Benzie County Area Climate Information
TEMPERATURE Average Average Minimum Maximum Mean __________________________________ January: 16 F 29 F 22 F April: 34 F 54 F 44 F July: 59 F 80 F 70 F October: 42 F 59 F 51 F Winter: 17 F 31 F 24 F Spring: 33 F 54 F 43 F Summer: 55 F 78 F 67 F Fall: 42 F 59 F 50 F Annual 37 F 55 F 46 F __________________________________ Days where minimum is below 0 F: 5 Days where minimum is below 32 F: 142 Days where maximum is below 32 F: 57 Days where maximum is above 90 F: 6 Growing Season: 159 days PRECIPITATION and SNOWFALL Days per year with at least 1.0" precipitation: 5 Days per year with at least 0.5" precipitation: 18 Days per year with at least 0.1" precipitation: 73 Average Annual Rainfall: 32 inches ANNUAL SNOWFALL Average Annual Snowfall: 128 inches (1978-2000) Average Annual Snowfall: 133 inches (1974-2008) Average Annual Snowfall: 133 inches (1990-2009) Average Annual Snowfall: 141 inches (1993-2008) Average Annual Snowfall: 137 inches (1998-2008) Average Annual Snowfall: 141 inches (2000-2009) Average Annual Snowfall: 139 inches (2005-2009) Total Annual Snowfall (as reported by the Benzie County Road Commission)
Map of the Average Annual Snowfall for northern lower Michigan Based on this map, the rough annual snowfall average for the county is 130". Notice how the west coast of Benzie County (Point Betsie, Frankfort and south), and the southeast corner tends to get less than average (in the middle of the county, and there's a small area in the northern central part of the count that tends to get more than average.
NOTE: Most of this information comes from data reported by weather stations
at Manistee and Thompsonville, or interpolated from Manistee, Thompsonville, and
Traverse City climatic information. It might be a fun project for the schools
to collect actual data for the Frankfort-Elberta and/or Beulah-Benzonia area, and
to compare the results of both areas, and offer explanations for the differences.
Compared with coastal areas, inland areas are usually warmer in the summer, cooler in the winter, and have different levels of precipitation and snowfall.
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