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000 NOUS41 KCAR 011957 PNSCAR MEZ001>006-010-011-015>017-029>032-020800- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME 257 PM EST SUN MAR 1 2015 ...ALL TIME COLDEST MONTH AT BANGOR... ...ALL TIME COLDEST FEBRUARY AT CARIBOU... ...4TH COLDEST MONTH ON RECORD AT CARIBOU... THE BIG STORIES THIS PAST FEBRUARY WERE THE ALL-TIME RECORD COLD AND THE RECORD SNOWFALL ACROSS PARTS OF DOWN EAST MAINE. THIS PAST FEBRUARY WAS THE COLDEST MONTH ON RECORD AT BANGOR SINCE WEATHER RECORDS BEGAN IN 1926. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 6.1 DEGREES WAS 14.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. IT SMASHED THE PREVIOUS RECORD COLD FEBRUARY OF 1993 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 11.3 DEGREES. MORE IMPRESSIVE...IT BROKE THE ALL-TIME COLDEST MONTH ON RECORD BY MORE THAN 2 DEGREES. THE OLD RECORD WAS OBSERVED IN JANUARY 1994 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 8.4 DEGREES. AT CARIBOU...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THIS PAST FEBRUARY WAS 2.8 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 11.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. IT WAS THE COLDEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD...SURPASSING 1993 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 4.1 DEGREES. IT RANKED AS THE 4TH COLDEST MONTH EVER...BEHIND ONLY JANUARY OF 1994 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF -0.7 DEGREES...JANUARY 1957 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 1.3 DEGREES...AND JANUARY 2009 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 2.5 DEGREES. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE OBSERVED ALL MONTH AT BANGOR WAS 33 DEGREES...WHICH WAS THE 2ND LOWEST MONTHLY HIGH TEMPERATURE EVER OBSERVED DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. THE ONLY TIME THE HIGH TEMPERATURE DID NOT CLIMB ABOVE FREEZING AT BANGOR DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY WAS IN 1978 WHEN THE MONTHLY HIGH WAS 32 DEGREES. AT CARIBOU...THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REMAINED BELOW FREEZING ALL MONTH. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 28 DEGREES...WHICH WAS THE LOWEST MONTHLY HIGH TEMPERATURE EVER OBSERVED DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. ONLY 3 TIMES HAS AN ENTIRE CALENDAR MONTH HAD A LOWER HIGH TEMPERATURE...WITH ALL 3 OCCURRENCES DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY. THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 24 NIGHTS AT CARIBOU WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE OF ZERO OR LOWER. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 23 NIGHTS SET IN FEBRUARY 1948. AT BANGOR...THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 23 NIGHTS WITH A LOW OF ZERO OR LOWER. THIS BROKE THE RECORD OF 16 NIGHTS SET IN 1929 AND AGAIN IN 1934. PRECIPITATION WAS WELL BELOW AVERAGE ACROSS FAR NORTHERN MAINE... AND RANGED FROM ONLY 20 TO 50 PERCENT OF NORMAL ACROSS FAR NORTHERN MAINE. PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE AVERAGE ACROSS MUCH OF DOWN EAST MAINE...AND WAS IN EXCESS OF 200 PERCENT OF NORMAL ACROSS PARTS OF COASTAL HANCOCK AND COASTAL WASHINGTON COUNTIES. SNOWFALL THIS PAST FEBRUARY RANGED FROM WELL BELOW NORMAL ACROSS THE SAINT JOHN VALLEY TO ALL-TIME RECORD AMOUNTS ACROSS PARTS OF DOWN EAST MAINE. AT CARIBOU...THERE WAS A TOTAL OF 18.7 INCHES...WHICH WAS 3.5 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. IT WAS THE LEAST SNOWY FEBRUARY AT CARIBOU SINCE 2010. BY COMPARISON...BANGOR HAD A TOTAL OF 42.4 INCHES...WHICH WAS 27.7 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. IT WAS THE 2ND SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD AT BANGOR BEHIND ONLY 1969 WHEN A TOTAL OF 62.5 INCHES OF SNOW WAS OBSERVED. IT WAS ALSO THE SNOWIEST MONTH AT BANGOR SINCE JANUARY 1987. PARTS OF THE DOWN EAST REGION HAD EVEN MORE SNOWFALL...ESPECIALLY COASTAL HANCOCK AND COASTAL AND CENTRAL WASHINGTON COUNTIES. EASTPORT IN WASHINGTON COUNTY OBSERVED 82.3 INCHES OF SNOW...WHICH IS AN UNOFFICIAL ALL-TIME RECORD MONTHLY SNOWFALL FOR ANY LONG TERM CLIMATE SITES IN NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE. THE MONTH BEGAN WITH 20 TO 30 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ACROSS PARTS OF THE DOWN EAST REGION AND IN THE NORTH WOODS. THE MONTH ENDED WITH AS LITTLE AS A FOOT OF SNOW ON THE GROUND IN PARTS OF THE SAINT JOHN VALLEY WITH 15 TO 25 INCHES ACROSS MUCH OF THE REMAINDER OF FAR NORTHERN MAINE. DOWN EAST AMOUNTS RANGED FROM 30 TO 50 INCHES...WITH UNOFFICAL AMOUNTS AS MUCH AS HIGH AS 60 INCHES IN PARTS OF COASTAL HANCOCK AND COASTAL WASHINGTON COUNTIES. THE OUTLOOK FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICATION CENTER HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/ FOR MARCH INDICATES THAT THERE ARE NO STRONG CLIMATE SIGNALS THAT WOULD POINT TOWARD AN UNUSUALLY COLD OR MILD MARCH OR AN UNUSUALLY WET (SNOWY) OR DRY MONTH. SHORT TERM INDICATIONS ARE THAT THE MONTH WILL GET OFF TO A COLDER THAN NORMAL START DURING THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS OF THE MONTH. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RISE RAPIDLY IN MARCH. THE AVERAGE HIGH AT CARIBOU RISES FROM 29F ON THE 1ST TO 40F ON THE 31ST. THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE RISES FROM 9F ON THE 1ST TO 22F BY MONTHS END. AT BANGOR...THE AVERAGE HIGH CLIMBS FROM 35F AT THE START OF THE MONTH TO 46F ON THE 31ST. THE AVERAGE LOW RISES FROM 15F AT THE START OF THE MONTH TO 27F BY MONTHS END. DAYLIGHT INCREASES RAPIDLY WITH A NEARLY 2 HOUR INCREASE IN AVAILABLE DAYLIGHT DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH. DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS ON SUNDAY, MARCH 8TH. $$ CB/VJN

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