Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, ME
408 AM EDT TUE SEP 1 2015

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...THE CARIBOU ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1939 TO 2015

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              95   08/02/1975
                        08/16/1944
                        08/14/1944
 LOW               34   08/25/2003
                        08/31/2002
                        08/30/1982
HIGHEST            88   08/18        MM      MM       88  08/25
                                                          08/24
LOWEST             51   08/10        MM      MM       44  08/29
                        08/07
AVG. MAXIMUM     78.1              74.3     3.8     77.0
AVG. MINIMUM     58.3              52.9     5.4     54.8
MEAN             68.2              63.6     4.6     65.9
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.2    -0.2        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        12.09   1981
 MINIMUM         0.93   1957
TOTALS           4.18                      0.42
DAILY AVG.       0.13              0.12    0.01     0.06
DAYS >= .01        13              13.0     0.0        9
DAYS >= .10         8               7.6     0.4        5
DAYS >= .50         3               2.3     0.7        2
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.7    -0.7        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.96   08/21 TO 08/22           08/16 TO 08/17
                                                          08/31 TO 08/31
                                                          08/31 TO 08/31

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL            0.0   MM
TOTALS            0.0               0.0     0.0      0.0
SINCE 7/1         0.0               0.0     0.0      0.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= 1.0         0               0.0     0.0        0
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         0   MM                             0  MM
 24 HR TOTAL      0.0   08/31 TO 08/31           08/31 TO 08/31
                                                          08/31 TO 08/31
                                                          08/31 TO 08/31

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL      12                96     -84       34
 SINCE 7/1         77               154     -77       58
COOLING TOTAL     120                53      67       72
 SINCE 1/1        203               169      34      241
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              6.1
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    41/240    DATE  08/03
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    62/240    DATE  08/03

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.40
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           14
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             11
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          6

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     74

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                8     RAIN                       6
LIGHT RAIN               17     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                0     SLEET                      0
FOG                      20     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      5
HAZE                      2

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

&&

AUGUST 2015 NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE CLIMATE NARRATIVE...PRELIM

AUGUST 2015 WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES AND MOSTLY SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE RAINFALL.

FOR SURE...TEMPERATURES SET THIS MONTH APART...WITH AUGUST 2015
REVERSING THE COOL TREND SET IN THIS PAST JUNE AND JULY.
TEMPERATURES AVERAGED FROM 2.0 TO 3.0 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE ALONG
THE DOWNEAST COAST TO 3.0 TO 4.5 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE OVER THE REST
OF THE REGION. AT CARIBOU...THIS AUGUST...WHICH AVERAGED 4.6 DEGREES
ABOVE AVERAGE...SET A NEW MARK FOR THE WARMEST AUGUST ON RECORD (THE
12TH WARMEST MONTH OVERALL SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1939)...WITH THE
AVERAGE OF 68.2 DEGREES 0.2 DEGREES ABOVE THE PRIOR MARK SET ONLY 3
YEARS AGO IN AUGUST 2012. AT BANGOR WHERE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1925...IT
WAS ONLY THE 11TH WARMEST AUGUST WITH MANY OF THE AUGUSTS IN THE
1930S WARMER.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT...THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH BEGAN NEAR NORMAL...
THEN A 10 DAY WARM SPELL BROUGHT MONTHLY TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES
STEADILY UPWARDS. AT CARIBOU...THE 10 DAY STRETCH OF 80+ DEG HIGH
TEMPERATURES EXTENDING FROM THE 14TH THROUGH THE 23RD WAS THE
LONGEST SUCH PERIOD SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1939. SIMILAR TO THE
PRIOR WARMEST AUGUST IN 2012 AT CARIBOU...NO 90 DEGREE HIGH
TEMPERATURES WERE RECORDED IN REACHING THE NEW RECORD AUGUST...WITH
THE WARMEST DAY OF 88 DEGREES RECORDED ON THE 18TH. ONLY ONE 90
DEGREE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS RECORDED AT BANGOR...ALSO ON THE 18TH.
TEMPERATURES MOSTLY REMAINED ABOVE AVERAGE AFTER THE 23RD THROUGHOUT
THE REST OF THE MONTH.

SIGNIFICANT RAIN DAYS ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE REGION OCCURRED ON THE
3RD...11TH...21ST AND 26TH WITH THE HEAVIEST CLIMATE STATION MONTHLY
TOTALS IN CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE REGION...AS EVIDENT BY THE 5.88
TOTAL AT MILLINOCKET WHICH IS NEARLY 140 PERCENT OF AVERAGE. SOME
SPOTTER LOCATIONS ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST THIRD OF WASHINGTON COUNTY
RECEIVED UPWARDS OF 8.00 TO 9.00 INCHES (ABOUT 250 PERCENT OF
MONTHLY AVERAGE RAINFALL) IN ONE MORNING ON THE 26TH...RESULTING IN
FLOODED AREAS. THE LOWEST TOTALS WHERE OVER WESTERN DOWNEAST
AREAS...AS EVIDENT BY THE 2.63 INCH TOTAL AT BANGOR WHICH WAS JUST
UNDER 90 PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THE MONTH.

$$

VJN


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