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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
800 PM EDT Thu Jun 1 2017

...NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE MONTHLY CLIMATE NARRATIVE...

TEMPERATURES THIS PAST MAY AVERAGED VERY CLOSE TO THE 30-YEAR
AVERAGE, AND RANGED FROM AROUND 1 DEGREE BELOW AVERAGE ACROSS THE
DOWNEAST REGION TO 1 DEGREE ABOVE AVERAGE ACROSS PARTS OF FAR
NORTHERN MAINE. PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE AVERAGE ACROSS THE REGION
AND RANGED FROM 130 TO 200 PERCENT OF NORMAL.

AT CARIBOU, THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 52.7 DEGREES WAS 1.2
DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE. AT HOULTON, THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 51.1
DEGREES EXACTLY MATCHED THE 30-YEAR AVERAGE. AT BANGOR, THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 52.6 DEGREES WAS 1.1 DEGREES BELOW AVERAGE.
IT WAS THE COOLEST MAY AT BANGOR SINCE 2005.

A TOTAL OF 4.37 INCHES OF RAIN WAS OBSERVED AT CARIBOU WHICH WAS
1.04 INCHES ABOVE AVERAGE. A TRACE OF SNOW WAS OBSERVED AT CARIBOU
ON THE 9TH AND 10TH. AT BANGOR, 6.36 INCHES OF RAIN WAS OBSERVED
MAKING IT THE WETTEST MAY SINCE 1989, AND THE 5TH ALL-TIME
WETTEST MAY ON RECORD.

ALTHOUGH TEMPERATURES AVERAGED CLOSE TO NORMAL, THERE WAS ONE HOT
DAY ON THE 18TH WHEN HIGHS REACHED INTO THE 90S AT MANY LOCATIONS,
AND NUMEROUS DAILY RECORD WERE ESTABLISHED. THE HIGH OF 90F AT
CARIBOU WAS THE FIRST 90 DEGREE DAY SINCE THE SUMMER OF 2014, AND
IT WAS ONLY THE 7TH TIME THAT THERE HAS BEEN A HIGH OF 90 DEGREES
OR WARMER DURING THE MONTH OF MAY. AT BANGOR, THE HIGH OF 92F WAS
THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE OBSERVED DURING THE MONTH OF MAY SINCE
2010 WHEN THE HIGH WAS ALSO 92F ON MAY 25TH.

THE OFFICIAL OUTLOOK FOR JUNE 2017 FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION
CENTER INDICATES AN INCREASED LIKELIHOOD OF ABOVE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES. THERE ARE NO STRONG STRONG CLIMATE SIGNALS THAT
WOULD TILT THE ODDS TOWARD AN UNUSUALLY WET OR DRY MAY.

THE AVERAGE HIGH AT CARIBOU CLIMBS FROM 68 DEGREES IN THE 1ST TO
74 DEGREES BY THE END OF JUNE. AT BANGOR, THE AVERAGE HIGHS CLIMB
FROM 70 DEGREES ON THE 1ST TO 78 DEGREES AT THE END OF THE MONTH.
THE AVERAGE LOWS AT CARIBOU RISE FROM 45F ON THE 1ST TO 53F BY
THE END OF THE MONTH. AT BANGOR, THE AVERAGE LOWS RISE FROM 48F ON
THE 1ST TO 56F BY THE END OF THE MONTH. THE AVERAGE RAINFALL AT
CARIBOU IS 3.48 INCHES, AND THE AVERAGE RAINFALL AT BANGOR IS 3.76
INCHES. THE THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER INCREASES DURING THE MONTH
OF JUNE, AND THERE HAVE BEEN MORE REPORTS OF TORNADOES DURING THE
MONTH OF JUNE ACROSS NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE THAN ANY OTHER
MONTH OF THE YEAR. THE SUMMER SOLSTICE THIS YEAR OCCURS AT 12:24
AM EDT ON THE 21ST.

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CB/VJN



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