AT MID MONTH...THE CHILL WAS NOT AS INTENSE AS EARLY IN MARCH. A FEW
OF THE COLDER INTERIOR SPOTS SAW THE THERMOMETER DIP BELOW ZERO
EARLY ON 3/19 AS CANADIAN HIGH PRESSURE SETTLED OVER THE UPPER LAKES
AND THEN AGAIN DURING THE MORNING ON 3/25 WHEN ANOTHER HIGH PRESSURE
MOVED OVERHEAD FOLLOWING THE EXIT OF THE LOW PRESSURE RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE 3/24 SNOW OVER THE SOUTHEAST U.P. SOME WARMER WEATHER
RETURNED JUST BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH AS AN UPPER RIDGE
REBOUNDED OVER THE EAST HALF OF NORTH AMERICA. THE MAXIMUM
TEMPERATURE AT A FEW PLACES CLIMBED ABOVE THE 60-DEGREE MARK ON
3/29. BUT THE MONTH ENDED ON A WINTRY NOTE OVER PORTIONS OF THE
CENTRAL U.P. AS A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVED NORTHEAST FROM THE
PLAINS TOWARD THE CENTRAL GREAT LAKES ON 3/31 WITHIN THE SOUTHWEST
FLOW ALOFT EAST OF A DEEPENING UPPER TROUGH IN THE PLAINS. RAIN
MIXED WITH OR CHANGED TO SNOW OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE
CENTRAL...WHERE UP TO 4 INCHES OF WET HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATED THE
LAST DAY OF MARCH.
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   ...SEPTEMBER THROUGH MARCH CLIMATE STATS FOR UPPER MICHIGAN...

  ...TOP FIVE WARMEST AT MOST PLACES WITH BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL...
          ...ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AT MOST PLACES...

