Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, ME
419 PM EST SAT FEB 7 2015

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...THE BANGOR ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 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              58   01/06/2007
 LOW              -29   01/22/2005
HIGHEST            49   01/19        MM      MM       52  01/06
LOWEST            -20   01/14        MM      MM      -20  01/04
AVG. MAXIMUM     25.6              27.4    -1.8     28.4
AVG. MINIMUM      3.4               6.7    -3.3      8.9
MEAN             14.5              17.0    -2.5     18.6
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     25              20.1     4.9       18
DAYS MIN <= 32     31              30.1     0.9       29
DAYS MIN <= 0      11              10.0     1.0       10

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         7.64   1979
 MINIMUM         0.52   1985
TOTALS           2.69                     -0.20
DAILY AVG.       0.09              0.09    0.00     0.10
DAYS >= .01        11              10.6     0.4       10
DAYS >= .10         9               6.5     2.5        5
DAYS >= .50         1               1.7    -0.7        3
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.5    -0.5        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.66   01/27 TO 01/27           01/06 TO 01/06

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           48.4   1966
TOTALS           41.8              19.2    22.6      8.7
SINCE 7/1        74.7              36.0    38.7     38.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      6                 6       0        7
DAYS >= 1.0         9               5.1     3.9        3
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        29   01/31                         24  01/05
                                                          01/04
 24 HR TOTAL     14.9   MM

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1555              1486      69     1429
 SINCE 7/1       4250              4407    -157     4441
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              7.9
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    36/020    DATE  01/27
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    45/360    DATE  01/27

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           10
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             11
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         10

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     66

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       1
LIGHT RAIN                2     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                2     SNOW                       8
LIGHT SNOW               13     SLEET                      1
FOG                      16     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      4
HAZE                      8

-  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 MONTHLY AREA CLIMATE NARRATIVE...

JANUARY 2015 FEATURED BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL
SNOWFALL ACROSS NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE.

TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW NORMAL THIS PAST JANUARY AND AVERAGED FROM 1
TO 3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.  THERE WAS A BRIEF JANUARY THAW AROUND
THE MIDDLE OF MONTH THAT PRODUCED HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE 40S ON
THE 18TH AND 19TH.

AT CARIBOU...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 8.5 DEGREES WAS 1.7 DEGREES
BELOW THE 1981-2010 NORMALS.  IT WAS THE COLDEST JANUARY SINCE 2009.
THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 19 NIGHTS WHEN THE TEMPERATURE FELL BELOW
ZERO...WHICH WAS 3 NIGHTS MORE THAN AVERAGE.  THERE WERE 2 DAYS WHEN
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE FAILED TO GET ABOVE ZERO...WHICH IS AVERAGE FOR
THE MONTH OF JANUARY.

AT BANGOR...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 14.5 DEGREES WAS 2.5 DEGREES
BELOW NORMAL.  IT WAS ALSO THE COLDEST JANUARY SINCE 2009. THERE
WERE A TOTAL OF 11 NIGHTS WHEN THE TEMPERATURE FELL BELOW
ZERO...WHICH IS 2 NIGHTS MORE THAN AVERAGE.

JANUARY 2015 FEATURED NEAR NORMAL LIQUID PRECIPITATION ACROSS MOST
OF NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE...BUT WELL ABOVE NORMAL
SNOWFALL...ESPECIALLY SO ACROSS THE DOWN EAST REGION.  AT CARIBOU A
TOTAL OF 33.7 INCHES OF SNOW WAS OBSERVED...MAKING IT THE SNOWIEST
JANUARY SINCE 2000. AT BANGOR A TOTAL OF 41.8 INCHES OF SNOW WAS
OBSERVED...MAKING IT THE SNOWIEST JANUARY SINCE 1987 AND THE 3RD
SNOWIEST JANUARY ON RECORD. 1966 STILL HOLDS THE TOP HONORS WITH
48.4 INCHES OF SNOW.

THE BIG STORY THIS PAST JANUARY WAS THE HEAVY SNOWFALL ACROSS THE
DOWN EAST REGION DURING THE LAST WEEK OF THE MONTH. 27.9 INCHES OF
SNOW WAS OBSERVED AT BANGOR DURING THE LAST 5 DAYS OF THE
MONTH...WHICH WAS A RECORD.  EASTPORT RECEIVED A WHOPPING 50.2
INCHES OF SNOW DURING THE LAST 7 DAYS OF THE MONTH...WHICH WAS BY
FAR A WEEKLY RECORD FOR ANYTIME OF THE YEAR.

THE MONTH BEGAN WITH A SNOWPACK OF 5 TO 10 INCHES ACROSS NORTHERN
MAINE WITH LOCALLY OVER A FOOT IN THE NORTH WOODS. THERE WAS LITTLE
OR NO SNOW ON THE GROUND ACROSS DOWN EAST MAINE.  BY THE END OF THE
MONTH THERE WAS 20 TO 30 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND ACROSS MOST OF
THE REGION...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS IN THE NORTH WOODS AND IN
PORTIONS OF THE DOWN EAST REGION.

THE OUTLOOK FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER FOR THE MONTH OF
FEBRUARY FOR OUR REGION CALLS FOR AN INCREASED LIKELIHOOD OF BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURES.  THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES BEGIN TO SLOWLY CLIMB
FROM 20 ON THE 1ST OF THE MONTH TO 28 BY MONTHS END.  THE AVERAGE
LOW TEMPERATURES RISE FROM 1 ABOVE ON THE 1ST TO 8 ABOVE BY THE END
OF THE MONTH.  AT BANGOR...THE AVERAGE HIGH RISES FROM 28 ON THE 1ST
TO 35 BY THE END OF THE MONTH. THE AVERAGE LOW CLIMBS FROM 7 ABOVE
ON THE 1ST TO 14 BY MONTHS END. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY SNOWFALL AT
CARIBOU IS 22.2 INCHES...AND IS 14.7 INCHES.  OVER AN HOUR OF
DAYLIGHT IS GAINED DURING THE COURSE OF THE MONTH.

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CB/VJN


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