Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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000 CXUS51 KCAR 060723 CLMCAR CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, ME 107 AM EST WED FEB 3 2016 ................................... ...THE CARIBOU ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 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 ................................................................ TEMPERATURE (F) RECORD HIGH 53 01/31/2013 01/15/1995 LOW -37 01/16/2009 HIGHEST 44 01/11 MM MM 44 01/19 01/10 LOWEST -9 01/05 MM MM -22 01/08 AVG. MAXIMUM 26.0 19.5 6.5 18.7 AVG. MINIMUM 9.5 0.8 8.7 -1.8 MEAN 17.7 10.2 7.5 8.5 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 24 25.9 -1.9 28 DAYS MIN <= 32 31 30.6 0.4 31 DAYS MIN <= 0 5 15.7 -10.7 19 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 5.60 1995 MINIMUM 0.12 1944 TOTALS 1.42 -1.29 DAILY AVG. 0.05 0.09 -0.04 0.09 DAYS >= .01 12 14.5 -2.5 15 DAYS >= .10 4 6.4 -2.4 8 DAYS >= .50 1 1.7 -0.7 1 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0.3 -0.3 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.63 01/10 TO 01/11 01/03 TO 01/04 01/04 TO 01/04 01/04 TO 01/04 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 44.5 1994 TOTALS 11.2 25.2 -14.0 33.7 SINCE 7/1 43.1 60.3 -17.2 89.6 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 9 13 -4 12 DAYS >= 1.0 2 6.4 -4.4 7 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 12 01/15 21 01/31 01/14 01/04 24 HR TOTAL 6.2 MM 01/04 TO 01/04 01/04 TO 01/04 01/04 TO 01/04 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 1457 1700 -243 1741 SINCE 7/1 4397 5294 -897 5008 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 ..................................................... WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 8.0 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 32/250 DATE 01/11 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 49/130 DATE 01/10 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM AVERAGE SKY COVER 0.50 NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 9 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 11 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 11 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 71 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 0 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 1 RAIN 2 LIGHT RAIN 4 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 0 HAIL 0 HEAVY SNOW 1 SNOW 8 LIGHT SNOW 20 SLEET 0 FOG 14 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 2 HAZE 13 - INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT. --------------------------------------------------------------------- ...CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR JANUARY 2016 FOR NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE... OVERALL...JANUARY 2016 FINISHED MUCH ABOVE AVERAGE FOR TEMPERATURES AND SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW AVERAGE FOR TOTAL PRECIPITATION...SNOWFALL AND SNOW DEPTH. MEAN TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH AVERAGED FROM 5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL OVER DOWNEAST AREAS UPWARDS TO 8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS CENTRAL AND NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE REGION. AT CARIBOU...THE MEAN OF 17.7 DEGREES FOR THE MONTH WAS 7.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND RESULTED IN THE 5TH WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD WHILE THE AVERAGE OF 22.4 DEGREES AT BANGOR...WHICH WAS 5.4 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE... FINISHED AS THE 12TH WARMEST. THE WARMEST PORTIONS OF THE MONTH OCCURRED FROM THE 7TH THROUGH THE 11TH AND THE 26TH THRU 31ST. TOTAL PRECIPITATION WAS ONLY 40 TO 75 PERCENT OF NORMAL FOR JANUARY...WITH THE TOTAL OF 1.42 INCHES AT CARIBOU THE 12TH DRIEST ON RECORD. WITH LESS THAN NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND WELL ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES...IT SHOULD BE NO SHOCK THAT SNOWFALL WAS WELL BELOW AVERAGE FOR THE MONTH...RANGING ONLY FROM 25 TO 50 PERCENT... WITH A COUPLE OF PRECIPITATION EVENTS HAVING A SIGNIFICANT RAIN COMPONENT. AT CARIBOU...THE SNOWFALL TOTAL OF 11.2 INCHES RESULTED IN THE 6TH LEAST SNOWIEST JANUARY. AT BANGOR...THE TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 5.4 INCHES MADE IT THE 4TH LEAST SNOWY ON RECORD. SNOW DEPTH...WHICH BEGAN AT 65 TO 90 PERCENT OF AVERAGE ACROSS THE REGION IN THE OPENING DAYS OF THE MONTH...DWINDLED TO 20 TO 40 PERCENT OF AVERAGE AT THE CLOSE OF THE MONTH...AFFECTING SOME OUTDOOR WINTER ACTIVITIES SUCH AS SNOWMOBILING. ONE HEAVY RAINFALL OF UPWARDS OF 2 TO 3 INCHES THAT LIQUIDATED A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF PRIORLY ESTABLISHED SNOW PACK...OCCURRED ON THE 10TH....PARTICULARLY OVER SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE REGION...RESULTING IN SOME MINOR URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING. THE OUTLOOK FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICATION CENTER FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY CALLS FOR AN INCREASED LIKELIHOOD OF ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AND NO STRONG CLIMATE SIGNALS THAT WOULD POINT TOWARD AN UNUSUALLY WET (SNOWY) OR DRY MONTH. FEBRUARY 2015 WAS THE ALL- TIME COLDEST MONTH AT BANGOR, AND THE 4TH COLDEST MONTH AT CARIBOU WHERE IT WAS ALSO THE COLDEST FEBRUARY OF ALL-TIME. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES BEGIN TO SLOWLY RISE IN FEBRUARY. THE AVERAGE HIGHS AT CARIBOU CLIMB FROM 21 DEGREES ON THE 1ST TO 28F BY THE END OF THE MONTH. THE AVERAGE LOWS RISE FROM 1 ABOVE ON THE 1ST TO 8 DEGREES BY THE END OF THE MONTH. AT BANGOR, THE AVERAGE HIGHS RISE FROM 28 TO 35 DEGREES, AND THE AVERAGE LOWS RISE FROM 7 TO 14 DEGREES. AVERAGE SNOWFALL AT CARIBOU (BANGOR) IS 22.2 INCHES (14.7 INCHES). USABLE DAYLIGHT DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY INCREASES BY A LITTLE OVER AN HOUR. $$ VJN/CB

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