Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, ME
107 AM EST WED FEB 3 2016

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...THE CARIBOU ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1939 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              53   01/31/2013
                        01/15/1995
 LOW              -37   01/16/2009
HIGHEST            44   01/11        MM      MM       44  01/19
                        01/10
LOWEST             -9   01/05        MM      MM      -22  01/08
AVG. MAXIMUM     26.0              19.5     6.5     18.7
AVG. MINIMUM      9.5               0.8     8.7     -1.8
MEAN             17.7              10.2     7.5      8.5
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     24              25.9    -1.9       28
DAYS MIN <= 32     31              30.6     0.4       31
DAYS MIN <= 0       5              15.7   -10.7       19

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         5.60   1995
 MINIMUM         0.12   1944
TOTALS           1.42                     -1.29
DAILY AVG.       0.05              0.09   -0.04     0.09
DAYS >= .01        12              14.5    -2.5       15
DAYS >= .10         4               6.4    -2.4        8
DAYS >= .50         1               1.7    -0.7        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.3    -0.3        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.63   01/10 TO 01/11           01/03 TO 01/04
                                                          01/04 TO 01/04
                                                          01/04 TO 01/04

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           44.5   1994
TOTALS           11.2              25.2   -14.0     33.7
SINCE 7/1        43.1              60.3   -17.2     89.6
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      9                13      -4       12
DAYS >= 1.0         2               6.4    -4.4        7
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        12   01/15                         21  01/31
                        01/14
                        01/04
 24 HR TOTAL      6.2   MM                       01/04 TO 01/04
                                                          01/04 TO 01/04
                                                          01/04 TO 01/04

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1457              1700    -243     1741
 SINCE 7/1       4397              5294    -897     5008
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.0
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    32/250    DATE  01/11
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    49/130    DATE  01/10

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            9
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             11
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         11

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     71

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       2
LIGHT RAIN                4     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       8
LIGHT SNOW               20     SLEET                      0
FOG                      14     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.

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...CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR JANUARY 2016 FOR NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE...

OVERALL...JANUARY 2016 FINISHED MUCH ABOVE AVERAGE FOR TEMPERATURES
AND SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW AVERAGE FOR TOTAL PRECIPITATION...SNOWFALL
AND SNOW DEPTH.

MEAN TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH AVERAGED FROM 5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL
OVER DOWNEAST AREAS UPWARDS TO 8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS CENTRAL
AND NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE REGION. AT CARIBOU...THE MEAN OF 17.7
DEGREES FOR THE MONTH WAS 7.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND RESULTED IN
THE 5TH WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD WHILE THE AVERAGE OF 22.4 DEGREES
AT BANGOR...WHICH WAS 5.4 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE... FINISHED AS THE
12TH WARMEST. THE WARMEST PORTIONS OF THE MONTH OCCURRED FROM THE
7TH THROUGH THE 11TH AND THE 26TH THRU 31ST.

TOTAL PRECIPITATION WAS ONLY 40 TO 75 PERCENT OF NORMAL FOR
JANUARY...WITH THE TOTAL OF 1.42 INCHES AT CARIBOU THE 12TH DRIEST
ON RECORD. WITH LESS THAN NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND WELL ABOVE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES...IT SHOULD BE NO SHOCK THAT SNOWFALL WAS WELL
BELOW AVERAGE FOR THE MONTH...RANGING ONLY FROM 25 TO 50 PERCENT...
WITH A COUPLE OF PRECIPITATION EVENTS HAVING A SIGNIFICANT RAIN
COMPONENT. AT CARIBOU...THE SNOWFALL TOTAL OF 11.2 INCHES RESULTED
IN THE 6TH LEAST SNOWIEST JANUARY. AT BANGOR...THE TOTAL SNOWFALL OF
5.4 INCHES MADE IT THE 4TH LEAST SNOWY ON RECORD.

SNOW DEPTH...WHICH BEGAN AT 65 TO 90 PERCENT OF AVERAGE ACROSS THE
REGION IN THE OPENING DAYS OF THE MONTH...DWINDLED TO 20 TO 40
PERCENT OF AVERAGE AT THE CLOSE OF THE MONTH...AFFECTING SOME
OUTDOOR WINTER ACTIVITIES SUCH AS SNOWMOBILING. ONE HEAVY RAINFALL
OF UPWARDS OF 2 TO 3 INCHES THAT LIQUIDATED A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF
PRIORLY ESTABLISHED SNOW PACK...OCCURRED ON THE 10TH....PARTICULARLY
OVER SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE REGION...RESULTING IN SOME
MINOR URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING.

THE OUTLOOK FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICATION CENTER FOR THE MONTH OF
FEBRUARY CALLS FOR AN INCREASED LIKELIHOOD OF ABOVE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES AND NO STRONG CLIMATE SIGNALS THAT WOULD POINT TOWARD
AN UNUSUALLY WET (SNOWY) OR DRY MONTH. FEBRUARY 2015 WAS THE ALL-
TIME COLDEST MONTH AT BANGOR, AND THE 4TH COLDEST MONTH AT CARIBOU
WHERE IT WAS ALSO THE COLDEST FEBRUARY OF ALL-TIME.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES BEGIN TO SLOWLY RISE IN FEBRUARY. THE AVERAGE
HIGHS AT CARIBOU CLIMB FROM 21 DEGREES ON THE 1ST TO 28F BY THE END
OF THE MONTH. THE AVERAGE LOWS RISE FROM 1 ABOVE ON THE 1ST TO 8
DEGREES BY THE END OF THE MONTH. AT BANGOR, THE AVERAGE HIGHS RISE
FROM 28 TO 35 DEGREES, AND THE AVERAGE LOWS RISE FROM 7 TO 14
DEGREES.  AVERAGE SNOWFALL AT CARIBOU (BANGOR) IS 22.2 INCHES (14.7
INCHES).  USABLE DAYLIGHT DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY INCREASES BY A
LITTLE OVER AN HOUR.

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VJN/CB


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