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CLIMATE REPORT...PRELIMINARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
740 PM EDT MON APR 18 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. 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. THIS ST PATRICK`S DAY STORM STARTED MAINLY AS RAIN
ON 3/16. BUT AS THE RESPONSIBLE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM SHIFTED ACROSS
NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN AND COLD AIR SURGED OVER UPPER MICHIGAN...
THE PRECIPITATION CHANGED TO ALL SNOW WEST-TO-EAST BY DAYBREAK ON
3/17 BEFORE DIMINISHING LATER IN 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.
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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 /1.34 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/

                        MARCH WEATHER SUMMARY

MORE TO COME LATER.

                           APRIL FORECAST

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) IS FORECASTING A GREATER THAN
CLIMATOLOGICAL CHANCE OF A BELOW NORMAL MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE IN
APRIL 2016 OVER THE NORTHEAST HALF OF UPPER MICHIGAN. OVER THE
SOUTHWEST HALF...THE CPC INDICATES EQUAL CHANCES OF AN ABOVE AND
BELOW NORMAL MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE. THE CPC FORECASTS A
GREATER THAN CLIMATOLOGICAL CHANCE OF BELOW NORMAL MONTHLY
PRECIPITATION OVER ALL OF UPPER MICHIGAN IN APRIL EXCEPT FOR THE FAR
EAST...WHERE THE CPC INDICATES EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE AND BELOW
NORMAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION.

                          APRIL CLIMATOLOGY

AS THE SUN CONTINUES ITS MARCH NORTHWARD DURING THE FOURTH MONTH OF
THE YEAR...DAYLIGHT AND AVERAGE TEMPERATURES INCREASE STEADILY. THE
DAILY POSSIBLE SUNSHINE INCREASES FROM 769 MINUTES ON 4/1 TO 860
MINUTES ON THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH. ON 4/1...NORMAL MAXIMUM AND
MINIMUM TEMPERATURES AT THE MARQUETTE NWS ARE 41 AND 21...BUT
REBOUND TO 55 AND 35 ON 4/30. MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
THROUGHOUT UPPER MICHIGAN ARE 12 TO 14 DEGREES HIGHER IN APRIL THAN
IN MARCH. THE RELATIVELY COOL WATERS OF THE GREAT LAKES OFTEN KEEP
TEMPERATURES NEAR THE SHORE DURING THE DAY MUCH LOWER THAN FARTHER
INLAND.

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION IN APRIL IS GREATER THAN IN MARCH OVER MUCH OF
INTERIOR UPPER MICHIGAN...BUT GENERALLY LESS IN AREAS NEAR LAKE
SUPERIOR AS THE RELATIVELY COOL WATERS INCREASE LOW LEVEL STABILITY
AND REDUCE THE THREAT OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW AND CONVECTIVE SHOWERS.
SNOWFALL DURING WARM AND/OR DRY APRILS ACROSS UPPER MICHIGAN IS
OFTEN LESS THAN AN INCH.

SUMMER-LIKE WEATHER CAN OCCUR DURING APRIL. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES
NEAR THE END OF THE MONTH GO ABOVE 90 IN SOME LOCATIONS...INCLUDING
THE 94 AND 92 DEGREE READINGS OBSERVED AT IRON MOUNTAIN AND THE
MARQUETTE NWS ON 4/22/80. ALTHOUGH APRIL 1987 IS THE WARMEST ON
RECORD OR AT LEAST IN THE TOP FIVE WARMEST AT MANY PLACES...THE
SECOND HALF OF APRIL 1990 STANDS OUT AS A PERIOD OF UNPRECEDENTED
WARMTH. IN FACT...THE WEEK BETWEEN 4/22/90 AND 4/29/90 IS THE
WARMEST ON RECORD AT ALL REPORTING STATIONS. TEMPERATURES DURING
THIS WEEK AVERAGED AS HIGH AS 68 AT MUNISING AND THE MARQUETTE
NWS...67 AT ONTONAGON...65 AT IRON MOUNTAIN...IRONWOOD AND
MANISTIQUE...64 AT HOUGHTON AND 62 AT NEWBERRY. AT MANY OF THESE
SITES... THE HIGHEST APRIL TEMPERATURE ON RECORD OCCURRED DURING
THIS WEEK...INCLUDING 89 AT MUNISING (4/26/90) AND ONTONAGON
(4/25/90)...88 AT HOUGHTON (4/25/90)...84 AT MANISTIQUE (4/26/90)
AND 82 AT NEWBERRY (4/25/90). SEVEN OF THE 10 HIGHEST APRIL MAXIMUM
TEMPERATURES RECORDED AT MANISTIQUE OCCURRED BETWEEN 4/23/90 AND
4/29/90. ALL OF THESE TEMPERATURES WOULD BE CONSIDERED NORMAL OR
EVEN ABOVE NORMAL DURING MID SUMMER.

