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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
405 PM EST FRI MAR 3 2017

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...THE AUGUSTA CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE WINTER SEASON, FROM
12/1/2016 TO 2/28/2017...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1948 TO 2017

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              67   12/06/2001
 LOW              -23   02/02/1962
HIGHEST            55   02/25        56      -1       56  12/25
LOWEST             -9   12/16        -9       0      -10  02/14
AVG. MAXIMUM     33.7              31.0     2.7     36.5
AVG. MINIMUM     18.1              14.7     3.4     20.4
MEAN             25.9              22.8     3.1     28.4
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     38              49.0   -11.0       31
DAYS MIN <= 32     84              84.7    -0.7       78
DAYS MIN <= 0       6              10.7    -4.7        5

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        17.78   1974
 MINIMUM         3.23   1980
TOTALS          10.45              8.28    2.17     9.84
DAILY AVG.       0.12              0.09    0.03     0.11
DAYS >= .01        39              30.8     8.2       31
DAYS >= .10        21              17.8     3.2       19
DAYS >= .50         7               4.8     2.2        7
DAYS >= 1.00        3               1.8     1.2        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.43   02/13

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    3494              3795    -301     3301
 SINCE 7/1       4808              5343    -535     4679
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              7.3
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    37/340    DATE  02/13
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    50/340    DATE  02/13

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     66

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     HEAVY RAIN                 1
RAIN                      3     LIGHT RAIN                11
FREEZING RAIN             4     LT FREEZING RAIN           9
HEAVY SNOW                4     SNOW                      12
LIGHT SNOW               37     FOG                       44
FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE    13     HAZE                      30

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

&&

METEOROLOGICAL WINTER BEGAN WARM AND WET WITH MORE THAN AN INCH OF
RAIN OBSERVED ON DECEMBER 1. BUT AN ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN BROUGHT A
NEW STORM SYSTEM EVERY FEW DAYS WITH EACH ONE BRINGING A LITTLE
COLDER TEMPERATURES. BY THE MIDDLE OF DECEMBER AN EARLY SEASON
ARCTIC AIR MASS BROUGHT THE FIRST SUBZERO TEMPERATURES OF THE
SEASON. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON DECEMBER 16 WAS ONLY 4 DEGREES, THE
COLDEST DECEMBER HIGH TEMPERATURE IN 40 YEARS. BY DECEMBER 21 THE
BRUTAL COLD HAD EASED UP AND EVEN WARMER WEATHER ARRIVED AFTER
CHRISTMAS. THERE WAS ANOTHER BRIEF SHOT OF COLD WEATHER IN THE
SECOND WEEK OF JANUARY, BUT IT ONLY LASTED A FEW DAYS BEFORE WARMER
WEATHER BUILT IN AGAIN THROUGH THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY. THE SECOND
WEEK OF FEBRUARY BROUGHT ANOTHER CHANGE TO THE WEATHER PATTERN AS A
PERIOD OF COLD AND SNOWY WEATHER BEGAN. SNOW WAS OBSERVED ON 11
STRAIGHT DAYS FROM FEBRUARY 6 THROUGH 16. BUT ONCE THE SNOW ENDED,
THE WARM WEATHER RETURNED AGAIN FOR THE REST OF FEBRUARY. THE
WARMEST PERIOD WAS FROM FEBRUARY 22 THROUGH 25 WHEN THE TEMPERATURE
TOPPED 50 DEGREES FOR 4 STRAIGHT DAYS.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE SEASON WAS 25.9 DEGREES WHICH WAS
3.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE 8TH WARMEST ON RECORD. THE WARMEST
WINTER ON RECORD WAS IN 2001-02 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS
28.6 DEGREES. THE COLDEST WAS 17.3 DEGREES IN 1958-59. THE FOLLOWING
TABLE LISTS THE WARMEST WINTERS ON RECORD.

WARMEST WINTER AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (1948 TO PRESENT)...
RANK  TEMP  SEASON
1     28.6  2001-02
2     28.4  2015-16
3     26.6  1952-53
4     26.5  2011-12
5     26.2  1997-98
6     26.0  2009-10
      26.0  1998-99
8     25.9  2016-17 <===
9     25.8  1999-00
      25.8  1990-91

A TOTAL OF 10.45 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL WHICH WAS 2.17 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL AND THE WETTEST WINTER SINCE 2009-10. THE HEAVIEST
PRECIPITATION FELL ON FEBRUARY 12 AND 13 WHEN 1.98 INCHES WAS
RECORDED. THE WETTEST WINTER ON RECORD WAS IN 1973-74 WHEN 17.78
INCHES WAS MEASURED. THE DRIEST WAS ONLY 3.23 INCHES IN 1979-80.

THE FOLLOWING DAILY RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED IN WINTER 2016-17...
DATE    RECORD                               PREVIOUS
DEC 15  -3   - COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE       -3 IN 1980 /TIED/
DEC 16  4    - COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      4 IN 1951 /TIED/
DEC 16  -9   - COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE       -5 IN 1951
JAN 12  38   - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE       35 IN 2014
JAN 13  48   - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      48 IN 2006 /TIED/
JAN 24  37   - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE       36 IN 1985

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KIMBLE



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