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GRAY CLIMATE DATA FOR THE YEAR 2013
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
600 AM EST TUE JAN 7 2014

HERE ARE SOME OF THE CLIMATOLOGICAL STATISTICS FOR THE PAST YEAR
AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE IN GRAY MAINE...

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT GRAY MAINE HAS A LIMITED HISTORICAL
RECORD SINCE RECORDS BEGAN JUST 18 YEARS AGO IN OCTOBER OF 1995.

TEMPERATURE DATA       YEAR 2013        NORMAL          DEPARTURE

AVG. MONTHLY             46.3           46.4            MINUS 0.1
AVG. MAXIMUM             54.8           55.4            MINUS 0.6
AVG. MINIMUM             37.8           37.3             PLUS 0.5

NUMBER OF DAYS:        YEAR 2013        NORMAL

MAXIMUM 90 OR ABOVE        8              3.8            PLUS 4.2
MAXIMUM 32 OR BELOW       56             49.9            PLUS 6.1
MINIMUM 32 OR BELOW      153            143.1            PLUS 9.9
MINIMUM 0 OR BELOW         6              6.9           MINUS 0.9

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE... 94 ON JUNE 1
LOWEST TEMPERATURE...  MINUS 7 ON JANUARY 23 AND 24
COLDEST HIGH...        6 ON JANUARY 23
WARMEST LOW....        72 ON JULY 16

WARMEST DAY... JUNE 1 AND JULY 5 WITH AN AVERAGE OF 82 DEGREES
COLDEST DAY... JANUARY 23 WITH AN AVERAGE OF 0 DEGREES

                        YEAR 2013       NORMAL          DEPARTURE

HEATING DEGREE DAYS      7172           7191            MINUS 19
COOLING DEGREE DAYS       486            390             PLUS 96

HEATING AND COOLING DEGREE DAYS LISTED ARE FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR.
THE HEATING DEGREE DAY SEASON NORMALLY RUNS FROM JULY 1ST THROUGH
JUNE 30TH...WHILE THE COOLING DEGREE SEASON NORMALLY RUNS FROM
JANUARY 1ST THROUGH DECEMBER 31ST.

PRECIPITATION           44.26           50.22           MINUS 5.96
SNOWFALL                 96.9            83.8            PLUS 13.1

GREATEST PRECIPITATION IN 24 HOURS... 2.88 INCHES ON SEPTEMBER 2
GREATEST SNOWFALL IN 24 HOURS...      23.5 INCHES ON FEBRUARY 8-9
GREATEST SNOW DEPTH ON GROUND...      18 INCHES ON FEBRUARY 9, 10,
                                                            25 & 28

THE FOLLOWING DATA IS FOR A CALENDAR DAY /MIDNIGHT TO MIDNIGHT/...

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH PRECIPITATION OF        NORMAL      DEPARTURE
 .01 INCH OR MORE              142          139.0        PLUS 3.0
 .10 INCH OR MORE               83           85.8       MINUS 2.8
 .50 INCH OR MORE               27           33.6       MINUS 6.6
1.00 INCH OR MORE                7           14.2       MINUS 7.2

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH SNOWFALL OF             NORMAL      DEPARTURE
1 WHOLE INCH OR MORE            18           19.8       MINUS 1.8
3 WHOLE INCHES OR MORE           9
6 WHOLE INCHES OR MORE           5

...GRAY MAINE 2013 MONTHLY TEMPERATURE DATA...
(RANK: 1ST = WARMEST, JAN - SEP: 18TH = COLDEST
                      OCT - DEC: 19TH = COLDEST)

                                        DEPARTURE
MONTH   AVG HIGH   AVG LOW   MEAN TEMP  FROM NORMAL  RANK
JAN     31.2       15.0      23.1        PLUS 2.1    8TH
FEB     32.2       18.7      25.5        PLUS 0.8    9TH
MAR     41.3       26.6      34.0        PLUS 1.1    8TH (TIED)
APR     53.5       34.3     43.9       MINUS 0.4    12TH
MAY     65.3       44.2      54.8       MINUS 0.1    9TH (TIED)
JUN     74.5       56.5      65.5        PLUS 1.4    4TH
JUL     80.0       62.9      71.5        PLUS 2.1    5TH (TIED)
AUG     78.3       58.9      68.6            NONE    10TH
SEP     69.2       49.9      59.6       MINUS 0.8    15TH
OCT     60.4       42.4      51.4        PLUS 2.3    4TH
NOV     44.1       28.2      36.2       MINUS 2.3    14TH (TIED)
DEC     27.8       15.9      21.9       MINUS 5.4    19TH

