Friday morning temps set new records

Thermometer Michigander’s awoke to new record low temperatures Friday morning.

Alpena, Gaylord, Sault Ste Marie, Houghton Lake and Pellston all set new record lows. Pellston, in Emmet County set the record in Michigan at -33, beating its previous record of -22 from 1963.
Houghton Lake saw a 96-year record fall, with a low of -29.

Nick Schwartz a meteorologist for the Gaylord National Weather Service said, freezing temperatures have been particularly persistent this winter because of a re-directed jetstream.

“What we’ve seen this year is that the jetstream buckled,” Schwartz said. “Where instead of a typical westerly to easterly direction that we see in the Northern Hemisphere. It has been buckled kind of like a strongly meandering river where we get a lot of North-South direction with this particular jetstream.”

Schwartz says Michigan can expect to see more freezing temperatures this week, but not likely as severe as the recent record breakers.

“Late next week temperatures should moderate to more seasonal temperatures,” said Schwartz.