Climatological Report (Monthly)
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000 CXUS51 KGYX 020506 CLMPWM PWMCLMPWM 000 TTAA00 KGYX 012003 CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME 1206 AM EST MON MAR 2 2015 ................................... ...THE PORTLAND ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2015... CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010 CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1940 TO 2015 /FOR TEMPERATURES/ CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2015 /FOR PRECIPITATION/ CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1882 TO 2015 /FOR SNOWFALL/ WEATHER OBSERVED NORMAL DEPART LAST YEAR`S VALUE DATE(S) VALUE FROM VALUE DATE(S) NORMAL ................................................................ TEMPERATURE (F) RECORD HIGH 64 02/26/1957 LOW -39 02/16/1943 HIGHEST 35 02/22 51 -16 47 02/23 02/04 02/20 LOWEST -11 02/24 -3 -8 -6 02/11 AVG. MAXIMUM 24.6 34.6 -10.0 31.4 AVG. MINIMUM 3.0 16.4 -13.4 12.7 MEAN 13.8 25.5 -11.7 22.1 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 22 10.1 11.9 18 DAYS MIN <= 32 28 25.8 2.2 28 DAYS MIN <= 0 13 1.9 11.1 3 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 9.25 1900 MINIMUM 0.04 1987 TOTALS 2.81 3.25 -0.44 4.27 DAILY AVG. 0.10 0.12 -0.02 0.15 DAYS >= .01 14 9.8 4.2 11 DAYS >= .10 8 5.8 2.2 8 DAYS >= .50 1 2.1 -1.1 4 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0.8 -0.8 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.89 02/02 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 61.2 1969 TOTALS 34.6 12.1 22.5 34.5 SINCE 7/1 89.2 46.4 42.8 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 21 DAYS >= TRACE 16 6.1 9.9 DAYS >= 1.0 10 3.3 6.7 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 25 02/19 24 HR TOTAL 9.1 02/02 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 1427 1106 321 1195 SINCE 7/1 5054 5042 12 5239 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 ................................................................. WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 8.3 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 35/310 DATE 02/16 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 46/310 DATE 02/15 SKY COVER AVERAGE SKY COVER 0.60 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 60 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 0 HEAVY RAIN 0 RAIN 0 LIGHT RAIN 0 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 0 HEAVY SNOW 2 SNOW 4 LIGHT SNOW 15 FOG 11 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. && THE COLD AND SNOWY WEATHER THAT BEGAN AT THE END OF JANUARY CONTINUED UNABATED THROUGH FEBRUARY. IN FACT... FROM JANUARY 24 THROUGH FEBRUARY 25 PORTLAND NEVER WENT MORE THAN 2 DAYS WITHOUT MEASURABLE SNOWFALL. IT WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL MONTH OF CONSISTENTLY COLD AND SNOWY WEATHER. IT RANKED AS THE COLDEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD IN JUST ABOUT EVERY WAY IT CAN BE MEASURED. THE ONLY DAY IN THE MONTH THAT WAS ABOVE NORMAL WAS FEBRUARY 22 WHEN THE TEMPERATURE SOARED TO 35 DEGREES, THE HIGHEST OF THE MONTH. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 13.8 DEGREES WHICH WAS 11.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS WAS THE COLDEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD, BEATING FEBRUARY 1979 BY ALMOST 2 DEGREES. IT WAS ALSO THE COLDEST AVERAGE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE, BEATING 1967 BY ALMOST 2 DEGREES. AVERAGE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE WAS SECOND PLACE BEHIND 1979. THE WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD WAS 1981 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 32.3 DEGREES. FEBRUARY 2015 SET NEW RECORDS FOR COLDEST AVERAGE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AND COLDEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE TOP 5 COLDEST FEBRUARY