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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
316 PM EST TUE JAN 13 2015

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...THE GRAY ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1995 TO 2015

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              99   07/22/2011
 LOW              -15   01/15/2004
HIGHEST            89   07/23        93      -4
LOWEST            -11   01/04        -7      -4
AVG. MAXIMUM     53.8              55.4    -1.6
AVG. MINIMUM     36.7              37.3    -0.6
MEAN             45.3              46.4    -1.1
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               5.3    -5.3
DAYS MAX <= 32     60              50.9     9.1
DAYS MIN <= 32    145             143.2     1.8
DAYS MIN <= 0      11               7.1     3.9

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        71.90   2005
TOTALS          52.83             50.22    2.61
DAILY AVG.       0.14              0.14    0.00
DAYS >= .01       147             138.6     8.4
DAYS >= .10        91              85.3     5.7
DAYS >= .50        35              33.4     1.6
DAYS >= 1.00       14              14.1    -0.1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    4.95   08/13 TO 08/14

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL          125.2   2008
TOTALS           76.5              83.8    -7.3
SINCE 7/1        21.5              21.4     0.1
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      4
DAYS >= TRACE      58              33.7
DAYS >= 1.0        23              19.3     3.7
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        25   02/20
 24 HR TOTAL      9.8   02/13 TO 02/14

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    7431              7191     240
 SINCE 7/1       2540              2666    -126
COOLING TOTAL     369               390     -21
 SINCE 1/1        369               389     -20
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WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                6     RAIN                       7
LIGHT RAIN               19     FREEZING RAIN              2
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       3
LIGHT SNOW               13     SLEET                      3
FOG                       2     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      1
HAZE                      0

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

&&

THE YEAR 2014 STARTED OFF WITH AN ARCTIC BLAST OF COLD AIR. EACH OF
THE FIRST 4 DAYS OF THE YEAR SAW TEMPERATURES FALL TO ZERO DEGREES
OR COLDER AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY. IN FACT
THE TEMPERATURE DID NOT RISE ABOVE 5 DEGREES FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE
DAYS. THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE OF THE YEAR OCCURRED ON JANUARY 4 WHEN
THE TEMPERATURE FELL TO 11 BELOW ZERO. WHILE GRAY WAS ENDURING THE
ARCTIC COLD, HEAVY SNOW ALSO FELL. NORMALLY WHEN TEMPERATURES GET TO
ZERO DEGREES OR COLDER IT IS DIFFICULT TO PRODUCE HEAVY SNOW DUE TO
THE LACK OF MOISTURE IN THE AIR. HOWEVER, DURING THE EXTREME COLD ON
JANUARY 2 AND 3 A TOTAL OF 8.6 INCHES OF SNOW FELL.

THE WINTER COLD CONTINUED THROUGH FEBRUARY AND MARCH. SEVERAL STORMS
BROUGHT SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL IN FEBRUARY WITH THE WINTER SNOW PACK
PEAKING AT 25 INCHES ON FEBRUARY 20. ALTHOUGH NOT AS SNOWY, MARCH
WAS JUST AS COLD. IT WAS BY FAR THE COLDEST MARCH IN THE 19-YEAR
HISTORY OF OBSERVATIONS AT GRAY INCLUDING 10 DAYS THAT DID NOT RISE
ABOVE FREEZING. THE EXTENDED COLD ALLOWED THE WINTER SNOW PACK TO
STAY ON THE GROUND INTO APRIL. THE LAST OF THE SNOW FINALLY MELTED
BY THE MORNING OF APRIL 11. THE LAST FREEZE OF THE SEASON WAS APRIL
21 WHICH WAS NEAR NORMAL.

WARMER WEATHER FINALLY BEGAN ARRIVING IN MAY, ALTHOUGH MAY EXTENDED
THE STREAK OF BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES TO 7 CONSECUTIVE MONTHS. THE
TEMPERATURE FIRST REACHED 70 DEGREES ON MAY 8 WHICH IS ABOUT 3 WEEKS
LATER THAN NORMAL. THE FIRST 80 DEGREE DAY WAS NOT FAR BEHIND ON MAY
12. JUNE FINALLY BROKE THE STREAK OF BELOW NORMAL MONTHS BY
FINISHING LESS THAN HALF A DEGREE ABOVE NORMAL, ALTHOUGH THERE WAS
NO TRULY HOT WEATHER. THE WARMEST WEEK OF THE YEAR WAS FROM THE END
OF JUNE TO THE FIRST PART OF JULY WHEN THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 80
DEGREES FOR 5 CONSECUTIVE DAYS, PEAKING AT 88 DEGREES ON JULY 2. THE
WARMTH ENDED WHEN OFFSHORE HURRICANE ARTHUR BROUGHT HEAVY RAIN TO
WASH OUT MANY INDEPENDENCE DAY ACTIVITIES.

THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OF THE YEAR OCCURRED ON JULY 23 WHEN THE
TEMPERATURE HIT 89 DEGREES. BUT IT WAS SOON FOLLOWED BY A STRETCH OF
PREDOMINANTLY COOLER SUMMERTIME WEATHER FROM THE END OF JULY
CONTINUING THROUGH MUCH OF AUGUST. THE HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION OF THE
YEAR FELL ON THE EVENING OF AUGUST 13 WHEN NEARLY 5 INCHES OF RAIN
FELL IN JUST A FEW HOURS. THIS HEAVY RAIN CAUSED FLASH FLOODING IN
THE AREA. ONE FINAL STRETCH OF WARMER WEATHER ARRIVED FOR THE END OF
AUGUST AND INTO THE FIRST PART OF SEPTEMBER BEFORE COOLER AND DRIER
WEATHER RETURNED AGAIN. THE TEMPERATURE NEVER REACHED 90 DEGREES IN
2014. THIS HAS ONLY HAPPENED ONE OTHER TIME IN THE 19-YEAR HISTORY
OF OBSERVATIONS AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY. THE
LAST TIME THE TEMPERATURE FAILED TO REACH 90 DEGREES WAS IN 1996
WHEN THE TEMPERATURE TOPPED OUT AT ONLY 88 DEGREES.

AS THE CALENDAR CHANGED TO OCTOBER, THE WEATHER PATTERN SHIFTED TO A
WARMER ONE AGAIN. THE WARMER WEATHER WAS PARTICULARLY NOTICEABLE IN
LOW TEMPERATURES. SEVERAL STORM SYSTEMS BROUGHT MODERATE TO HEAVY
RAIN AND THE INCREASED MOISTURE IN THE AIR KEPT TEMPERATURES FROM
REACHING THEIR NORMAL FALL CHILL. THE FIRST FREEZE DID NOT OCCUR
UNTIL NOVEMBER 2, THE LATEST DATE OF FIRST FALL FREEZE ON RECORD. IT
ALSO COINCIDED WITH THE FIRST MEASURABLE SNOWFALL OF THE SEASON.

WHILE THE SNOW SEASON GOT OFF TO AN EARLY START WITH 1.0 INCH
MEASURED ON NOVEMBER 2, THE BIGGEST STORY OF THE LATE FALL AND EARLY
WINTER WAS THE HEAVY SNOW THAT ARRIVED JUST IN TIME FOR THE BUSIEST
TRAVEL DAY OF THE YEAR. A TOTAL OF 9.9 INCHES OF SNOW WAS MEASURED
FROM NOVEMBER 26 THROUGH 28, HAMPERING HOLIDAY TRAVEL PLANS. THE
COLD AND SNOW CONTINUED INTO THE FIRST HALF OF DECEMBER BEFORE A
SHIFT TO WARMER WEATHER BEGAN AGAIN. THE EARLY SEASON SNOW PACK
MELTED DOWN TO JUST TRACES BEFORE CHRISTMAS. THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IN GRAY EXPERIENCED ONE OF ITS WARMEST CHRISTMAS DAY`S ON
RECORD BEFORE TEMPERATURES TURNED COLD JUST IN TIME FOR NEW YEARS.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR WAS 45.3 DEGREES WHICH WAS 1.1
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS TIED 2004 AND 1996 FOR THE SECOND COLDEST
ON RECORD AT GRAY. THE COLDEST WAS 2003 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
OF 45.2 DEGREES. THE WARMEST WAS 2010 AT 48.9 DEGREES. THE FOLLOWING
TABLE LISTS THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR EACH MONTH OF 2014
INCLUDING DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BY MONTH IN 2014
MONTH     MAXIMUM      MINIMUM      AVERAGE
JANUARY   28.4 (-1.0)  11.4 (-1.2)  19.9 (-1.1)
FEBRUARY  29.7 (-3.8)  12.8 (-3.1)  21.2 (-3.5)
MARCH     34.5 (-7.4)  15.7 (-8.3)  25.1 (-7.8)
APRIL     51.8 (-1.8)  33.4 (-1.5)  42.6 (-1.7)
MAY       64.1 (-1.0)  45.2 (+0.5)  54.6 (-0.3)
JUNE      74.3 (+0.3)  54.6 (+0.5)  64.5 (+0.4)
JULY      78.7 (-0.4)  61.3 (+1.6)  70.0 (+0.6)
AUGUST    76.2 (-2.3)  57.8 (-0.9)  67.0 (-1.6)
SEPTEMBER 70.3 (+0.3)  50.5 (-0.2)  60.4 (+0.0)
OCTOBER   59.3 (+1.3)  45.0 (+4.9)  52.2 (+3.1)
NOVEMBER  43.1 (-2.8)  29.0 (-2.0)  36.1 (-2.4)
DECEMBER  35.6 (+0.8)  23.7 (+3.9)  29.7 (+2.4)
ANNUAL    53.8 (-1.6)  36.7 (-0.6)  45.3 (-1.1)

