Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, ME
401 PM EST SUN MAR 1 2015

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...THE BANGOR ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1925 TO 2015

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              60   02/21/1937
 LOW              -32   02/10/1948
HIGHEST            33   02/22        MM      MM       47  02/22
LOWEST            -23   02/14        MM      MM      -13  02/18
AVG. MAXIMUM     18.5              31.3   -12.8     29.1
AVG. MINIMUM     -6.3              10.2   -16.5      6.8
MEAN              6.1              20.8   -14.7     18.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     27              14.4    12.6       17
DAYS MIN <= 32     28              26.8     1.2       28
DAYS MIN <= 0      23               6.2    16.8       11

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         7.12   1969
 MINIMUM         0.53   1987
TOTALS           2.20                     -0.32
DAILY AVG.       0.08              0.09   -0.01     0.07
DAYS >= .01        13               9.3     3.7       10
DAYS >= .10         7               5.7     1.3        9
DAYS >= .50         1               1.5    -0.5        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.3    -0.3        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.77   02/02 TO 02/02           02/13 TO 02/14
                                                          02/14 TO 02/14
                                                          02/14 TO 02/14

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           62.5   1969
TOTALS           42.4              14.7    27.7     25.2
SINCE 7/1       117.1              50.7    66.4     63.2
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     44                 7      37        8
DAYS >= 1.0         9               4.3     4.7        9
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        50   02/28                         18  02/19
                        02/27
                        02/26
 24 HR TOTAL     12.3   MM                       02/14 TO 02/14
                                                          02/14 TO 02/14
                                                          02/14 TO 02/14

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1640              1239     401     1310
 SINCE 7/1       5890              5646     244     5752
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.4
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    37/320    DATE  02/15
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    45/340    DATE  02/15

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            6
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             12
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         10

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     66

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                0     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                2     SNOW                       7
LIGHT SNOW               17     SLEET                      0
FOG                      15     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      5
HAZE                     11

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.
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...ALL TIME COLDEST MONTH AT BANGOR...
...ALL TIME COLDEST FEBRUARY AT CARIBOU...
...4TH COLDEST MONTH ON RECORD AT CARIBOU...

THE BIG STORIES THIS PAST FEBRUARY WERE THE ALL-TIME RECORD COLD AND
THE RECORD SNOWFALL ACROSS PARTS OF DOWN EAST MAINE.

THIS PAST FEBRUARY WAS THE COLDEST MONTH ON RECORD AT BANGOR SINCE
WEATHER RECORDS BEGAN IN 1926. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF
6.1 DEGREES WAS 14.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. IT SMASHED THE PREVIOUS
RECORD COLD FEBRUARY OF 1993 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 11.3
DEGREES. MORE IMPRESSIVE...IT BROKE THE ALL-TIME COLDEST MONTH ON
RECORD BY MORE THAN 2 DEGREES. THE OLD RECORD WAS OBSERVED IN
JANUARY 1994 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 8.4 DEGREES.

AT CARIBOU...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THIS PAST FEBRUARY WAS 2.8
DEGREES...WHICH WAS 11.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. IT WAS THE COLDEST
FEBRUARY ON RECORD...SURPASSING 1993 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
WAS 4.1 DEGREES. IT RANKED AS THE 4TH COLDEST MONTH EVER...BEHIND
ONLY JANUARY OF 1994 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF -0.7
DEGREES...JANUARY 1957 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 1.3
DEGREES...AND JANUARY 2009 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 2.5
DEGREES.

THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE OBSERVED ALL MONTH AT BANGOR WAS 33
DEGREES...WHICH WAS THE 2ND LOWEST MONTHLY HIGH TEMPERATURE EVER
OBSERVED DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. THE ONLY TIME THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE DID NOT CLIMB ABOVE FREEZING AT BANGOR DURING THE MONTH
OF FEBRUARY WAS IN 1978 WHEN THE MONTHLY HIGH WAS 32 DEGREES.

AT CARIBOU...THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REMAINED BELOW FREEZING ALL MONTH.
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 28 DEGREES...WHICH WAS THE
LOWEST MONTHLY HIGH TEMPERATURE EVER OBSERVED DURING THE MONTH OF
FEBRUARY. ONLY 3 TIMES HAS AN ENTIRE CALENDAR MONTH HAD A LOWER HIGH
TEMPERATURE...WITH ALL 3 OCCURRENCES DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY.

THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 24 NIGHTS AT CARIBOU WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE OF
ZERO OR LOWER. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 23 NIGHTS SET IN
FEBRUARY 1948. AT BANGOR...THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 23 NIGHTS WITH A
LOW OF ZERO OR LOWER. THIS BROKE THE RECORD OF 16 NIGHTS SET IN 1929
AND AGAIN IN 1934.

PRECIPITATION WAS WELL BELOW AVERAGE ACROSS FAR NORTHERN MAINE...
AND RANGED FROM ONLY 20 TO 50 PERCENT OF NORMAL ACROSS FAR NORTHERN
MAINE. PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE AVERAGE ACROSS MUCH OF DOWN EAST
MAINE...AND WAS IN EXCESS OF 200 PERCENT OF NORMAL ACROSS PARTS OF
COASTAL HANCOCK AND COASTAL WASHINGTON COUNTIES.

SNOWFALL THIS PAST FEBRUARY RANGED FROM WELL BELOW NORMAL ACROSS THE
SAINT JOHN VALLEY TO ALL-TIME RECORD AMOUNTS ACROSS PARTS OF DOWN
EAST MAINE. AT CARIBOU...THERE WAS A TOTAL OF 18.7 INCHES...WHICH
WAS 3.5 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. IT WAS THE LEAST SNOWY FEBRUARY AT
CARIBOU SINCE 2010. BY COMPARISON...BANGOR HAD A TOTAL OF 42.4
INCHES...WHICH WAS 27.7 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. IT WAS THE 2ND SNOWIEST
FEBRUARY ON RECORD AT BANGOR BEHIND ONLY 1969 WHEN A TOTAL OF 62.5
INCHES OF SNOW WAS OBSERVED. IT WAS ALSO THE SNOWIEST MONTH AT
BANGOR SINCE JANUARY 1987. PARTS OF THE DOWN EAST REGION HAD EVEN
MORE SNOWFALL...ESPECIALLY COASTAL HANCOCK AND COASTAL AND CENTRAL
WASHINGTON COUNTIES. EASTPORT IN WASHINGTON COUNTY OBSERVED 82.3
INCHES OF SNOW...WHICH IS AN UNOFFICIAL ALL-TIME RECORD MONTHLY
SNOWFALL FOR ANY LONG TERM CLIMATE SITES IN NORTHERN AND EASTERN
MAINE.

THE MONTH BEGAN WITH 20 TO 30 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND...WITH
LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ACROSS PARTS OF THE DOWN EAST REGION AND IN
THE NORTH WOODS. THE MONTH ENDED WITH AS LITTLE AS A FOOT OF SNOW ON
THE GROUND IN PARTS OF THE SAINT JOHN VALLEY WITH 15 TO 25 INCHES
ACROSS MUCH OF THE REMAINDER OF FAR NORTHERN MAINE. DOWN EAST
AMOUNTS RANGED FROM 30 TO 50 INCHES...WITH UNOFFICAL AMOUNTS AS MUCH
AS HIGH AS 60 INCHES IN PARTS OF COASTAL HANCOCK AND COASTAL
WASHINGTON COUNTIES.

THE OUTLOOK FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICATION CENTER
HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/ FOR MARCH INDICATES THAT THERE ARE NO
STRONG CLIMATE SIGNALS THAT WOULD POINT TOWARD AN UNUSUALLY COLD OR
MILD MARCH OR AN UNUSUALLY WET (SNOWY) OR DRY MONTH. SHORT TERM
INDICATIONS ARE THAT THE MONTH WILL GET OFF TO A COLDER THAN NORMAL
START DURING THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS OF THE MONTH. AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES RISE RAPIDLY IN MARCH. THE AVERAGE HIGH AT CARIBOU
RISES FROM 29F ON THE 1ST TO 40F ON THE 31ST. THE AVERAGE LOW
TEMPERATURE RISES FROM 9F ON THE 1ST TO 22F BY MONTHS END. AT
BANGOR...THE AVERAGE HIGH CLIMBS FROM 35F AT THE START OF THE MONTH
TO 46F ON THE 31ST. THE AVERAGE LOW RISES FROM 15F AT THE START OF
THE MONTH TO 27F BY MONTHS END. DAYLIGHT INCREASES RAPIDLY WITH A
NEARLY 2 HOUR INCREASE IN AVAILABLE DAYLIGHT DURING THE MONTH OF
MARCH. DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS ON SUNDAY, MARCH 8TH.

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CB/VJN


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