YEAR    54.8       37.8      46.3       MINUS 0.1    10TH (TIED)

...GRAY MAINE 2013 MONTHLY PRECIPITATION DATA...
(RANK: 1 = WETTEST, JAN THROUGH SEP: 18TH = LEAST DRIEST
                    OCT THROUGH DEC: 19TH = LEAST DRIEST)

MONTH   PRECIPITATION   DEPARTURE
                        FROM NORMAL     RANK
JAN     1.15            MINUS 2.38      17TH
FEB     4.15             PLUS 0.84      4TH
MAR     2.10            MINUS 2.07      15TH
APR     1.79            MINUS 2.59      16TH
MAY     5.10             PLUS 1.20      5TH
JUN     6.00             PLUS 1.70      6TH
JUL     3.78            MINUS 0.52      8TH
AUG     3.22            MINUS 0.37      10TH
SEP     7.40             PLUS 3.21      3RD
OCT     1.64            MINUS 3.50      18TH
NOV     4.25            MINUS 1.10      12TH
DEC     3.68            MINUS 0.38      14TH

YEAR   44.26            MINUS 5.96      15TH

...GRAY MAINE 2013 MONTHLY SNOWFALL DATA...
(RANK: 1 = SNOWIEST, JAN THROUGH SEP: 18TH = LEAST SNOWIEST
                     OCT THROUGH DEC: 19TH = LEAST SNOWIEST)

                    DEPARTURE
MONTH   SNOWFALL    FROM NORMAL      RANK
JAN      6.5        MINUS 14.7       17TH
FEB     49.3         PLUS 32.8       1ST
MAR     12.5        MINUS 7.4        13TH
APR      0.6        MINUS 4.2        12TH
MAY      0.0        NORMAL           2ND (TIED)
JUN      0.0        NORMAL           -----
JUL      0.0        NORMAL           -----
AUG      0.0        NORMAL           -----
SEP      0.0        NORMAL           -----
OCT      0.0        MINUS 0.1        13TH (TIED)
NOV      1.1        MINUS 1.9        9TH
DEC     26.9         PLUS 8.6        5TH

YEAR    96.9         PLUS 13.1       -----

NOTE:  SNOWFALL FOR THE YEAR IS GIVEN FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR.
NORMALLY SNOWFALL TOTALS ARE GIVEN FOR THE SEASON, FROM
JULY 1ST THROUGH JUNE 30TH.

EVEN THOUGH RECORDS IN GRAY, MAINE BEGAN IN OCTOBER OF 1995,
THIRTY YEAR NORMALS FOR THE PERIOD 1981 THROUGH 2010 WERE
DEVELOPED AND HAVE BEEN PUT INTO USE FOR THE OBSERVATION
SITE AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.

DISCUSSION...

THE WEATHER IN GRAY MAINE IN 2013 WAS JUST ABOUT NORMAL
TEMPERATURE-WISE WHILE IT WAS NEARLY SIX INCHES DRIER THAN
NORMAL BUT WITH MORE THAN A FOOT ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS IN 2013 RANGED FROM A RECORD SETTING BLIZZARD
IN FEBRUARY TO RECORD WARMTH IN MAY TO TYING RECORD COLD IN
NOVEMBER.

FEBRUARY OF 2013 WILL BE MOST REMEMBERED FOR THE BLIZZARD OF 2013
WHICH GAVE GRAY ITS BIGGEST SNOWSTORM ON RECORD.

THE STORM DUMPED OVER TWO FEET (26.8 INCHES) OF SNOW ON GRAY. THIS
TOPPED THE PREVIOUS BIGGEST SNOWSTORM OF 18.0 INCHES ON DECEMBER 25TH
AND 26TH OF 2002.