A TOTAL OF 52.83 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL IN 2014. THIS WAS 2.61
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THE WETTEST YEAR ON RECORD WAS 2005 WHEN 71.90
INCHES FELL. THE DRIEST WAS 1997 WITH ONLY 41.3 INCHES. THE
FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL AMOUNTS FOR
EACH MONTH OF 2014 INCLUDING DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL.

MONTHLY PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL TOTALS FOR 2014
MONTH     PRECIPITATION  SNOWFALL
JANUARY   3.50  (-0.03)  12.9 ( -8.3)
FEBRUARY  3.49  (+0.18)  33.2 (+16.7)
MARCH     3.88  (-0.29)  7.7  (-12.2)
APRIL     3.01  (-1.37)  1.2  ( -3.6)
MAY       4.47  (+0.57)  0.0
JUNE      3.00  (-1.30)  0.0
JULY      6.98  (+2.68)  0.0
AUGUST    7.08  (+3.49)  0.0
SEPTEMBER 1.06  (-3.13)  0.0
OCTOBER   6.30  (+1.16)  0.0  ( -0.1)
NOVEMBER  3.86  (-1.49)  15.0 (+12.0)
DECEMBER  6.20  (+2.14)  6.5  (-11.8)
TOTAL     52.83 (+2.61)  76.5 ( -7.3)

THERE WERE 14 DAYS IN 2014 THAT RECORDED 1.00 OR MORE OF
PRECIPITATION. THIS WAS NEAR NORMAL. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE
DAYS WHICH RECEIVED AT LEAST 1.00 INCH OF PRECIPITATION.

DAYS WITH AT LEAST 1.00 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION IN 2014
DAY          PRECIPITATION
JANUARY 6    1.15
MARCH 12     1.00
MARCH 30     1.32
MAY 17       1.21
JUNE 13      1.79
JULY 4       1.51
JULY 27      1.09
JULY 28      1.16
AUGUST 13    4.91
OCTOBER 16   2.45
OCTOBER 23   1.05
NOVEMBER 26  1.24
DECEMBER 9   1.13
DECEMBER 10  1.15

SNOWFALL STATISTICS ARE NORMALLY LISTED BY SEASON RATHER THAN BY
CALENDAR YEAR. HOWEVER, 2014 SAW 76.5 INCHES OF SNOW WHICH WAS 7.3
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. SNOW DEPTH REACHED ITS PEAK ON FEBRUARY 20 AT
25 INCHES. THE LAST OF THE WINTER SNOW PACK MELTED BY THE MORNING OF
APRIL 11. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE DAYS WHICH RECEIVED 6 INCHES
OR MORE OF SNOWFALL IN 2014.

DAYS WITH AT LEAST 6 INCHES OF SNOWFALL IN 2014
DAY          SNOWFALL
JANUARY 2    6.3
FEBRUARY 5   7.5
FEBRUARY 13  8.0
FEBRUARY 18  7.3
NOVEMBER 26  8.2

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KIMBLE



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