Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, ME
945 AM EDT FRI APR 1 2016

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...THE BANGOR ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1925 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              84   03/22/2012
 LOW              -16   03/02/2001
HIGHEST            59   03/09        MM      MM       51  03/11
LOWEST              5   03/04        MM      MM      -14  03/06
                        03/03                             03/01
AVG. MAXIMUM     41.9              40.0     1.9     35.5
AVG. MINIMUM     24.0              20.5     3.5     13.1
MEAN             32.9              30.2     2.7     24.3
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      5               5.3    -0.3       10
DAYS MIN <= 32     23              27.3    -4.3       30
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               1.6    -1.6        4

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         7.36   1999
 MINIMUM         0.26   1965
TOTALS           3.27                     -0.11
DAILY AVG.       0.11              0.11    0.00     0.05
DAYS >= .01        12              11.0     1.0       11
DAYS >= .10         8               6.8     1.2        5
DAYS >= .50         2               2.2    -0.2        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.7    -0.7        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.19   03/28 TO 03/29           03/15 TO 03/15
                                                          03/15 TO 03/15
                                                          03/15 TO 03/15

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           41.5   1956
TOTALS            6.0              11.7    -5.7     15.6
SINCE 7/1        44.6              62.4   -17.8    132.7
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                 5      -5       MM
DAYS >= 1.0         1               3.3    -2.3        6
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         5   03/22                         MM  MM
 24 HR TOTAL      5.6   MM                       03/15 TO 03/15
                                                          03/15 TO 03/15
                                                          03/15 TO 03/15

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     985              1077     -92     1252
 SINCE 7/1       5900              6723    -823     7142
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.8
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    36/320    DATE  03/29
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    42/330    DATE  03/29

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.70
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            6
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             11
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         14

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     66

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               1
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       5
LIGHT RAIN               12     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          2     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       4
LIGHT SNOW                7     SLEET                      1
FOG                      15     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      1
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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...CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR MARCH 2016 FOR NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE...

OVERALL...MARCH 2016 FINISHED WITH NEAR TO SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES ACROSS FAR NORTHERN MAINE WITH ABOVE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF THE REGION.

AT CARIBOU...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 24.1 DEGREES WAS 4 TENTHS OF
A DEGREE BELOW THE 30-YEAR AVERAGE.  AT BANGOR ON THE OTHER
HAND...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 32.9 DEGREES WAS 2.7 DEGREES ABOVE
AVERAGE.

A TOTAL OF 4.70 INCHES OF RAIN (AND MELTED SNOW) WAS OBSERVED AT
CARIBOU...WHICH WAS 2.19 INCHES ABOVE AVERAGE. IT RANKED AS THE 6TH
WETTEST MARCH ON RECORD AT CARIBOU. A TOTAL OF 27.2 INCHES OF SNOW
WAS OBSERVED WHICH WAS 8.9 INCHES ABOVE AVERAGE AND RANKED AS THE
18TH SNOWIEST MARCH ON RECORD.

AT BANGOR...A TOTAL OF 3.27 INCHES OF RAIN (AND MELTED SNOW) WAS
OBSERVED WHICH WAS JUST 11 HUNDREDTHS (0.11") OF AN INCH BELOW
AVERAGE.  A TOTAL OF 6 INCHES OF SNOW WAS OBSERVED WHICH WAS 5.7
INCHES BELOW AVERAGE.  IT WAS THE LEAST SNOWY MARCH AT BANGOR
SINCE2010.

AT THE START OF THE MONTH THERE WAS LITTLE OR NO SNOW ON THE GROUND
ACROSS DOWNEAST AREAS AND ALONG THE COAST. ACROSS NORTHERN
AREAS...SNOW DEPTH WAS ONLY A QUARTER TO A THIRD OF AVERAGE. THE
ONLY EXCEPTION WAS IN PARTS OF NORTH WOODS WHERE SNOW DEPTH WAS AS
HIGH AS 40 TO 50 INCHES IN SOME AREAS ALONG THE WESTERN MAINE BORDER
WITH QUEBEC.  BY THE END OF THE MONTH...THERE WAS LITTLE IN THE WAY
OF SIGNIFICANT SNOW COVER SOUTH OF A DOVER-FOXCROFT TO DANFORTH LINE
WITH NO SNOW BEING REPORTED FROM BANGOR DOWN TO THE COAST. THE
CENTRAL HIGHLANDS WERE COVERED WITH A FOOT OR LESS OF SNOW. THIS
INCREASES RATHER QUICKLY AS YOU HEAD NORTH INTO AROOSTOOK COUNTY AND
THE NORTH WOODS. THE SAINT JOHN VALLEY AND ALLAGASH REGIONS HAVE THE
DEEPEST SNOW PACK...WHERE 20 TO 30 INCHES IS COMMON. HIGHER AMOUNTS
WERE LIKELY ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN.

THE SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT AT THE END OF MARCH WAS NEAR NORMAL. THE
HIGHEST SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT WAS ACROSS NORTHERN MAINE WITH 5 TO 8
INCHES BEING REPORTED FROM HOULTON NORTH. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS
EXIST IN THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE NORTH WOODS. DOWN INTO THE
CENTRAL HIGHLANDS...THE SNOW HAD ONLY 1 TO 3 INCHES OF WATER
EQUIVALENT.

THE OUTLOOK FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICATION CENTER FOR APRIL CALLS FOR
AN INCREASED LIKELIHOOD OF BELOW AVERAGE TEMPERATURES.  THERE ARE NO
STRONG CLIMATE SIGNALS THAT WOULD POINT TOWARD AN UNUSUALLY WET
(SNOWY) OR DRY MONTH.

DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL TEMPERATURES UNDERGO THE LARGEST RISE OF
ANY MONTH OF THE YEAR. THE AVERAGE HIGH AT CARIBOU (BANGOR) CLIMBS
FROM 40 (46) DEGREES ON THE 1ST TO 56 (59) DEGREES BY THE END OF THE
MONTH. THE AVERAGE LOW RISES FROM 23 (27) ON THE 1ST TO 36 (37) BY
THE END OF THE MONTH.  THERE IS A GAIN OVER OVER 1 1/2 HOURS OF
USABLE DAYLIGHT DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL.

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CB/VJN



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