Continuing the trend

June was cooler, wetter, expect same for July

News Photo by Crystal Nelson Children play at the splash park at Mich-e-ke-wis Park on Monday. Although temperatures are on the rise, temperatures for July are still expected to be below average.

ALPENA — An above-average amount of precipitation was recorded in Alpena during the month of June, although it was not enough to break any records.

The city saw a total of 3.25 inches of rainfall during the month, compared to the normal monthly rainfall of 2.62 inches, according to month-end data from the National Weather Service.

Dan Cornish, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Gaylord, said that, overall, the weather in June was colder and wetter than normal.

“Speaking generally about the spring in the Great Lakes, we’ve just been in a favorable pattern so far, really, this year for below-average temperatures and above-average precipitation,” he said, noting that a number of storm systems have brought cooler temperatures to the region and has separated the region from the warmer weather in the south.

Cornish said the average maximum temperature for the month was 60.1 degrees, which is 2 degrees lower than the average June temperature. Temperatures for the month fluctuated between a low of 38 degrees, which was recorded on June 3, and a high of 90 degrees, which was recorded on June 27, according to the month-end data.

Cornish said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting below-average temperatures for the month of July and equal chances of above- or below-average precipitation.

He said the forecast for the Fourth of July is expected to be partially sunny, with temperatures in the low-80s. A little bit of humidity is also expected, with a chance of rain in the afternoon and evening hours.

“Details will be more clear the closer we get to the Fourth of July,” he said.

Crystal Nelson can be reached at 989-358-5687 or cnelson@thealpenanews.com.