Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, ME
207 PM EDT TUE MAR 10 2015

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

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
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              59   02/20/1994
 LOW              -41   02/01/1955
HIGHEST            48   12/25        MM      MM       45  01/06
LOWEST            -22   01/08        MM      MM      -28  01/02
AVG. MAXIMUM     20.2              23.2    -3.0     21.0
AVG. MINIMUM      2.2               5.1    -2.9      4.1
MEAN             11.2              14.2    -3.0     12.6
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     75              68.7     6.3       72
DAYS MIN <= 32     86              87.7    -1.7       87
DAYS MIN <= 0      50              34.6    15.4       41

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        12.62   2008
 MINIMUM         2.38   1944
TOTALS           9.98              8.19    1.79     9.80
DAILY AVG.       0.11              0.09    0.02     0.11
DAYS >= .01        44              40.5     3.5       48
DAYS >= .10        23              19.1     3.9       27
DAYS >= .50         6               5.1     0.9        5
DAYS >= 1.00        1               0.9     0.1        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.37   MM                       02/28 TO 02/28
                                                          02/28 TO 02/28
                                                          02/28 TO 02/28

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL          128.7   2008
TOTALS           79.5              70.3     9.2     89.3
SINCE 7/1       108.3              82.5    25.8     99.4
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     13                13       0       13
DAYS >= 1.0        18              17.5     0.5       21
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        22   02/03                         25  02/22
                        02/01                             02/20
 24 HR TOTAL      8.3   MM                       02/28 TO 02/28
                                                          02/28 TO 02/28
                                                          02/28 TO 02/28

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    4789              4576     213     4698
 SINCE 7/1         MM              6721      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.0
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    37/320    DATE  02/16
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    50/250    DATE  12/26

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           32
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             27
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         31

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     71

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                2     RAIN                       5
LIGHT RAIN               10     FREEZING RAIN              2
LT FREEZING RAIN          4     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                5     SNOW                      16
LIGHT SNOW               54     SLEET                      1
FOG                      50     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      9
HAZE                     37

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.
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..NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE WINTER 2014-15 CLIMATE NARRATIVE...

OVERALL...THE METEOROLOGICAL WINTER (DECEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY)
OF 2014-15 FINISHED WITH ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION...AND BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURES. FOR THE THREE MONTH PERIOD IT WAS THE 2ND
SNOWIEST ON RECORD AT BANGOR. FEBRUARY WAS THE COLDEST ON RECORD
AT BOTH BANGOR AND CARIBOU...AND WAS THE ALL-TIME COLDEST MONTH ON
RECORD AT BANGOR.

WINTER PRECIPITATION RANGED FROM 70 TO 90 PERCENT OF NORMAL ACROSS
THE SAINT JOHN VALLEY TO WELL OVER 200 PERCENT OF NORMAL ACROSS
WASHINGTON COUNTY. THE WINTER BEGAN QUITE WET WITH WELL ABOVE
AVERAGE PRECIPITATION IN DECEMBER THAT RANGED FROM 130-200 OF
NORMAL. JANUARY FEATURED NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION...BUT ABOVE
NORMAL SNOWFALL...ESPECIALLY DOWN EAST. FEBRUARY HAD WELL BELOW
NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL ACROSS FAR NORTHERN MAINE AND
WELL ABOVE NORMAL DOWN EAST. IT WAS THE ALL-TIME SNOWIEST MONTH
ON RECORD IN PARTS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY.

TEMPERATURES RANGED FROM 3-6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL IN
DECEMBER...1-3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL IN JANUARY...AND 10 TO 15
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL IN FEBRUARY.

THE WINTER BEGAN QUITE WARM IN DECEMBER...AND CHRISTMAS DAY WAS
THE WARMEST ON RECORD AT BOTH CARIBOU AND BANGOR. JANUARY WAS A
MUCH COLDER MONTH...AND WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A BRIEF JANUARY
THAW ON THE 18TH INTO THE 19TH THE MONTH HAD BELOW NORMAL
TEMPERATURES. FEBRUARY WAS THE COLDEST ON RECORD ACROSS ALL OF
NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE...AND WAS THE ALL-TIME COLDEST MONTH
AT BANGOR. A SERIES OF SNOW STORMS IN LATE JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
PRODUCED RECORD SNOWFALL ACROSS PARTS OF DOWN EAST MAINE.
AT THE END OF FEBRUARY THE SNOW DEPTHS WERE BELOW NORMAL ACROSS
FAR NORTHERN MAINE AND RANGED FROM 12 TO 20 INCHES. SNOW DEPTHS
RANGED FROM 30 TO 45 INCHES ACROSS DOWN EAST MAINE...WHICH IS WELL
ABOVE NORMAL.

THE METEOROLOGICAL WINTER ENDED WITH A TOTAL OF 91.2 INCHES OF
SNOW AT BANGOR...WHICH WAS THE 2ND MOST ON RECORD. AT CARIBOU A
TOTAL OF 79.5 INCHES WAS OBSERVED...WHICH RANKED AS THE 23RD
SNOWIEST ON RECORD. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT BANGOR OF 16.8
DEGREES RANKED AS THE 11TH COLDEST ON RECORD...AND THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 11.5 DEGREES AT CARIBOU RANKED AS THE 21ST COLDEST
ON RECORD.

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CB/VJN



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