Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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000 CXUS51 KCAR 010937 CLMCAR CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, ME 408 AM EDT TUE SEP 1 2015 ................................... ...THE CARIBOU ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2015... CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010 CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1939 TO 2015 WEATHER OBSERVED NORMAL DEPART LAST YEAR`S VALUE DATE(S) VALUE FROM VALUE DATE(S) NORMAL ................................................................ TEMPERATURE (F) RECORD HIGH 95 08/02/1975 08/16/1944 08/14/1944 LOW 34 08/25/2003 08/31/2002 08/30/1982 HIGHEST 88 08/18 MM MM 88 08/25 08/24 LOWEST 51 08/10 MM MM 44 08/29 08/07 AVG. MAXIMUM 78.1 74.3 3.8 77.0 AVG. MINIMUM 58.3 52.9 5.4 54.8 MEAN 68.2 63.6 4.6 65.9 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.2 -0.2 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MIN <= 32 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MIN <= 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 12.09 1981 MINIMUM 0.93 1957 TOTALS 4.18 0.42 DAILY AVG. 0.13 0.12 0.01 0.06 DAYS >= .01 13 13.0 0.0 9 DAYS >= .10 8 7.6 0.4 5 DAYS >= .50 3 2.3 0.7 2 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0.7 -0.7 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.96 08/21 TO 08/22 08/16 TO 08/17 08/31 TO 08/31 08/31 TO 08/31 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 0.0 MM TOTALS 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 SINCE 7/1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 0 MM MM 0 DAYS >= 1.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 0 MM 0 MM 24 HR TOTAL 0.0 08/31 TO 08/31 08/31 TO 08/31 08/31 TO 08/31 08/31 TO 08/31 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 12 96 -84 34 SINCE 7/1 77 154 -77 58 COOLING TOTAL 120 53 67 72 SINCE 1/1 203 169 34 241 .................................................. WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 6.1 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 41/240 DATE 08/03 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 62/240 DATE 08/03 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM AVERAGE SKY COVER 0.40 NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 14 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 11 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 6 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 74 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 0 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 8 RAIN 6 LIGHT RAIN 17 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 0 HAIL 0 HEAVY SNOW 0 SNOW 0 LIGHT SNOW 0 SLEET 0 FOG 20 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 5 HAZE 2 - INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT. && AUGUST 2015 NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE CLIMATE NARRATIVE...PRELIM AUGUST 2015 WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AND MOSTLY SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE RAINFALL. FOR SURE...TEMPERATURES SET THIS MONTH APART...WITH AUGUST 2015 REVERSING THE COOL TREND SET IN THIS PAST JUNE AND JULY. TEMPERATURES AVERAGED FROM 2.0 TO 3.0 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE ALONG THE DOWNEAST COAST TO 3.0 TO 4.5 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE OVER THE REST OF THE REGION. AT CARIBOU...THIS AUGUST...WHICH AVERAGED 4.6 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE...SET A NEW MARK FOR THE WARMEST AUGUST ON RECORD (THE 12TH WARMEST MONTH OVERALL SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1939)...WITH THE AVERAGE OF 68.2 DEGREES 0.2 DEGREES ABOVE THE PRIOR MARK SET ONLY 3 YEARS AGO IN AUGUST 2012. AT BANGOR WHERE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1925...IT WAS ONLY THE 11TH WARMEST AUGUST WITH MANY OF THE AUGUSTS IN THE 1930S WARMER. BELIEVE IT OR NOT...THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH BEGAN NEAR NORMAL... THEN A 10 DAY WARM SPELL BROUGHT MONTHLY TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES STEADILY UPWARDS. AT CARIBOU...THE 10 DAY STRETCH OF 80+ DEG HIGH TEMPERATURES EXTENDING FROM THE 14TH THROUGH THE 23RD WAS THE LONGEST SUCH PERIOD SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1939. SIMILAR TO THE PRIOR WARMEST AUGUST IN 2012 AT CARIBOU...NO 90 DEGREE HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE RECORDED IN REACHING THE NEW RECORD AUGUST...WITH THE WARMEST DAY OF 88 DEGREES RECORDED ON THE 18TH. ONLY ONE 90 DEGREE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS RECORDED AT BANGOR...ALSO ON THE 18TH. TEMPERATURES MOSTLY REMAINED ABOVE AVERAGE AFTER THE 23RD THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE MONTH. SIGNIFICANT RAIN DAYS ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE REGION OCCURRED ON THE 3RD...11TH...21ST AND 26TH WITH THE HEAVIEST CLIMATE STATION MONTHLY TOTALS IN CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE REGION...AS EVIDENT BY THE 5.88 TOTAL AT MILLINOCKET WHICH IS NEARLY 140 PERCENT OF AVERAGE. SOME SPOTTER LOCATIONS ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST THIRD OF WASHINGTON COUNTY RECEIVED UPWARDS OF 8.00 TO 9.00 INCHES (ABOUT 250 PERCENT OF MONTHLY AVERAGE RAINFALL) IN ONE MORNING ON THE 26TH...RESULTING IN FLOODED AREAS. THE LOWEST TOTALS WHERE OVER WESTERN DOWNEAST AREAS...AS EVIDENT BY THE 2.63 INCH TOTAL AT BANGOR WHICH WAS JUST UNDER 90 PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THE MONTH. $$ VJN

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