WHEN APRIL TEMPERATURES SOAR QUICKLY WITH LINGERING DEEP WINTER SNOW
COVER...SNOWMELT CAN CAUSE SERIOUS FLOODING...ESPECIALLY IF HEAVY
RAINS FALL AROUND THE TIME OF WARMUP. IN 2002...THE COMBINATION OF
DEEP EARLY APRIL SNOW COVER AND A FEW DAYS OF HEAVY RAIN BEFORE
TEMPERATURES WARMED AS HIGH AS 80 TO 85 CAUSED DISASTROUS MID-APRIL
FLOODING IN WESTERN UPPER MICHIGAN. THE FLOODING WAS SO BAD IN
GOGEBIC COUNTY THEN MICHIGAN GOVERNOR JOHN ENGLER DECLARED THAT
COUNTY A DISASTER AREA AND DISPATCHED MICHIGAN NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS
TO ASSIST WITH RECOVERY. ALTHOUGH SEVERE WEATHER IS UNCOMMON ACROSS
UPPER MICHIGAN IN APRIL...AN OUTBREAK OF EARLY SEASON SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS ENDED THIS PREMATURE SUMMER WARMTH IN APRIL 2002.

ALTHOUGH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES CLIMB QUICKLY IN APRIL AND SUMMER-LIKE
HEAT SOMETIMES HERALDS THE COMING WARM SEASON...WINTER CAN RETURN
WITH A VENGEANCE EVEN AT MONTHS END. FOR STATIONS WITH A LONGER TERM
RECORD...APRIL 1907 STANDS OUT AS THE COLDEST ON RECORD AT IRONWOOD
AND HOUGHTON. AT HOUGHTON...THE MEAN MONTHLY TEMPERATURE THAT MONTH
WAS A WINTER-LIKE 27.9 DEGREES. APRIL 1950 WAS THE COLDEST FOURTH
MONTH ON RECORD AT NEWBERRY...IRON MOUNTAIN AND MUNISING. MORE
RECENTLY...APRIL IN 2013 AND 2014 FEATURED PERIODS OF VERY COLD
WEATHER AND RANK AMONG THE TOP FIVE COLDEST AT SOME PLACES. RECORD
LOW TEMPERATURES IN APRIL ARE BELOW ZERO AT MOST LOCATIONS. THE
MERCURY FELL AS LOW AS -12 AT IRONWOOD ON 4/7/82. SUB-ZERO MINIMUMS
HAVE OCCURRED EVEN AFTER MID MONTH AT SOME LOCATIONS...INCLUDING -8
AT IRONWOOD ON 4/17/83 AND -7 AT CLARKSBURG/CHAMPION IN MARQUETTE
COUNTY ON 4/16/2014.

RECORD HIGH APRIL SNOWFALL AT ALMOST ALL LOCATIONS EXCEPT THE
SOUTHERN TIER COUNTIES IS 20 INCHES OR MORE. A HISTORIC BLIZZARD
STRUCK THE NORTHERN COUNTIES OF UPPER MICHIGAN ON 4/3 INTO 4/8 IN
2007. THE COMBINATION OF LAKE ENHANCED SNOW AND NORTH WIND GUSTS AT
OR ABOVE 50 MPH CAUSED WIDESPREAD BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ON 4/4 AND 4/5
THAT YEAR NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR. BY THE TIME THE SNOW ENDED EARLY ON
4/8/2007...AS MUCH AS 59.0 INCHES HAD FALLEN AT PAINESDALE IN
HOUGHTON COUNTY. IN APRIL 2013...A PERSISTENT AND DEEP UPPER TROUGH
OVER CENTRAL AND EASTERN NORTH AMERICA RESULTED IN STUBBORN CHILL
UNTIL THE LAST WEEK OF THE MONTH AND SEVERAL HEAVY SNOW FALLS THAT
PUSHED THE MONTHLY SNOWFALL TO RECORD LEVELS AT OR ABOVE 50 INCHES
AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS OVER WESTERN UPPER MICHIGAN. MOST LOCATIONS
ENDURED TOP TEN APRIL SNOWFALL IN 2013. APRIL 2014 ALSO FEATURED
SOME HEAVY SNOWFALL THAT PLACED THE MONTH IN THE LIST OF TOP FIVE
SNOWIEST APRILS ON RECORD AT SOME SPOTS.

               OUTLOOK FOR LATE SPRING INTO SUMMER

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) IS FORECASTING A GREATER THAN
CLIMATOLOGICAL CHANCE OF AN ABOVE NORMAL 3-MONTH AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
AND BELOW NORMAL 3-MONTH PRECIPITATION OVER ALL OF UPPER MICHIGAN IN
MAY THROUGH JULY 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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