Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
959 PM EDT WED JUN 10 2015

..SPRING WEATHER SUMMARY FOR NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE...

FOR THE METEOROLOGICAL SPRING (MARCH THROUGH MAY) OF 2015
TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION WERE BELOW NORMAL. TEMPERATURES
AVERAGED FROM 1 TO 2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AND PRECIPITATION
AVERAGED FROM 50 TO 90 PERCENT OF NORMAL. AT BOTH CARIBOU AND
BANGOR IT WAS THE DRIEST SPRING SINCE 2001.

AT CARIBOU...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 37.3 DEGREES WAS 0.9 DEGREES
BELOW NORMAL. AT BANGOR THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 40.8 DEGREES
WAS 1.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. A TOTAL OF 6.75 INCHES OF RAIN (AND
MELTED SNOW) WAS OBSERVED AT CARIBOU...WHICH WAS 78 PERCENT OF
NORMAL. AT BANGOR...A TOTAL OF 6.16 INCHES OF RAIN (AND MELTED
SNOW) WAS OBSERVED...WHICH WAS 65 PERCENT OF NORMAL.

FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW MARCH WAS A VERY COLD MONTH.
TEMPERATURES AVERAGED FROM 4 TO 6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. IT WAS
THE 4TH COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD AT BANGOR AND THE 11TH COLDEST AT
CARIBOU. THE BIG STORY WAS THE PERSISTENT COLD AS THERE WERE ONLY
5 DAYS THE ENTIRE MONTH IN MOST AREAS WHERE THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE WAS ABOVE NORMAL. PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL AND
RANGED FROM 40 TO 75 PERCENT OF NORMAL.

APRIL ALSO FEATURED BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION.
TEMPERATURES AVERAGED FROM 1 TO 3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. SNOWFALL WAS
CLOSE TO NORMAL IN MOST AREAS...BUT THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION (RAIN
AND MELTED SNOWFALL) WAS 60 TO 90 PERCENT OF NORMAL. THE HIGHLIGHT
OF THE MONTH WAS THE MORNING OF 6TH WHEN THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED
TO 4 BELOW AT CARIBOU...SETTING AN ALL-TIME RECORD LOW FOR THE
ENTIRE MONTH OF APRIL. A LOW OF 20 BELOW WAS OBSERVED AT BIG
BLACK RIVER THAT MORNING...AND FROM ALL AVAILABLE DATA SOURCES
WAS THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE EVER OBSERVED IN THE STATE OF MAINE
DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL.

MAY WAS THE FIRST MONTH SINCE DECEMBER 2014 WITH ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES. TEMPERATURES AVERAGED FROM 2.5 TO 4.5 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. PRECIPITATION IN MOST AREAS RANGED FROM 40 TO TO 75 PERCENT
OF NORMAL...BUT WAS HIGHLY VARIABLE DUE TO THE SHOWERY NATURE OF
THE PRECIPITATION.

THIS PAST MAY WAS ONLY THE 3RD TIME SINCE WEATHER RECORDS BEGAN AT
CARIBOU IN 1940 THAT THE TEMPERATURE DID NOT FALL BELOW FREEZING
DURING THE MONTH OF MAY. THE LAST FREEZE OF THE SEASON AT BANGOR
WAS OBSERVED ON MAY 2ND...WHICH WAS CLOSE TO NORMAL.

THE MOST NOTEWORTHY EVENT OCCURRED ON THE MORNING OF THE 23RD
WHEN 3 TENTHS OF AN INCH OF SNOW WAS OBSERVED AT CARIBOU. IT WAS
THE 2ND LATEST MEASURABLE SNOWFALL ON RECORD. AN AMAZING 5.2
INCHES OF SNOW WAS OBSERVED 2 MILES NORTH OF PORTAGE.

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CB


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