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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
254 PM EST TUE MAR 3 2015

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...THE GRAY ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE WINTER SEASON,
FROM 12/1/2014 TO 2/28/2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1995 TO 2015

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
.............................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              69   12/07/1998
 LOW              -15   01/15/2004
HIGHEST            57   12/01        58      -1       51
LOWEST            -13   01/08        -7      -6      -11
AVG. MAXIMUM     27.7              32.5    -4.8     28.6
AVG. MINIMUM     11.8              16.1    -4.3     13.4
MEAN             19.8              24.3    -4.5     21.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     57              43.5    13.5       62
DAYS MIN <= 32     87              84.9     2.1       87
DAYS MIN <= 0      17               6.6    10.4       13

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        15.31   2008
TOTALS          12.17             10.90    1.27    10.67
DAILY AVG.       0.13              0.12    0.01     0.12
DAYS >= .01        40              32.2     7.8       41
DAYS >= .10        25              20.9     4.1       24
DAYS >= .50         7               7.3    -0.3        9
DAYS >= 1.00        1               2.9    -1.9        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.59   01/27 TO 01/28              1.29

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL          111.3   2008
TOTALS           84.1              56.0    28.1     73.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     11
DAYS >= TRACE      47              23.5    23.5       41
DAYS >= 1.0        20              13.9     6.1       19
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        30   02/19                         25
 24 HR TOTAL     23.9R  01/27                       10.7

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    4026              3661     365     3939
 SINCE 7/1       5476              5158     318     5410
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

&&

WINTER 2014/15 WAS A TALE OF TWO SEASONS. AFTER AN EARLY BOUT OF
COLD AND SNOW AROUND THANKSGIVING, DECEMBER TOOK A TURN TOWARD
WARMER WEATHER WITH VERY LITTLE SNOW. ONLY TRACES OF THE EARLY
SEASON SNOW PACK REMAINED ON THE GROUND BY CHRISTMAS. THE WEATHER
PATTERN BEGAN TO SHIFT JUST IN TIME FOR THE NEW YEAR. COLDER WEATHER
DOMINATED THROUGH JANUARY AND ESPECIALLY INTO FEBRUARY WHICH
CULMINATED IN THE COLDEST FEBRUARY IN THE SHORT 20-YEAR HISTORY OF
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY.
A PERIOD OF PERSISTENT SNOWY WEATHER BEGAN TOWARD THE END OF JANUARY
AND LASTED THROUGH THE END OF FEBRUARY. A NEW SNOWSTORM BROUGHT
SNOWFALL JUST ABOUT EVERY OTHER DAY. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT WINTER
EVENT WAS A SNOWSTORM THAT BROUGHT 26.6 INCHES OF SNOW FROM JANUARY
27 THROUGH 28. BY THE END OF FEBRUARY THERE WAS STILL MORE THAN TWO
FEET OF SNOW REMAINING ON THE GROUND.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE WINTER SEASON WAS 19.8 DEGREES WHICH
WAS 4.5 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS WAS THE COLDEST WINTER SEASON IN
THE 20-YEAR HISTORY OF OBSERVATIONS AT GRAY. PRIOR TO THIS YEAR, THE
COLDEST WINTER WAS 2002/03 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 20.6
DEGREES. THE WARMEST WAS 2001/02 WITH AN AVERAGE OF 29.9 DEGREES.
THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE COLDEST WINTER SEASONS AT THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY.

COLDEST WINTER SEASONS (SINCE 1995)
RANK  TEMP  SEASON
1     19.8  20014/15 <===
2     20.6  2002/03
3     21.0  2013/14
4     22.0  1995/96
5     22.3  2003/04

THIS WINTER THERE WERE 27 STRAIGHT DAYS THAT THE TEMPERATURE DID NOT
RISE ABOVE FREEZING. THIS WAS THE LONGEST CONSECUTIVE STRETCH OF
SUBFREEZING DAYS ON RECORD. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE MOST
CONSECUTIVE DAYS THAT THE HIGH TEMPERATURE DID NOT RISE ABOVE
FREEZING.

MOST CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH MAX FREEZING OR COLDER
RANK  DAYS  DATES
1     27    JAN 26 THRU FEB 21, 2015 <===
2     23    JAN 25 THRU FEB 16, 2007
3     22    JAN 10 THRU JAN 31, 2003
4     19    DEC 19, 2000 THRU JAN 6, 2001
5     17    JAN 15 THRU JAN 31, 2004
      17    JAN 13 THRU JAN 29, 2000

A TOTAL OF 12.17 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION WAS MEASURED THIS WINTER.
THIS IS 1.27 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE MOST SINCE THE WINTER OF
2010/11. THE MOST PRECIPITATION FELL FROM DECEMBER 9 THROUGH 12 WHEN
2.51 INCHES WAS RECORDED. THE WETTEST WINTER ON RECORD WAS 2007/08
WHEN 15.28 INCHES WAS RECORDED. THE DRIEST WAS 2006/07 WITH ONLY
7.17 INCHES.

SNOWFALL FOR THE WINTER SEASON TOTALED 84.1 INCHES WHICH WAS 28.1
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE MOST SINCE 2007/08. THE MOST SNOW FELL
DURING THE BLIZZARD JANUARY 27 AND 28 WHEN 26.6 INCHES FELL. THE
TOTAL FOR THE ENTIRE SNOW SEASON NOW STANDS AT 99.1 INCHES. THE
SNOWIEST WINTER WAS 2007/08 WHEN 111.3 INCHES FELL. THE LEAST SNOWY
WINTER WAS 1997/98 WITH ONLY 26.5 INCHES.

$$

KIMBLE


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