Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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000 CXUS51 KCAR 112358 CCA CLMCAR CLIMATE REPORT...PRELIMINARY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, ME 430 PM EST THU DEC 11 2014 ................................... ...THE CARIBOU ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE SEASON, FROM 9/1/2014 TO 11/30/2014... CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010 CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1939 TO 2014 WEATHER OBSERVED NORMAL DEPART LAST YEAR`S VALUE DATE(S) VALUE FROM VALUE DATE(S) NORMAL ................................................................ TEMPERATURE (F) RECORD HIGH 92 09/01/2010 LOW -8 11/30/1995 HIGHEST 84 09/28 MM MM 83 09/11 LOWEST 3 11/29 MM MM 6 11/30 AVG. MAXIMUM 52.9 51.9 1.0 53.6 AVG. MINIMUM 35.6 34.6 1.0 35.7 MEAN 44.3 43.3 1.0 44.7 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.1 -0.1 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 11 8.1 2.9 7 DAYS MIN <= 32 32 38.0 -6.0 35 DAYS MIN <= 0 0 0.2 -0.2 0 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 19.03 2008 MINIMUM 4.65 1955 TOTALS 11.75 10.48 1.27 13.56 DAILY AVG. 0.13 0.12 0.01 0.15 DAYS >= .01 42 39.2 2.8 36 DAYS >= .10 24 22.4 1.6 24 DAYS >= .50 7 6.7 0.3 10 DAYS >= 1.00 2 2.0 0.0 4 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 1.80 MM 11/30 TO 11/30 11/30 TO 11/30 11/30 TO 11/30 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 35.3 1974 TOTALS 28.8 12.2 16.6 10.1 SINCE 7/1 28.8 12.2 16.6 10.1 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 1 MM MM 0 DAYS >= 1.0 6 3.1 2.9 5 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 11 11/04 3 11/27 11/03 11/11 11/12 24 HR TOTAL 10.1 MM 11/30 TO 11/30 11/30 TO 11/30 11/30 TO 11/30 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 1892 1991 -99 1842 SINCE 7/1 MM 2145 MM MM COOLING TOTAL 25 11 14 13 SINCE 1/1 266 180 86 192 ................................................. WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 7.7 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 35/330 DATE 11/02 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 45/320 DATE 11/02 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM AVERAGE SKY COVER 0.60 NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 25 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 33 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 33 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 74 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 0 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 7 RAIN 14 LIGHT RAIN 39 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 2 HAIL 0 HEAVY SNOW 1 SNOW 4 LIGHT SNOW 18 SLEET 0 FOG 48 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 8 HAZE 10 - INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT. && ...NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE FALL 2014 CLIMATE NARRATIVE... OVERALL...FALL 2014 FINISHED WITH SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE PRECIPITATION...AND MUCH ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL. DESPITE THE AVERAGE OF NEARLY A DEGREE ABOVE FOR THE SEASON...TOPSY- TURVY IS A BETTER DESCRIPTION FOR HOW TEMPERATURE PROGRESSED THROUGH THIS FALL. A BELOW AVERAGE SEPTEMBER WAS FOLLOWED BY A MUCH ABOVE AVERAGE OCTOBER AND THEN A SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW AVERAGE NOVEMBER. FALL PRECIPITATION RANGED FROM AS LOW AS 70 PERCENT OF AVERAGE ACROSS PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL AND DOWNEAST MAINE TO AS MUCH AS 110 PERCENT ACROSS THE FAR NORTH. THE SEASON BEGAN QUITE DRY FOR ALL OF THE REGION...WITH MANY RIVERS AND STREAMS EXPERIENCING NEAR RECORD FLOW RATES BY MID OCTOBER. PRECIPITATION THEN INCREASED DRAMATICALLY BY LATE OCTOBER WITH THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF STRONG WIDESPREAD FALL STORMS...WHICH CONTINUED THROUGH NOVEMBER WHEN THE TEMPERATURE REGIME BECAME MUCH COLDER. THE COMBINATION OF COLDER TEMPERATURES AND A CONTINUED STORMY PATTERN RESULTED IN A RECORD EARLY DOUBLE DIGIT SNOWFALL FOR MUCH OF THE REGION RIGHT IN THE OPENING DAYS OF NOVEMBER FOLLOWED BY OTHER SNOW EVENTS LATER IN THE MONTH. THIS RESULTED IN THE SECOND (FOURTH) SNOWIEST FALL AT BANGOR (CARIBOU) WHERE THE TOTAL OF 25.9 (28.8) INCHES WAS JUST BEHIND THE SNOWIEST FALL OF 32.4 (35.3) INCHES RECORDED IN 1962 (1974). ALTHOUGH MUCH OF THE MONTH FEATURED SNOW COVERED DAYS...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE NORTH...SEVERAL RAIN EVENTS ACCOMPANIED BY A FEW PERIODS OF MILD TEMPERATURES KEPT SNOW PACK FROM BUILDING OR EVEN BEING CONTINUOUS DURING THE FINAL MONTH OF THE SEASON. $$ VJN

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