MAXIMUM, MINIMUM, AND AVERAGE TEMPERATURES. COLDEST FEBRUARY TEMPERATURES (SINCE 1940) AVERAGE MAX AVERAGE MIN AVERAGE RANK TEMP YEAR TEMP YEAR TEMP YEAR 1 24.3 1979 3.0 2015 <=== 13.8 2015 <=== 2 24.6 2015 <=== 4.9 1967 15.6 1979 3 27.0 1993 5.3 1963 16.8 1993 4 28.3 1962 5.3 1948 17.2 1967 5 28.4 2007 6.2 1959 17.4 1963 THERE WERE 22 DAYS IN FEBRUARY THAT DID NOT RISE ABOVE THE FREEZING MARK. THIS SETS A NEW RECORD FOR MOST SUCH DAYS IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE FEBRUARYS WITH THE MOST DAYS THAT DID NOT RISE ABOVE FREEZING. DAYS WITH MAX 32 OR COLDER (SINCE 1940) RANK DAYS YEAR 1 22 2015 <=== 2 21 1994 21 1979 21 1962 5 20 2007 THERE WERE 22 DAYS IN FEBRUARY THAT SAW THE TEMPERATURE FALL INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS. THIS WAS THE MOST ON RECORD FOR FEBRUARY. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE FEBRUARYS WITH THE MOST DAYS WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE BELOW 10 DEGREES. DAYS WITH MIN LESS THAN 10 DEGREES (SINCE 1940) RANK DAYS YEAR 1 22 2015 <=== 2 17 1994 17 1967 4 16 1979 16 1972 16 1968 16 1958 16 1948 16 1944 THERE WERE 13 DAYS IN FEBRUARY THAT FELL TO ZERO DEGREES OR COLDER. THIS TIES AS THE MOST SUBZERO DAYS ON RECORD FOR FEBRUARY. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE FEBRUARYS WITH THE MOST DAYS WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE OF ZERO DEGREES OR COLDER. DAYS WITH MIN ZERO OR COLDER (SINCE 1940) RANK DAYS YEAR 1 13 2015 <=== 13 1979 3 12 1963 12 1959 12 1948 THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED IN FEBRUARY WAS ONLY 35 DEGREES. NORMALLY EVEN DURING THE COLDEST FEBRUARYS THE TEMPERATURE RISES INTO THE 40S AT LEAST ONCE. NOT THIS YEAR. THIS WAS THE COLDEST MONTHLY HIGH TEMPERATURE ON RECORD. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE COLDEST MONTHLY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES. FEBRUARY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE (SINCE 1940) RANK TEMP YEAR 1 35 2015 <=== 2 39 1978 3 40 1986 4 41 1977 41 1942 A TOTAL OF 2.81 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL IN FEBRUARY. THIS WAS 0.44 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION FELL ON FEBRUARY 2 WHEN 0.89 INCHES WAS RECORDED IN A SNOWSTORM. THE WETTEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD WAS 1900 WHEN 9.25 INCHES FELL. THE DRIEST WAS 1987 WITH ONLY 0.04 INCHES. SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH TOTALED 34.6 INCHES WHICH WAS 22.5 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE THIRD STRAIGHT FEBRUARY TO FINISH AT LEAST 20 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THE HEAVIEST SNOW FELL ON FEBRUARY 2 WHEN 9.1 INCHES WAS MEASURED. FEBRUARY 2015 RANKED AS THE 14TH SNOWIEST ON RECORD. SNOWFALL RECORDS GO BACK TO 1882. THE SNOWIEST FEBRUARY WAS 1969 WHEN 61.2 INCHES FELL. THE LEAST SNOWY FEBRUARY WAS 1941 WITH ONLY 0.3 INCHES. THERE WERE 14 DAYS IN FEBRUARY THAT SAW MEASURABLE SNOWFALL. THIS TIED FOR THE 3RD MOST ON RECORD. THERE WERE ALSO 10 DAYS WITH 1 INCH OR MORE OF SNOW, TIED FOR THE 2ND MOST ON RECORD. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE MOST DAYS WITH SNOWFALL IN FEBRUARY. MOST FEBRUARY DAYS WITH SNOWFALL (SINCE 1882) SNOW >= 0.1 SNOW >= 1.0 RANK DAYS YEAR DAYS YEAR 1 16 1926 11 1920 2 15 1907 10 2015 <=== 3 14 2015 <=== 10 2008 4 14 1956 10 1956 5 14 1929 9 1962 6 14 1927 8 2011 7 14 1884 8 1967 8 13 2008 8 1926 9 13 1920 8 1907, 1893, 1891, 1887, 1884 THE FOLLOWING DAILY RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED IN FEBRUARY 2015... DATE RECORD PREVIOUS 9 5 - SMALLEST DAILY RANGE 6 IN 1982 24 19 - COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE 22 IN 2005 24 -11 - COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE -7 IN 1956 24 4 - COLDEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 11 IN 1965 $$ KIMBLE

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