                         AVERAGE TEMPERATURE

                                         /OR PREVIOUS/
               OBSERVED NORMAL DEPARTURE    RECORD          RANK

MANISTIQUE       36.2    32.8    +3.4   36.2 /2011-12/ RECORD WARMEST

HOUGHTON         35.2    29.7    +5.5   35.5 /2011-12/    2ND WARMEST

IRON MOUNTAIN    35.7    30.5    +5.2   35.8 /2011-12/    2ND WARMEST

MARQUETTE NWS    33.6    28.7    +4.9   34.4 /2011-12/    2ND WARMEST

NEWBERRY         36.4    31.6    +4.8   37.3 /2011-12/    2ND WARMEST

MUNISING         36.1    32.1    +4.0   36.4 /2011-12/    2ND WARMEST

IRONWOOD         33.3    28.3    +5.0   34.2 /2011-12/    3RD WARMEST

MARQUETTE CITY   37.5    33.4    +4.1   39.5 /1877-78/    4TH WARMEST

                            PRECIPITATION

               OBSERVED NORMAL DEPARTURE    RECORD          RANK

IRONWOOD        26.39   18.03    +8.36  26.89 /1926-27/   2ND HIGHEST

MANISTIQUE      20.93   15.34    +5.59  23.91 /1965-66/   4TH HIGHEST

IRON MOUNTAIN   17.20   14.13    +3.07  20.50 /1970-71/   8TH HIGHEST

MUNISING        24.59   23.16    +1.43  32.30 /1978-79/  13TH HIGHEST

NEWBERRY        21.49   20.07    +1.42  32.34 /2001-02/  19TH HIGHEST

HOUGHTON        20.43   15.97    +4.46  33.95 /1985-86/     ****

MARQUETTE CITY  16.83   16.02    +0.81  28.11 /1881-82/     ****

MARQUETTE NWS   19.52   20.89    -1.37  11.57 /1963-64/     ****

                               SNOWFALL

               OBSERVED NORMAL DEPARTURE    RECORD          RANK

MARQUETTE CITY    65.8   109.1   -43.3   51.6 /2011-12/    7TH LOWEST

MANISTIQUE        42.2    70.4   -28.3   24.8 /1901-02/    7TH LOWEST

IRON MOUNTAIN     31.7    53.1   -21.4   18.2 /1904-05/    7TH LOWEST

MARQUETTE NWS    118.9   187.3   -68.4   67.2 /1962-63/   12TH LOWEST

IRONWOOD         156.2   174.9   -18.7   45.9 /1901-02/     ****

HOUGHTON         183.7   198.9   -15.2   71.5 /1913-14/     ****

MUNISING         139.9   153.4   -13.5   45.5 /1911-12/     ****

NEWBERRY         123.8   126.0    -2.2   34.0 /1904-05/     ****

**** RANK NOT IN TOP 25
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SOME OTHER TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION OBSERVATIONS ACROSS UPPER
MICHIGAN IN MARCH 2016 INCLUDE:

IRONWOOD...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 31.2 /6.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL/
           PRECIPITATION 3.03 INCHES /1.05 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL/
           SNOWFALL 10.5 INCHES /14.4 INCHES BELOW NORMAL/

WATERSMEET (GOGEBIC COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 2.23 INCHES
                              SNOWFALL 6.5 INCHES

ONTONAGON...SNOWFALL 5.4 INCHES

GREENLAND (ONTONAGON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 31.4 DEGREES
                               PRECIPITATION 2.05 INCHES
                               SNOWFALL 6.6 INCHES

BERGLAND DAM (ONTONAGON COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 2.38 INCHES
                                  SNOWFALL 10.4 INCHES

HOUGHTON COUNTY...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 29.8 /4.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL/
 AIRPORT          PRECIPITATION 2.41 INCHES /0.85 INCH ABOVE NORMAL/
                  SNOWFALL 20.5 INCHES /1.3 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL/

ATLANTIC MINE (HOUGHTON COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 2.84 INCHES
                                  SNOWFALL 28.5 INCHES

PAINESDALE (HOUGHTON COUNTY)...SNOWFALL 24.5 INCHES

COPPER HARBOR...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 32.2 DEGREES
                PRECIPITATION 2.06 INCHES

JACOBSVILLE (HOUGHTON COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 2.81 INCHES
                                SNOWFALL 16.6 INCHES

BARAGA...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 31.8 DEGREES
         PRECIPITATION 2.66 INCHES
         SNOWFALL 9.5 INCHES

HERMAN (BARAGA COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 25.4 DEGREES
                         PRECIPITATION 3.58 INCHES
                         SNOWFALL 15.7 INCHES

CLARKSBURG (MARQUETTE COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 27.2 DEGREES
                                PRECIPITATION 1.79 INCHES
                                SNOWFALL 7.4 INCHES

BIG BAY (MARQUETTE COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 30.5 DEGREES
                             PRECIPITATION 2.41 INCHES
                             SNOWFALL 11.1 INCHES

MARQUETTE CITY...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 32.3 /3.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL/
                 PRECIPITATION 1.78 INCHES /0.22 INCH BELOW NORMAL/
                 SNOWFALL 6.4 INCHES /15.3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL/

CHATHAM (ALGER COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 30.8 DEGREES
                         PRECIPITATION 2.19 INCHES
                         SNOWFALL 10.4 INCHES

MUNISING...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 31.4 /3.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL/
           PRECIPITATION 2.45 INCHES /0.36 INCH ABOVE NORMAL/
           SNOWFALL 11.1 INCHES /7.7 INCHES BELOW NORMAL/

GRAND MARAIS...SNOWFALL 15.5 INCHES
(10 MILES SOUTH)

NEWBERRY...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 31.4 /4.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL/
           PRECIPITATION 1.99 INCHES /0.28 INCH BELOW NORMAL/
           SNOWFALL 11.3 INCHES /6.6 INCHES BELOW NORMAL/

STAMBAUGH (IRON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 29.0 DEGREES
                          PRECIPITATION 2.45 INCHES
                          SNOWFALL 3.9 INCHES

AMASA (IRON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 29.8 DEGREES
                      SNOWFALL 5.5 INCHES

FORD AIRPORT...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 32.9 DEGREES
 NEAR IRON MOUNTAIN

