Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, ME
147 AM EST WED MAR 2 2016

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...THE CARIBOU ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1939 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              59   02/20/1994
 LOW              -41   02/01/1955
HIGHEST            50   02/25        MM      MM       28  02/22
LOWEST            -14   02/13        MM      MM      -19  02/14
AVG. MAXIMUM     28.9              23.9     5.0     12.8
AVG. MINIMUM      7.9               4.2     3.7     -7.1
MEAN             18.4              14.1     4.3      2.8
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     18              21.5    -3.5       28
DAYS MIN <= 32     28              27.3     0.7       28
DAYS MIN <= 0       7              11.4    -4.4       24

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         4.72   2008
 MINIMUM         0.26   1978
TOTALS           4.05                      1.84
DAILY AVG.       0.14                MM      MM     0.04
DAYS >= .01        15              11.7     3.3       14
DAYS >= .10         7               5.3     1.7        4
DAYS >= .50         3               1.3     1.7        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.2    -0.2        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.67   02/24 TO 02/25           02/19 TO 02/20
                                                          02/20 TO 02/20
                                                          02/20 TO 02/20

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           47.7   2008
TOTALS           16.9              22.2    -5.3     18.7
SINCE 7/1        60.0              82.5   -22.5    108.3
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      8                MM      MM       20
DAYS >= 1.0         6               5.3     0.7        5
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        11   02/16                         22  02/03
                        02/11                             02/01
                        02/10
 24 HR TOTAL      4.1   MM                       02/20 TO 02/20
                                                          02/20 TO 02/20
                                                          02/20 TO 02/20

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1345              1427     -82     1733
 SINCE 7/1       5742              6767   -1025     6741
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.5
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    33/250    DATE  02/01
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    49/250    DATE  02/01

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           10
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              9
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         10

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     69

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                2     RAIN                       4
LIGHT RAIN                7     FREEZING RAIN              2
LT FREEZING RAIN          4     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       8
LIGHT SNOW               18     SLEET                      1
FOG                      17     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      7
HAZE                     16

-  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 FEBRUARY 2016 FOR NORTHERN AND EASTERN
MAINE...

OVERALL...FEBRUARY 2016 FINISHED WITH MUCH ABOVE AVERAGE FOR
TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION.

AT CARIBOU...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 18.4 DEGREES WAS 4.3 DEGREES
ABOVE THE 30-YEAR AVERAGE.  IT RANKED AS THE 7TH WARMEST FEBRUARY ON
RECORD.  AT BANGOR, THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 25.2 DEGREES WAS 4.4
DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE. IT TIED WITH 1991 AS THE 9TH WARMEST FEBRUARY
ON RECORD.

A TOTAL OF 4.05 INCHES OF RAIN (AND MELTED SNOW) WAS OBSERVED AT
CARIBOU...WHICH WAS 1.84 INCHES ABOVE AVERAGE.  IT RANKED AS THE 3RD
WETTEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD. THERE WAS A TOTAL OF 16.9 INCHES OF
SNOW...WHICH WAS 5.3 INCHES BELOW AVERAGE. AT BANGOR...A TOTAL OF
3.89 INCHES OF RAIN (AND MELTED SNOW) WAS OBSERVED...WHICH WAS 1.37
INCHES ABOVE AVERAGE. IT WAS THE 10TH WETTEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD. A
TOTAL OF 19.6 INCHES OF SNOW WAS OBSERVED...WHICH WAS 4.9 INCHES
ABOVE AVERAGE.

SNOW DEPTH...BEGAN THE MONTH AT ONLY 20 TO 40 PERCENT OF AVERAGE
ACROSS THE REGION. AT THE END OF THE MONTH...THERE WAS LITTLE OR NO
SNOW ON THE GROUND AT THE COAST AND ACROSS MOST OF THE DOWNEAST
REGION.  ACROSS NORTHERN AREAS...SNOW DEPTH WAS ONLY A QUARTER TO
THIRD OF AVERAGE. THE ONLY EXCEPTION WAS IN PARTS OF THE NORTH WOODS
WHERE SNOW DEPTH WAS AS HIGH AS 40 TO 50 INCHES IN SOME AREAS ALONG
THE WESTERN MAINE BORDER WITH QUEBEC.

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

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RAPIDLY RISE IN MARCH. THE AVERAGE HIGHS AT
CARIBOU CLIMB FROM 28 DEGREES ON THE 1ST TO 40 BY THE END OF THE
MONTH. THE AVERAGE LOWS RISE FROM 9 ON THE 1ST TO 22 DEGREES BY THE
END OF THE MONTH. AT BANGOR, THE AVERAGE HIGHS RISE FROM 35 TO 46
DEGREES, AND THE AVERAGE LOWS RISE FROM 15 TO 27 DEGREES. AVERAGE
SNOWFALL AT CARIBOU (BANGOR) IS 18.3 INCHES (11.7 INCHES). USABLE
DAYLIGHT DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH INCREASES BY JUST UNDER 2 HOURS.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS AT 2 AM ON SUNDAY, MARCH 13TH.

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CB/VJN



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