HOUGHTON - It may not seem like a huge amount, but the Houghton area and nearby communities actually had a greater than normal rainfall total for this past summer.
Steve Fleegel, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Negaunee Township office, said the rainfall total at Houghton County Memorial Airport for the period from April 1 to today was more than the 17 inches normal for the summer.
"We're looking at just over 21 inches," he said. "That's kind of been the case for a lot of the (Upper Peninsula). Being 4 inches above normal is pretty significant."
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The Portage Lake Lift Bridge is seen reflected in a puddle this morning. Rainfall in much of the western Upper Peninsula this summer was as much as 4 inches above normal.
Rain was often heavy from the second half of April through July, Fleegel said.
"It seemed the biggest peak was the mid-July period," he said.
During the five-day period from July 15 to 19, Fleegel said 3.5 inches of rain were recorded at the Houghton County Memorial Airport.
However, Fleegel said the rainfall for September was 1.5 inches below normal.
As for temperatures in late spring and summer, Fleegel said May and June were 7 to 8 degrees below normal, while July, August and September were normal.
"Overall, it was a fairly nice summer," he said.
There were more widespread thunderstorms than normal over the western U.P. this summer, Fleegel said.
As of Thursday, Fleegel said a cold front began moving through the western U.P., and it is expected to last several days. In the early part of this week, there could be a slight accumulation of snow, mostly in the higher elevations.
"It won't be anything too significant," he said.
The rest of October will be cooler than normal for this time of year, Fleegel said, with highs in the mid- 40s.