IRON MOUNTAIN...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 33.2 /5.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL/
                PRECIPITATION 2.94 INCHES /1.29 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL/
                SNOWFALL 6.0 INCHES /4.6 INCHES BELOW NORMAL/

NORWAY (DICKINSON COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 33.0 DEGREES
                            PRECIPITATION 2.47 INCHES
                            SNOWFALL 5.3 INCHES

DAGGETT (MENOMINEE COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 3.02 INCHES

MENOMINEE...SNOWFALL 10.6 INCHES

ESCANABA...SNOWFALL 4.6 INCHES

GLADSTONE (DELTA COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 2.58 INCHES
                           SNOWFALL 6.1 INCHES

GARDEN CORNERS (DELTA COUNTY)...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 30.5 DEGREES
                                PRECIPITATION 2.85 INCHES
                                SNOWFALL 9.1 INCHES

COOKS (SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY)...PRECIPITATION 3.17 INCHES
                             SNOWFALL 9.8 INCHES

MANISTIQUE...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 30.8 /3.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL/
             PRECIPITATION 2.84 INCHES /1.05 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL/
             SNOWFALL 6.0 INCHES /4.8 INCHES BELOW NORMAL/

                           MAY FORECAST

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) IS FORECASTING A GREATER THAN
CLIMATOLOGICAL CHANCE OF AN ABOVE NORMAL MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE IN
MAY 2016 OVER ALL OF UPPER MICHIGAN. THE CPC FORECAST SHOWS AN EQUAL
CHANCE OF ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION OVER THE
ENTIRE U.P. IN MAY.

                          MAY CLIMATOLOGY

MAY BRINGS A CONTINUED MODERATION IN TEMPERATURE AS DAYLIGHT
CONTINUES TO LENGTHEN. POSSIBLE SUNSHINE INCREASES FROM 863 MINUTES
ON 5/1 TO 932 MINUTES ON 5/31. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN MAY IS 12
TO 13 DEGREES HIGHER THAN IN APRIL. ALTHOUGH AVERAGE HIGH
TEMPERATURES REACH AROUND 70 BY MEMORIAL DAY OVER INLAND AREAS...
THE RELATIVELY COLD WATERS OF THE GREAT LAKES OFTEN KEEP SHORE
COMMUNITIES UP TO 20 DEGREES COOLER IN THE AFTERNOON. MORNING
TEMPERATURES FREQUENTLY SLIP BELOW FREEZING AT THE BEGINNING OF
MAY...BUT AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES RISE ABOVE 40 AFTER MID MONTH.

THE INCREASE IN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE RESULTS IN A GREATER THREAT OF
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. AVERAGE PRECIPITATION IS 10 TO 40 PERCENT
HIGHER THAN IN APRIL...WITH THE GREATEST AMOUNTS MOST LIKELY NEAR
THE WISCONSIN BORDER WHERE THE STABILIZING INFLUENCE OF THE GREAT
LAKES IS LESS.

MAY IS GENERALLY A TEMPERATE MONTH...BUT WINTER CHILL IS STILL
POSSIBLE. ALTHOUGH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RISE SHARPLY...FROST OFTEN
OCCURS AT THE END OF MAY AS RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES REMAIN BELOW
FREEZING THE ENTIRE MONTH AT MANY LOCATIONS. NEWBERRY SAW THE
MERCURY PLUNGE ALL THE WAY TO 19 AS LATE AS 5/24...IN 1925. MAY 1997
GOES DOWN IN THE RECORD BOOKS AS ONE OF THE COLDEST EVER AT ALL
REPORTING STATIONS WITH MONTHLY TEMPERATURES AS MUCH AS SEVEN TO
EIGHT DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. IN FACT...THIS MONTH IS THE COLDEST
FIFTH MONTH EVER AT MANISTIQUE (AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 44.4)...IRON
MOUNTAIN (45.9) AND ONTONAGON (46.6) AS WELL AS IN THE TOP TEN
COLDEST AT MOST OTHER UPPER MICHIGAN LOCATIONS. EVEN MORE
RECENTLY...MAY 2002 LANDED IN THE LIST OF TOP TEN COLDEST. MONTHLY
TEMPERATURES IN MAY 2002 AVERAGED 5 TO 7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AT
MOST SITES. AT MUNISING...THE MERCURY AVERAGED 9 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL (41.5) AND THE MONTH GOES DOWN IN THE RECORD BOOKS AS THE
COLDEST MAY EVER. AT STATIONS WITH A LONGER TERM RECORD...MAY 1954
STANDS OUT AS VERY CHILLY...IN FACT THE COLDEST EVER AT THE HOUGHTON
COUNTY AIRPORT (41.8)...WHEN MONTHLY TEMPERATURES FELL OVER EIGHT
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