THIS WASN`T THE ONLY SIGNIFICANT SNOWSTORM IN FEBRUARY. FROM LATE ON
THE 23RD THROUGH THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF THE 25TH GRAY PICKED UP
A FOOT OF SNOW (12.1 INCHES). THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A SIX INCH (5.9
INCHES) SNOWSTORM ON THE 27TH.

FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY GRAY RECORDED 49.3 INCHES OF SNOW. THIS SET
A NEW RECORD FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY...TOPPING THE OLD RECORD OF
45.5 INCHES SET IN 2008. THIS IS THE 2ND SNOWIEST MONTH EVER IN GRAY
...FALLING WELL SHORT OF THE RECORD 58.3 INCHES SET IN MARCH 2001. IT
SHOULD BE POINTED OUT THAT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST
OFFICE IN GRAY HAS ONLY 18 YEARS OF WEATHER RECORDS.

MAY 31ST SAW THE TEMPERATURE SOAR TO 92 DEGREES IN GRAY. THIS IS THE
WARMEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN GRAY IN THE MONTH OF MAY. THE
OLD RECORD WAS 91 DEGREES SET ON THREE DIFFERENT DATES...MOST
RECENTLY ON MAY 26, 2010

SEPTEMBER ALSO HAD A 90 DEGREE DAY WITH A HIGH OF 90 ON THE 11TH.
THIS WAS NOT A RECORD FOR THE MONTH...THAT STILL STANDS AT 96 DEGREES
SET ON SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2002.

THE LOW FOR THE FALL SEASON OCCURRED ON THE LAST DAY OF NOVEMBER WHEN
THE TEMPERATURE FELL TO 9 DEGREES. THE 9 DEGREE LOW TEMPERATURE TIED
THE RECORD FOR THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER AND
FOR THE AUTUMN SEASON IN GRAY. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS PREVIOUSLY SET
ON NOVEMBER 25, 2000.

DECEMBER ENDED THE YEAR WITH COLD AND SNOWY WEATHER. DECEMBER HAD THE
GREATEST COLDEST DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL FOR ANY MONTH IN 2013 WHEN THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 5.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THERE WERE ONLY
FOUR OTHER MONTHS WITH BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THERE WERE SEVEN
MONTHS WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES LED BY OCTOBER WHICH WAS 2.3
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE WHOLE YEAR WAS 46.3 DEGREES...JUST
ONE TENTH OF A DEGREE SHY OF THE NORMAL AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE
OF 46.4 DEGREES.

THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE IN 2013 WAS 94 DEGREES ON JUNE 1ST AND THE
COLDEST TEMPERATURE WAS MINUS 7 DEGREES ON JANUARY 23RD AND 24TH.

DECEMBER ALSO PICKED UP THE SECOND MOST SNOW, BEHIND FEBRUARY, FOR
ANY MONTH IN 2013 WITH 26.9 INCHES. MARCH WAS THIRD WITH 12.5 INCHES
OF SNOW WHILE JANUARY ONLY HAD 6.5 INCHES OF SNOW.

FOR THE YEAR GRAY MEASURED 96.9 INCHES OF SNOW WHICH WAS 13.1
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE YEAR HAD NEARLY SIX INCHES (5.96 INCHES) BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION WITH A YEARLY TOTAL OF 44.26 INCHES.

SEPTEMBER WAS THE WETTEST MONTH IN 2013 WITH 7.40 INCHES OF RAIN.
SEPTEMBER ALSO SAW THE GREATEST 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION IN 2013 WHEN
2.88 INCHES OF RAIN FELL ON THE 2ND DAY OF THE MONTH. THE NEXT
WETTEST MONTH WAS JUNE WITH EXACTLY SIX INCHES OF RAIN. THE
DRIEST MONTH WAS JANUARY WITH JUST 1.15 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION...
FOLLOWED BY OCTOBER WITH 1.64 INCHES AND APRIL WITH 1.79 INCHES.

$$

SJC






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