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Beautiful spring weather ‘historic’ across N. MI

Submitted by on June 8, 2010 – 6:10 amNo Comment

This year’s beautiful spring weather was one of the warmest, driest and least snowy in the past 100 years.

According to the National Weather Service in Gaylord, most areas across northern Michigan shattered their all-time high record temperatures, many by several degrees.

“The weather during the months of March, April and May was truly historic when you compare the data against other years since record keeping began,” said Jeff Halblaub, a meteorologist from the weather service.

In Alpena, the average high temperature over the 3 months was 46.4 degrees, the warmest on record and 6.2 degrees above the long-term average.

Alpena’s 5.25 inches of precipitation was 1.8 inches below the norm and the 11th driest since records were first compiled in 1917.  A mere 0.3 inches of snow fell, the lowest total on record and well below a normal spring when 19 inches is measured.