SNOW CAN STILL PLAGUE UPPER MICHIGAN DURING MAY. A LATE SEASON
SNOWSTORM OCCURRED IN CENTRAL UPPER MICHIGAN ON 5/9-5/10/90...WHEN
AN IMPRESSIVE 22.4 INCHES OF HEAVY WET SNOW FELL AT THE MARQUETTE
NWS...11 INCHES BLANKETED IRON MOUNTAIN...AND 7 INCHES FELL ON
MUNISING. DURING THE CHILLY MAY 1997...13 INCHES OF THE WHITE STUFF
ACCUMULATED AT ONTONAGON ON 5/12 AND 11.3 INCHES SMOTHERED IRONWOOD.
NEWBERRY WAS STRUCK BY AN EVEN LATER MAY SNOWSTORM...10 INCHES
ACCUMULATED THERE ON 5/23 AND 5/24 BACK IN 1917. MEASURABLE SNOW AS
LATE AS MEMORIAL DAY IS NOT UNPRECEDENTED...IRONWOOD RECORDED 3.7
INCHES OF SNOW ON 5/28/65.

ALTHOUGH SNOW CAN STILL FALL IN MAY...SPRING HEAT WAVES CAN ALSO
BRING MID SUMMER HEAT TO UPPER MICHIGAN. ON 5/31 IN 1934...BOTH IRON
MOUNTAIN AND IRONWOOD RECORDED MONTHLY RECORD 100 DEGREE HIGH
TEMPERATURES. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE IN THE 90S EVERYWHERE BY
MONTHS` END...EXCEPT AT MANISTIQUE WHERE A SOUTHERLY FLOW OFF LAKE
MICHIGAN OFTEN KEEPS AFTERNOON MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES FROM GETTING AS
HIGH AS FARTHER INLAND. MAY 1977 AND 1998 ARE THE WARMEST MAYS IN
RECENT MEMORY. MAY 1977 IS THE WARMEST ON RECORD AT IRON MOUNTAIN
(62.4)...THE MARQUETTE NWS (59.4)...THE HOUGHTON COUNTY AIRPORT
(58.1) AND MUNISING (57.5). MAY 1998 GOES DOWN IN THE RECORD BOOKS
AS THE WARMEST ON RECORD AT NEWBERRY (59.1) AND IN THE TOP FIVE
WARMEST AT MANY OTHER PLACES. MAY 2000 SAW A VERY SUMMERLIKE WEEK IN
THE EARLY PART OF THE MONTH...AND TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 20 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL AT MANY LOCATIONS BETWEEN 5/3 AND 5/8. BARAGA SAW THE
MERCURY REACH 90 ON 5/5/2000...AND THE MARQUETTE NWS BROKE FOUR
DAILY RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING THAT 6-DAY STRETCH. IN FACT...
THE WEEK BETWEEN 5/3/00 AND 5/8/00 IS THE WARMEST 6-DAY PERIOD ON
RECORD IN EARLY MAY AT THE MARQUETTE NWS. MORE RECENTLY...MAY 2010
FEATURED A MEAN MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 3 TO 5 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL.

                        OUTLOOK FOR SUMMER

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) IS FORECASTING A GREATER THAN
CLIMATOLOGICAL CHANCE OF AN ABOVE NORMAL 3-MONTH AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
BUT EQUAL CHANGES OF ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL 3-MONTH PRECIPITATION
OVER ALL OF UPPER MICHIGAN IN JUNE THROUGH AUGUST 2016.

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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